SqWires

4.6
717 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.

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OT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great experience

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast. Piano music not too loud.

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D
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a consistently good low key restaurant. The food and service are always top notch. Small plate Tuesdays area great value too!

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PT
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There is a positive improvement from prior visit . Food was special. Kitchen was slow.

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RJ
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I used to love Sqwires. Not sure if we will return. Our wonderful server is the only reason this review gets stars. It began when we arrived for our reservation and still had to wait 15 minutes. Others who walked in after us were seated first. They were in larger parties and we were a modest party of two. I overheard the two hostesses talking. One asked the other if she inquired about where we would like to sit. The other stated that she had not. We were then taken to the side room with the fireplace. It would have been nice to ask us for our preference. I actually prefer to be seated in the open dining room but was too tired of waiting to ask for a different table, so we managed. Then when I ordered the blood mary which includes the snack bar that's when their star rating began to fall. The snack used to be filled (on both sides of the table). Now there is only one side with snacks and condiments, and with a much smaller selection than what had been offered in the past when we dined there. Not as many fruit and vegetable options and noticeably a lot more candy had been added. There were also no skewers to stab the bloody mary garnishments and insert into the drink. Additionally, some of the snack dishes were missing forks to serve the items. when our made to order plated arrived, my shrimp and grits plate was awful. I've eaten shrimp and grits at lots of places all over the city and this one I would advise anyone to steer clear of. MY boyfriend's burger was also overcooked. Our server paid great attention to detail but still gave us enough room as not to disturb our private time. For that I am thankful. The only error he made was that when my boyfriend asked to substitute or upgrade his chips to fries, he received both and was charged full-price for an a la carte side of fries. I don't find the amount of money we spent this trip to be worth it. The caliber of the fare and the ambiance was much better in the past.

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r
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great! They have a pretty good happy hour and live music on Fridays! However, it was very busy. Our waitress did not come back after giving us our waters. Finally, a waiter came saying that he would wait on us because our waitress was too busy. Overall it is a nice place.

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PW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better service! SqWires never disappoints.

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K
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So we loved everything but I did tell our server and I mentioned in our reservation that it was our 30th anniversary. No dessert or anything was offered. We had a large group with us and that would have been nice. Other than that, it was a great meal.

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SE
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Once again, we were able to introduce one of our favorite restaurants to friends who are new to St. Louis. They too had a wonderful experience!

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k
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the baked brie and it was AMAZING. Very courteous service, was never low on a drink. 10/10 would recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Slow to place drink and food orders even though reservation was for 5:00, not a busy time. Food took so long to come out (1 hr after arrival) we barely had time to eat before we had to leave for a show. Food was also cold. And we still ended up being late for our show.

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MR
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, excellent Service

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The sandwich was great, but the fries were extremely greasy and limp.

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KG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SqWires is an excellent place for a weekend Brunch. Bottomless mimosa bar is fantastic.
Food is great and priced reasonably. Service is Superb! I highly recommend

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience! The food was fantastic and the service was great. Can't wait to go back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful atmosphere!! Great service!!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pre-blues game meal with my boyfriend! We let the waitress know we had to be out by a certain time and she was more than accommodating without making us feel rushed!

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OT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very charming and accommodating staff. Good food. Perfect brunch spot for lingering and conversation.

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic brunch. We would definitely return. There were five in our party and all of us agreed - probably the best brunch we've had.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Carlos was knowledgeable and attentive. The musician was fantastic. We were able to enjoy the music but still have a conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was very slow and it did not seem very busy, people were waiting 20 mins just for their beverage.

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JR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Chicken Pie Pies were not very hot. They tasted great but could have been hotter.

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GG
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff could not have been any nicer!! Both hostesses were so welcoming and our server, Joe, was AH-MAZING!!!!

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NK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yummy food and the mimosa/bloody mary bar was amazing. It took awhile for us to be greeted but once they got the sparkling wine flowing it was refilled regularly.

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The mussels were delicious! I want the recipe!

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BR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at Sqwires is everything that brunch should be.

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BH
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Mark had us in stitches the whole meal. We had appetizers and 3 different pizzas. All were delicious. If you like the pizza crust crispy this is your place. They have a very good selection of craft beers to go alone with the above mentioned pizza. We will definitely be back.

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

SqWires was not bad, but it also wasn't good. I think that for the value there are a number of other restaurants that provide similar if not higher quality food. With that said, it is very cute and a fun place to brunch.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! The bloody and mimosa bar was fabulous. And the service was great! Will be back to check out a happy hour or dinner.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic. Mimosa bar was delicious and unique. Overall vibe was perfect for brunch.

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OT
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls night out with 3 friends. Our waitress was very attentive and the food was excellent. I’ve never had anything that wasn’t good here. Great service and food. Great night out.

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GH
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always an excellent choice

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CR
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love Sqwires! We had a party of eight and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the evening!

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CJ
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My compliments to the hostess staff. I first had to change our reservation from 5 to 2 due to health issues. Then Sunday morning we had a plumbing mini emergency so again i called to say we were going to be 10-15 min late. Both calls were met w understanding and humor. They didn’t lose sight of the fact we wished to be near the piano to enjoy the music. Drinks were great, breakfast was delicious and the waiter topped off our coffee cups several times. Brunch is always busy at Sqwires and they earn the loyalty every time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is always so good. Never disappointed in the brisket hash or creole omelette!

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FM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Our server wasn't well informed, on dishes, nor did she go the extra steps to acquire a Bloody Mary without high spices! After other guests comment, and another drink choice, she added more comments on Bloody Mary as if she could actually acquire after at least 45-60min. ...which was our first choice. She wasn't too busy with guest numbers. Calamari was crunchy dry, however the wild mushrooms were very good. We've had 2-3 prior visits from central IL

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Carlos, made this girls' night/birthday dinner fun for us! He made great suggestions and kept our drinks filled. He was funny and interesting and we would ASK for him on a return visit. The food was great - the salmon is fabulous. Two at our table had that. I had the polenta with veggies and it was well seasoned and tasty! My buddy next to me had the chicken pot pie and it looked AMAZING with its big, puffy pastry "hat." It looks like this is an even better place for brunch. Can't wait to try it again.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat brunch here every time we visit St. Louis. Wonderful food and Mimosa bar. I especially love the atmosphere and the piano player.

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PS
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All around great and a good value. Really enjoyed our brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch option with an excellent Bloody Mary and Bottomless Mimosa bar.

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