The Admiral St David

4.3
177 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.

Support The Admiral St David during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 177 People Are Saying
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SteveW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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Shrop
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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AliciaK
Glasgow
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.

JF
JoannaF
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.

LG
LoveGoodFood
London
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.

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ZsaZsa77
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Rosie
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

LK
LK24
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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

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EFish
London
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.

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TracyL
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.

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SimonG
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.

JC
JC545345
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

LB
LennieB
London
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BenYates
London
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!

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NeilD
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PenarthResident
Devon
5 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.

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Jess
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BobL
London
7 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

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CatherineM
South Wales
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.

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Maggie
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Isle of Wight
7 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MB
MonaB
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.

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PeterC
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere with great views and excellent food.

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LeeW
Orlando
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.

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JayS
South Wales
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.

JW
JoanneW
South Wales
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

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DeannaE
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.

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stuartb
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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

JS
JoshuaS
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Really enjoyable experience. Service was a little slow. Not enough staff on for Saturday afternoon.

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BeverlyW
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely surroundings overlooking the bay. Limited menu but the food we chose was tasty and well presented. Excellent service from our waiter Tom. We will return

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bethant
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a pleasure and lunch was a treat.

My only issue was I had stated in my booking to be seated by the window so we could enjoy the great views. My request was not acknowledged or even mentioned and we were put on a table away from the window.

I realise we have to social distance but acknowledging my request would have been useful.

CJ
ChrisJ
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails, drinks service was a little slow but would definitely return.

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DaisyS
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely views, great staff there. We did occasionally have to hail people over to order more drinks though. Food selection wasn't that great but all of our food was really enjoyable! We were spoiled with some sparkling on the house as we were a small party with a bride to be.

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ValdaF
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Unfortunately reservation for 1.30
Greeted and order taken quickly but at 2.30 we still had not received any food, apparently our order had got lost
We then had starters
On the house to compensate but the food arrived quite quickly after that and we were left u U.K. ncomfortably full. Not too good

JD
JDay
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting Wales to see my elderly Grandmother who hasn’t been able to go anywhere since the beginning of the first lockdown last year. I wanted to take her somewhere special for afternoon tea and this didn’t disappoint. Beautiful location, light and airy restaurant which felt very safe and of course fabulous food. I cannot fault the staff or any other aspect. Thank you it was lovely to see her smiling!

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MassimoS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

very nice restaurant, great location just on the waters of Cardiff Bay. Modern-stile, food with decisive and interesting taste. Would definitely recommend.

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RobertD
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great, very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Generally the staff were very helpful and polite.

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BeverlyB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining room was a light airy room, with stunning views over the bay, comfortable seating, overall the food was very good & the service was impeccable.

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RichardS
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent, the staff were very attentive. we thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

FAQs

The Admiral St David is rated 4.3 stars by 177 OpenTable diners.

The Admiral St David does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://stdavidshotel.skchase.com/vouchers?categories=dining.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.