The Charcoal House was originally called the Ten Mile House because it was ten miles west of the Mississippi River. In the early 20th century it was a popular stopover for good food, drink and camaraderie for those traveling to west county. Built in 1906, it is the oldest steakhouse in Saint Louis, and the landmark building is largely unchanged.
Originally, the Ten Mile House was solely a bar with a nightclub atmosphere. It was referred to by some as the “biggest little nightclub”, due to its vibrance and high profile clientele. The name was changed to the Charcoal House in 1957, the building exterior designed to resemble charcoal. This quaint interior reflects a long history of merriment and memories with its cozy surroundings. The elegant bar, gleaming with fine wines and premium spirits runs the span of the restaurant.
There have been three owners of the establishment from its opening in 1906. The Angelos brothers have been the longest duration owners from 1980 to present. During the years from 1980-1995 it had a reputation of being a lively piano bar and restaurant. The Angelos’ continue this zestful spirit and rich tradition with a personable approach to fine dining, fresh cuisine and exceptional fare.
Our Food and Fare, for Mouthwatering Enjoyment
As the original Saint Louis steakhouse, we maintain a long tradition of providing fresh wholesome steaks and cuisine. With simplicity and elegance, we are committed to classic culinary excellence in all of our dishes. We use only the freshest ingredients in our creations, and our chef prepares each meal to your individual specifications.
Family owned Iowa and Omaha farms are where our fresh wholesome steaks originate. Our signature steaks are the finest USDA Certified Black Angus Beef®, aged wet for 28 days and char-broiled to perfection. We offer individually hand cut filets, seven, nine and eleven ounce as a few of our house favorites. You will savor every moment with one of our flavorful twelve or sixteen ounce strip steaks, smothered with toasted Roquefort cheese, imported from France.
Grass-fed Colorado Lamb
Two classics, our Colorado domestic baby loin lamb chops and rack of lamb, “Frenched,” (trimmed and cut back from the bone,) are slow roasted, ensuring ideal tenderness. The flavor and texture of the grass fed Colorado lamb, far exceeds any other foreign or domestic lamb. The baby loin lamb chops and rack of lamb are elegantly presented, and served with our special mint jelly or rosemary sauce. Relish the flavor of this fine delicacy of the house.
Seafood & Fish From the World’s Deep Seas & Fresh Waters
The seasonal seafood and fish are flown in fresh daily from around the world. Our salmon ships from the pristine fresh waters of Norway. Alaska hails our seasonal halibut, and when broiled, makes for a lighter fare. The sweet succulent meat of our South African cold water lobster tails broiled or deep fried, yields the perfect compliment for any of our varieties of steaks.
Enjoy Fine Wines, Signature Cocktails & Premium Spirits
Our full service bar is stocked abundantly, and gleams with flavorful wines and sophisticated premium brands. Rich, robust cocktails, with just the right touch of spirits, are available in a wide array of offerings. Our gin and vodka martinis are renown as some of the finest in the country, served in a chilled, ice rimmed glass, topped with our green olives, that are then stuffed with Roquefort cheese, per request. Simply scrumptious – so call for your favorite or let us create something specially for you. Salut.