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“Welcome to Cardwell’s at the Plaza and BC’s Kitchen! For more than 20 years, I’ve expressed my passion for fine dining by offering guests the freshest selections of each season, prepared in a unique and elegant style. Whether you visit one of my restaurants for a special occasion or you’re one of our treasured regulars, I’m committed to providing you an exquisite dining experience every time you visit. I’m so committed to your satisfaction; I stake my name on it.”

William Cardwell
Chef and Owner
Cardwell’s at the Plaza and BC’s Kitchen
"A kitchen that still runs like clockwork… and a combination of well-thought-out food and energetic atmosphere that maintains Cardwell's at the Plaza as one of the most consistent choices for an excellent meal in the St. Louis area."
– Joe Bonwich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Food Critic
"Cardwell’s is Noisier than hell but addictive... satisfy all surveyors with ‘beautiful presentation’ of ‘imaginatively prepared’ food served in a gracious setting."
– Zagat Survey
"Just about every dish that Cardwell’s creates is lovely enough to be photographed."
– City Search, Melissa Martin
"…Cardwell’s at the Plaza, featuring some of the city’s most inspired cooking…"
– The Riverfront Times, Jill Posey Smith
"The days the doors were opened, Cardwell’s at the Plaza became one of the coolest dining places in town." – St. Louis Magazine
"The menu (at BC’s Kitchen) leans towards American sort-of-traditional, always the Cardwell style and a direction we’re happy to see. Traditional American food deserves some respect, and Cardwell and Kennealy are to be commended for showing it."
– St. Louis Eats with Joe and Ann Pollack
Cardwell’s at the Plaza is ranked as a top dining destination by Esquire, Zagat’s Survey, Gourmet, Food & Wine and USA Today
Ladue News 2008 Platinum Level - The Definitive Readers’ Poll - Cardwell’s at the Plaza - 1st Place,
Best Place to Gather with Friends
- Zagat Survey – America’s Top St. Louis Resultants 2008 – Cardwell’s at the Plaza “Don’t let the mall location fool you. This Plaza Frontenac new American restaurant offers some of St. Louis’ finest cooking in the form of an exceptionally delicious, daily-changing menu with something for everyone, with amazing vegetarian dishes; so dress up and stop in after a day of work or shopping, because given the beautiful, well-heeled crowd, there is no better place to people watch; PS there is also a relaxing outdoor patio.”
Cardwell’s at the Plaza
BC’s Kitchen
If you love fresh flavors, innovative style, seasonal cuisine and an atmosphere where you are greeted like a member of the family, then a Bill Cardwell restaurant is the place for you. Bill Cardwell, known nationally for his unparalleled approach to perfection, searches the continent near and far for the finest purveyors of the premium ingredients and freshest provisions.

Describing Bill Cardwell’s style is like describing your favorite chair (or maybe your favorite piece of art). Warm, comfortable, distinctive and yet still refined. Whether you are a long-time fan of Cardwell’s at the Plaza or your experiencing BC’s Kitchen for the first time, Bill and his team loves what the right restaurant experience can do to enhance the human spirit and turn the ritual of “going out to eat” into a celebration of good food, good friends and good living.