SqWires

4.5
575 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Live Music
St. Louis" most ardent food-lovers are regulars at SqWires. Our seasonal menu, created by owner and executive chef, Bethany Budde, features creative interpretations of classic American cuisine, with the freshest seafood, prime meats, and indulgent desserts with our trademark simplicity and richness of flavor. Located in the historic Lafayette Square neighborhood, in the former Western Wire Factory, SqWires preserved original 19th century elements and added handcrafted fireplaces, comfortable leather banquette seating, restored overhead factory pulley systems, industrial ceiling fans and exposed brick and beams to create a notable setting for you to meet and eat and drink. Our outdoor dining is available to enjoy the St. Louis weather in spring and summer.
With an extensive martini menu, ten local craft beers on draft, 50 wines and full bar the choices are sure to please, as is live blues and jazz Thursday through Sunday.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm
Friday 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday 8:00am-11:00pm
Sunday 8:00am-3:00pm
Closed Mondays.

Brunch Menu served Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm & Sunday 8:00am-3:00pm (Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar begins at 9:00am during Brunch.)
Lunch Menu served Tuesday - Friday 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner Menu served Tuesday - Thursday 5:00-9:00pm & Friday - Saturday 5:00-10:00pm
Bar Menu always available between Lunch/Brunch/Dinner times.
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Phone number
(314) 865-3522
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bethany Budde-Cohen, Owner
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Catering
The chefs at SqWires Restaurant work their culinary magic for your parties in our unique catering spaces or at your home or office. Our options emphasize flexibility and we will tailor the menu to fit your specific needs for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether buffet style or multi-course plated meals, cocktail receptions or boxed lunches, SqWires will ensure that your event is a masterpiece. SqWires Annex accommodates seated and cocktail events up to 150 guests. The Front Room is a more intimate setting perfect for groups of 60 or less.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Park Avenue, Lafayette Square
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Parking details
SqWires offers easy parking in our private lot, as well as ample on-street parking.
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Public transit
Just a three-minute cab-ride from downtown, SqWires is a 15 minute walk from the Union Station Metrolink Station.
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Entertainment
Live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch, featuring artists showcasing the best of St. Louis" rich jazz and blues traditions.
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Special events & promotions
Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Business Meetings, Showers, Holiday Parties
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 575 People Are Saying
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BS
St. Louis
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Sqwires never disappoints. Best ambiance in the square.

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JA
St. Louis
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. It was a Wednesday evening nice band at the right level so we could still talk.

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ME
St. Louis
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed everything about Sqwires. The atmosphere, food, and bottomless mimosas.

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RN
St. Louis
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great tacos ! Mark H was very personable and attentive. On the fish and chips dish, the fish was a little soggy for me, but still a good flavor.

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PF
St. Louis
2.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We have enjoyed SqWires for years and this was honestly the first time we have been disappointed. But it was a great disappointment. My chicken was barely done and tough. The risotto was gummy and broccoli overdone. My husband's pot pie was dry. A friend ordered the pasta that was not as tasty as usual. Service was mediocre.

I hope this was a one time occurrence, but I really don't want to go back in a while.

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D
St. Louis
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the staff at Sqwires was very accommodating to our grandkids. We love the Thursday bbq and the music by Mayor Taylor.

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DM
St. Louis
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Normally thIs would be a 5 Star but the food was a bit off this visit. Had the yellow beet salad and the beets had black spots on them. Usually love the veggie lasagna but this time the carrots were actually large thick raw slices making them really inedible in the dish. The other food we had in clouding the pot pie was great. Hoping it was just an off night in the kitchen and next time will be better.

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C
New York Area
3.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service used to be better when David B. was working there. The food is fine, nothing special.

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OT
St. Louis
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Great environment!

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CG
St. Louis
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to sqWires with another couple. The atmosphere, food and service were awesome! Can’t wait to go back in cooler weather and enjoy the patio.

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St. Louis
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a brunch reservation, showed up early, and we were ushered to a nice table right away. The service was excellent, and the omelets we ordered were yummy. I loved the rosemary potatoes - well done on the outside and smooth and soft inside. My partner had the creamy grits with his eggs, and he raved about them. We have eaten here several times, and our experience has always been pleasant, so we like to return.

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L
St. Louis
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for brunch.
Nice atmosphere.
Outdoor eating area a plus.

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OT
St. Louis
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It wasn’t that the waiter wasn’t good but he had several big tables sat at the same time and the same fr the two top seated next to us was always looking for their waiter so when ours got close that asked him to do things for their table. Plus I don’t think he knew we were seated.

But the other waiters filled in.

Will we go back....YES!!!!
Will we tell people how much fun it is....YES YES YES

Oh the piano was good but loud. Was glad when he took a break so we could talk.

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e
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit was to celebrate Father's Day and it was wonderful, everything was perfect from our food to our service and had a large round table that would accommodate our family. We were located close to the pianist who was fabulous we enjoyed his music and personality…Hope to see him again on our return visit because we will be back.

