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Spice Quarter, Cardiff, South Glamorgan

Spice Quarter

3.9
3.9
156 Reviews
£25 and under
Indian

Spice Quarter is on the first floor of the popular restaurant hub, the Old Brewery Quarter in Cardiff city centre. Unlike the capital’s tens of ‘cheap eat’ restaurants, Spice Quarter places itself in the a la carte dining set. They’ve got the contemporary look right. And the food’s genuinely excellent. Visible hard at work in the glass fronted kitchen, each of the five chefs, recruited from luxury hotels in Delhi and Bombay, specialises in cooking from their regional home. So from the street-side eateries of Punjab comes a smooth butter chicken, while a Malabri fish curry could have come direct from the South Indian coast.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 16:00–22:30 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:30 Sun 16:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    029 2022 0075

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

What 156 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DH

    DawnH

    North Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely meal and great atmosphere

  2. LD

    LoraineD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Delicious meals - I had the sea bass which was cooked beautifully, my husband had a chicken korma which was super creamy and the meat nice and tender. Really clean, nicely spaced tables for covid purposes and a great wine selection! Would definitely recommend.

  3. RC

    RobC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Second time I've eaten here in the last six months. The food is not what you get from a 'typical' Indian restaurant (although that is available if you wish) Both my friend and I really love the choice and quality of the food. Service is excellent, friendly and efficient. If I'm looking for somewhere to eat in central Cardiff this is my first option. Can't recommend highly enough.

  4. MC

    MarkC

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Little variety and the portions were small and expensive

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I have been going here for years. Recently took a large group from work, my husband’s friends and for a family meal. Each time we had amazing service and food with everyone raving about the place so my husband and I now know we are not biased!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and food.

  7. BT

    BrianT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant was superb, couldn’t fault it in any way at all. Very friendly staff, extremely helpful with questions about menu and gluten free options. Service was excellent and we will definitely be re visiting the venue. I would highly recommend the restaurant. It certainly deserves 5 stars.

  8. MM

    MaryM

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was gorgeous and the service was brilliant. The staff were courteous and helpful and the restaurant was very well presented. will definitely visit again.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Good food, good service value for money. The restaurant was very quiet when we went, so hard to judge what the atmosphere is like. All round enjoyable food and visit

  10. DE

    DavidE

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 September 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Good quality food. Friendly efficient service. Excellent Covid prevention

  11. BK

    BrianK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience5

    Visited with as a family of four for an evening meal at 6.30pm on a Tuesday. The restaurant is on the first floor and there's no lift so any wheelchair users should be aware. We were seated quite quickly and the first waiter brought our drinks order promptly. From there the service starts to go downhill as another waiter took our food order and unlike all the tables around us failed to bring our complimentary popadums and the starters took over 30 mins to arrive. By now the restaurant was really busy with a queue of on average over a dozen people waiting for ages at the entrance to be seated so lets say we felt ignored and it became a struggle to get our mains or the attention of any waiters who were all over stretched at this stage. After our mains eventually arrived it then took over 40 mins to get our desserts after asking 2 separate waiters. The chocolate cake dessert I ordered had been microwaved for too long and was very hard after it had cooled down sadly. Overall the food was mostly tasty and well presented but our experience was let down the disorganised service. Would recommend the food but the staffing levels and training need to be addressed.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    Service poor Limited menu compared To similar Indian restaurant

  13. HR

    HelenR

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great food, service was good go side ring they were very busy, will definitely visit again soon

  14. NW

    NeilW

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very good food, good seating, very good service - what's not to like

  15. M

    Marc

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed our visit to Spice Quarter, lovely freshly prepared food and friendly service. Restaurant is beautiful

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    Food was ok. Service was appalling. Tried to charge us for food and drink that never came. Avoid!

  17. M

    Marc

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, service and cocktails a perfect night.

  18. MH

    MarkH

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 October 2019

    overall3food5service5ambience2

    Really enjoyed meal but wouldn’t go back as I don’t agree with a service charge of 10%. It should be up to the customer how much they want to tip for service.. Mark

  19. G

    Gordon

    Manchester

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Food was average -

  20. GB

    GillB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    Service was terrible waited for 15 mins to be asked if needed a drink , then further 20mins to take order - food was good though when it did arrive - very disappointed with rude staff - wasnt even packed restaurant wouldn't recommend this place

  21. SC

    StephenC

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    The service was the worst I have experienced for many years. From being taken to the table it took 25 minutes for a waiter to come to the table and ask for drinks and food. We only ordered a main course and this took a further 1hr to arrive. The food when eventually served was to a good standard but I find the service standard to be terrible and they had the audacity to charge 10% service charge on top of the bill.

