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Maldaner's
Maldaner's

Maldaner's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maldaners.com
  • Phone: (217) 522-4313
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Higgins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a wide selection of Catering Offerings. We cater for 2-300 guests depending on logistics. You can choose menus from our website or you can have our Chef personalize a menu that will be certain to please. Some of the most popular items are farm fresh fruits and vegetables. We also utilize a vast array of ingredients found locally, regionally and all throughout the United States.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have 3 private dining rooms which are Handicapped Accessible. They are upstairs (elevator) The largest seats up to 120 guests with a private bar. We can divide that room in half for 2 parties of 45 each or less. Two of our rooms overlook historic downtown Springfield. One room has it"s own private bar.
  • Private Party Contact: Steve Sowers (217) 652-2425
  • Entertainment: In our upstairs private dining room you can have any form of entertainment you would like to have. We have had DJ's, Magicians, 3 piece Bands, Abe Lincoln Impersonator's to name a few. We also have a piano in the bar area.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th and Monroe
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Each day after 5:00pm you are welcome to park in the lot behind Maldaner's via the alley. There are 2 spots that are always reserved but the rest are posted as "Scott and Scott" and "Merrill Lynch" and are available to use. If full we suggest the Municipal Parking Garage on 7th and Monroe. (attached to the Hilton) Walk out of garage towards 7th street and go through the alley (it is well lit) to 6th street and take a left on the sidewalk. You will see Maldaner's Awning
A word from Maldaner's
Established in 1884, Maldaner's Restaurant and Catering is one of Springfield's finest restaurants. If you have visited The Old State Capitol, Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House or the State Capitol, you can imagine the wonderful celebrations Maldaner's likely was a part of at the turn of the last century and to the present day.

Today, under the guidance of Chef-Owner Michael Higgins, Maldaner's respects tradition while offering the best of contemporary American fine dining in our historical setting.

Chef Higgins features seasonal local and regional ingredients influenced by Mediterranean composition and preparation.

Heirloom vegetables, humanely raised meats and Slow Food all artistically prepared and presented.

