Cardwell's at the Plaza
Cardwell's at the Plaza

Cardwell's at the Plaza

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cardwellsattheplaza.com/
  • Phone: 3149978885x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:15pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:15pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 5:15pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Bill Cardwell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Cardwell's offers 2 private rooms accommodating up to 12 & 16 guests. Groups larger than 16 can be accommodated semi-private. Our Vintners Room Is a Restaurant With in a Restaurant providing an intimate space with it's own china, glass ware, silver, and hand made furnishings by Greg Lippton. Each Guests menu is custom to season and occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Toni Collins 3149978885x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clayton Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground garage.
A word from Cardwell's at the Plaza
Cardwell’s at the Plaza fuses the warmth & comfort of a neighborhood bistro with the elegance & attention to detail of fine dining. Chef Bill and his team appreciate what a restaurant experience can do to enhance the human spirit. Hear the clink of toasting Bordeaux glasses, smell the aromas of savories from a wood-burning oven, and experience the relaxed mood set by candlelight all in a rustic setting.

A distinct American spirit is applied to all dishes while continuously offering guests surprises with both preparation & presentation. With a special devotion to local ingredients, the menu boasts both the heart of comfort food & the flair & balance of culinary complexity. Cardwell’s at the Plaza offers ample portions, hearty flavors, the spark of jazz & lively table conversation while delivering attentive service.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cardwell's at the Plaza reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (55)fit for foodies (52)great for outdoor dining (46)special occasion (44)neighborhood gem (38)good for groups (30)notable wine list (24)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (17)great for brunch (15)romantic (15)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Willy
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The culture is comfortable as home the dining experience is exceptional and the service (David ) as always was a balance between attentive friendly and professional. Cardwells at the plaza is in our top 5 in st Louis
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get table in dining room not bar
    HirschwritesVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    That's the gist of my advice … the bar is noisy but the dining room is fine. And the food and service are always good. Dependable place for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So glad Cardwell's exists!
    AnneB
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Cardwell's is a shining star among the (somewhat scanty) restaurants in our area. The food is reliably delicious and the ambience is good. Especially nice are the small private dining areas -- quiet and lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Reliable" is NOT a Negative!
    BraseGigantiVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I hate the word "reliable" because it seems reserved for stuffy places that haven't updated their menus in 20 years. Yes, CotP has a standing menu, but their specials are often VERY special. This was true during our last visit (my first in the evening in a long time). We all went off-menu, three of us for the savory halibut, me for the rich pappardelle with abundant pork ragu. All were flavorful and well-considered. Side note: we often dine at the bar on Saturdays and Sundays, and it always feels fresh and fun.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday night
    trashcup
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Salads were served properly, cold plate, cold greens, but house salad was blah. Gnochi was average but OK, veggie sandwich was great. Cole slaw was wonderful. Noise level was high.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    NewtoStLouis
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was our first visit to the restaurant. It was recommended to us by a former employee of Mr. Cardwell. Although, Cardwell's at the Plaza has received many awards, we were not impressed. The wine by glass was ok. The food was better than the corporate establishments, but not exceptional. The service was alright. Overall, our experience was "Just Ok."
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent lunch site...