  22. RC

    RichardC

    Gloucestershire

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Limited staff meant that we had to wait for our table despite having booked in advance and arrived on time. We were not offered drinks or menus. The restaurant decor is quite spartan with an awkward layout and tables quite close together. However, the table service was good and the food was of a high standard, with the lamb in particular being very tender.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Really lovely surprise - hadn't heard of / come across this place before, but food was really excellent - far exceeded expectations, really tasty and nicely presented too. Highly recommend.

  24. L

    Lulah

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Last visited Cardiff 2 years ago & tried the Spice Quarter & thought this was the best Indian restaurant ever! Was worried it wouldn't be as good 2 years later. However being that it was a Saturday night on a day following 2 rugby games in the City we were once again hugely impressed. We arrived for our table & the restaurant was heaving, we were given our table immediately & the service that followed was faultless! I was expecting a huge wait as they were so busy, but the waiter took our drinks order immediately & the drinks arrived quickly. The service was attentive all evening without being obtrusive. The food was impeccable & the ambience really good, again considering they were at full capacity, the noise level wasn't overpowering our conversation. Highly recommend, just hope I don't have to wait another 2 years to go back.

  25. J

    Jordan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Service was a little slow. We waited over an hour for our food. Was tastey though. We had to wait for more drinks, not once did someone come over and ask us even though our glasses had been emptied for ages .. overall good though just a bit slow on the service side

  26. j

    jwpp

    London

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    A nice meal but nothing out of the ordinary.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Nice meal very quiet

  28. JD

    JacquelineDP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    I have only given average scores. Food was ok. There are places better. Service was also ok though didn’t get the impression they cared whether we were there or not. I alerted them through the booking that I was vegan. It was mentioned when I arrived and the waiter went through the vegan starter options which was good and then told me about three mains but each of these had meat or fish in them! We had to repeat our request for additional water. Rather impersonal service.

  29. AF

    AlliF

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    We went on a very busy Friday night. Service not great. Waited 90 minutes for our meal. However, it was definitely worth waiting for. We were a party of 4 and all our meals were outstanding.

  30. SR

    SimonR

    Bristol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 November 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    TOOK SOME CLIENTS HERE FOR A MEAL AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE, LOCATION, FOOD, SERVICE GREAT CURRY HOUSE WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND

  31. v

    vanessak

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Couldn't fault the food, it was all delicious however unfortunately it all felt a bit rushed, regarding the service everything seemed to come at once and the staff were in a rush to clear the table

  32. f

    ftsmjs

    New York Area

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Good find on a very busy Saturday night in Cardiff.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and different from your standard Indian Chicken Tikka Masala etc. We weren’t rushed and had a really nice corner table. Good size portions with just enough. Would happily come back

  34. RB

    RichatdB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Restaurant nearly empty, Food and Service disappointing

  35. A

    Andy

    Kent

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Just on the side of stylish and vibrant, rather than tacky and loud. Creative menu and decent atmosphere.

  36. JP

    JohnP

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Excellent meal, with good service and some unusual dishes. Prices are average but good value for money. We will definitely eat here again when we are in Cardiff.

  37. CP

    ChloeP

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, good variety and server willing to modify for particular tastes. tasty and well cooked good service

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2017

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    The food overall was fab ,after we foud a black hair stuck in one of the popadoms ,they did say sorry and gave us 1 to replace it,but no refund or discount ,had to remind the waiter for our wine and wait an hour for our main meal ,didn't feel the servive was worth the 10% service fee we had to pay on top of our bill which was £16 ,I always leave a tip but I think it should be our choice how much depending on the service we have .

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Enjoyed our meal emensly great service staff were wonderful

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was excellent and very good value for money, staff friendly and attentive. Only downside tables are close together and conversation can be difficult at times. Will go back

FAQs

Spice Quarter does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats. Spice Quarter also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 029 2022 0075.

Spice Quarter is rated 3.9 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.

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

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Google Map for Spice Quarter

Unit 8B, First Floor, The old brewery quarter St Mary's Street Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 1FG

Additional information

  • Area

    Cardiff

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 16:00–22:30 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:30 Sun 16:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    John Lewis is the closest Car park

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Takeaway, Wine

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