About 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.

94 Plaza Frontenac
St. Louis, MO 63131
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:15am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:15pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 5:15pm - 8:00pm

Cross Street:
Clayton Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(314) 997-8885

Website:
http://www.cardwellsattheplaza.com/

Catering:
Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Underground garage.

Executive Chef:
Bill Cardwell

Private Party Facilities:
Cardwell's at the Plaza offers two private rooms accommodating up to 12 & 16 guests. Groups larger than 16 can be accommodated semi-privately. Our Vintner's Room in our restaurant provides an intimate space with its own china, glassware, silver, and hand-made furnishings by Greg Lippton. Whether it's a business or family gathering, each Vintner's Dinner at Cardwell's at the Plaza is uniquely crafted to help you celebrate your special dining occasions.

Private Party Contact:
Toni Collins: (314) 997-8885

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cardwell's at the Plaza Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (23)
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Good for a Date (20)
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Business Meals (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Casual (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Cozy (8)
Romantic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
People Watching (7)
Authentic (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Seasonal (5)
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Quick Bite (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Organic (3)
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Tapas (2)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

A favorite for many years..It has not lost its touch

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Always good. Have grown up with Cardwells, and watched it grow along with me.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Each time I go to Cardwell's at the Plaza the food, service and general atmosphere appears to get better and better. I hope this personal service never fails to impress me.

Thank you.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Cozy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We dine at Cardwell's on the Plaza a couple of times a month. The food is very good, the service is also very good. When it is crowded, the noise level is tolerable for conversation, but at off peak hours (half empty or more) it is quiet, and conversation is very easy. It is always a pleasant experience to dine there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

AlwAys wonderful and our food wonderful and service was exceptional

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Healthy, Comfort Food, Seasonal, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was fair but not great for the money. The ambiance is always nice and convenient when shopping and you want a lovely little lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Delicious food
Very hood wait staff

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We come to Cardwells often and it never disappoints. One of the best in St. Louis

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was excellent as usual. Disappointed they don’t offer whole grain bread with meals anymore.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Lunch at Cardwell’s after a movie is always delicious and service always dependable. One of my favorites.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent evening for a special occasion. Great tasting food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Consistently great food and excellent service! Cardwell's makes any dining experience special!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our server was so rude as to make us consider eating at the other post-movie rest. in the mall- in the future. Not only did the waiter not return any pleasantry or greeting.He didn't ask if were finished before removing plates. He did not offer us dessert, after dinner drinks or coffee. (A lost of probably $50 for the rest.) He seldom made eye contact, etc. Never offered refills. Threw the check down en route (thought the rest. was sparsely populated.)

Could the service please match the food?

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Four of us had dinner at Cardwell's and were fortunate to get a booth that gave us a chance to hear each other better than sitting in the middle of the restaurant. The food is always wonderful, and they have experienced people as servers. It's always good.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We eat here quite a bit because it is a convenient location for myself and our friends. It is always very good and a nice atmosphere.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 21, 2017

One of my favorite places. Great food. Fabulous veggies.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The heirloom tomato salad with watermelon bites was outstanding!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Cheese platter, Wedge salad and Beef short ribs were amazing !!

Joe was our waiter again, service was excellent, 5 star!!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I always love this place but so sorry I missed the gazpacho this year.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 10, 2017

If you are heading to Plaza Frontenac this is going to be a solid choice. With that said it's no longer a place I would go out of my way to dine. It's simply just OK. The menu is kinda boring and the decor is badly in need of a facelift/update. One bright spot is that the service there is always very good. I hate to be such a buzz kill but there are just better choices in the area now and Cardwell's would be wise to play a little catch up.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 9, 2017

One of the best dinners I've had in months. Hands down the best service I've ever had there with the new waiter Joe. The beef was excellent and the cheese plate is always a must.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We were able to be seated in one of the alcoves and it was marvelous! Our service was excellent! Very attentive and quick. T's winning personality really added to our enjoyment. The food was delicious. Cardwell's never disappoints!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 6, 2017

The service was very good, and waiter was very attentive. We had three very different entrees, flat iron steak, seafood stew, and stroganoff . All were very good very good. Wines were reasonably price and a good selection.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 4, 2017

My husband & I frequently dine at this restaurant. However, we always sit at the bar when it's just the two of us because we know we will receive great service. This time we had two other people with us, so we ate at a table for four. As usual, the service was horrible! Terrible service is unfortunately the trend at this restaurant unless you eat at the bar. I believe from now on we will expolore other restaurant options if our party is larger than the two. It's unfortunate we must experience terrible service at a restaurant we love so much. The food is always outstanding! We love the local & seasonal additions to the menu.