Welcome to Maldaner's in downtown Springfield. We hope you enjoy your visit each time you dine at Maldaner's.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The service was impeccable and both the smoke trout appetizer and the duck entree were delicious! The building itself has a lot of character and charm as well."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Nice, classy, "date appropriate" restaurant. Great for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, work dinners, ,engagements, or just a nice ace for tourists to have a nice dinner. Great wine selection, delicious food and attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff. I highly recommend this place to any one visiting Springfield, such as my boyfriend and I were doing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food is good but slow service for out side eating."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed my dinner in this historic restaurant in downtown Springfield. Has a very old=world atmosphere. Probably the best in Springfield!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excellent food and very nice atmosphere. The building is very old, but well maintained. Many tables outside, so if you want to eat out there, there should be no problem. We were having a quiet anniversary dinner, and this restaurant was an excellent choice for that. The service was just ordinary, and I expected more for a place that bills itself as "fine dining". Overall, I'll certainly go back and would recommend Maldaner's to anyone looking for a "fine dining" experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Read lots of great things about Maldaner's but the experience and more importantly the food did not live up to the reviews. We took our three children and they were not so excited to see them. The food, I can only speak for myself and my wife. My wife had the fish special with a strawberry sauce, more like a topping and I had the house speciation beef Wellington. Great presentation and very good, but the quality of the beef was questionable. So, for $400 with 3 kids eating $11 plates of pasta, I have a hard time recommending this to anyone. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had reservation for 6:30, I called and changed for 6, the young lady as very friendly and very helpful. She was also like that when we were at Maldaner's. The service was top notch and very customer oriented. The food was great. I would suggest to anyone to try this great restaurant. It is on the expensive side but you can see the reason with the quality of food that you are being serviced."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Casual, comfortable, great food, great prices, great service. Try the flour less chocolate cake, if you still have room. Worth the calories. Location is close to many attractions, so you can walk off your feast. Much better experience than hotel dining. Had reservations for 6:30 and place filled up during our visit, so suggest you make reservations, too, just to play it safe. Will dine there again next time we are in springfield."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Every aspect of this place was wonderful...except one. We arrived early for our reservation and decided to wait at the bar. The bartender was rude and incredibly unhappy to serve us. When asked by the hostess to inform us of the off menu items for the evening, she gave a quick glare to her and then recited the items unwillingly. I realize she was busy pouring all the drinks for the restaurant but we were the only two at the bar. Everyone else we came in contact with was exceptionally friendly! The hostess seemed to be running the show with ease and a warm smile. Our waiter was polite and attentive. We dined outside and it was the perfect evening for it. This place is not to be missed! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I made reservations through OpenTable.com the day before we went to Maldaner's. I got my confirmation e-mail and we were good to go. We arrived at the restaurant at 6:30pm and had to wait just a bit before being seated. Both my partner and I had the Beef Wellington. I had the Goat Cheese Salad (which is always awesome) and the great warm bread that was served. It was a busy Saturday night at Maldaner's, but most of the dinner crowd came after we arrived. We were seated in the bar area and it was a bit noisy, but still charming. My Beef Wellington was cooked medium rare and was excellent. My partner's was supposed to be medium well, but looked more medium rare. He still ate it and took home the leftovers. A good meal anyway!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Exceptional food and service. The best restaurant in town. Highly recommend it. The prices are comparable to other downtown restaurant's but the food far surpasses others I tried. Would make a point of making a reservation because it is popular for good reason."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Spring is morel season, the time when these elusive and incredibly delicious wild mushrooms are gathered up by hunters who guard their secret locations jealously. Many of these little treasures wind up at Maldaner's, an even comparable to soft-shell crabs near the Chesapeake or fiddlehead ferns in Maine. We had them three ways--in a tart, a risotto, and as a sauce over real walleye pike. All three dishes presented the morels differently, while at the same time highlighting the mushroom's taste and texture. A completely wonderful dinner that's turned by now into an annual pilgrimage."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The decor was nice with dark wood. Small bar were regulars seem to meet. Salmon with pine nuts, over mashed potatoes and asparagus, was fair. It tasted fine, I expected something meatier. Service was good. I had dinner about 6:30 and only a few patrons."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We had a group of 7 for a late dinner. Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Great desserts!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Springfield's best restaurant with consistently the best prepared food and experienced staff"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very good food and excellent service!!! Menu was not child friendly. Lighting was a little dark for our group. Difficult seating and access to the restrooms for a handicapped person with wheelchair or walker."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Noisy; cramped; special was too salty; never offered a second drink; morrell pie was fabulous"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Maldeners is a classic place in Springfield. I haven't eaten there in quite a number of years as I don't get to Springfield too often. I was pleased we decided to stop there. It was a beautiful evening, so we opted to eat outside. Other than a few loud motorcycles, no regrets with that decision. The menu offered a lot of choices with unique qualities that left me wanting to try several different items. I opted for the quail, which I had never had before and was not disappointed, in fact quite pleased and would order it again in a heart beat if it weren't for the other items I want to try next time. Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert which again had several choices I would have loved to try. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant in a bountiful historical building. The food and service was 4 stars. My only disappointment was that the lighting was not authentic to the period, it looked like something you would buy from Menards in the clearance isle."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "My husband had never been to Springfield, and I wanted him to have an authentic experience at a local restaurant, so chose Maldaner's. The food was fair (his lasagna noodles with bolognese sauce was bland, my penne with baby artichokes was ok, but very few artichokes were noted. What really spoiled our dinner was our server's attitude. Once she heard that we were not ordering alcohol, she could hardly be bothered with us. She never offered to replenish the bread, nor take time to elaborate on the dishes we asked about, nor ask how our meals were. