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SqWires

4.6
535 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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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-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 535 People Are Saying
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was a great time

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was delicious, server decent but the noise in the place was so loud I could not hold a conversation with my family at our table.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We got seated at this terrible bar thing because the table intended for us was held hostage by three-hour squatters. What’s the point in a reservation ? That being said they gave us donuts as apologies which were delicious! The food was amazing as always and I never say no to a papaya mimosa. They’re too popular for their space size.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We love SqWires and go on a regular basis , the staff is always amazing, the bloody Mary bar is GREAT!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Awesome everytime I go 3rd time now will be back. Lived the meat loaf

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Went to Sqwires to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of my future sister-in-law with a few friends. We had a lovely time and shared a number of delicious apps: the baked brie (divine), smoked trout, flatbread, and calamari. The atmosphere is so warm and inviting - I've also been here for lunch and brunch, and even held my rehearsal dinner in the event space, so I suppose I am a super fan!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We loved the food, but the service was incredibly slow. We waited more than an hour for our food, even though we had let the staff know that we were on a 1.5-hour time limit because we were eating before a show. We do love Sqwires, and the live music was fun, but the overall experience was not as we were constantly worried about making it to our next engagement on time.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This was our first time visiting and we were truly impressed. It was date night for us with 2 other couples and we all loved the atmosphere, the food and the service.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Kevin was a nice waiter. Square plate Tuesday. Didn't care for the meat on the pizza. Pinot Grigio was tasty.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

On a recommendation from local friends we went to SQWires before a matinee at the Fox Theater. Sunday Brunch was almost as awesome as Hamilton! Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar was so fun! The portions were just right. Daughter loved the Egg Sandwich on a bagel. Wife had the Traditional Breakfast and I had the Biscuits and Gravy on top of scrambled eggs. It was so good and amazing and the ambiance was perfect. Can not wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

What a neighborhood gem to have found coming from out of town. Great setting, great food and an outstanding Sunday brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had a party of 7 and everyone's food was great! The service was outstanding and the atmosphere was unique. Reservations were easy and our table we was ready when we arrived. Wonderful experience overall.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I really enjoy Sqwires for the food, the music, and the ambiance. But, on this occasion I took my entire family for Easter breakfast. I was truly disappointed in the seating arrangement I was given. Having made my reservation quite some time ago, I didn't think we would be stuck in an add on table in the back corner of the restaurant. It was by a door, it was cold, and my family couldn't remove their coats. Having went last year where we were seated in a nice dining room with a round table, this was a massive disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My family of eight enjoyed an Easter brunch at SqWires. Everything was perfect. The building is a very upscale industrial look with a very large fireplace in one corner. The food was very good. I had the smoked brisket hash and it was delicious. But I think it was the expansive Bloody Mary bar that really stole the show. I would highly recommend SqWires.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We were 2 couples, we had reservations and were seated promptly when we arrived. Wait staff was knowledgeable and timing was good. The setting is a really nice vibe, casual but ok for a special occasion. Funky eclectic décor. Bathrooms clean. Among us we had the seafood chowder, chicken special, and cous cous. I can't remember the 4th order. Everyone thought the food was really good except for me, I had the cous cous (vegetarian). It was ok, but nothing special. We also shared some fresh oysters and shrimp which was really good. There was some live music, but it wasn't that great and it was really loud, on top of the already loud dining room. All in all, I would go back for sure. Probably order something else.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

As always, the people are friendly and the food was good.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Everything was great, the only thing lacking was the service. I am not sure if the young lady was just over worked, or what. We sat there without water or wine a few times as other staff members walked by. Out of the ordinary for SqWires!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Friends in town visiting and we met them for brunch. Everything was excellent.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I don't leave a lot of reviews but feel inclined to do so here. We were in St. Louis for a weekend get-away and had heard good things about SqWires for brunch. A few notes:

- Bloody Mary bar is out of this world. Hands down the best I've ever seen. The Bloody Mary itself is huge, so you may want to split.
- Our server messed a couple of things up but they fixed it. They didn't play games or lie or anything like that. They approached us professionally and handled it well. They owned their mistake and for that I give props on the service. Cmon, we all have a tough day at the office.
- If I was going to complain about anything, the skillet had no flavor whatsoever. Sounded like a good dish but I wouldn't order it again.

If I lived in St. Louis, I would definitely go back for a 2nd time, even given an average to below average first time.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I celebrated my birthday with some friends and the food was awesome! The service was great and the ambiance was perfect! I even got a delicious bread pudding dessert compliments of Sqwires. I have come here multiple times for breakfast,lunch, and dinner over the years and it’s still one of my favorites in St. Louis.

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We like to take company to SqWires when they visit. The menu has great variety and prepared to perfection. This past visit, I had a reservation, and waited 20 mins to be seated. We could see our reserved table the whole time, just no staff to actually seat us. Drinks took over 15 mins to arrive from the bar. Food was phenomenal, as expected. Check took another 20 mins to make its grand appearance and when I asked a question about our charge the waitress was abrasive and intolerant of me. Fingers crossed my future visits are more like my first ten and not this one!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Great food great service great pricing

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Has a lovely brunch with friends. Bloody Mary bar is amazing. Menu has options for all tastes. The pianist played lots of old favorites.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Had a good 2nd experience. The noise level was much better @ 9:30 am than my 1st time at 10:30. I'll always try b4 10 am. Wonder how loud it gets at lunch time.☺

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great lunch! Espresso martini was awesome!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Was a great experience. Food and service was excellent

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Honestly, best brunch around. The service was amazing, the snack bar was a cute little touch and the food was delicious. I can't wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Fabulous food! Best meatloaf I have ever had! Great atmosphere too.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The family style fried chicken dinner is the best! Thursday night music is a great addition

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The skillets are small and left something to be desired. On the other hand the brioche French toast topped with strawberries was to die for. Very flavorful but not rich. Also tried the biscuits and gravy, which were well done. You can tell the biscuits is made fresh. The server we had seemed to be annoyed, took a while to get refills on our drinks.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was fantastic. The service was prompt and well worth the money.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We lucked into this restaurant by chance. I didn’t know what to expect, but it met all my expectations! Excellent food, interesting and creative food choices, terrific and attentive service. We were even mived to a nicer table closer to the fire place! Will definitely go again. Cool renovations!

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Went for a Sunday brunch with my two teenage children. They loved it, which makes me guaranteed a return! The coffee is always good, and I love their mimosas. Service was very slow but that doesn’t change my overall opinion. We love it.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

The ambiance is wonderful with the fire burning in the corner. The waitress and staff were very friendly . My French toast and sausage were both a little dry, and the sausage was tough. My daughter's scrambled eggs were a little too runny for her and she thought her sausage was tough also. My husband thought his breakfast scramble was wonderful though.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service, amazing food and wonderful atmosphere! Will definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We each enjoyed our meal. We ordered the Salmon which was cooked just right, not dry or over cooked. My husband ordered the river & thoroughly enjoyed it as well. My some had the pepperoni pizza special (w/out the pepperoni, lol) & he said he could have eaten two. Management came by to be sure we enjoyed our main course as well. We splurged & had the flourless cake, (divine), the strawberry bread pudding (very generous portion) & the adult hot chocolate (which was a little strong for me but I finished it just the same). This will go on our short list for when we are in the area.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Veggie lasagne was excellent

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Incredible food and presentation. Live music was fantastic and very nice.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Best brunch in town. They have an amazing bloody mary and mimosa bar. The food is always delicious and reasonably priced!

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