SqWires

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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P
Memphis
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent

SqWires
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Pat!!

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G
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

I’ll preface this by saying Sqwires is one of my favorite restaurants for brunch . This particular Sunday there wasn’t any live music. I ordered biscuits and gravy that were served cold.

SqWires
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thanks for your feedback Grace. I was able to pull your reservation info thru Open Table to find out what time you visited on Sunday. Our live music on Sundays is from 11am-2pm - it looks like you may have dined w/us before that time. As for the biscuits & gravy issue, I am very sorry about your experience. We have discussed this issue w/the kitchen & will make sure this does not happen again. Please look for a private message for further follow up.

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OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe the server was great ! The music was also excellent!

SqWires
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thanks so much! We will pass your review onto Joe & our musician for that evening, Mike Mattingly!

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T
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kat, was great! Snack bar and overall ambience for brunch were ideal for a couples weekend out in the city. We all enjoyed our food and drinks.

SqWires
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thanks so much! We will pass your review onto Kat and the rest of our staff. Thanks for brunching with us!

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NL
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sqwires has great food and drinks every time.

SqWires
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you so much!!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

SqWires
Responded on September 21, 2019

Thanks so much!

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a
St. Louis
25 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my birthday with the family at SqWires was great. Loved the menu options and the waitress was delightful and helpful with appropriate choices for everyone!

SqWires
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you Andrea! Happy Birthday! Thanks for celebrating with us.

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MS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, excellent food, excellent service, I love the ambience

SqWires
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thanks so much Michael!

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SL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food as usual. We go a couple times a year. Will return. Their mimosa bar is very nice.

SqWires
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you Sameta! We look forward to serving you again!

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LL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always good, and we like the Thursday night music. A good night to slow down and enjoy the ambiance. Sometimes we eat small plates, sometimes regular entrees.

SqWires
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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BF
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food took forever and was cold once we got it. The bread took 30 mins to come out. The place wasn’t that busy, plenty of open tables.

SqWires
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thanks for your feedback Britni. We have looked into your reservation on the 24th and will be discussing these service issues with your server that day, as well as discussing with management and kitchen staff. What you experienced is definitely not acceptable, and not at all up to the standards to which we hold our staff members. We do take our guest reviews seriously and are always looking for ways to improve. I will also be following up with you via private message.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our anniversary at SqWires. It was excellent. We had the Brie appetizer, which was amazing. I had swordfish and my husband had pulled pork ravioli and they were both delicious. We had the house made fresh cherry pie and it was excellent. There was live music we really enjoyed and the building is awesome.

SqWires
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We will pass along your kind comments to our staff and our musicians!

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JW
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extensive menus, great Happy Hour specials and the live music was a very nice touch!

SqWires
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you so much Jim!

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YV
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food and ambiance! I think the kitchen was a bit slow on Wednesday night due to a large party in the private room--it took over an hour to get our food. However, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening due to the DJ spinning actually vinyl classics--Sinatra, Nat King Cole, etc! We carved out a bit of space and danced away our wait time. Beautiful venue (old mattress factory)! Love the space.

SqWires
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you for the review! We will pass your kind comments onto our staff and the DJ from that evening! We would like to apologize for the wait - we were clearly not staffed well enough for the business that came in that evening. We have looked into this issue with our management and will make sure this does not happen again.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Had to go to hostess to get our waiter. Had live music which was fun and great food but service was tough

SqWires
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thanks for your feedback. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the live music & food, but very sorry to hear about your service experience. Just to verify - it says you dined with us on Sun. August 18th? What was the name on your reservation, or can you describe your server/where you sat in the restaurant? We will definitely look into this & work to resolve this issue with your server.

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BW
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was cold and the waitress was too busy for her tables.

SqWires
Responded on August 21, 2019

Thanks for your feedback Brittany. We have looked into your reservation on the 18th and will be discussing these service issues with your server that day, as well as discussing with management and kitchen staff. What you experienced is definitely not acceptable, and not at all up to the standards to which we hold our staff members. We do take our guest reviews seriously and are always looking for ways to improve. I will also be following up with you via private message.

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I enjoy Sqwires, but we had some challenges with the speed of service. Our server has 3 tables seated at the same time which were over 6 people each. This caused some challenges with speed.

SqWires
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thanks for your feedback Bryan. I am very sorry that you experienced slow service. On the date you were here, we were unfortunately & unexpectedly short-staffed due to a sick team member. We have taken this feedback & have discussed these issues with our management & hostess staff to make sure we avoid double or triple seating servers when at all possible. We are also in the process of hiring more servers! I do hope you will dine with us again so we can have the opportunity to serve you better.

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KK
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch with my family before everyone headed back to college.
Great food, drinks and service!

SqWires
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thanks so much Kimberly!

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RD
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I have had much better food at your establishment. The mussels had too much sodium, the food menu could be improved especially for the price. I don't mind paying if the selection is worth it.

SqWires
Responded on August 15, 2019

Thanks for your feedback Robin. We were able to pull up your reservation & have discussed this issue with the chefs/kitchen crew from that evening to make sure the correct recipes are being followed. We do take our guest reviews seriously and are always looking for ways to improve. Thank you again for letting us know so we can fix this issue.

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s
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been to SqWires in a while, but I really like the place. The server was outstanding. The quality of the food wasn't up to their usual standard: my onion soup was way too salty, and the one slice of tomato on my BLT was thin enough to read a newspaper through.
Beyond the food and service, my two companions and I, all arriving separately, would suggest a trim of the shrubs around the patio. We independently suggested that we felt uncomfortable (security wise) walking from our cars to the door.

