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The Admiral St David

4.3
4.3
187 Reviews
£25 and under
English

Overlooking Cardiff Bay, The Admiral is a chic setting to enjoy the rich and fresh flavours of contemporary British cuisine. 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.

Serving an exotic selection of gourmet treats in a chic waterside setting, The Admiral is right beside Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    English, British, Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Daily 12:00–17:30
    Dinner
    Daily 17:30–21:00

  • Phone number

    029 2031 3056

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Cardiff

  • Cross Street

    Havannah Street and Stuart Street

  • Parking Details

    Havannah Street pay-and-display parking

  • Public Transit

    10-minute drive from Cardiff Queen Street, 11-minute walk from Cardiff Bay train station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

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What 187 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Wales

    Romance

  • South Wales

    Special Occasions

  • Cardiff City & County

    Group Bookings

  • Cardiff City & County

    Lunch

  • Cardiff City & County

    Romance

  • Cardiff City & County

    Special Occasions

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  1. JH

    JulieH

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good all round. Comfortable atmosphere. Very tasty food. Good value and service.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Frequent patron of this restaurant. Always great service and excellent food. Brilliant atmosphere. This is a fantastic place to dine.

  3. p

    peterc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I honestly believe the pumpkin massaman curry was the tastiest meal I’ve ever had! Yep that good. My partners vegan burger was great… but she was most impressed with the vegan choices available.

  4. h

    honestdiner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good varied menu, staff friendly & attentive. Very enjoyable!

  5. AE

    AlandEl

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a large table for 8 people with a Sunday roast meal which was very good. Can't fault anything

  6. MH

    MrsH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    We went with my parents - 5.30 sitting. Nice enough table, but limited menu. We were informed of specials by our waiter. We opted for Mac n cheese with beef featherblade, venison stew and pumpkin curry. Non of us are drinkers and waiter did keep topping up our glasses with water. There was a power surge during the evening and so ended up waiting about 45 mins for meals. Waiter did apologise and offered us Prosecco, but we declined. Venison stew was excellent as was the curry. Mac n cheese was OK, but a tad dry.

  7. f

    footprint

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    A guy in the hotel lift asked me if I had had dinner in the restaurant as it was good....I decided to give it a go and he was totally right....good food and a good staff team. Unusual for a hotel restaurant

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    50th wedding anniversary meal for my wife children and grandson What a wonderful way to celebrate Pity so difficult to get through to the restaurant by phone, no answer

  9. CH

    CraigH

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the 4th time we have eaten there and the food is fantastic! Lovely and clean and the staff are brilliant

  10. SA

    SARC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    There were two sets of music playing in one space, it was very odd There wasn’t much atmosphere - no candles on table, bright lighting etc. The food was ok, not what I expected from a 5 star hotel. We had room service the night before and the menu was almost identical, only a couple of additional dishes. I requested an allergy check, which was done, however to say that the ingredients of the bread couldn’t be identified seemed odd. Why wouldn’t you know the ingredients of all products you are selling.

  11. SW

    SteveW

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    A very disappointing excuse for a five star hotel restaurant. Menu is pub food, presentation and quality of food is not up to pub food. There does not appear to be any attention to detail in menu and dish design, cooking, presentation and overall standards.

  12. S

    Shrop

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Made welcome immediately despite being 30 minutes early. Restaurant was relatively quiet, a Tuesday lunchtime, table overlooking the bay provided. Shared a couple of tasters/starters and were impressed by the waitress asking then if we were ready for the mains to be cooked. Salmon for my wife and crab linguine fir myself were both perfectly cooked. More expensive than your "standard" restaurant but worth the extra fir the views and service.

  13. AK

    AliciaK

    Glasgow

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Very disappointed, booked afternoon tea for my sister’s 50th birthday . No table laid, when it was my sister was given a saucer and not a plate ! We promptly left , absolutely appalling will certainly not be returning or recommending. Total disappointment for me as I had booked this as part of a weekend birthday trip to Cardiff.

  14. JF

    JoannaF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Our evening meal was like dining in a Health Club Cafe. Not a 5 star experience in any way. Breakfast was a very busy Open Buffet that we were very surprised at since Covid infections a rising. Unfortunately, not an enjoyable experience at all and we will not return.

  15. LG

    LoveGoodFood

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Lovely place to visit for dinner, a great menu selection and reasonably priced. Service and staff were excellent.

  16. ZZ

    ZsaZsa77

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely meal with fantastic service as always at The Admiral @vocostdavids

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 September 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    There were a few ingredients missing which limited the menu and our starter was a huge bowl of hummus with very little to dip into it. The service was excellent and the food really good. We enjoyed our time.

  18. R

    Rosie

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Overall, a good night. Service could have been a bit more attentive.

  19. LK

    LK24

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 August 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Limited menu, even more so if you have dietary requirements. Food was ok. Staff were lovely .

  20. EF

    EFish

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    It was a beautiful setting but not much choice on the menu, there were lots of desserts unavailable too.

