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“Atmosphere at Top of the Marq is very important to us.  Guests take in the atmosphere before any drink or food.  We’ve designed a unique, classic feel that’s inviting to every guest.” - Executive Chef Matt Wessel

Top of the Marq, is the crown jewel of the Marquette Tower promising to wow guests with exquisite finishes, panoramic views and cocktail and dinner menus that will make you want to linger.  

Housed in the top floor of the historic Marquette Tower, Top of the Marq provides the perfect backdrop for an intimate dinner or casual night out with friends.  We proudly offer social plates featuring fine ingredients, and our extensive wine and cocktail menu complements the flavors and textures of our inventive cuisine.  

“Our elegance is combined with a uniquely stylized approach.  We’re classy, not stuffy.” – General Manager John Brown

Our Story

Top of the Marq began with a desire to create a restaurant and lounge that provided more than a great menu.  The goal was to give locals and visitors an upscale, yet approachable, atmosphere where they could linger all evening.  It would be perfect for celebrating a special occasion, enjoying a spontaneous night with friends or hosting a business dinner.  A place where guests would be charmed by people who have a passion for hospitality.       

We started recruiting the right people to lead Top of the Marq before we began remodeling the Marquette Tower’s vacant seventh floor.  John Brown and Matt Wessel were our top choices for General Manager and Executive Chef from the beginning.  Both had experience in upscale dining  and were thrilled by Top of the Marq’s concept.

We then turned our attention to renovating Top of the Marq’s space.  It had to complement Marquette Tower’s biggest asset, its panoramic views of downtown Cape Girardeau.  The end result is nothing that photos can communicate.  Top of the Marq has blends sophistication with casual elegance. It’s something that must be absorbed in person.

And so here we are, on a mission to provide upscale dining and cocktail service that matches the exceptional view.  We are proud to serve locals, travelers and to become known as the spot for the region’s movers and shakers.  We welcome you to visit any evening of the week or even book a private lunch for a group.

Our Team