The Best Restaurants in Downtown Springfield MO

One of the best things about living in downtown Springfield is that you’ll have everything you need at your doorstep. Want to see the latest blockbuster? No problem! Craving a calm moment in a coffee shop? You got it! Hungry for a delicious meal? Sure thing! There are dozens of local restaurants downtown offering scrumptious food at satisfying prices. So whether you’re looking for fine dining or cheap eats, pub food or a specialty cuisine, a quick bite or a leisurely lunch, you’re sure to find the perfect place. Today we’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants in downtown Springfield MO, so that you’ll know exactly where to go the next time your stomach’s rumbling.

Top Restaurants in Downtown Springfield


Aviary Cafe & Creperie

Although the Aviary Cafe & Creperie has only been around for a few years, its delectable dishes and charming atmosphere have established it as a local favorite. Its menu includes crepes and traditional French bistro fare, focusing on seasonal ingredients and freshly baked goods.

Flame Steakhouse

Feeling fancy? Treat yourself to a night out at Flame Steakhouse, a go-to choice for diners seeking excellent food in a stylish setting. The steaks are superb, and the wine list is extensive. Although it’s a bit pricey when compared to other local restaurants, we think you’ll find that the quality is worth it.

Grad School

For a more casual meal, grab a table at Grad School. This is a tiny, no-frills, greasy dive that offers one of the best burgers in town: the Full Ride. Don’t let the trailer-like exterior scare you off! Grab a chair and enjoy the cold beers and unpretentiously delicious food. 

Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe

If you’re looking for the perfect downtown breakfast spot, look no further than Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe. They serve all the classics—pancakes, waffles, eggs, omelets, bacon, biscuits and gravy—and they do them well. What more can you ask for? Their breakfast prowess is widely known, however, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a table on a Saturday morning.

Pappo’s Pizzeria

A cheesy slice of pizza always hits the spot! Try Pappo’s Pizzeria for tasty pizzas that range from the classic (5 Cheese, Deluxe, Meat Lover’s) to the creative (Steakhouse Pizza, Breakfast Pizza, Spicy Chicken Cholula) to the customized (Build-Your-Own). Pappo’s also serves pastas, salads, appetizers, and a great selection of beer.

Dublin’s Pass

For a hearty meal, a pint of beer, and some Irish hospitality, pull up a stool at Dublin’s Pass. You’ll find a variety of pub fare, including fish and chips, cottage pie, and bangers and mash. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable, making it the perfect place to hang with friends and play a few games of darts, pool, or shuffleboard. 

Big Whiskey’s

Looking for tasty bar food, a friendly atmosphere, and fantastic happy hour specials? There’s no better place than Big Whiskey’s. Burgers, sandwiches, fries, wings—they have all the classics! Plus, if you’re tired of bar food, they also offer a variety of salads, steaks, pasta, and seafood. 


Finally, if you’re craving sushi and eggrolls in a swank downtown setting, grab a table at Kai. With its dim lighting and modern decor, Kai gives off a nightclub vibe at first glance. It is known for its delicious sushi rolls, perfect plating, and youthful ambiance.    

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These are just a few of the many dining options you’ll have at your fingertips if you move to Park East. A downtown neighborhood with rich history, lively entertainment, and truly fantastic food, Park East could be the perfect place for you to call home. We have apartments and lofts in three historic properties: the U, the Sterling, and Sky Eleven. Each offers a unique character as well as modern conveniences like exercise facilities, a shared bike program, and a heated pool. 

Josh Stewart

Josh is the Chief Creative / Partner at Hook Creative.