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Cardwell's at the Plaza

4.6
976 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
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 976 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Always a great meal and great service

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always consistently good.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Best Prime Burger in town

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Always the best food, service and staff! Lori (sp) and her team are always friendly are always spot on!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

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 on April 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Excellent food and even better service.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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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