SqWires
Responded on August 15, 2019

Thanks for your feedback. I see that you dined with us on Aug. 9 - can you tell me around what time you were here? We have discussed the issues with the onion soup & BLT with our chefs/kitchen crew to make sure the correct recipes/prep standards are being followed. I have also let our owner & general manager know about the patio shrubs issue. We do take our guest reviews seriously and are always looking for ways to improve. Thank you again for letting us know so we can fix these issues.

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TT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My party had an amazing time at brunch, thank you. The meals were prepared with care and your kitchen took what I ordered and made it Keto friendly. THANK YOU!!!

As a Major Brands employee I thank you for your support!!

Tedd Trabert

SqWires
Responded on August 9, 2019

Thank you so much Tedd for the wonderful review! We will definitely pass your kind comments onto the rest of our staff. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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A
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Located in a beautiful neighborhood, Lafayette Square, SqWires has a nice patio as well as a fun eclectic indoor space. I went for brunch with family. There is a good selection of menu items to satisfy everyone's taste. I had the brisket hash. It was yummy. The bottomless mimosa and bloody Mary bar was well stocked with a variety of juices, condiments and snacks. The live piano music was great. Waiter was friendly and service was good. I will definitely go back.

SqWires
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you so much for the wonderful review Annie!

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DK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food. Just wish that bread/rolls accompanied dinner so you could enjoy the sauces.

SqWires
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you for the good review & feedback! I will definitely pass this suggestion along to our management.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a birthday brunch with friends. Best brunch ambience in town. And they keep the bubbles flowing on the bottomless mimosas!

SqWires
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you so much!!

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love sqwires. It’s one of my favorite places to go in St. Louis. I’m going to miss it so much when we move!!

SqWires
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thanks so much! We'll miss you too!

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CK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was good, food was outstanding. Will be recommending highly. They have some awesome areas for private parties as well

SqWires
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thanks so much Connie!

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AM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food, but honestly the slowest service that I’ve ever had. It took more than 20 minutes just to get waters and almost an hour before we were able to order food. The Bloody Mary Bar and great company offset the wait times though.

SqWires
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thanks for your feedback Andrea. We are currently looking into your reservation from the 27th and will be discussing these service issues with your server that day. This is definitely not acceptable. We do take our guest reviews seriously and are always looking for ways to improve. I will also be following up with you via private message.

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CL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always fresh and interesting incorporating local produce.

SqWires
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you so much Cheryl!

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LL
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With a live trio on the stage, we expect some noise level, but this group is good at lounge music, a nice background for visiting.
Our service, from waiter to water to food delivery and follow up, was very good. Food and drink offerings are broad enough to make it interesting, and worth coming back.
St Louis has many great 'young lion' chefs, willing to try unusual flavor combos with success. Sqwires is an example.

SqWires
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! We will pass on your kind comments to the band, as well as our service & kitchen staff. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Disappointed overall with the food the service was fantastic and Squires is always a nice place to go......

SqWires
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thanks for your feedback. Could you please provide more details about your food? What did you order and why was it disappointing? We do take our guest reviews seriously and are always looking for ways to improve.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was fantastic. Kat made our experience great and we’d come back as much as we can

SqWires
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you so much! We will pass your kind comments onto Kat. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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J
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch was yummy! Loved the Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar!

SqWires
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thanks so much Jill!

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LF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Great food. Our waiter Mark was outstanding. :)

SqWires
Responded on July 9, 2019

Thank you so much Lisa! We will definitely share your comments with Mark and the rest of our staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food. Loved the live music.

SqWires
Responded on July 6, 2019

Thank you!!

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PJ
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience At SqWires..

SqWires
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you Patricia!

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ST
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service by our waiter, John. Great brunch menu on weekends. Best to make reservations on weekends, which we did. Will definitely make a return visit!

SqWires
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thanks so much Susan! We will definitely pass your comments onto John & the rest of our staff! Look forward to serving you again soon :)

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time. We showed up pretty late and they were very accommodating and food was absolutely amazing. Would definitely recommend to everyone. Great vibe of causal but also nice and elegant.

SqWires
Responded on June 29, 2019

Thanks so much for the great review!

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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress who offered honesty regarding my selection. Service overall was great, although it was a busy time ... Sunday brunch.

SqWires
Responded on June 26, 2019

Thanks so much for the review!

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brioche french toast with strawberries was delicious. Warm, soft brioche bread, fresh strawberries and I didn't even use all the maple syrup!
My girlfriend had the eggs benedict with salmon but was not impressed with the salmon because it was not smoked, like she's used to in Europe. This was basically cooked and had a different flavor she didn't like.
We will go back again for sure, she'll just get a different dish.

SqWires
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thanks for your review Adam! Our salmon actually is house-smoked, but perhaps just differently than she's used to in Europe. I am sorry to hear she did not enjoy it, but so glad to hear you enjoyed the french toast. Thanks again for the review, and we look forward to serving you again soon.

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D
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

We have been a fan of Sqwires but unfortunately this experience wasn’t great. The service was very inconsistent. When the waitress would come over it would take twenty minutes to get the drinks we ordered. It felt like us asking for drinks, clean plates etc was almost a burden. We had two children with us and we had to ask for kids menus. They brought us one set up for two kids so we just got up and went to the front to get another one. This wouldn’t be annoying if it wasn’t for constantly waiting for her to come to our table and then waiting even longer to get what we asked for. It wasn’t a relaxed dinning experience. Our entire table felt like the waitress was annoyed with us. We were out to dinner for a birthday that wasn’t even acknowledged. A lot of little things added up. Wish we had a better experience.

SqWires
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thanks for your feedback. We will follow up via private message for more details.

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