St. Louis, MO 63104
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.
Contemporary American, Organic, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast / Brunch Menu Saturday 8 am till 2 pm.
Breakfast /Brunch Menu Sunday 8 am till 3 pm.
Tuesday - Friday Lunch 11 am.
Tuesday - Saturday Dinner 5 pm.
Bar menus always available between Lunch / Brunch & Dinner.
Park Avenue, Lafayette Square
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch, featuring artists showcasing the best of St. Louis" rich jazz and blues traditions.
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.
SqWires offers easy parking in our private lot, as well as ample on-street parking.
Just a three-minute cab-ride from downtown, SqWires is a 15 minute walk from the Union Station Metrolink Station.
Bethany Budde-Cohen Owner
Private Party Facilities:
Adjacent to the restaurant is SqWires Annex. A unique venue that accomodates seated and cocktail events up to 150 guests using our main level and our mezzanine. Plan your next business function or party in the warm and inviting atmosphere of SqWires Annex or for your smaller more intimate events, the Front Room can accommodate up to 50 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Karen Kruse: (888) 656-6518
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Business Meetings, Showers, Holiday Parties
SqWires Ratings and Reviews
Some good/some could be better.
Brunch is good. Bloody Mary /Mimosa bar is fun with all the choices of things to add to your drink.
Things that could be better:
don't put horseradish in the bloody mary mix, it's on the bloody mary bar for those who like it. Do put more vodka in the bloody Mary's. They taste like there is no alcohol in them.
Do CLEAN your restrooms!! There was toilet paper and wrappers all over the floor, toilet seats coming off the toilets and it looked like it's been a very long time since it had a good cleaning and dusting.
Put the paper towel roll in the holder, not just laying on the sink in water. It makes you wonder how dirty the areas you can't see are.
Enjoyed our friends brunch out. We were seated right away, with reservation. We did the bloody mary and mimosa bar which was great to get light snacks of fresh fruit, cookies, meat sticks, nuts. Our food took very long, but like i said the bar food held us through. Waitress did not stop by often and not strong in communication. Overall a good experience, the food, drinks, and atmosphere made for the welcoming experience.
My husband and I went this past Saturday. There was a festival going on in the area and they had been open all day. Our waitress was working a double shift and was tired. The managers were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. They appeared short staffed. My food came out after my husband's did because of some sort of error along the way. I was disappointed to say the least - it's been a few years since we last ate here and my memories of the restaurant were much better than our recent experience. Maybe it was a rough day for them and isn't normally this way? That being said, I had the chicken white bean nachos which were fantastic and I got a plate full of much more than I could eat. My husband had the salmon wrapped scallop special and said it was really good, too. We started with the Brie and figs app which was great, too. So, food good at a not crazy price, but service not the best on this night.
Sqwires is a great restaurant that does a number of things very well: they are experts at hosting private events, whether it is a wedding reception, wedding anniversary, birthday or engagement party, or baby shower. They cover them all with class!
Their weekend brunch is a menu driven brunch that offers vegetarian and gluten free selections, if desired. They have a Bloody Mary bar as well as Mimosa specials at brunch. There's a special menu almost every night of the week, whether it's wine specials, shrimp & oyster happy hours, or family-style chicken dinner. The service is very good, as well, and very consistently so. I eat there regularly, have recommended Sqwires to friends and do so here, as well!
The place looks amazing and has a great welcoming vibe! The live music was a little too loud for dinner, but was still a great band. Dinner would have been nicer to, at least, be to talk without leaning in to one another. We enjoyed our 3 appetizers! The crab cake was fabulous and I will have dreams about the wild mushrooms and goat cheese flat bread!! We also ordered the calamari, the spinach was the best part, but more was to be desired from he squid. Dessert was AMAZING! The apple pie was delectable with gooey butter cake ice cream. My guest shared her chocolate ravioli with me and it did not disappoint! Expresso ice cream should be illegal! The service was well timed and not overbearing! Overall we had an enjoyable evening! I look forward to coming back soon!!