In a nutshell if your party is larger than two I recommend you go somewhere else for dinner. You won't be pleased with the service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (London)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We always like Cardwell's for a nice dinner at an easy place to relax. The food is always good, the service is always fun.

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·Dined on August 29, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious! The service was wonderful! Loved it!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Great lunch today. We both had the lobster roll special. It was really good.
This is a consistent go to place that offers a nice environment and excellent food and service.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 27, 2017

What a disappointment. Have dined at Cardwell's since its inception and although I only go one or two times a year, I have always considered it to be excellent. Creative menu, professional wait staff and food that is outstanding. Not this time. Not even close.

When we arrived and our party of 4 asked to sit outside we were told to sit anywhere we wanted. There was a table meant to hold 4, but we had to pull up our own chairs so that all 4 of us could sit there. Not the end of the world. The table was mostly clean, except for some liquid and a few crumbs. That was never cleaned off.

We ordered drinks and 2 of the 4 were not properly prepared (dirty martinis with zero dirt). Appetizers came before bread, which we had to request. We should not have bothered as the bread served was dry and clearly not fresh. It may have been baked that day, but it would have been before the rooster crowed. Two of us ordered the tuna tar tare and it was horrible. Tuna was fishy tasting with an overpowering lemon flavor in the background. Maybe because they knew the fish was bad and they were trying to cover the taste? Who knows? It was quickly and courteously replaced with cucumber soup, which was excellent. Main courses included a pizza which was good, salmon which was good, but was served with room temperature (not hot) mashed potatoes, pasta with seafood, which was mediocre and grilled shrimp, which while good, were pricey. I mention this because three of the four of us heard the waiter ask my wife if 5 shrimp would be okay. The dish was described as having only 3 shrimp and that was what was served. So cannot totally fault them on that. Carrot cake dessert was excellent.

No visits from managers to ask if all was well, much less because we had sent back drinks and appetizers.

Sad to say we all agreed we will be slow to return.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Traveled to St. Louis from out-of-town with two teens and came directly to Cardwell's before checking into our hotel as it was later on a Sunday and we had already grabbed the last dinner reservation. The front of the restaurant was more formal with tablecloth covered tables, while the back of the restaurant was more casual in appearance with booths and wooden tables and chairs. An attractive bar was between these 2 areas and to one side.
Our waitress was friendly and attentive and the food was very tasty. We did order more casual fare....burger, pizza and stir fry.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I've eaten there many times and have always enjoyed it.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Consistently excellent service and food. Alcoves great for parties of 6. Very sad that their (vegetarian) French onion soup is no longer on the menu. Was one of my favorites and a signature dish. Hoping they will add a vegetarian soup to the menu to fill the void. Still there is a large and varied menu and most will find something they really like.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Excellent lunch with a girlfriend. Nice quiet atmosphere and my Chinese chicken salad was delicious!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Cardwells always serves a delightfully tasty lunch. Great salads and sandwiches with a flair. Several nice wines by the class if you are so inclined.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We were disappointed with our server. He was not attentive and seemed very unhappy. He was so evasive I got up and tried to summon him. After no luck I got up and found the ice tea in the bus station and brought the pitcher to pour for us. The menu prices are higher and the value is not worth it. We used to love to dine for our monthly lunch but, no more.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 1, 2017

never disappointing! Always great food, service and value.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I had a delicious lobster roll for dinner. It came with chips and a pickle. It would have been nice to have some kind of vegetable on the plate as well. The lobster roll was a fun summer treat!
I like the fact that there is plenty of space between the tables in the carpeted area of the restaurant.
The profiteroles were an excellent, delicious way to top off the meal!
I will definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Always wonderful! We love to celebrate birthdays at Cardwells on the Plaza.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great time of year to visit, the tomato salad was super, so fresh and natural
followed with Bills Lobster roll, wow
Then fresh peach bread pudding it does not get any better!

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We were very disappointed in the overall experience. The service was very slow and it was hard to get anyone's attention. The waitress took our initial drink order and then disappeared. We had finished the initial drinks and wanted to order dinner and wine. We had to waive her down. We then ordered the wine and part of our dinner order. She seemed frustrated and short with our questions. She left to wait on one of the two rooms beside us while one person was deciding on something. We were very hungry by this time and had no wine. We waved her down to finish the order. She was rushed and brought the wrong wine. The right bottle did come fairly quickly. The food was adequate. The dessert was a highlight. The same thing happened the last time we were there. Lesson learned!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Business lunch with a god friend. Very much enjoyed our lunch and the service.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Casual
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