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The Admiral St David, Cardiff, Cardiff

The Admiral St David

4.3
4.3
238 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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2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    English, British, Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–17:30 Dinner Daily 17:30–22:00

  • Phone number

    029 2031 3056

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    For more information please call +44 (0)29 2045 4045 or drop us an email at stdavidsenquiries@ihg.com

  • 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

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea at voco St David's Hotel

    £26.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our Traditional Afternoon Tea swaps out the usual menu for indulgent savoury snacks, warm scones and sweet treats, created using local produce. **Please note that booking our Afternoon Tea Experience requires 8 hours notice to your arrival time. To allow our kitchen team time to prepare your delicious treats, we reserve the right to cancel any bookings made that fall under 8 hours **

What 238 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
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Wales

    Romance

  • South Wales

    Special Occasions

  • Cardiff City & County

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Cardiff City & County

    Best Service

  • Cardiff City & County

    Best Ambience

  • Cardiff City & County

    Best Value

  • Cardiff City & County

    Fit for Foodies

  • Cardiff City & County

    Romance

  • Cardiff City & County

    Special Occasions

  • Cardiff City & County

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  1. JL

    JLJAMZ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    The restaurant is currently undergoing re-modelling which means that we had to eat in a convention space which spoilt the ambience. Vegetarian choice was limited and one of the available dishes was not available. Which left me with a plant burger or plant burger! For the price this was not the best quality plant burger that I had tasted and certainly NOT made in the restaurant and neither were the accomplishments-fries! To add insult to a below standard meal we had to pay for parking as well. Total bill for 4 (without drinks) just short of £100 pounds
  2. BE

    BERT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Service was excellent, however the food looked like it came straight from the freezer heated and seeved. Average pub food at best.
  3. TR

    TRACEYH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely evening meal here for our anniversary. Food was very good and staff very attentive. Would definitely return.
  4. B

    Bhavi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food1service1ambience2
    It was a birthday meal for my husband, got there and we ordered drinks, about 5 mins after we ordered drinks they told me they’d run out of tequila so I picked another drink and then it took 10 mins to get a cocktail and a glass of wine, baring in mind there was maybe about 5 tables and most of them already had drinks. The starters came and it was nice but not worth the price tag that came with it. My husband and I both ordered a steak which we was excited about only to be let down, asked for it to be medium rare, more like it was well done, they didn’t give us steak knifes so cutting it was a hassle and it got to the point that we was tied of cutting our steaks so we never bothered to finish it. The bill was £130 and it was definitely not worth the money. The service wasn’t that good, it took a lot of effort to get the waiters attention, they was not efficient but they were friendly. Wouldn’t recommend, I’d you have money to blow then by all means come
  5. JH

    JoanneH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meals and drinks were fab, service was excellent, we’ll definitely be returning …and recommending to family and friends.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food thank you
  7. C

    Charles

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my mother for her birthday, we had a most excellent afternoon tea. The waiter from Sardinia whose name escapes me was charming, efficient and attentive. The meal was perfect. Mum had a lovely experience. Thankyou
  8. AB

    AndrewB

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We really enjoy eating here and like many come regularly so perhaps the menu might change from time to time particularly for my partner who is veggie so has to aternate between the two same options
  9. EJ

    ElenJ

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Lovely afternoon tea and fantastic service from the whole team
  10. M

    Mazzo

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu was imaginative and varied. The choice was extensive, well prepared and beautifullly presented
  11. MD

    MartinD

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Special occasion merited a special restaurant experience which we certainly experienced at the Admiral St. David's
  12. OD

    OliverD

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service provided and great food. Would recommend.
  13. AJ

    AndyJ

    Mid Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, great setting and delicious food
  14. M

    woodM

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice of restaurant for my son's graduation. The staff were efficient, helpful and very well trained. Shame about no mussels when we arrived @ 12:30 situation by the estuary you would have thought you'd have plenty? Apart from that we had a great time thank you.
  15. MW

    MarkW

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal, fast service, jack our waiter went above and beyond to ensure we had a really nice evening
  16. SW

    SarW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Really disappointed in the both the menu and the cost. Had heard good reviews of the restaurant, however the steak on arrival seemed very big, but half of it was fat and when paying £30 for just sirloin it was very over priced. Triple cooked chips were simply frozen ones probably from a local supermarket. Lamb however was very nice, but again on the expensive side. Service was poor, waitress very nervous, no idea on gin options available when asked and preceded the list some vodkas. Water arrived to the table swiftly, however had finished the breads we shared for starter before having to remind her we still hadn’t had our drinks yet. Overall generally a poor, but very expensive experience. Didn’t bother with dessert. Won’t be returning.
  17. A

    Amyl

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came for my 30th birthday and it was absolutely delicious. The staff were so welcoming and attentive especially considering there were some very fussy guests behind us who had a lot of demands. I also had a little suprise desert as it was my birthday which I absolutely loved. Thank you :)
  18. AR

    AnnieR

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience4
    Nightmare experience. I will never return. Supposed to have been a pleasant afternoon tea for my elderly mothers 85th birthday, turned out to be a huge disappointment.
  19. AL

    AnnaL

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Amazing food and service. Cannot recommend highly enough. Thoroughly enjoyed. A very special treat.
  20. LO

    LifeOfLu

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Came to have dinner with my best friends! The view is incredible and the atmosphere is really nice. The waiter we had was amazing and suggested the BEST wine and cocktails for us. Would visit next time we are in Cardiff
  21. HW