Our group had a great time. Very warm and welcoming even though they were very busy. Nice piano music. I loved the Bloody Mary bar with its many pickled veggies but also tasty snacks, worth every penny of its $12 price. It was the equivalent of two drinks plus all the unique snacks. Food portions are ample, house wines good and good service to boot. Looking forward to returning to enjoy the patio.
The food was very good, but the service was lackluster. I had to ask the wait staff to wipe my chair after sitting in something sticky. My wife's feet were constantly stuck to the floor. Our waiter had to clarify our order 3 times. While the lack of service didn't ruin our evening, the cost of dinner exceeded the overall dining experience.
I was underwhelmed by our dinner there on Saturday evening. The service was slow. The waiter didn't offer many suggestions on the menu even though it was our first time there. My glass of wine, a brand I drink often, tasted off like it came from an old bottle. The waiter did replace it but clearly wasn't happy about it. My meal, the chicken with gnocchi arrived cold. Others in my party were happy with their meals, including the seafood stew and the potpie. Doughnuts for dessert were the highlight of the meal. A so so meal.
The food was great and we love the Bloody Mary/mimosa bar but the service was just subpar. Waited 15 minutes and no one came to offer us drinks. Finally went to ask for service and the guy who came over said he would get us started but he was not our server and was "here for one table only". He then took our drink orders and then must not have put them in and another server, Carlos, took our order again even though Neil was going to be our server. I never meet or saw Neil and Carlos took care of us the rest of the day. The food was good, but I'm not sure I'd go back even though I live in the neighborhood and love shopping local. I get everyone has bad days at work but no one ever wanted to service us or claim us as a table. Another waitress just a table over literally clean glasses at her empty tables when Carlos and "guy who was only there for one table" were trying to figure out who had us and never even offered to help - she just shook her head saying we were not in her section and tries not to make eye contact with us. Not welcoming at all. Carlos did well and we tipped well just didn't think they appreciated our business.
SqWires was perfect for a post-graduation dinner with the family. We had a group of 8 adults (with discerning food tastes) and there were plenty of "oohs" and "ahhs" over the menu. The live music brought a great vibe to the evening, and everyone came away satisfied. Definitely would recommend for dates and special occasions that are mid-level fancy.
I enjoyed brunch here with a large group of friends. Our waiter was so patient with us and mindful of the time constraints of the restaurant - another large reservation was coming in after us, so he expedited our service but never made us feel rushed. The bloody mary/mimosa bar is worth the visit on its own - you could make a meal out of the delicious buffet of beverage add-ins! I also had a vegan french toast and my table enjoyed a mix of healthy and unhealthy food, breakfast and lunch food - they really have something for everyone. Highly recommend!
My husband and I also held our rehearsal dinner here - I just love Sqwires!
Took friends from out of town after not being to the restaurant for a while and simply had a wonderful time. The service was outstanding and the food was awesome! Everyone loved what they had including the "extra" dessert our server brought for us to try! These people know how to do it well and our friends will insist on going again the next time they visit!
We are very frequent bar patrons but for this meal we made a reservation for 10 at 6 p.m. We were seated promptly and always love the vibe in the place. The food was great, the server was attentive and polite and the evening was a lot of fun. I only have one complaint and that everything took a long time to come out from the drinks to the apps to the main entrees. The restaurant wasn't full so it was a bit curious. Otherwise it was a great night and the delay made us relax and have more social time within our work group.
Loved the atmosphere. I've been here a few times, but never ate the food. Met up with some friends for a birthday celebration before the Strange Folk Festival and it was the perfect meet up place. Great service, yummy food. The mimosa/bloody mary bar was great, but it sucks that you only get 1 little can of champaign for your mimosa.
Had reservations for brunch at 10:30am and we were not seated until 10:45am. We waited over an hour for our food. Apparently they had TRIPLE BOOKED reservations. I was so disappointed because this was a very special occasion for me and I picked this restaurant because I love it and wanted to show it off to my grandchildren who had come in from Atlanta. There was no compensation made for how poorly service was.
Our tab was $215 for 5 adults, 2 drinks apiece. Food was good and service was prompt. It was a little noisy for our taste ( 60 yrs) even tough the establishment was not crowded. (early in the evening)
The value was good and the ambiance is interesting. The location is good.
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