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We love Cardwells and often meet there for lunch. The menu as something for everyone. The Pasta Pleaser is always a yummy choice and comes with a small side salad. On this day there were 5 specials and we tried a flash fried scallop salad. Delicious. We enjoy sitting on the patio when weather permits or if we have a family outing the little rooms are nice and quiet for conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight
    pamstlVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food and service are always good here. They always have great specials so you can try something new, or just order a favorite off the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    AnnoyedVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have not had service this bad in a long time. Note to all servers - just because two older ladies sit in your section, don't assume you can forget about them as they won't tip well. Silly ageist boy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service
    VisitoroutofUSVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great restaurant in an up-scale shopping mall. Had a great dinner with big portions. Was able to pack it to bring back to hotel. Will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent post theater dining
    TsakiVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    After experiencing a late afternoon live theater production, we had a 7:15 reservation and were immediately seated. We appreciated the easy parking in front on a Sat night. We were seated near the bar which seems quieter than the main dining area which we observed is a little loud. Having lunched here before, we were intrigued by the variety of menu options and the comments of our server Destiny. We tried a cocktail suggestion and enjoyed it very much. Lobster ravioli was excellent as well as the house salads. We always appreciate runners to present the food well, water glasses reasonably attended, and offer of 2nd drink and dessert. For dining on the upside of the curve, we'll make this a first tier choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Misses
    Egghead
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food is always excellent. Never have had anything disappointing. Very accommodating and lots of variable spaces (including many private alcove dining areas). Staff area always very professional and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a keeper!!
    DiinStLouis
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Consistently good every time!! Our food was delicious. Their menu has Cardwell's classic dishes and always the freshest of ingredients. Bill Cardwell has kept this gem of a restaurant current with healthy dishes and simply wonderful seasonal choices too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bring earplugs
    Esq1VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    What began as a disaster due to the (literally) unbearable noise level at the two tables closest to us finished as a perfect evening. As we were leaving, no - storming off (due to the noise) we saw seats at the bar and so stayed and ate there and everything was just terrific due to the two knowledgeable and extremely personable and witty bartenders (with whom we've been friends for years), and the artistry of Remy in the kitchen - what a staff ! Great night !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zada1
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Cardwell provided a great spot to meet friends and enjoy great food. The service was terrific and a place that I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    RIffileeVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I've eaten at Cardwells many times since it opened several years ago. The food is always very good and well-presented. Have had many dishes on the menu, and every one was worthy of a reorder. A person can't go wrong eating here - alone at the bar, at a table in the main restaurant or in one of the several private rooms.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always fabulous
    Hubie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Cardwell's has been a favorite for years. Food and service are always top notch. Parts of the restaurant though are very noisy to the point you can't carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fruits and veggies
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Do not miss this place when seasonal fruits and veggies are available, they are so creative with them. The fresh peach tart was outstanding, and the heirloom to mate salad had I dressing , really special Enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great experience
    Stella
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As always, my lunch at Cardwell's was top quality. The food is always carefully prepared and the service is efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    leadalto
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We selected Cardwell' at the Plaza for our special anniversary celebration and were pleasantly surprised by attention that we received throughout the evening. Food and service were excellent with a wonderful complementary desert for two to close a wonderful dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time
    BillVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    As usual the food and service was great. We stayed late and were not rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cardwell's on the Plaza
    Sociologist
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went there for my birthday, and they brought me a small cheesecake with a candle! The server was very nice and responsive. The bread was mediocre; they should contract with a local bakery and serve good bread. This is a very expensive restaurant; the appetizers were close to $15 and the entrees close to $28. We didn't get appetizers, sides, or salads. We could have used them if we could have afforded them because the entree portions were relatively small. The menu descriptions made one expect more than was served. Like Cardwell's in Clayton, Cardwell's on the Plaza is dark. It might be nice to dine here while it is snowing outside! For ordinary people, this place is a stretch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another perfect dinner:)
    Kimberly1VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Cardwells remains one of my favorite places to dine. The service and food is always superb. This is simply a beautiful restaurant with matching food. There is always a great mix of people here. Consistently delicious classic items on the menu and interesting specials keeps me coming back here. You won't leave hungry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Our Cardwell's Experience!
    mollskb
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We absolutely loved our experience at Cardwell's at the Plaza! The food was delicious. Each dish was perfectly plated and courses were served in great intervals. We highly recommend the Mediterranean Plate appetizer. Our salads were good. However, our entrees were far above expectations. The steaks were perfectly cooked. The side of fresh vegetables were distinct - most fresh vegetables sides are all very similar; however, these were flavored very differently and the vegetables were a great summer blend. Our waiter was attentive yet not intrusive. I ordered a drink I did not like and the waiter helped me select a new drink and then did not place the original drink on the bill. We were very impressed by the service and food! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Another very good experience. The stuffed squash blossoms were great as an appetizer. My wife had the goat cheese torte (as always) and loved it. I had the skirt steak which was perfectly prepared (medium rare), although the sauce seemed to hide the flavor of the dry rub. Overall, very good, always reliable.
