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.
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.
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.
Always a great meal and great service
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.
Always consistently good.
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.
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.
Best Prime Burger in town
Always the best food, service and staff! Lori (sp) and her team are always friendly are always spot on!
I love Cardwell’s. We have been going for years and have always had excellent food and service. Highly recommend.
As usual the food was excellent, the service prompt and friendly and the experience memorable.
Excellent food and even better service.
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.
Always great food!
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.
The salad with shrimp and the taco salad were delicisiou. Not too spicy, not heavily dressed.
Ice tea was great too!
Absolutely loved the halibut - hats off to the chef!
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.
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.
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
Nice place to have lunch, but they could change the menu occasionally.
Excellent as always
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.
Never disappoints. always a good meal and time at Cardwell's
Love this place! Food and service are always excellent
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.
Outstanding as usual!
Always good food and wonderful people!
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.
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.
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.
I love coming to your restaurant for lunch. Food is always excellent, I especially love the tower.
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...
Food and service were excellent . Chestnut and ricotta ravioli with duck was outstanding.
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.
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.
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.
Sat in an alcove which reduced noise and was good for conversation.