SqWires

4.5
622 reviews
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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.
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-2:00pm
Closed Mondays.

Brunch Menu served Saturday & Sunday 8:00am-2:00pm.
(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 622 People Are Saying
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MG
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Sqwires! Such a wonderful place for brunch, but can accommodate any event or reason.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We got seated about 15 minutes after our reservation time and only had an hour for the bottomless mimosas but it was a very nice place. The juices should be labeled because they get moved out of place and some don’t pair very well with the champagne used. The food was delicious and everyone was very kind and helped out when we needed something. I loved this place and would recommend to anyone in St. Louis!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was fantastic. He knew when to check in and when to stay back. Perfect service.

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V
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Birthday brunch for Millennial daughter. In our previous visits the Bloody Mary/Mimosa bar was fun and full of nibbles. This time there was hardly anything on it but a few olives and some cheese cubes. Very disappointing. Came back to the table with literally a plat with a scoop of horseradish and a green olive on it. Maybe it was because our reservation was for 1 pm but then don’t advertise and charge for a full drink bar.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as t place for breakfast and the bloody Mary's are perfect!

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SH
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were second to none! Ask for Joe!

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C
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food! Unfortunately the service was not very organized- had to wait 25 minutes past our reservation time to be seated.

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TR
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday and the service was great and the food was wonderful. I had the shrimp and grits and the bloody mary. The Bloody mary bar and the mimosa bar were very nice and I will certainly come back.

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r
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was gre8as well as our server. His recommendations were spot on. Will visit more often.

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WK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of my friends and I went to Saturday Brunch. There were six of us. Most of us ordered either salmon or steak eggs Benedict and bottomless mimosas. We also ordered a biscuits and gravy as an appetizer to split. Everything was delicious, and our server, Cat, was excellent. We’ll go again! :)

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BD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Went for both brunch and dinner. Good for vegetarians and vegans. Just ok for others. Very casual. Service friendly but slow and piano too loud for brunch.

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TJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday dinner. Excellent food. They had a musician performing in the room, which combined with normal conversations made the atmosphere somewhat noisy.

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TT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party but still had great service and the food was excellent! Will be back for sure !

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fantastic Brunch we will definitely be back. The steak benedicts are fantastic!

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MF
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good, but service was terrible. They were not busy either.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just recently moved to St.Louis and wanted to try this place as it was close to our residence. My parents were in town, so we wanted somewhere with good food, ambience, yet still unique. SqWires was all of that and more, not to mention, our waiter was impeccable. I highly recommend the Baked Brie for an appetizer, it was excellent. Thank you, SqWires for welcoming us to STL in the best way possible, great food and a great time! Cheers!

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ME
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service at Sunday brunch. Piano music was GREAT!!!!

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SN
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great “go to place” with good food, nice atmosphere, friendly service.
We did have to request some items 3 times, but they were still courteous.
Always enjoyable.

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GC
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my lunch in a great modern atmosphere, service was top notch, but food a little pricey

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VA
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bottomless mimosas with a snack bar! Good food. Good service.

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f
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was my first foray into dinner here. Have been there many times for breakfast and lunch. A little disappointed in dinner but like the daytime ambience and service.

Our food took very long just to get the appetizer. When it arrived was not very hot. (The drinks were phenomenal!)

But the dinner again when it arrived was not very hot either. And the waiter spilled liquid from one of the plates all down my side as he quickly snatched the plate off the table. Apologetic and got a bar towel with club soda for clean up.

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CF
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were yummy. Would definitely return.

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and will continue to
introduce more friends and family to this adorable spot! The food is always great, the staff is always so attentive and of course the bottomless mimosas are truly bottomless! For a great date night, one on one or a bunch of friends getting together, this is a spot you should definitely try! You'll definitely want to come back!

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RH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sqwires provides a wide range of services, from wedding receptions, baby showers, anniversary celebrations, and graduation parties to brunch or dinner for a couple or group. They have the facilities and staff to satisfy customers over a wide range.
Sqwires menu is very good, the food is consistently tasty and the service is excellent. I have been there many times and would recommend it to anyone.

