Maldaner's
Maldaner's

Maldaner's

  • 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 2176522425
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Maldaner's reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (31)fit for foodies (27)neighborhood gem (23)romantic (22)good for groups (15)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (12)great for outdoor dining (11)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Must try the martinis
    FridayBrunch
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Maldaner's is one of my favorites. Great food, great people - check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing...
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I started with minestrone to take the chill off a very cold and windy night. It came and looked very unappetizing and tasted even worse: Overcooked, thick with no broth at all, and tasteless. Hoping that their signature dish of beef wellington would redeem their reputation, I was again disappointed by a doughy pastry shell that a layer of unappetizing beef rendering from what I took to be beef that was too cold before being cooked. Again, not enough seasoning. At least the stout was tasty! I regretfully would not recommend eating at this long-established Springfield restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will return
    Drifly3
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Very nice experience. Will return again. One of the best in Springfield.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic elegance
    gratefulyurs
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were visiting the Lincoln museum with 2 other couples and this landmark restaurant was recommended. It added so much to the experience of the museum and Lincoln's hometown with it's authentic, historic feel. The service and attention was wonderful, the food was delicious and beautifully presented. There was one meal that wasn't perfect but was corrected instantly and without making anyone feel bad. We felt appreciated and welcomed. The atmosphere was romantic with very comfortable private seating arrangements. Our table was flanked by a large, cozy booth. Outdoor dining was still being used in October. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Travel Find
    Frenchlady
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My wife & I were in Springfield to visit the Lincoln Historic sites & wanted to have a lovely diner. We could have not selected a better location. Food, service & setting were just what we were looking for. We have wonderful memories of great dinning experiences in Paris and San Francisco, as well as our home base of Austin & San Antonio, Texas. We have added Maldaner's to this list. Additionally my wife had a lovely conversation with the chef, always nice to have that personal touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Mcubed3010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was great. Service was great. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • $100 for that?!?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have really wanted beef Wellington, so this place was on our list. The beef Wellington was tender, as it should be, but could have used more seasoning. The veggies were chopped in little pieces, not elegant at all. On top of that they were crunchy and not cooked through. Had some char on them too. At $30 dollars a plate, I expected a lot more. I've been told their lunch is good, but I won't be back for dinner. The ambiance was horrible. Our hostess had blue hair, not trying to be mean, but you don't expect that in a nice restaraunt. Plus the decor hasn't been updated in years. Green leather?!? Come on. I traveled an hour to get there, next time I'll travel an extra hour to go to a Flemings.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    mmmspfld52
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We celebrated our son's 25th birthday. Everything from appetizer to dessert was delicious. I enjoy the special added touch of sauces and presentation. Our steaks were succulent; the finest we've had anywhere. Our server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    bdayvisitor
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    While visiting my son at UIS, we decided to take him out for a nice dinner. It is a very nice restaurant and the food was good, but I believe a little overpriced. My wife had the salmon. I had the ribeye and my son had a steak as well. All were good, but nothing to say we would go back except for the desserts. We have experienced better steaks and salmon at various other chain restaurants like Texas Roadhouse and TGI Fridays.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excelent food, service needs work
    LesTVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was excellent. My main course was duck. The breast was perhaps a little tough, but the leg was outstanding: tender, flavorful, almost melted in one's mouth. The service, however, left much to be desired. The waits, even for the the menu, were excessive. I would describe the service as somewhere between indifferent, though polite, and untrained. The place was quite noisy. The ceiling is high and hard. However, sound damping material on the bottoms of the tables and chairs would undoubtedly help. It has worked in other restaurants. The wine list is good without being spectacular. Whatever the flaws, the are easily fixed and the restaurant is downtown (a good thing) rather than in some suburban shopping mall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable fine dining
    Fulloftry
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Charming and comfortable fine dining in the heart of Springfield, Illinois. Professional restaurateurs front and back ends. Bonus attention to conscientious locally grown and specialty food to table crops. Keep up the good work Maldaner's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    Luvfood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Always a great place for a business luncheon, dinner or to just have a relaxing evening as a couple or with a great group of friends. Food and service is alway good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Springfield
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    After trying all upscale and other highly rated restaurants in Springfield, Maldaner's is the only one where I would return. Excellent food and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great dining experience
    Campbellsreviews
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We have never been disappointed witht the food and service at maldenars. It's located In downtown Springfield In one of the city's oldest buildings. They have a very interesting menu which incorporates locally grown food. The service has always been outstanding. You may also get to see the chef interacting with patrons. He is one of the best chefs in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food, great! Service, ok.
