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SqWires Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sqwires.com
  • Email: info@sqwires.com
  • Phone: (314) 865-3522
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast / Brunch Menu Saturday 8 am till 2 pm.
    Breakfast /Brunch Menu Sunday 8 am till 3 pm.
    Tuesday - Friday Lunch 11 am.
    Tuesday - Saturday Dinner 5 pm.
    Bar menus always available between Lunch / Brunch & Dinner.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Organic, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Bethany Budde-Cohen Owner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The chefs at SqWires Restaurant work their culinary magic for your parties in our unique catering spaces or at your home or office. Our options emphasize flexibility and we will tailor the menu to fit your specific needs for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether buffet style or multi-course plated meals, cocktail receptions or boxed lunches, SqWires will ensure that your event is a masterpiece. SqWires Annex accommodates seated and cocktail events up to 150 guests. The Front Room is a more intimate setting perfect for groups of 60 or less.
  • Private Party Facilities: Adjacent to the restaurant is SqWires Annex. A unique venue that accomodates seated and cocktail events up to 150 guests using our main level and our mezzanine. Plan your next business function or party in the warm and inviting atmosphere of SqWires Annex or for your smaller more intimate events, the Front Room can accommodate up to 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Karen Kruse (888) 656-6518
  • Entertainment: Live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch, featuring artists showcasing the best of St. Louis" rich jazz and blues traditions.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Business Meetings, Showers, Holiday Parties

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Avenue, Lafayette Square
  • Public Transit: Just a three-minute cab-ride from downtown, SqWires is a 15 minute walk from the Union Station Metrolink Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: SqWires offers easy parking in our private lot, as well as ample on-street parking.
A word from SqWires
St. Louis" most ardent food-lovers are regulars at SqWires. Our seasonal menu, created by owner and executive chef, Bethany Budde, features creative interpretations of classic American cuisine, with the freshest seafood, prime meats, and indulgent desserts with our trademark simplicity and richness of flavor. Located in the historic Lafayette Square neighborhood, in the former Western Wire Factory, SqWires preserved original 19th century elements and added handcrafted fireplaces, comfortable leather banquette seating, restored overhead factory pulley systems, industrial ceiling fans and exposed brick and beams to create a notable setting for you to meet and eat and drink. Our outdoor dining is available to enjoy the St. Louis weather in spring and summer.
With an extensive martini menu, ten local craft beers on draft, 50 wines and full bar the choices are sure to please, as is live blues and jazz Thursday through Sunday.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We went to SqWire's for a Bachelorette party. The entire wedding party is from Saint Louis, but has recently moved to the East Coast. Needless to say, we plan on going back the next time we are in Saint Louis! The service was beyond excellent, and the menu had a wide variety... but not too many choices to make you feel overwhelmed! (I had the Chicken Pot Pie and it was delicious!) The ambiance was outstanding, and the live musician was great. They had a lovely outdoor seating area, although we did not get to sit there. Overall, I think this restaurant is great and I will recommend to St. Louisans and out-of-towners alike!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The whole staff was very nice and accommodating and the experience as a whole was great and will definitely try this place again. Only negative was that our server was a not as attentive to my table as he was to his other tables, and was not as friendly. Not going to guess why that was bc I get the fact that people get busy or they just have better rapport with others; all good... Especially since the rest of the restaurant staff made up for our server's lack of."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Even though the place wasn't packed, our service (from time to order to when we received our appetizer or meal) was extremely slow. One of our drinks came in a dirty glass and another (Bloody Mary) was so bad my wife asked for something else, and it turns out we were still charged for it. Two of our four meals (ahi tuna and chicken pot pie) were very good. The diner who had the shrimp and grits barely ate any of it (although I tried the shrimp and they were a nice size and tasty). The big disappointment was the salmon. Although it was hot, it had no taste and was very dry. This was my first visit to SqWires, and will be probably be my last."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I wonder if they were short staffed the night we dined. We waited about 15 minutes for our drink orders to arrive and then another 15 minutes to take our order. We ordered our appetizer and entrees at the same time due to the wait. After about 30 minutes our entrees arrived before our appetizer. The wait staff was apologetic and we were able to return the appetizer. The food was good but not exceptional. We will not be going back the next time we are in the Lafayette Square area."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We still love the setting. We have gone there five or more times in the past couple of years. The food seems to be less exciting - sometimes great, sometimes not. This time in my beans and rice the tomatoes were awful and there was very little seasoning. The spinach salad was good. With multiple servers we had to rearrange both salad and main plates as the servers couldn't keep it straight. With so many new places opening up Sqwires needs to kick it up a notch and pay attention to details."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "met friends for a sunday brunch. my entree, the waffle with ham, to me was too heavy on the ham...very salty. would order something next time. loved the bloody mary bar. want to come back in warm weather to take advantage of the outdoor seating and want to try the dinner menu. its a lovely area of st. louis. can't wait to bring my adult kids here. great slim jims and bacon!!!