  21. TL

    TracyL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    The restaurant was quiet on attendance, the food was good quality, pricey for what it was, very basic menu.

  22. SG

    SimonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding experience at the Admiral. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and the staff knew this and made us feel so special and ensured we had a lovely table. The customer experience and overall service from start to finish was exemplary, friendly, courteous and so welcoming. Steve who looked after us at our table could not do enough to make sure our meal was the best it could be. Nothing was too much trouble, he built great rapport with my wife and I early and made really good recommendations for the wine we had. Definitely recommend the Sartori Pinot. Thanks Steve and the team for such a superb evening. The food choice was excellent, the quality of the salmon and the sirloin were top drawer and both were cooked to perfection. From start to finish our visit to the Admiral was an absolute pleasure and thanks to all the team. A strong advocate and can’t wait to visit again in the future.

  23. JC

    JC545345

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Tom was our waiter - we loved him! He was very helpful without being in your face.

  24. LB

    LennieB

    London

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Service was exceptionally slow - 45 mins from arrival to a glass of water. Food bland. Worse than average.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience, lovely setting with great food and service, would highly recommend

  26. BY

    BenYates

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    During an afternoon trip service was slow but when I returned for the dinner booking it had significantly improved. The confit Duck was great!

  27. ND

    NeilD

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent, professional and friendly. Very nice atmosphere.

  28. PR

    PenarthResident

    Devon

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Lovely, bright and well appointed restaurant with pleasant and helpful staff. The menu is not extensive but the food was excellent and the chefs were able to do a one off request such as crayfish linguine as the crab was off the menu. The only aspect we were a bit perplexed about was ordering aperitifs, as we were not offered a drink while we looked at the menu. When we did we were surprised when Pimms was served in a tumbler with lemonade on the side rather than pre-mixed with fruit etc., This was corrected when we explained how it should be served and were told that this is how 'the company' sets out how bar staff are to serve it. Very strange as Pimms is the quintessential British summer drink and the bottle label sets out how it should be served. Not a big deal but not what we expected form a 5* hotel. In saying that the Rose wine we had was very pleasant.

  29. J

    Jess

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place to enjoy lunch on a hot day. Stunning views

  30. BL

    BobL

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Views lovely - across Cardiff bay Friendly waiting staff over stretched and inexperienced - no supervisor to advise them on how to do things properly. No idea about breathing wine. Felt like they were feeling harassed. Food decent but not amazing; nice steak Menu pretty basic, not exciting Wine list very short and unimaginative

  31. CM

    CatherineM

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    excellent menu: simple but not run of the mill. We ordered fish and chips, all of top quality ( though fish not particularly chunky and crushed peas rather sparse). Service was sweet-tempered and efficient. Ambiance on a sunny Friday afternoon was breezy, uncrowded, very relaxing, understated decor perfectly suited to the harbour views. Good value for the pleasant and civilized quality of the experience: I will return and would sincerely recommend The Admiral St David.

  32. M

    Maggie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food with amazing service from Tom. Lovely setting with views.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Isle of Wight

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yummy food. The fish and chips were amazing!! Friendly staff.

  34. MB

    MonaB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    The food came very late and was undercooked (the potatoes were still hard) despite the fact that it was not that busy Starters were done very well but the mains were disappointing - not what you'd expect from a restaurant in a 5 * hotel at all Would not come again for an evening meal.

  35. PC

    PeterC

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Lovely atmosphere with great views and excellent food.

  36. LW

    LeeW

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service, really nice food and great views. Seemed to be very warm in the restaurant so air con could have been a bit cooler - I’m being picky here, it’s a place I’ll go back to without doubt.

  37. JS

    JayS

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unbelievable service, food and atmosphere. Can’t fault anything. Incredible. Both myself and the Mrs more than happy.

  38. JW

    JoanneW

    South Wales

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Over priced and hardly any choice We order 2 x chicken Kiev to be told they only had one left ! It was 7.30 pm Only 2 desserts offered one of which was vegan ! Vet disappointed

  39. DE

    DeannaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely server who's name was Tom. The service was amazing, he was friendly, funny and always made sure our food was up to standard and our drinks were filled. The food tasted and looked amazing too! Definitely reccomend.

  40. s

    stuartb

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 June 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Disappointed but venue resolved complaint whilst at the hotel. The female waitress was patronising and rude.

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The Admiral St David is rated 4.3 stars by 187 OpenTable diners

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Google Map for The Admiral St David

voco St David's Cardiff Havannah Street Cardiff, Cardiff CF10 5SD

  • Cross Street

    Havannah Street and Stuart Street

  • Area

    Cardiff

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Daily 12:00–17:30
    Dinner
    Daily 17:30–21:00

  • Cuisines

    English, British, Afternoon Tea

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Havannah Street pay-and-display parking

  • Public Transit

    10-minute drive from Cardiff Queen Street, 11-minute walk from Cardiff Bay train station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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