    HenryW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service considering how busy it was. The server at the start of the night was very open about the wait time which was great, the rest of the staff where amazing throughout the night. It was a treat for my Mum visiting Cardiff and I would defiantly bring her back again.
  22. y

    yonderhill

    Cambridge

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a fabulous lunch with friends. Stunning location with beautiful views (even on rainy day) but the restaurant itself is also beautiful, lots of lovely art on the walls and very serene coastal colour decor. A wonderful place to spend a few hours! And then there’s the delicious food (charcuterie board was superb as were the mussels) and excellent service from friendly staff. Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone visiting Cardiff.
  23. CW

    ChristineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The views in the dining room are wonderful if you enjoy a water view. I had a table at the window with no one on the outside deck to obscure the view or make me think I was looking at them. The wait staff was friendly and readily answered an questions. The food was delicious. I choose a salad bowl of lettuce, vegetables and added chicken. It was plentiful.
  24. D

    Disappointed

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The food was very nice and tasty, the restaurant itself is very pleasant but the waiting/bar staff need training. We felt that they treated customers with contempt and were running up bills to generate bigger tips from the 12.5% service charge automatically added to bills. We won’t return as there are so many better places to eat.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing service and tasty vegan burger
  26. P

    Paulb

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food will definitely be going back soon
  27. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We booked for our 5th wedding anniversary and mentioned this on the booking. We got married at St David’s hotel on 25/05/17. Arrived and nothing extra to make it special but I thought never mind.. maybe it’s something they don’t do and thought nothing of it. I would never expect or demand anything. That’s until a couple next to us had rose petals waiting and a complementary glass of bubbly. As well as much better service such as specials read to them and regular checks and drink offers. Really left us feeling disappointed and wondering why we were treated so differently. The food was just ok and the veggie/vegan options were lacking. We were asked if we wanted drinks half hour after our first ones were finished. The only good thing was the gentleman who brought out our food… he was such a character and put a smile on our faces. Overall disappointed that our special occasion felt anything but. Sad to say, we won’t be returning.
  28. AW

    AlisonW

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent afternoon tea. Everything was delicious. Great service. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
  29. HD

    HannaD

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The food was good - we enjoyed the mussels in particular. We did feel that the service was a bit amateur and slow which was odd considering how few tables were in operation.
  30. JM

    JackieM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had booked afternoon tea for a family celebration - the food was great although there were not enough staff and a number of the teas on the menu were not available. As a result we will probably not visit again. wrt to a recommendation, I'd like to say, perhaps...
  31. HT

    HannahT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Thank you very much for making our Daughters Graduation meal very special with a complimentary cocktail and desert. Would definitely visit agai.
  32. B

    Bellini

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Dined here many times and it’s always been good but after the last experience am reluctant to return. Very slow service , poor food. When we complained we were told we’d said the food was ok when actually we weren’t asked about the starter and were asked about the main before we’d had a chance to eat. To make matters worse the manager came over to speak but then told us we had to vacate the table as another couple had booked it ?! No discount was offered and not even a free drink at bat despite being regulars since the hotel first opened !
  33. K

    Karan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time celebrating my niece’s birthday. The staff were helpful and attentive. The food was lovely.
  34. JA

    JoanneA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent afternoon tea at St David’s hotel. We were celebrating my mothers 92nd birthday and she was made to feel extremely special by all the staff! Wonderful touches like a complimentary glass of her favourite tipple and a birthday celebration plate- both without being asked for!! Brilliant service from all but especially Marina. You made my mothers birthday so so special and can’t thank you enough! Would recommend this to everyone who is looking for the best afternoon train Cardiff!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    A lovely setting which is why the place is popular. Food was good and waiting staff pleasant. Overall service at bar and reception at restaurant was haphazard, seemed unorganised, inefficient and we waited 20 minutes for drinks to arrive having had to be quite persistent in getting served at all. Serious attention needs to be given to staff training as I think the problem is with the management of the restaurant rather than individual staff. I did not feel my custom was valued at all.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was just such a lovely experience. The food was beautiful and the restaurant itself is stunning. It was so lovely to watch the yachts sail pass the window. A special mention goes to Chip who made our day there. He was so friendly and even offered us a round of drinks for completing the Cardiff Half Marathon!
  37. LT

    LyndaT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely meal but definitely not cheap. We have two Virgin cocktails (charged the full price of alcoholic version), 1 x shared starter (mackerel), 1 artisan bread, 1 x fish of the day (cod), 1x lamb chops (only 2 chops on plate), 1 potion of fries and broccoli to share £95.06 with service charge applied. Everything was cooked excellently, in a wonderful setting but this does seem costly.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really great dinner with my girlfriend and everything we had is gorgeous and lovely
  39. DD

    DrDB

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible choice. It was 1000 times below expectation. Staff not helpful. Definitely not coming back. My daughter cried.
  40. MR

    MichelleR

    West Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very warm welcome with a huge smile. A lovely lunch with a great view. Not rushed in any way. Piping hot food Delicious

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

FAQs

The Admiral St David is rated 4.3 stars by 238 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Admiral St David

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

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Havannah Street and Stuart Street

  • Area

    Cardiff

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–17:30 Dinner Daily 17:30–22:00

  • 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

  • Phone number

    029 2031 3056

  • Private party facilities

    For more information please call +44 (0)29 2045 4045 or drop us an email at stdavidsenquiries@ihg.com

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