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: 8886566518
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
Loved the atmosphere. I've been here a ...
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 a ...
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.
We loved the bloody mary bar! We'll be b ...
We loved the bloody mary bar! We'll be back for that. Our table was too close to the musicians, though, so conversation was difficult. Not sure there's a solution, other than to situate tables for 6+ away from the stage area.
Our tab was $215 for 5 adults, 2 drinks ...
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.
The service was poor at best! We (4) wa ...
The service was poor at best! We (4) waited for a good 15 minutes after being seated for the waiter to arrive. (Not that overly busy). Our drink order took another 15 minutes, I ordered another beer right then, smart move as it arrived 10 minutes later. Two of us ordered chicken pot pie, when brought to the table it was noted by both of us, that the chicken was absent from the few vegetables and mainly broth. I kick myself for not asking for a manager. How this restaurant that my wife and i both really like, could serve this was a joke. I'm telling you the chicken was shreds and not many. It was a sham!!! We really like this restaurant and most likely will return again, not too soon though. The mussels my wife said were terrific!
We were eating at Sqwires before a conce ...
We were eating at Sqwires before a concert downtown and our server made sure that we were aware of the time and that our food came out in time for us to enjoy it. The food was good with the exception of the toasted ravioli. They were very tough.
I love Sqwires! The folks there are cour ...
I love Sqwires! The folks there are courteous, they support the community, and the food is delicious and scratch-made. It's one of my favorite, easy-going date night spots. My partner and I were celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary and it's just a laid back way to get delicious, fancy food without all the hubbub.
Medium sized group. Great ambiance. The ...
Medium sized group. Great ambiance. The food was delicious once we got it.
Wait service was minimal at best - we waited over an hour before our order was even taken which was frustrating - - -the waiter stated we were his only table when seating us.... unsure what he was doing... seemed absent minded. Wish he had been more attentive to our needs and hunger rather than giving a big discussion about the Sophia Coppola branded "champagne ". Would recommend going again.. . just hope to get luckier with a better waiter
I had never been to SqWires, only read a ...
I had never been to SqWires, only read a recommendation on Yelp. It was a quaint little place, looks like an old factory from the outside, but cute on the inside. The food was excellent, it's a great place to sit, relax and visit with friends. Would definitely recommend it and go there again.
Great place for Father's Day. My dad lov ...
Great place for Father's Day. My dad loves the Bloody Mary Bar and the Lafayette Square area is always great on a Sunday morning. The service was great, I enjoyed my food and the building is unique and interesting.
Nothing to write home about
They just did not seem to care!! The hostess was OK but seemed to be disinterested even though we had reservations - food was OK but certainly no wow factor for a Sunday brunch - the waiter was friendly enough but not very attentive - probably would not go back as there are other choices for Sunday brunch that seem more friendly/accomodating
Sunday brunch was great, except I had to shout
Was getting together with a friend for Sunday brunch. We were there for about 2 hours trying to catch up over delicious food. The pianist played the ENTIRE time and he played that piano so hard we had to shout at each other to converse. I am a pianist so I know how hard he was playing. He killed the ambiance. Shame: I usually enjoy the regular pianist during Sunday brunch.
I had the English toast at brunch. It wa ...
I had the English toast at brunch. It was delicious! Bloody Mary bar has tons of toppings and snacks, you could make a full breakfast meal out of that. Have also been here multiple times for dinner and have never ordered anything that I didn't like!
They offer one of my favorite Bloody Mar ...
They offer one of my favorite Bloody Mary bars. Definitely should hit this place up if you're in the area. As for the food, I got the "English" Toast and it was great. I won't give too much away because I want you to try it for yourself.
Great Brunch Spot
I've been here for brunch many times and am never disappointed. One quibble: eggs benedict should be on an English muffin, not on the too-thick Texas toast served here. Otherwise excellent. The bloody mary bar is fantastic and the light piano playing is a nice touch.
This was the second time I have taken my family there for brunch. On the first occasion I had no complaints. This time the restaurant was very busy and our server was overloaded. There were long periods in which he was nowhere to be seen. Two of our nine people did not get their entrees until we brought it to another's attention, and when it came, it looked as if it had been under the heat lamp for a long time. Finally, another server was redirected from a special luncheon to our table. The food was good, at least for those of us who got it on time. It would be worthwhile for the restaurant to hire more servers for those very busy times when there are large party reservations.
Good food, great service, way too loud.
Good food, great service--but very, very loud. Took my 91-year old mother, and won't do that again! The cacophony of the diners is way adequate, without the pianist in your ear non-stop--didn't even take a break. Couldn't have a conversation at all.
back to SqWires
Service, atmosphere, ambiance were all delightful. Food was okay, nothing special. Salmon was okay, but not terrific. Seafood Chowder was very starchy and disappointing. Appetizers were fine. The best were the desserts, especially the Apple Pie. We will revisit SqWires in the future, but probably order off their casual late night menu. The place is wonderful, but the entry fine dining menu really is only mediocre. I will say that the staff was friendly and very attentive.
SqWires -- fun place
The food and atmosphere at SqWires is great. We were there on a busy Friday night before a concert. Good happy hour. Service was slow on the night we were there. The woman at the 'raw bar' was exceptionally good -- excellent service. Wait staff not as attentive. Would recommend to others but would like to see better service.
I noticed a sense of a seafood theme. But the waiter didn't push any of them which was kinda nice. I went with the salmon and they gave me a side of the cherry but on chutney. It was very tasty as was the cheesy orzo(not sure what kind of rice really). The appetizers were pretty standard as was the Cesar salad. The crowd was nice to casual upscale.
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