SqWires

4.5
596 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
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 596 People Are Saying
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SK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
24 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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Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent way to start the day! Food and service were outstanding!

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TT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made reservations for a birthday brunch on 7/28/2018 and SqWires was very accommodating. If you are looking for a relaxed and classy place for brunch, this is definitely it! I enjoyed the fact that we were able to utilize the bloody mary bar with our bottomless mimosas and the food was outstanding! You have definitely gained a customer!

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HG
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful time! We were a large group and the service was excellent! We are planning on a repeat trip! Thank you!

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G
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great atmosphere! Loved it! Would highly recommend visiting.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Booked a reservation for the brunch buffet. Arrived to find there was no buffet, and the server didn’t even know what we were referring to. The event was posted on the restaurant’s Facebook. Not sure where the disconnect was. Service was incredibly slow. We were seated for 20 minutes before we were able to order. The food was ok. Overall, the experience wasn’t at all what we expected.

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MC
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This converted factory is the perfect place for an elegant bite to eat. Though we had to wait for a bit, our server knew the menu and her recommendations were spot on!

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FP
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and outstanding food. I cant wait to go back.

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BS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Sqwires never disappoints. Best ambiance in the square.

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JA
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
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
1 review
Dined 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
49 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
15 reviews
Dined 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
2 reviews
Dined 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
121 reviews
Dined 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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JG
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Great environment!

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CG
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 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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a
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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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EP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 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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PH
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined 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
73 reviews
Dined 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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OT
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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