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I found the food quite good. The meat was just slightly a little drier than expected. However everything tasted good. There was a good beer and wine selection. The room had an intimate feel and was very nice. The service was impeccable. We never had to wait for drink refills."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I took an out-of-town guest to Sqwires for dinner on Saturday night. It took over 10 minutes for someone to even greet us at our table. Our waitress was overextended and the restaurant seemed very short-handed the entire evening. Service was poor, rushed, and our waitress seemed visibly annoyed whenever nearby tables requested anything of her. In her defense, it was clear she had entirely too many tables to handle on her own. She seemed stressed, which made our experience stressful as well. I was embarrassed that we chose this restaurant to treat our guest. I thought it would be lovely for her to see Lafayette Square and the overall restaurant concept of Sqwires. First impressions are important--we will likely not return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Terrible service and it was brought to the managers attention. He really did nothing. Two diners, a soup and salad ordered for each diner and they came out seperately, about 15 minutes apart. The water glasses not filled, dishes left on the table and the waitress was asked to remove them. Wine forgotten - had to go to the bar. Just told they were busy - well duh, you're a restaurant that has been in business for over 13 years so you should know what busy is."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My dining partner ordered fish tacos which he thought were tasteless. Only one of the two served had sauce. Our server took our order, dropped off water and never came back. When trying to order a drink, I asked another server to come by. She did not return. I finally had to ask the hostess to find her. When she did return she was surly and rude. We decided to move on to somewhere else for coffee and dessert."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "enjoy the food...love the atmosphere..our waiter was fabulous"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We love this place! Priced right, delicious unique food, and great service. It's a regular for us!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We have been to Squires many times over the years, but now we seem to be fondly remembering the past. The meal we had this past Saturday was just not nearly as good as we have had here in the past. The seared tuna I had was tasteless and rubbery (obviously frozen), my wife's "strip steak" seemed more like a nameless cut from a chain restaurant, and cooked way past the medium rare she had requested. Too bad, we really like the area and the ambiance of this restaurant. If we come back again, it will just be for drinks and maybe an app."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Very nice flavor on the meatloaf potatoes and vegetables. My wife's sirloin was very good as well. Good beer selection. Atmosphere was fun in the old wire mill. I would definitely recommend it to others."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Sqwires is one of our favorites. We don't live in St. Louis so it is an effort for us to visit Sqwires but we love it so much that we try to go a couple of times a year. We love the meatloaf but have enjoyed other menu items as well. At our most recent visit, my husband had the meatloaf and I had the black beans and rice. We shared the quinoa salad. Beer selections and wine have always been good. We sat at the bar but always love sitting by the fireplace. Reservations are needed."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We ordered a salad, two appetizers, two meals, and the house Chardonnay. Everything was uniquely prepared and tasted wonderful! Their creativity is stupendous. Three cheers for the chef! A lunchtime delight on a cold Valentine's Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took three of my friends for birthday lunch as I had raved about food at Sqwires . Food was not up to previous standards my guests were not impressed. Potato chips tasted like they had been cooked in day old fat, We were never offered desert and I had put in reservation comments that this was a birthday lunch for one of my guests. We were not looking for free dessert but some recognition of the birthday and opportunity to order dessert."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I had the ahi tuna and vegetable soup. Both were great. SqWires is always good, especially on Wed for 1/2 wine night."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I went to Sqwires for the first time with my friends for brunch this past weekend. I recommend making a reservation. This restaurant is very busy. The servers always made sure my coffee and water were full. The food was very delicious. However, one of my friend's food came out cold. They quickly took her plate back to the kitchen and brought her a new warmer version of what she ordered. I was told that my reservation overlapped with a 12 pm reservation but never felt rushed. It did take longer than expected to get us an extra chair for another friend. Overall, I enjoyed my experience and would come back."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Not bad service...just indifferent. We had to wait for her and/or flag her down. Men's rest room was a mess. No excuse for that. Good food. Whole place needs more polish. I won't go back. Too many better places."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The happy hour was great and allowed me and my friends to kick back a little before the rest of our group arrived for the great dinner that we had. I would definitely go back and recommend it to others."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I have never seen a Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar quite like this. We Loved it! There were 4 of us. The food was fantastic, filling and flavorful. We used OpenTable and did not have to wait, our table was ready."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Took my son to SqWires for his birthday. We did Sunday brunch and it was terrific again Bloody Mary Bar is awesome. I love all the garnishes. I had the beef hash and Eggs It's my favorite. Service is typically good and I always suggest reservations"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. We arrived about 8:30 on a weeknight. Our entrees were not hot and the waitress gave us our bill ithout asking about coffee tea dessert about 9:15."