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San Francisco
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Waiter was slow and not friendly. Paid for mimosa bar and the wait time for a refill wasn’t worth the price. Croissant breakfast sandwich was good but the breakfast burrito was cold, runny and overflowing with beans. Eggs were cold and fruit array was mushy and melon only. Nice live music but for a Fathers Day celebration, it was overall a disappointment.

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St. Louis
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was prompt and attentive food was prepared well tasted great good appearance, great drinks the music provided was more than enjoyable we both had a wonderful time that evening prior to the concert we were attending that night at the symphony

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J
Chicago
2.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

This is a very nice space in a great part of town. Very nice service. Just the food needs a major upgrade, at least at lunch when we were there. Better options elsewhere at the moment.

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St. Louis
2.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Was a good place to sit with my girlfriends and have a nice breakfast/brunch, but I was a little disappointed with the food and service. New wait staff was confused on the order, understandable for new employees, but not desirable for patrons to decide what dishes were brought to the table. I chose a vegan meal, which I don't usually eat, but wanted to try something new. It wasn't my favorite, especially for breakfast. Server was not helpful when we asked questions about the menu, and we were ready to pay so they could give the table to the next reservation, but it took awhile for the server to bring our check. Overall a nice place to sit, but the staff was not very friendly (except for the new employee) and I would personally not come back, at least not for breakfast. Maybe just an off morning.

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JS
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Good beer selection. Aesthetically pleasing setting.

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TG
St. Louis
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Saturday brunch was good. I had the Ham & egg scramble and it was a little dry, so I ordered a side of gravy to go with it. That made all the difference. Piano player could've been a little quieter, but overall it was a nice experience.

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MM
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brought my daughter here for her birthday to celebrate with family. Just happened to be on a Thursday with live music and BBQ. The family loved, it the band sang Happy Birthday to my daughter and Mark was an excellent waiter.

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JL
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The food was good. The online reservation got us seated right away. The server Pat was horrible. He first came to the table, didn’t speak. Turned our cups upright poured our water and proceeded to ask what we would like. Never mentioned his name. Didn’t smile. Didn’t welcome us to the restaurant. Didn’t ask if it was our first time. He really made the experience subpar

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Des Moines
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service. We had changes to our reservation that couldn’t be avoided and they accommodated us.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. Reasonably priced. Service was good and mostly quick. We were headed to the theatre, so needed to leave by a certain time. Server was respectful of that. Had 30 minutes after dinner before we needed to leave, so ordered dessert. It took 35 minutes for our dessert to come out and had to scurry to make it to the theatre.

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NP
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I personally love the Bloody Mary bar. We took some friends for the first time. One said the shrimp omelette was the best breakfast he had ever had!

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St. Louis
2.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I’ve been here on a few occasions and this experience was definitely subpar. The special was fried chicken which was flavorless and somewhat dry. The sides were decent but by all means, avoid the fried chicken at this place.

Also - they use the same grease to dry chicken as they do to fry pistachios. It’s a risk for those with nut allergies.

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J
St. Louis
5.0Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined with group of ten---and EVERYONE was pleased. That is a rarity.

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KM
St. Louis
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely patio with very good brunch selections. Love the area and hope to go back for dinner sometime soon.

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Dallas
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the place and the menu but they were out of bottled water n sparkling water (st Louis water is brown ) n no rolls just corn muffins - vegan options were good n my friend had chicken pot pie.

It was a beautiful place. Reasonable priced too. Liked it bunches- :)

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Caribbean
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice bar staff a little slow food was great ambience was excellent

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RP
3.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very good proximity to downtown theatre district. Excellent service and ambiance. One dish (seafood stew) was very good but meatloaf was charred and French fries greasy/soggy. Somewhat pricey.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The ambiance was very nice with the gentleman playing acoustic guitar.. at the perfect level! Food was amazing.
The waiter could have been more knowledgeable.. I asked if drinks made with the special sodas were on happy hour and he said yes... it turns out they weren’t and it wasn’t honored. A small glitch because the ambiance and great food more than made up for it!

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St. Louis
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good times!

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Chicago
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Our waitress was prompt but never introduced herself to us. Orange juice tasted funny and had an off odor.

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D
St. Louis
5.0Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Square plate night on Tuesdays is a hit! Definitely going back.

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Kansas City
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all tried this place for brunch. Setting the open table reservation was key with this place that seemed very popular. Great food and mimosas and Bloody Mary bar!

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St. Louis
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed a nice brunch together after an evening of celebrating our wedding anniversary with friends.

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B
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group reservation and, due to babies sleeping and other issues, our party staggered in at different times. The staff was more than accommodating to our group + little ones. Great, friendly, attentive service and good food. Sitting next to the piano was an added bonus. Thanks for a great experience!

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LJ
Chicago
1.0Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Live music too loud...conversations could not be held.
Server was new and inexperienced...was not eager to please.
Food was just Ok, especially considering the prices.
Had not been there in a long time, and am sorry to say, I was disappointed.

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GL
4.0Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought six of my business associates here for lunch and everyone was pleased. We all loved the old wire factory atmosphere and the food and service were outstanding.

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