The Admiral St David

4.2
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28 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
Overlooking Cardiff Bay, The Admiral is chic setting to enjoy the rich, exciting flavours of Australasia and the Asia Pacific. Filled with calming earth tones and a comfy yet smart beach-side feel, this is a relaxing space to indulge in gourmet flavours, or sample one of the bold, inventive cocktails from the bar.

The finest seasonal Welsh produce goes into creating the Australasian and Asia Pacific dishes on The Admiral menu. A great selection of fresh seafood is a nod to the restaurant's bayside setting, with treats like Welsh mussels with salted black beans, chilli and grilled lime, while the signature grill selection features grain-fed Celtic Pride sirloin steak with loa tomato salsa and shimeji mushrooms. There are also gourmet salads, and aromatic vegetarian Thai sweet potato curry.

Serving an exotic selection of gourmet treats in a chic waterside setting, The Admiral is right beside Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve, and an 11-minute walk from Cardiff Bay R
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CT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely hotel, room was very comfortable and we were happy to get a balcony. Made use of the relaxing spa. Close to plenty of good restaurants and near to the city centre with plenty to do. Staff were extremely professional. Would highly recommend this hotel.

AL
Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good service, good setting. The only thing to criticise is The Admirals inefficient recording of our visit to Open Table - we were recorded as “no shows” even though our names were checked upon arrival.

BJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely venue for a special birthday lunch. Attentive staff, excellent food and a very calm atmosphere. Very few other diners - seemed to get much busier for afternoon tea.

CT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A lovely restaurant with a lovely atmosphere. The staff were all friendly & helpful.
The downsides were the portions were quite small for the amount you pay, the food was good but not amazing but i would still definitely go back there again.

RH
Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ate during day, sure views / atmosphere would be better at night but food / service was good

NV
Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea, beautiful food, beautifully presented by the wonderful staff.

IE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very variable!
Afternoon tea on Saturday was probably the best we've had! Imaginative, beautifully presented and well crafted. Service (Maximilian?) was excellent as well. Noise level was quite high, though.
Breakfast service on Saturday was a shambles! Sunday breakfast service really good - excellent waitress/hostess.
Breakfast gluten free options very limited with cheap and nasty quality gluten free bread. Presentation of a la carte breakfast dishes sadly lacking in any finesse, not even basic garnish. Grapefruit fermented, but pancakes really delicious.

SD
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was alringt, but I expected it to be a bit better for the amount they charge. I was a bit dissapointed by that.
The waiters were very nice and attentive in the beginning, however there was a huge Birthday celebration and another party going on at the same time, so our little table on the side received a much slower service in the end. We had to cancel our dessert order in the end because we were going to be late for our event in the evening. I don't know if we will give it another try, but I'm not opposed to recommending it to my friends to have a go.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant on the bay. We had a great view of the beautiful Harvest Moon. The food was excellent and the atmosphere is lovely. Live music.

N
Wales
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really lovely experience. The staff were very attentive and the food and tea were lovely

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Lovely gentleman’s tea. Setting is amazing with views of Cardiff Bay. Staff were not very attentative. Tables left with dirty crockery for long periods. Nonone asked if we wanted any more tea/coffee etc. Or if all was ok.

S
Wales
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Very poor service for a 5 star hotel. Had 1 pot of tea, some of the cakes were nice but nothing special very disappointed.

EB
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked for Sunday lunch but as they had sold out of the roast beef and

could only offer gammon we did not stay as there was nothing on the menu that we wanted

JT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I would have given five stars for the food but the beef was extremely rare. I'm fine with red in the middle but it was all red.

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, but what made the meal truly stand out was the service. Attentive, friendly and precise.
The only tiny note: The music. we were seated underneath a speaker and the disco hits were too LOUD!

S
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Admiral for a family birthday and it didn't disappoint. Wonderful evening thank you. Shame we live to far away!!

A
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant as always. The attending staff always give a very personalized, warm welcome. The manager, Carolina, personally greeted my friends from the girlguides group and welcomed them. We had our planning meeting with afternoon tea. The scones were perfectly made, buttery and soft. The various desserts and sandwiches were really well enjoyed and the girls loved the experience

KF
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

If your going for Afternoon Tea, we left most of ours as it was too rich with the desserts.... I have been for a meal there also and that was lovely, the contrast is totally different.

T
Wales
9 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed the quality and value of the set menu - order before 18.45. The food was delicious and once the service hit its stride, it was good. Just seemed like asking to enjoy a drink on the terrace while choosing and waiting for the food to be cooked threw them completely to start with. For a hotel of this standard, it should be taken in their stride. Maybe it's us!

JH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

On arrival our booking wasn’t on the system as it hadn’t been updated. We sat outside as instructed and had drinks brought to us and added to our bill when we had food we were told to wait and they would come and get us when the table was ready. At 2.30pm (original booking 1.30) we hadn’t been called so went in and magically there was a table ready for us. Ordered the food and the starter came quickly and was lovely. Waiting 40mins for our main meal of which the meat was awful and full of fat I barely ate it. The waitress was lovely however we were treated very differently and perhaps didn’t have the right look for the place. Also we were served a lot slower than other tables. It was our first wedding anniversary and we had hoped for a special meal but instead couldn’t leave quicker! Very disappointing!

UN
Frankfurt Area
65 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, great service by Massimiliano, wonderful restaurant

DC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting and staff. Shame about the food. Fish was dripping with grease, to the point I couldn’t even eat it. Waiter advised he would tell the chef so the same thing didn’t happen to someone else but no effort made in apologising. Husband thoroughly enjoyed his food however.

AM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Staff were either inexperienced or poorly trained, I tried to buy a drink at the bar before our meal, I was asked to take a seat and by a member of staff who would then take my drink request, 10minutes went by with the member of staff talking to other staff, walking past us with no recollection of why we were waiting, I then decided to go back to the bar where the bar staff were very reluctant to serve me , eventually they agreed, I think I could have gotten mortgage with less fuss, the start to the experience was not the best, an older waiter I think who is Italian saved the day with his professionalism and humour . Young staff seemed to be overwhelmed by fear of making a mistake. No natural leaders in the room.

AA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food! Beautiful view! Wonderful location!

LL
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

At the moment we couldn’t recommend this restaurant unfortunately. The food was good but the service from beginning to end was more than disappointing for an establishment of their standing

M
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t fault it! Food was lush and the service was brilliant!

m
Wales
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Far from what we expected from a 5* hotel... More comparable to Wetherspoons if I am honest.

CF
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely food
Good value
Delicious deserts lovely atmosphere