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Really apreciated Sqwires being open for New Years Day! We were delightfully surprised by the Bloody Mary bar and the food was delicious not to mention the service was empecable! I definitely recommend this place for brunch and we will definitley be back."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "I am giving "service" just one star because the waiter spilled an entire large diet coke (with ice) on my husband's lap when we were first seated and prior to us even ordering our food. It was an accident, but knowing that didn't make my husband any less uncomfortable. His jeans were soaked through and he was cold and miserable. Not an ideal dining experience for my husband or for any of us at the table, for that matter. It would have been nice if the waiter would have at least offered my husband's meal "on the house"."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "waitress had a bit of an attitude. one in our party could not make up their mind and it annoyed her, it was obvious"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I hosted some team members at Sqwires and the menu has something for everyone. They have a great Happy Hour menu and the wines on special are actually quite drinkable, something I've not found at other places. The space is really nice and if it is cold outside, the best spot is by the fireplace. The music was a little loud & it made it difficult to have a conversation across the table. The mushroom & chevre appetizer is delicious and share-able and everything I've ever ordered during my visits has been nicely prepared. There is a good drinks menu and Sqwires has many special menus for food at different times. Service can be a bit uneven; I have had excellent service down to rather inexperienced service."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "This was my fifth or sixth time to eat at SqWires. I have always had good food and enjoy going there. However on 11/26 they must have had the "B-team" working. Service was very slow and waiter was not familiar with the menu. The bartender was terrible - -messed up several cocktails, and then did not have the glass of wine I ordered. - which took them 15 minutes to tell me. If this was my first visit it would have been my last. I will recommend SqWires based on other meals there. And hope the service issues are resolved before the next time I go there."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Great site for meeting out-of-town friends hoping to dine in an historic STL neighborhood."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "My friends and I tried to eat here before heading to an event. We waited an hour and 25 minutes for our food and when it arrived it was cold. We couldn't send our food back because we were already running late, so we left hungry and upset. I have been a fairly frequent customer for several years and received less than stellar service before. Needless to say, we will not return."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "My group of 10 meets once a month and this month we had 4 birthdays. I called to see if we were welcome to stay late for a 1.5 hour meeting and if they had birthday cake. I was told they used two local bakeries that I could pay for at the time of our luncheon and with just my information about how many to serve and that it should be chocolate, they provided a delicious cake from one of the best cake bakeries in St. Louis. It was painless planning for me and we were well received for the afternoon. Everyone enjoyed their entrees, of various kinds. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "My party was seated at a table near the door, so all of the overflow crowd was bumping against us throughout the meal. There did not appear to be enough servers to accommodate the crowd. A member of my party asked for an English muffin with his omelet but none came. I've had better experiences here previously, but the last two dining experiences were less than stellar. It would hVe to be something special to draw me back,as there are lots of places to have Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "This was our first visit. The atmosphere was interesting and fun; the wood burning fireplace was an added pleasure. Servers were friendly, informative, and courteous. The menu had a good variety and interesting/different items from other restaurants which we truly enjoyed. Our waiter also offered suggestions which were helpful. A good time was had by all. We will definitely return and bring some friends with us."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We hadn't been to Sqwire's for a few years, but wanted to give it a try after we stopped in with some friends after a wedding for a drink. Started off with a great wild mushroom appetizer and finished with an awesome salmon dish. We really enjoyed the live entertainment. I believe her name is Jessi and she added to our wonderful experience. We will be back!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "There was so many interesting choices on both the regular and the "specials" menu that it was very hard to make a selection. There were 7 people at dinner, and each of us ordered a different dish and table ordered three appetizers. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. Appropriate portion sizes and beautifully served. We had a wonderful evening and we will be back."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We went there after a crowded Cardinals game -- we had reservations but at 6:45 it wasn't too crowded for a Saturday night. The food was excellent - I had the ratatouille and my husband had the rainbow trout. The kids pizza was large (10 inch?) .... I will go back."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We have eaten at Sqwires many times. The food and service is always exceptional. The weekend brunch and bloody mary bar are not to be missed. Many restaurants claim to be dog friendly but are anything but. Sqwires is REALLY dog friendly."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "SqWires has good ambience with its decor remaining true to the original factory occupying the building. Try the braised short ribs - a wonderful, fork-tender, perfectly seasoned piece of beef served with a savory mushroom bread pudding soaking in an herb flavored sauce. It was excellent. A group was playing and singing music that could be related to by many generations. The oldest person in our group is 92 - she enjoyed the music as much as the younger people sitting near us - a rare thing these days.."
    Dined on 7/25/2013