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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4.6

Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.6

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4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (27)
Special Occasion (23)
Business Meals (22)
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Neighborhood Gem (20)
Casual (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Cozy (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Romantic (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Seasonal (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Fun (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Authentic (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 14, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Love this great restaurant , lunch with my financial advisory team

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 7, 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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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 7, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined 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.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent lunch and great service! Will return again and again.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I've been to Cardwell's several times and every time it has hit the mark!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have lunch a few times a year at Cardwell's, always on New Years Eve with my friends. This year I brought my granddaughter. I was so disappointed today.
One person in our party was given her fried oyster sandwich 10/12 minutes before the tray for the rest of us (total of 4) arrived. The waiter dropped the tray, food and china went everywhere, sliding under our table. The waiter was the first to come over to apologize. During the clean up, no manager came to our table to check with us. My friend had salad dressing all over her purse. We did not want to make a bad situation worse or make the waiter more embarrassed. We waited for our food (quicker this time). We notice broken pieces under our chair and notified the staff. Still no manager. When we received our bill much to our surprise, there was no compensation for the extended wait etc.
Maybe we should have been vocal but we all thought the staff at Cardwell's would have acted with more graciousness towards customers.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food and service were excellent. We will return!

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very disappointed the the awesome French onion soup was not available. Guacamole way too heavy on “stay green” additive and whole sprigs of cilantro, should have been much more finely chopped. Disappointed.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great service, delicious food, attentive server and staff. Check- in was a breeze and had an excellent table. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Mediocre menu for the price.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Cardwell's never fails to deliver on quality cuisine and service. The atmosphere is sophisticated but also very comfortable. I've never been disappointed at Cardwell's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My office staff went there for our Christmas dinner. Beautifully decorated for the holidays, quiet enough so you can talk to each other. The food was fabulous!

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always great food and service. Menu varied and creative. My go-to place almost anytime.
Yesterday, the noise level was pretty high, which was the only deduct.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Overall it was good. I asked for coffee before our entree was done and it took so long before she came with it. She couldn’t find cups and said that they needed to wash some,we got the cream, we got the birthday dessert and it was gone before we got the cups and then we waited for the coffee. I would gestatimate the time it took after I asked for two cups of coffee one with cream, was fifteen minutes plus. (She didn’t charge us for the Coffee!) we will go back but we will ask for coffee first!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Had a nice lunch with a friend. The calamari was outstanding! Always a nice place for lunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Love Cardwell’s. Always good.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great Manhattans and wonderful food! We will go there more often.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 10, 2017

It was our anniversary and the food was wonderful. No one mentioned our anniversary at dinner, even though Open Table asked us what was our special occasion. Other than that, the restaurant is amazing. We will go back.

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

Very impressed with the ease of making a reservation using Open Table for this restaurant. We especially like the fact that the restaurant read the reservation ahead of time and reserved a booth that we requested. It made our special occasion even more memorable.

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

This is becoming our go to place. Great food and service. Went back a couple days later for lunch at the bar during a holiday shopping trip and had the best Reuben sandwich ever!

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was our 2nd Anniversary, and Cardwells made it incredible!! Food,service and ambiance all on point!! Will be back soon just to enjoy!!!!

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner with a relative from out of town. The service was great, the food was awesome (as usual) and we had a great time.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 30, 2017

In alcove, noise level was satisfactory.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The pear tort was beautiful and delicious , halibut superbly prepared

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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

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vip
 (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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