About The Crossing
Welcome to The Crossing; where food, dining, and service are all pieces of the hospitality picture. The Crossing in Clayton was opened in 1998 to offer Jim Fiala’s vision of what a restaurant could be if he were to put his touch on it. Jim has spent the past two decades working with his team to refine this and create what we believe to be the finest “fine dining” restaurant in St. Louis.
Executive Chef / Owner: Jim Fiala
Jim honors his classical French and Italian training at both of his restaurants and is always looking for ways to incorporate this with farm fresh ingredients into simple, beautifully-prepared food. A St. Louis native and graduate of Parkway West Senior High, Jim received a B.B.A. from Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in 1987. His love for cooking began while he worked in the kitchen on the Clipper Cruise Line. He went to San Francisco and attended the California Culinary Academy and then graduated in 1992. In 1997 after working in restaurants in San Francisco, Chicago, New York City and Puerto Rico, he returned to St. Louis. In 1998, Jim opened The Crossing Restaurant, followed by Acero’s opening in 2007. Jim and his wife Melissa, another St. Louis native, have three children – Lily, Luke and Sam.
Chef: Thu Rein Oo
Thu Rein was born in Myanmar (Burma) and during some of the civil unrest, his family sent him to Malaysia to live in a refugee camp. When asked where he wanted to live, he replied that he wanted to be sent to the U.S. He arrived at our kitchen door to fill the position of dishwasher in December of 2008. We quickly realized that Thu Rein had a bright future working at The Crossing. After years of being a wonderful Chef in Training, in July of 2017, the reins of the kitchen have been turned over to Thu Rein!
Distinctive dishes using locally-sourced ingredients.
Ranked number 1 for fine dining in Clayton, MO by Urban Spoon, The Crossing is accessible and relaxed; fine dining in the heart of Clayton.
We offer unique tasting menus, or dine ala carte. We also have a full wine and bar service, as well as complimentary valet.
Farm to Table Philosophy
Featuring local “farm to table” food using a breadth of farmer in the Missouri and Illinois communities. When asked to define of The Crossing, Owner/Executive Chef Jim Fiala often says that he is a chef that buys locally whenever possible and cooks as any French and/or Italian chef would given the ingredients sourced.