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  • Outstanding Experience
    LifeIsShortEatWell
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We decided to celebrate an anniversary two nights ago. The service was outstanding, and the food was fantastic. Bread service was quick with generous portions of real butter. Caesar salads were crisp and tasty. For the entrée, I had the New York Strip, medium, and it was cooked to perfection with excellent flavor. My wife had the filet mignon, and it, too, was fantastic. The crème brûlée came with three delightful little cookies (oatmeal, peanut butter, and coconut) which was a perfect ending to a great meal. Cardwell's is a great place for a variety of food. While the prices are slightly above average, it was definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Fabulous
    Kimberly1VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I come here usually once a week. The service and food is always so good. This place is one of my favorites. Bill is great at preparing dishes with unique flavors and spicing things up with seasonal specials. The mussels are a favorite, the tomato salad in the summer is always fresh. Just love this place. There was a review where someone said "pedestrian food and Brio was better" Let me clear up any confusion. Cardwells is more upscale fine dining NOT a chain restaurant. If you appreciate a great dining experience Cardwells won't let you down. The portion size is always good. Additionally we had a birthday celebration here a year ago and they made the most divine plate of sweets for the whole table. Great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Fails to Impress
    Tiger1964
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have been going to Cardwell's for about 5 years now and it never fails to impress. We dined for lunch and both had the Club Sandwhich with the side salad. This is the gourmet of club sandwiches. The entire menu is a gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Blue berry tart
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Another great meal at Cardwells! The pastry chef there is quite creative and the blueberry tart topped off a great meal
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 73 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 523 reviews are from the Cardwell's at the Plaza reviews archive.
  • Special requests accomodated
    TsakiVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Having a very late lunch with a friend, my wife and I were told a small private party room was available and we were delighted to have our request for more quiet, less busy table. Our guest was delighted with the menu, a menu that says to your guest-you're something special The smoked salmon sandwich and fish entres were well prepared and beautifully presented. Our server was attentive yet never intrusive. Wonderful food, excellent professional service, and special request honored - doesn't get much better than that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    stlfoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The food was very good here! The lobster roll had a little too much celery for my liking, but for being a landlocked state I was shocked at the quality. The filet was perfectly cooked and the sauce really complimented the steak. A lot of carbs on the plate, but I'm not one to complain about that! Creme brulee was excellent as well, but a pretty big portion. Our waiter was kind of all over the place and it took a while to get our check, but it was an excellent meal and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eat est est..
    willert
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great food always, wonderful fish...delectable desserts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brooklyn
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food is fantastic, as is the service. A bit pricey.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    Willy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A blend of fine wine amazing food and superior service our special place in St. Louis
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh veggies
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    They found the early local white asparagus! The warm strawberry shortcake was devoured, delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Creative
    MikeGage
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Cardwell's prints their menus regularly, as opposed to having a fixed menu and some off-menu specials. The variety and creativity in the food selections is magnificent. It is a first class restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great spot for dinner before events at the Library.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Great after all thest years
    RobbieK
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food is always high quality, fresh, creative and local when available. The service is impeccable. Cardwell's at the Plaza is a Gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really good
    jeanVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The food and the service were excellent. We asked for a quiet table and got a wonderfully quiet table in a small room - it was perfect! It is nice when requests are followed. One of our favorite restaurants in St. Louis! Consistently good and a great menu for all tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a hit
    glo11510
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Cardwell's at the Plaza is always a hit....being a home run. A wonderful menu to choose from with an excellent wine list. From the moment one walks in..the meal...the wine...to your exit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.