    GavinCaruso
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I little bit of a longer wait than myself and another had in mind, but the food mad up for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's never let us down
    ilikefood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It's always been one of our family's favorite Springfield restaurants. The appetizers this time, slightly spicy tuna tartar and a giant scallop and shrimp wrapped in crispy pancetta, were fantastic. My husband loved his corvina and my daughter loved her pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes. I got the wild mushroom ragu on penne pasta, a dish I had never tried. I shared some of my bread pudding with my husband, who finally learned that when it's made well, it is a great dessert. It's a shame they're not open on Sun., the day I usually find myself in Springfield.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyeatingVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was excellent. We had a great salad with heirloom tomatoes. The salmon dish was delicious !! Wait staff was attentive. We had a private table in the back that was most enjoyable. A must on any visit to Springfield, Illinois!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food
    Anon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Dining at Maldaner's is always a memorable experience. Servers are friendly, attentive, and efficient. The food is first-rate, beautifully presented, and so good you can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal/entertaining clients
    Hannah
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was my first time making reservations online with Open Table. We were a party of 10 and all was set up as we arrived. We were met and waited on from the time we sat down until we left. Our water and wine glass were refilled the entire night without us asking. The waitress was very knowledgeable on what the specials were for the night and repeated the specials for each end of the table since we were spread out. The bread brought out early was very good and I like the touch of having olive oil and cheese with it. Everyone ordered something different and it was all good. My rib-eye melted in my mouth and had great taste! We topped off the night with ice cream desserts which were heavenly. I would say this was an outstanding meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    alm711
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My husband ordered the rack of lamb medium rare, and it arrived perfectly cooked. I the special chilled shrimp soup, which was chock full of shrimp and very refreshing. My husband's chilled beet soup was beautiful as well as delicious. I also had a green salad with hearts of palm, and the small plate scallop wrapped with shrimp and bacon. Desserts were a lemon curd tart and profiteroles with coffee ice cream. The lemon tart was an improvement on those we've had elsewhere, where the filling tends to be gummy. Here is was the perfect consistency and tartness. Service was attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    crohurst
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great place to enjoy family and friends.....great food service was very good....the watermelon salad was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice
    mommas
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent service, good good, wonderful ambience. Pleasant and inhurried - very relaxing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining experience
    Newby2Maldaners
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This restaurant is great for a new dining experience. Each plate was a new flavor I've never had anywhere else. I must admit I almost laughed when they brought me my small plate meal but it was delicious and the perfect amount since I first had the watermelon salad and finished with an amazing desert. I'll be back and with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best around
    coaster15
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Hands down. This is the best restaurant in the United States. I've been in 38 states and ate at over 2000 restaurants in my lifetime, and I still have not found a better one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What You Want When You Dine Out
    we4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Maldaner's gives it's patrons a high quality, traditional dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alway excellent
    Nicky
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food and the service is always excellent. I have never been disappointed. I really like the on-line reservation system. I had asked for a specific tables and I was fortunate to get what I requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 172 reviews are from the Maldaner's reviews archive.
  • Great "date night" place!!
    Winendine
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance :)
    jadabeanlovesit
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food is good but slow service for out side eating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historical restaurant in Downtown
    GlobalphileVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Enjoyed my dinner in this historic restaurant in downtown Springfield. Has a very old=world atmosphere. Probably the best in Springfield!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, average service
    Finediner
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expectation let down
    Troutmask23
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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  • great dinner
    greatstop
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply put, great place!
    Diner
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just one problem...
    hungrygirl
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Good Experience
    djmjlcst
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChicagoWanderer
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loose morels
    ibaphd2
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Group
    Tony
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a group of 7 for a late dinner. Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Great desserts!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maldaner in Springfield
    SSheridan
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Evening!
    Wineanddine
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.