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

Cardwell's at the Plaza Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cardwellsattheplaza.com
  • Phone: (314) 997-8885
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 11:pm - 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: Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • 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
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • 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 (314) 997-8885

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clayton Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground garage.
A word from Cardwell's at the Plaza
Cardwell’s fuses the warmth & comfort of a neighborhood bistro with the elegance & attention to detail of fine dining. They appreciate what a restaurant experience can do to enhance the human spirit - how the clink of toasting Bordeaux glasses, the aroma of savories from a wood-burning oven, the relaxed mood set by candlelight & a rustic setting can turn the ritual of “going out to eat” into a celebration of food & good company.
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 offers ample portions, hearty flavors, the spark of jazz & lively table conversation while delivering attentive service.
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "As usual the food and service was great. We stayed late and were not rushed."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Another great meal at Cardwells! The pastry chef there is quite creative and the blueberry tart topped off a great meal"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great food always, wonderful fish...delectable desserts"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food is fantastic, as is the service. A bit pricey."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A blend of fine wine amazing food and superior service our special place in St. Louis "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "They found the early local white asparagus! The warm strawberry shortcake was devoured, delicious"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Great spot for dinner before events at the Library."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The food is always high quality, fresh, creative and local when available. The service is impeccable. Cardwell's at the Plaza is a Gem."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant. I have never had a bad meal here!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Everything truly fantastic: wild King Salmon, lobster roll, wine, strawberry shortcake, Phil's service. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I have never had a bad meal here. Food is perfectly prepared. The sauces and condiments are perfectly matched to enhance the dishes. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Always a class act. One of my top 10 restaurants in St. Louis."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My wife and a dined here. The food was so-so. The place was about a quarter filled."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "It's going to be difficult to eat another shrimp without that Cardwells sauce."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "My family has been eating at Cardwell's on the Plaza ever since they opened. It's the most consistently great restaurant in STL. We had dinner for 4 and all had something different and it was excellent. I wish I could remember thename of our waitress as she did her job perfectly! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "As always - good food, good service and a lovely atmosphere. I love it when i can hear the discussion at the dinner table :). Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We made a resevation on a Friday for lunch, the dining room was buzzing with conversation and the aroma's from the kitchen were enticing. I ordered the pan seared walleyed with carrots/green beans and sliced baby potatoes and my friend ordered the famous club sandwich and goldend french fries. She took half her sandwich home for another meal. My walleyed was so good there was nothing to take home. I will definitely order the walleyed again. Our waiter was very attentive and we had a nice booth which looked out at the restaurant. I enjoy Cardwell's at Frontenac if it's for cocktails after a movie, lunch or dinner with my husband, I find the food good and the astmosphere fun."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "One of my favorite go to places. Had the crab cakes last Friday, and for the first time in Cardwell's, I was somewhat disappointed. Canned crab, and really not great, or what I had expected. Service, as always, is fantastic."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "As always, the food and service was well above average. A place you can always count on to deliver!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Spacious tables. A bit noisy but okay. wine by the glass at lunch has poor selections. Food was pedestrian and overpriced. Appears to be a local watering hole. Overall, rating is consistent with the majority of these types of dining spots in St Louis. Nearby BRIOs is far superior."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Consistently great food (with wide selection, including many vegetarian options). My "go to" choice for gathering with friends and they also accommodate children well for a nice family dinner. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "As always, my lunch at Cardwell's was a great experience. The food was wonderful and the server was as professional, efficient and friendly as could be. I've yet to have a single complaint about any one of my many experiences at Cardwell's. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "A great place to return to frequently as there are a multitude of choices. Bill Cardwell's touch is apparent and appreciated. Recommend this as an excellent choice for many dining time options. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Food was really good, large portions. Birthday lunch with my daughter and we had quick service during our lunch hour. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Another excellently-served, extra-special lunch for special ladies--and the miso-glazed salmon special was one of the best specials ever!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014