Solid week day lunch menu with hearty clam chowder, cheesy twice-baked potato and smoked turkey and havarti on sourdough with a cranberry sauce. Attentive service. Popular place, especially for the women who lunch in St. Louis.
Great location for a lunch meeting or casual get together with friends. I very much enjoyed the menu - great selection of salads, sandwiches and entrees. The service is also excellent - very friendly and timely. Highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner.
Excellent, as usual. The flash-fried calamari seems to keep getting better, excellent wine selections and the service and ambiance were excellent as always.
Dry good food and service is the norm here
Cardwells is a St Louis classic. Always a go to place when meeting friends. Food is good. Consistent. And the ability to have a little private room makes it extra special!!
Love their salads. Really great and a little different from the rest.
Did not have a good experience this time.
Food was VERY average and took too long to come out.
Service very inattentive.
Was disappointed after looking forward to dinning there.
The food was excellent. I had jumbo shrimp and my husband had a pork chop. The service was wonderful too! It was pricey, however.
Place was empty and was placed near serving station.
Reception desk personnel very snobby
Food was grossly over priced
Celebrating a graduation, and the service was impeccable and food fabulous.
Sausage pizza was amazing as was the goat torte. Forman Cabernet was fun to see...boutique napa Wine that is really good. The calamari overwhelmed the salad in the calamari salad dish, although cooked well. Overall really nice lunch date.
The occasion for our visit to Cardwell's was a birthday celebration. The food was delicious, especially the calamari and chicken wings we ordered as appetizers. Service was very good. Even when water was accidentally overturned. The waitress promptly seated us at another comparable table. I will definitely recommend Cardwell's to any friend who wants excellent food, ambiance and service.
This was my second visit here this month. The first time, I was bowled away....the waitress could not have been more attentive, the food was fabulous, my friends and I were seated in one of the alcove rooms, everything just seemed top-notch.
I was anxious to take my husband back and we returned with our 16 year old granddaughter. While the waitress was attentive, it wasn't over-the-top service...my granddaughter's was incorrect and we had our food while her order had to be cooked. We ordered desserts to go, and they took some time to come out and the preparation for one of them was less than visually attractive when I got home (although it was still tasty).
I think my husband liked his steak, but I don't know that he felt it alone was worth the price of a return trip. My stir-fry was just so-so; I wouldn't order it again. The halibut I had on my first visit was phenomenal. The prosciutto asparagus salad was also to-die for!! My granddaughter did like her salmon quite a bit; she said the butter it was topped with was delicious.
Lastly, my granddaughter was highly uncomfortable in our booth as she said the "leather" was badly cracked on the seat and was pinching her legs (she was wearing shorts). I would think a restaurant of this caliber could afford to either have these cracks covered or reupholstered.
In comparison, the two visits could not have been more night and day.
Bill Cardwell gets it...service and ambiance are meaningless if the food isn't outstanding. This was the tastiest meal I've had in a long, long time.
Always a great meal and great service
We've been to Cardwells many times and each time has been superb. The staff is excellent and the dining rooms are lovely. Most of all - the food is great. Highly recommend.
Always consistently good.
Server not attentive at all, she would be gone for long periods . Calamari very salty, all food average at best, perhaps we caught them on a bad day. We’ve been here before and it was much better.
We wanted a place with outdoor tables on a mild late spring evening. We had no trouble at all with being seated outside - we even had a choice of tables. Waiter was friendly and relaxed. Lovely evening.
Best Prime Burger in town
Always the best food, service and staff! Lori (sp) and her team are always friendly are always spot on!
I love Cardwell’s. We have been going for years and have always had excellent food and service. Highly recommend.
As usual the food was excellent, the service prompt and friendly and the experience memorable.
Excellent food and even better service.
The food and service were first-rate. However, Open Table was a problem. We wanted a table at 6:00 and were told online that there were none available between 6 and 6:30. We went at 5:45, which was not a problem, and left at 7:15. The restaurant was half empty all evening. There were plenty of tables available between 6:00 and 6:30. Open Table needs to correct its reservation process.
Always great food!
We had a waiter with an attitude. We have not experienced anything
Ike this. We usually have very good waiters no matter where we go so it was really noticeable. He was very abrupt and acted very aloof and arrogant. The food was just okay and not worth the price. I have been to this restaurant in the past and had decent food and good friendly service.
The salad with shrimp and the taco salad were delicisiou. Not too spicy, not heavily dressed.
Ice tea was great too!
Absolutely loved the halibut - hats off to the chef!
This is an upscale restaurant with good food, good service and upscale prices. Wasn't too loud since we were there early on a weeknight. However with the few folks there you could tell that if filled up it would be loud. My friend said of the steak she had that it was as good as any she had ever eaten. I had Halibut and it very good. Waiter was attentive.
April 2, 2018
Small family gathering of six to celebrate a birthday.
We were seated in an alcove which was perfect for our group. It seems to be difficult for the servers as there is no room to move behind the table to pour drinks or serve food but provided privacy and an intimate space for our group ... well worth the serving inconvenience.
Server was excellent and well trained. Our glasses were kept full and server was attentive to our needs. Food was well presented and everyone was pleased with their order.
I have eaten at Cardwell’s many times and have never been disappointed.
Our wait person was on target. Not too much fuss just enough. Never go wrong with the drummers and stir fry. Best ice tea I’ve ever heard in a restaurant. Been going to Cardwells for over 25 years
Nice place to have lunch, but they could change the menu occasionally.
Excellent as always
Cardwells at the plaza is my goto lunch spot when I want to guarantee that a client lunch will focus on business and not luncheon mishaps. The wait staff is very cognizant of business subtleties such as waiting to talk specials and take orders until people have stopped talking and the menus are now open. The food is always good and the atmosphere is very business like. Parking is always available and much simpler than street varieties in the Central West End, Maplewood, or Clayton. It’s a treasure in the middle of Frontenac.
Never disappoints. always a good meal and time at Cardwell's
Love this place! Food and service are always excellent
The overall dining experience was very good. The food was delicious with great presentation and for desert, I would definitely recommend the chocolate pecan pie.
Outstanding as usual!