First Look: 801 Fish in Clayton

Pastry chef Sarah Mispagel offers seasonal macaroons. From left: cranberry-orange, spiced eggnog, milk chocolate-pumpkin and bacon butterscotch.

The surf joined the turf on Thursday, Nov. 19 when 801 Fish opened at 172 Carondelet Plaza across the street from its sister restaurant, 801 Chophouse, in Clayton. Seafood dominates the menu in the 210-seat, upscale establishment. More than 2,500 wine labels arrived earlier this week and were placed in the floor-to-ceiling wine case so tall that retrieving bottles on the top shelf requires a ladder.

Daily shipments of fish and other undersea ingredients feature in the menu from tartare and crudo to pasta and entrees. The expansive raw bar showcases fresh oysters, shrimp and fish, while the cocktail bar offers wine, spirits and beer including Civil Life and Modern Brewery options on tap. The dessert menu is exclusive to 801 Fish’s St. Louis location and is under the direction of former Farmhaus pastry chef, Sarah Mispagel.

801 Fish is open Tuesday through Saturday at 4 p.m. The restaurant will add lunch service next Tuesday, Nov. 24 p.m. Here’s a look at what to expect when you dive in.