by Sara Graham
Every detail of dining out -- from the food to the staff to the music -- subtly, or not so subtly, affects your overall impression of a restaurant. So it's safe to say we can all appreciate a little style when we need to go, ahem ... talk to a man about a horse.
Be sure to check out the "loo chic" of these ten St. Louis restaurants the next time you visit.
Nathalie's (4359 Lindell Boulevard; 314-533-1580)
You could almost throw an entire party in this large, festive bathroom with its plush circular couch, fireplace and stately chandelier. (Photo above.)
Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-6203)
Need a little touch up or a moment to gather your thoughts? Check your makeup and updo at this graceful vanity set atop a delicately-patterned tiled floor.
801 Chophouse (137 Carondelet Plaza; 314-875-9900)
You won't forget to wash your hands as soon as you notice this gleaming golden sink.
Cielo (999 North 2nd Street; 314-881-5800)
A bathroom with cloth hand towels and individual bath stalls with floor to ceiling walls is a luxury you'll not soon forget.
Grand Hall (1820 Market Street; 314-421-6655)
This stunning restroom entrance showcases a beautiful architectural marvel from Union Station's recently restored Grand Hall.
Prime 1000 (1000 Washington Avenue; 314-241-1000)
Striking prime colors and large paintings set a rich, sumptuous tone at this downtown steakhouse.
Triumph Grill (3419 Olive Street; 314-446-1801)
A patterned tile wall combines with warm, orange-red paint and counter tops to create a tasteful, high-design space.
Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700)
Be sure to look up to see this unique take on Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Venice Cafe (1903 Pestalozzi Street; 314-772-5994)
The vibrant display of color and mirrored mosaics fills the entirety of this well-known artistic playhouse of a restaurant.
Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street; 314-535-7800)
The often photographed restroom in this vintage ice cream parlor features art deco fixtures and mirrors and striking black marble floors.