SqWires

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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vipChuck
St. Louis
38 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding experience at SqWires for our 44th wedding anniversary. Perfect intimate table next to the fireplace; plus a terrific waiter, Mark; plus a delightful dinner made for a magical evening.

SqWires
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you so much Chuck! I will pass your comments along to Mark & the rest of the staff. Thanks for celebrating with us - happy anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There were 6 of us Mom daughter and 2 birthdays! My sister and I our Mom and both of our daughters plus 1 daughter in law! Celebrating my birthday and my sisters bday!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to this restaurant for the first time with a big group yesterday. It was everyone’s first time. Our server, Michael was fabulous! We couldn’t of asked for a better server. We will definitely be back & will request to have Michael!

SqWires
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review! We will definitely pass your comments along to Michael and the rest of the staff! Look forward to serving you again soon!

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Tennismatch
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, rustic atmosphere with Instagram worthy food! Great for date night or fun with friends! I will be back!🙂

SqWires
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you so much! Look forward to serving you again soon and seeing those awesome Insta shots :)

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mitzif
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a Vegan. There were great choices and sooo tasty. Ww had a wonderful brunch!!

SqWires
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you so much! Happy to hear you enjoyed your brunch visit. Look forward to serving you again soon!

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Gabriel
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Popular destination. A little loud with the musician playing. Real fire a nice touch on a cold,dreary night.

SqWires
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thanks for your feedback Gabriel. Aside from the volume of the musician, could you please provide more details behind your ratings? We do take our guest reviews seriously and are always looking for ways to improve.

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FamilyTime
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made SqWires a pre-thanksgiving celebration for my two daughters, husband and me. The food was delicious. We each ordered something different (pot pie, stuffed pork chop, meatloaf and blackened mango salmon). After multiple tastings of each other’s food, we still couldn’t come to a consensus about what was the best! Thank you for the perfect evening!!

SqWires
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! So glad you enjoyed your pre-thanksgiving family meal!

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vipjessie
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here about one to two times a year when we visit family in St Louis - it is always amazing service and the food never disappoints

SqWires
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much Jessie!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I thought there would be more options on the annex (buffet) menu. Online it states crab legs, which were not on the buffet at all. Also the lettuce /salad mix just sitting out with no ice under it was kind of a turn off, as well as the salad dressings that were in bud vases (for flowers). A bit awkward. Online it also states that there is LIVE piano MUSIC played during the annex brunch. That was not the case on 11/24. He played random pieces from songs for maybe 10 minutes. It was kind of weird.

SqWires
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thanks for your feedback. Though online it mentions the buffet changes weekly, I'm sorry you felt there weren't enough options. The salad amounts are kept smaller I will pass this along to management team to see if we can change this display. I am looking into the pianist issue as that is not something that should happen. Thank you again; we do take our guest reviews seriously & always looking for ways to improve.

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Nathan
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and really good food. I would definitely recommend to others as well as go back.

SqWires
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Nathan!!

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teresaw
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I would recommend Squires for the food/service, but not if you actually want to have a conversation with your dinner partners. It was too noisy for me. I doubt I'd go back on a weekend, but maybe during the week.

SqWires
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thanks for your feedback Teresa. Yes, weekend brunch does tend to be more energetic than the rest of the week. Do you have any additional comments about your rating for food? We do take our guest reviews seriously and are always looking for ways to improve.

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MichaelE
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, Mike who assisted us in our fun filled brunch is our favorite server. Second, the Bloody Mary bar, Mimosas and food were outstanding. Third, we’ll be back!

SqWires
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you so much Michael! We will pass your comments onto Mike and the rest of our staff. Looking forward to serving you again soon!

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ArunaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation so wait time was zero. We got a really nice table in the corner, the waiter was very helpful with his recommendations and the food was fabulous! This is definitely on my favorite list.

SqWires
Responded on November 24, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review! Thanks for dining with us - we look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server Kat was absolutely amazing. I would come back simply for her service. Food and drinks were equally excellent

SqWires
Responded on November 17, 2019

Thanks so much! I will pass your comments along to Kat and the rest of the staff. Thanks for dining with us!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my friend’s birthday. Everything was amazing, from the moment I walked through the door. The hostess, our server, the manager all made it a great experience!!! I will be back soon!!!

