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Sun, 2/25
8:00 PM
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Cardwell's at the Plaza

942 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Creative Cuisine
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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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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Please call for details.
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Cross street
Clayton Road
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Parking details
Underground garage.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 942 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JJB123 (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

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

vipLIndaS (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined 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.

Babette (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

vipLovetoeat (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined 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!

vipOpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipBARSTL (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined 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.

arthur (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
3.0  Dined 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.

vipRichard (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Love this great restaurant , lunch with my financial advisory team

vipLucy (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

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

nothanx (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

The semi-private dining alcoves make a perfect setting for six old friends to enjoy each other and good 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.