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K
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm vegan and Squires has vegan and vegetarian meals, so I can always find something to eat there. There food is local, fresh, original and oh so delicious. I love the half price drinks during happy hour as well.

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HR
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

My husband and I waited 55 minutes after we ordered a hamburger and fish and chips for lunch, which is too much time to wait. My husbands burger was overdone. We were told there was a large group ahead of us after we waited 45 minutes. If we were told that ahead of time, we would have opted to leave and go across the street to Square One Brewery.

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SK
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So everything about my Sqwires experience was good except for one thing. THE MUSIC. I don’t begrudge piano players but the reason I like sqwires is because I can actually have a conversation with the people at my table. The live music ruined that this time. If I wanted a loud atmosphere I would have gone to Wheelhouse.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Was excited to eat at a new place. Took FOREVER - an hour to get our appetizer and dinner which was wrong. The restaurant was lightly occupied but was more
Like a bar scene than a date night restaurant. Of all the food the Brie was the most edible. I hate to leave negative reviews but this was not up to par regarding quality and presentation for the prices. for the same price we could have gone to Vindeset.
can’t win them all.

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LH
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great selection with many different food choices to satisfy any taste. Pleasant environment making for an enjoyable meal.

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AS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a noon appointment but ultimately waited 25 minutes to be seated. We waited what felt like an hour for our food to come. It’s a shame that those delays dampened what otherwise would have been a decent brunch. The live music was great and they generously kept the Mimosas flowing.

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G
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere. The pork tacos were dry, however, everything else was good. Looking forward to trying brunch one weekend!

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DD
St. Louis
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!! Fantastic in every way. We went for brunch on Saturday. They had a great pianist playing. The Bloody Mary & Mimosa bar is unbelievable with anything you would want to add to your drink from fruit and olives to cheezits and Swedish fish! Lol! Our table had the veggie benedict, the tofu skillet, the breakfast burrito, the brioche french toast and a biscuit and gravy. Everything was delicious! Fresh, bright flavors attractively presented. The french toast was my favorite.....so fluffy and delicious. Highly recommended. Great service too! We will be back!

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k
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our service provider was slow , but management was quick to pick up the tab for desert and apologize.

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AG
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The restaurant was my choice for the group. We wAited an hour for our food . When it did come, it was luke warm and not very flavorful!

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C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

SqWires has so much potential to be great - the food is really good, the bar service is quick, and the atmosphere and music is truly a good experience. However, in order to actually enjoy your time at this restaurant, you have to come prepared with a very high level of patience. The service is incredibly slow. Food runners stop to chit chat among each other constantly, servers can't communicate with the host to realize when their tables are being sat, and the food takes way too long to prepare for what they're cooking.

We set a reservation at 9am for the soonest available table (which was 1:30pm), as we've showed up and waited for over an hour in the past. After being sat at 1:30, we were approached by our server 20 minutes later, after the rush had cleared out. Our food arrived 50 minutes after that, and the restaurant was empty.

As stated above, ensure you arrive with a high level of patience, and it should be a good experience

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OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went around 1. They were pretty busy & missing bussing staff, so it took a bit to get our table. There were a couple of
large parties & the kitchen was backed up. Since we weren’t in any rush, timing wasn’t an issue, especially since our server (Mariana, I believe) let us know at the outset that it would take a bit to get our meal & checked back periodically. The menu is a pretty typical brunch menu, with some options for.variations. The noise level was typical of most places these days, with a pleasant piano background. Our table was right by the door, which turned out to be perfect, far enough from the music and not surrounded by other tables to be quiet enough to have a conversation.

Overall it was a pleasant experience & I’d go back again.

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LO
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a fun place for a bachelorette party brunch! The Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar was such a huge hit!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Kind servers. A little slow with service

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DK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed our dining experience at SqWire. The food was good and reasonably priced. The service was excellent. We found the renovated factory atmosphere to be unique and very pleasant. Would definitely recommend to our friends when visiting St Louis.

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CR
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an enjoyable lunch to celebrate Grandma's 91st birthday! The food was terrific, but Karen's service was even better! We will definitely be back!

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