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food and service are consistently excellent. Potato encrusted halibut was delicious. Salmon was also prepared excellently."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food is always good at Maldaner's. Husband ordered the special, a pork chop wrapped in pork belly. I had a bite. Very tasty! I had the mushroom pasta. very rich. A great choice for vegetarians. For appetizer had smoked trout which was yummy. Husband had lobster bisque which he liked. (I don't care for lobster bisque anywhere.) I had the micro green salad. Everything was very fresh. The meat was a local farm. Very good wine list allthough we did not have any. Topped everything off with the chocalate-hazlenut dessert which we split. So good. We love this place!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We generally go to Maldaner's as a group of 3 to 6 couples. The wait staff are very friendly and efficient. The menu has a wonderful variety of tasty choices. The menu includes seasonal and local produce and meats. Portions are sizes are reasonable. I had the filet ordered medium well and it was perfect, without being butterflied. The mesclun green salad is consistently delicious."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our first visit and it was wonderful! Traditional decor, great food, and great service. My filet was cooked to perfection and very tender. The Queen of Sheba dessert was fabulous. I can see why this restaurant has been there for 130 years! We will definitely go back when we're in town."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Major metro menu and wine list with small town friendliness."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "went for anniversary dinner with friends and was really disappointed with the prime rib three of us ordered. It was prepared as asked but the cuts of beef were tough and chewy. We should have complained but didn't realize that all our meals were lackluster until we discussed it later. Salad and cocktails were good"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent food and wine! Friendly wait staff who attend without constant interruption."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Downtown Springfield is a bit dull, but Maldaner's brightens up your day with creative food choices and a great welcoming atmosphere. I almost always try to visit when I'm in town"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Octopus appetizer with white beans was one of the best dishes I have ever had in Springfield"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Maldaner's is a longstanding stalwart of Springfield dining. Chef Michael Higgins is ever present and it shows. The regular menu features a variety of choices that are always satisfying and every night there are several specials that keep things interesting. You won't go wrong at Maldaner's. The Chicken 2-Ways is a favorite of mine."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Remembered this place as quiet and classy. Very rowdy bunch next to us- asked for intervention and waiters were helpless. Food was excellent. Service was good. Felt like we were at the tavern on a Friday night."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our delayed valentines dinner, and it was truly a delight. The reservation process was extremely easy, the ambience was romantic and appropriate, the food was delicious, and the service was exceptional. I would recommend this to friends and family, and will certainly be going back again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "To start, we shared the crabcake. It tasted so fresh and delicious! I had the sausage stuffed quail and my date had the filet. The quail was absolutely amazing and paired perfectly w/ the cheesy polenta and crispy spinach. To end the night we tried their ice cream sundae and Queen of Sheba chocolate torte...chocolate lovers dream. I would highly recommend Maldaner's for a date night or an evening out w/ some friends. The food and service are both excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I dine at Maldaner's about once per year. When we are ready for a true fine dining experience, this is where we go. We have NEVER had a bad meal there. I had the rack of lamb on this visit and it was nothing short of spectacular. My wife had the ribeye. The bite and depth of flavor was beyond delicious. I capped off my wonderful meal with a sundae made with their own homemade ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce. As is usual with Maldaner's, they took a relatively familiar and simple dish and catapulted it up several levels. The atmosphere; you could easily imagine Maldaner's a buzz in the 40's. This place is truly a gem. Food, atmosphere, top notch staff and the relaxed pace is simply perfect. We highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "So, if you see my other reviews of Maldaner's you will see much higher ratings. I am only rating this visit in this review...I would usually give them 5 stars. During this visit the quinoa had an odor and our server (who is ALWAYS excellent) was very busy, affecting the timeliness of service. The quality is that of a large city establishment in Springfield. We eat out often and prefer fine dining. We have yet to find a place to rival Maldaner's in or around Springfield. The staff, from the BEST hostess ever (who remembers us and isn't "cookie cutter" with her blue highlights) to the dining room back up staff, to the servers (especially our favorite), and kitchen staff are always cordial, professional, and accommodating. A+"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Although my dinner/food was absolutely amazing, I wasn't so pleased with the staff. I set reservations two weeks in advance and apon arrival was seated in the corner with three walls around me and someone sitting twelve inches away. When placing my order the staff suggested some specials not on the menu. I choose the house filet which was incredible compliments to the chef, but after I ordered the waitress returned to the table to tell me exactly how much my plate was and too make sure that I could afford it? I was completely humiliated. My return is questionable for that reason only. If the waitress has to return to tell everyone what the prices are for specials maybe they need a menu set for the specials so this doesn't happen again."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I was in Springfield for a conference at a nearby hotel and wanted a great restaurant for late dining. Maldaner's met these criteria, and I was very happy with this choice. The restaurant interior is a bit dated, but this adds to its charm. The wait staff was exceptionally good and offered great advice on the menu options. There are a number of things on the menu that you don't see at many other places ... for example, the French 75 on the cocktails menu or the beef wellington and duck confit on the entree list. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great meal in a memorable place that is quite different from the cookie-cutter offerings of the national chains."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We chose this spot after looking up menus online and in windows, and everything we ordered was impressive and worth the cost. We had Shrimp & Scallop appetizer, lamb and the duck and each were fantastic. Nice place for a date and great food in downtown."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "We have always had a great dinner here! Our waiter was great and the food was amazing! To top off a great evening we had a window seat which was perfect for NYE!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Enjoyed eating at Maldaner's while attending the ACRES Conf. nearby. The organic, free range chicken was delightful. It is good to see local and organic food on the menu. Keep seeking out these from your neighboring farms. Thanks!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013