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Simply enter Cardwell’s at the Plaza and you’ll be greeted by the aroma of the wood-burning oven and the spirit of good company. Think of a neighborhood bistro with the elegance and attention to detail of fine dining.

A distinct American spirit is applied to all of our dishes, and we continuously offer our guests surprises with both preparation and presentation. With a special devotion to local, seasonal ingredients, our carefully crafted menu boasts the heart of comfort food and the flair of culinary innovation.

Whether you enjoy the surprises of “Today’s Features” or the consistency of our “Signature Dishes,” Cardwell’s at the Plaza has something for everyone. We believe in ample portions, hearty flavors and lively table conversation. Our menu changes daily to offer guest the season’s best flavors and freshest ingredients. Chef Cardwell prepares sumptuous soups, salads, hearth-baked pizzas, naturally raised meats, poultry, the freshest sea foods and an impressive selection of vegetarian/vegan dishes that will even delight even the heartiest meat eater. We also offer a complete children’s menu for all food lovers of the smaller size. We welcome families and large groups.

The hand-selected artwork throughout the entire restaurant reflects our taste for splendid food, diverse people and fond memories. Come for the food, and return for the experience.

Since our opening in 1994 we are proud to be considered one of St. Louis’s premier restaurants. Featured in dozens of publications, we’re honored and humbled by the rave reviews we’ve received in reader’s polls and by food critics locally and across the country.

Award-Winning Wine Selection Devoted to All Levels
of Connoisseurs

Our award-winning wine list represents only a fraction of our commitment to good friends and the finest spirits. Our wine selections have been recognized since 1994 by Wine Spectator with their Award of Excellence. Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine wine, or you simply “just know what you like” we have a selection of wines that will please all enthusiasts. Go ahead and order by the glass, by the half bottle or by the bottle. Chef Cardwell invites you and your guest to experiment, taste compare, discuss and reflect- adding a new dimension to the dining experience. We are pleased to recommend the perfect accompaniment to your menu selection. We are also proud to serve several ‘limited availability’ and special collections in the “Chef’s Selections” on the menu.

Private Events
Cardwell’s offers many fine choices in private dining. Our unique, semi-private dining alcoves offer the intimacy of private dining, yet allows the energy of the dining room to add a spark to your experience. These alcoves seat up to six guests. Cardwell’s has three private rooms as well. Two dining rooms with French doors seat eight to 16 guests and allow a look into the dining room, but complete privacy for special events. The Vinters Room is an experience unlike any other. This completely private room can host from six to 12 guests, with a personalized menu and service that even royalty would envy. Please contact Toni Collins at (314) 997-8885 to inquire how Cardwell’s at the Plaza can help make your event truly special.

Outdoor Dining
If you love dinner outside, then give Cardwell’s a call. A beautiful patio awaits diners for lunch in the shade and dinner under the stars.

Carry Out Cuisine
Cardwell’s offers its entire menu for your home dining pleasure. Simply give us a call and order to your heart’s content. Pick up your hot cuisine at the hostess desk and you’re home in a flash with a fabulous meal and no clean up!

Cardwell’s at the Plaza has extensive catering expertise and can create a custom menu for any occasion, at a venue of your choice. Contact Toni Collins to inquire about our customized service.

Plaza Frontenac
Cardwell’s is an ideal spot for pre-theatre dining or after-theatre drinks and dessert. Please let your server know your plans so we can best accommodate you.

Ample parking is available for all Cardwell’s guests directly in front of the restaurant’s south Lindbergh Blvd. entrance.


94 Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis, MO 63131

Hours of Service:
Monday through Sunday 11:15am to 3:00pm
Monday through Thursday 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Sunday 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Happy Hour:
Sunday through Thursday 4:00pm – 6:00pm