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Cardwell's at the Plaza

4.6
966 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 11:15am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:15pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 5:15pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(314) 997-8885
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bill Cardwell
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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.
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Private party contact
Toni Collins: (314) 997-8885
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Catering
Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clayton Road
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Parking details
Underground garage.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 966 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I love Cardwell’s. We have been going for years and have always had excellent food and service. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

As usual the food was excellent, the service prompt and friendly and the experience memorable.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and even better service.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Always great food!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The salad with shrimp and the taco salad were delicisiou. Not too spicy, not heavily dressed.
Ice tea was great too!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Absolutely loved the halibut - hats off to the chef!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Nice relaxing

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Nice place to have lunch, but they could change the menu occasionally.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent as always

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Never disappoints. always a good meal and time at Cardwell's

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Love this place! Food and service are always excellent

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Outstanding as usual!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Always good food and wonderful people!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We had made a reservation and were seated in a small room with our friends where we enjoyed a quiet lunch with lots of laughter and good conversation. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. It was a lovely lunch, and we thank you for the dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Restaurant was very accommodating with moving reservation . The service was very good, and staff was attentive but not overbearing. Food was very good. Salmon was cooked to perfection.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Apps were fantastic, entrees were excellent quality but bland. Bar screen was happening. Service was very good as well. Will go back but sit at bar and order apps & drinks.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I love coming to your restaurant for lunch. Food is always excellent, I especially love the tower.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Brian who was our server was truly outstanding in every way...He is a true joy to have him take the finest of care of our experience.

Totally focused on detail...It's always the little things that can make a huge impression.

I hope Brian is there on our next visit...

John Beck

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food and service were excellent . Chestnut and ricotta ravioli with duck was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

A favorite place of we chose to celebrate Valentine’s Day did not disappoint. Table was ready and our server was very good. Tried a couple new cocktails, mule and a muddled margarita. Very good (way too much salt on the rim). Apps, entrees and dessert were delicious. Had the flat iron steak and she had the salmon. Sooo good. Blueberry hand pie to close was just right. Diet restarts tomorrow.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

There are several vegetarian options that can be tailored for a vegan (one of our party is vegan). That makes dining at Cardwell's pleasant for our group. The food is very good (not exceptional in our opinion). They have a nice selection of beers, ales, and stouts if you lean towards fermented brews. The restaurant ambiance is nice and the noise level is not very high for the number of people in the restaurant. It is a reliable choice for a good dining experience and we dine there at least once per month.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We enjoy going to Cardwell's as the food and service are always excellent, but I, personally, judge more on the quality of food, and Cardwell's food is excellent. I have never had a bad meal there.
We particularly enjoy going there for lunch and then attending a matinee at the theater inside the mall. It is so convenient to go there to eat with so many nice retail stores in the same location.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Sat in an alcove which reduced noise and was good for conversation.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I am a healthy eater and this is not the place for that! While they have salads and soups, they are such large portions, with no option for smaller appetites.
That is the only reason I would not refer a friend here. If you like a lot of food, the food is great and huge portions!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was good as always, although I was perplexed about the fried oyster blt, where the flavors seemed to compete with one another.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Cardwell’s at the Plaza has to fill the roles of both a destination restaurant, where people make reservations and plan to linger, and a mall restaurant, where people want to drop in and find a table waiting when they tire of lugging their shopping bags around and need a break between tasks. It plays those sometimes contradictory roles surprisingly well. The food is both comforting and creative. The service adapts to the shopper who needs to refuel ASAP and get somewhere and to the group who that wants time to chat over three courses and then chat over coffee. There are glitches, but very few. Caldwell’s is great for a special occasion—and for a quick bite between shooping tasks or before or after the movie.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

This was my wife's favorite to go to restaurant for special occasions. There has been a steady decline on vegetarian entree to only a veggy sandwich. There is no attempt to modify exiting sides on other entrees to become an optional "entree" Most other dishes have all kinds of vegetarian items. We are told they are all set as pre fix and cannot take from one for another- too bad.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

A great place for dinner after a movie. The calamari and salad were great as always. It's one of our favorite date experiences.

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3.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Make reservations and requested an alcove table 6 weeks prior to reservation. When we got there we wouldn't give her an alcove table and told that there had been an error in marking it down. Our waitress was very attentive however made no concession for not providing a request. Some favorite items have been removed from the menu such as onion soup and a turkey burger, and while the food is OK it seems to have become pricey for what you get.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Love this great restaurant , lunch with my financial advisory team

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

I don't remember not enjoying my meal at Cardwell’s until this one....fish tacos and slaw. It was truly not good. Not any of it. What a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

The semi-private dining alcoves make a perfect setting for six old friends to enjoy each other and good food...no need to clean the house before or after, no cooking, no stress! This is always a great evening out for this same set of people. Thanks.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We went for a girls lunch and had a fabulous bottle of wine and great lunch. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would definately reccomnend and go back.

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