SqWires
Responded on November 16, 2019

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We will share this with our staff. Looking forward to serving you again soon!

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vipHicks
New Orleans
56 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great will return

SqWires
Responded on November 17, 2019

Thank you so much!

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vipSaraT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food. Our server was nice but very slow in coming around the table, however I know it was a busy night.

SqWires
Responded on November 17, 2019

Thanks for the good review Sara. I was able to pull up your reservation info - we will definitely discuss the evening you visited with your server and management. Though I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the food, we do take our guest reviews seriously and are always looking for ways to improve. Thank you for dining with us!

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ElizabethH
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch. The Bloody Mary, Mimosa bar was amazing. The food very good and the service was great, would definitely recommend!

SqWires
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thanks so much Elizabeth!!

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LJMC
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Made reservations to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. We waited close to 30 minutes to be seated. I will say that the service and food were excellent though once we were seated.

SqWires
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thanks for your feedback. I am so sorry that your table was not ready on time, but so glad to hear you enjoyed the food & service during your visit.

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vipDianaG
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a group of 8 for brunch for a bachelorette party. Our waiter was amazing and very accommodating. Will return!

SqWires
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you Diana!!

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LizF
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome in every way!! Food was delicious, service excellent, and live music was fantastic!

SqWires
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you so much Liz! We will pass along your kind comments to Mark and the rest of the staff!

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TeresaB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve recommended this place for Brunch to numerous of our friends. My husband and I have gone several times, trying different dishes, and have NEVER been disappointed.

I always make a reservation, which is recommended (especially with a group).

The bottomless mimosas are worth it! The staff walk around and refill your glass with champagne near to the rim often.

The DIY mimosa/Bloody Mary bar is AMAZING! Several juices to choose between and plenty of yummy delights to add to your drink.

It is a bit pricey overall, but quality and ambiance always make it worth it. *clearly we keep coming back*

SqWires
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you so much Teresa for the wonderful review! We look forward to brunching with you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the chicken pot pie!

SqWires
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks so much!

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DebbieS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night to Fox and did Tuesday $5 special $4 special wine. Food was really good.

SqWires
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thank you so much Debbie!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sqwires offers excellent food, ambiance and service. Our party included 2 vegans. Sqwires had offerings for all! We will definitely go back.

SqWires
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed your visit!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

They ran out of CO2, so we got canned sodas. Service was very slow. Food was excellent!

SqWires
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thanks for your feedback. I am sorry your experience was not up to our usual service standards, but so glad to hear you enjoyed the food. We do take our guest reviews seriously and are always looking for ways to improve. Did you dine with us for brunch or dinner on the 26th? Any information you can give us about your server, where you were sitting, etc. can help us look into this situation and work on addressing any issues.

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TJinStL
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Good meal. Little noisier than I’d prefer since we were seated right in front of the night’s singer.

SqWires
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you for the great rating! Sorry about the noise level though - we always try our best to honor requests to be near or away from the music, but sometimes depending on party size, it can be tough to move around. Thank you again for dining with us, and happy birthday!

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Milo
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and excellent service. Really enjoyed the swordfish special. Could use a larger bourbon selection. Overall, great!

SqWires
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you Milo for the great review. We will definitely take your bourbon suggestion into consideration and see what we can do!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. We had the mango blackened salmon and the meatloaf. The Brie appetizer was delicious. Nice atmosphere

SqWires
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you so much! We will pass your comments along to our chefs and the rest of the staff!

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vipPat2013
Memphis/West TN
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent

SqWires
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you Pat!!

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vipGraced
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipThord2015
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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NeighborhoodLala
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sqwires has great food and drinks every time.

SqWires
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you so much!!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

SqWires
Responded on September 21, 2019

Thanks so much!

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vipandreamyles
St. Louis
25 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MichaelS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SqWires
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thanks so much Michael!

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SametaL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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LanisL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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BritniF
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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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