Maldaner's

4.7
467 reviews
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Contemporary American
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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy a lunch at Maldaner’s when I am in Springfield!

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CC
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. The oldest restaurant in Springfield, and one of oldest restaurants in Illinois. A must try!

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PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice in all respects. The above ratings say it all I would return

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire dining experience at Muldaner’s was very enjoyable. The personal service and attention we received while dining was outstanding! All of the staff were professional, courteous, friendly, and worked hard to make sure we were well taken care of. The menu was varied with complete descriptions and provided something for everyone. The cuisine was phenomenal in both taste and presentation! We also enjoyed learning the history of Muldaner’s and it’ owners. We will spread the word and we will be back. Thank You!

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H
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner on New Year's Eve! Service was great! We were seated promptly (had a reservation) and enjoyed our evening with our friends. Will definitely return!

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a
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maldaner's did not disappoint. My husband and I ate NYE dinner here. I ordered the fillet and he ordered the ribeye. Both cooked to perfection and a beautiful (scrumptous) presentation.
The dinner was fantastic, but the dessert we split was out of this world! A piping hot home made apple crisp with homemade vanilla ice cream - OMG! This was one of the best desserts we've ever eaten. We were so full and could not stop until the apple crisp was gone.
Can't wait to return! Kudos to the chef-owner & all the staff that make this long time restaurant outstanding.

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GL
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places to eat. The food is always excellent. The meringue hazelnut dessert was to die for!

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I would recommend evening dining over lunch. Service was so-so. Ordered crab cakes only to be told that they did not carry them that day, meaning we had to go back into the menu to find a second choice. One member of are party found no gluten-free option so chose the chicken salad. It was served on a single piece of lettuce with no additional fixings i.e. tomato, onion, etc. Asked for remainder of food to be packaged up to go and never saw it again. We had to leave due to a meeting deadline. I've been to Maldaner's for dinner and have experienced excellent service and food choices. Hopefully, they will add some gluten free items to their menu.

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c
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from Danni as usual. The hostess is just lovely.

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a Christmas dinner with our best friends. We have been to Maldaner’s twice in three years and never been disappointed. We had a wonderful evening and the food was fabulous! It is one of few places that my friend and I can dress up!

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PS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Maldaner’s. This is truly a local gem with substantial historical roots. And owner/manager/head chef Michael Higgins makes certain that the dining experience of his customers is par excellence. Best wait service in town, by far.

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AW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the food, wine and service. Noise level is a bit high tho.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The first course was very good the goat cheese salad was great but the main course beef wellington and prime rib and dessert bread pudding both were bland especially the sides and had little to no flavor for $120 for 2 people I expected much more.

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W
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great evening with friends. Prime rib was perfect and lobster bisque phenomenal. Service was top notch. Jessie was a great waiter. Our favorite restaurant in Springfield.

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding, consistantly excellent food and quality service. Highly recommend!

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PR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maldeners always delivers a great dining experience. The menu change sounds with the seasons. Source of ingredients is often identified on the menu. The rack of lamb and beef Wellington were both excellent and perfectly prepared. The bread served here is amazing! Parker is a great server. We will be back.

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b
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Varied menu even allowed me to indulge in calves’ livers. Good selection of salads and desserts as well. Comfortable.

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P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Springfield! The food was over-the-top and the service was superb.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my friend’s birthday. Everything was absolutely perfect!!

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v
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegetarian options! Especially the Better Burget and the soup selections.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice surprise in Springfield. Excellent service through out the meal. Warm crusty bread. Good cocktails. The mussels were incredible - huge and delicate with a broth that was complex and drinkable. Sauce on the calve's liver was rich and deep - wonderful on the mash. Don't skip dessert. Met chef/owner at the end of the meal. Nice place.

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W
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Springfield restaurant. Great prime rib and many small plate options.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was very horrible food that was not tasty and was very bland. The seating was in poor location

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit in three weeks. Just had to go back to see if this place was everything we thought it was on our first visit. It was. Everything is exceptional!

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D
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Never disappoints. Best use of local ingredients

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OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a surprise. We expected a good meal and this to be a nice place. But, everything exceeded our expectations. The Hostess called me the week before my reservation to confirm everything was still correct; made valuble recommendations when she understood our reason be being in the area, and them remembered the details of our visit upon our arrival. . The service could not have been better and the food was absolutely wonderful. (The pork chop is amazing). We had a wonderful couple of days in Springfield. Our meal here was a big part of this!! Very very good.

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was great but we felt sorry for the waiter as the restaurant was packed from the crowds of a near by convention. Because of this he could not be as attentative and the service suffered. We waited an hour for salad and appetizers. We have been there before and it was lovely.

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good that I went back two nights in a row! Staff was great too! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

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E
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a nice meal. Good service nice people. Consistent quality I’ll be back

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent variety of fresh dishes featuring cuisine that will meet everyone's taste. Entrees are generous, as are the desserts. Atmosphere is old school Springfield, and the wait staff appears to be knowledgeable of the fine details of service. Your water glass will never be missing a sip for more than 30 seconds. In my opinion, the ribeye I ordered would have been acceptable at almost any steakhouse, and others at my table enjoyed the halibut special. So if you're celebrating, or just looking for an upscale dining experience, I'd definitely consider Maldaner's.

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OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great street front dining and always great food.

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C
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always good at Maldaners’s. The salmon was fresh and cooked to perfection. The prime rib was tender and had very little fat.

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WC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant several times. The food and service has always been fantastic. The Beef Wellington is a house specialty and is one of our favorites. We highly recommend Maldaner’s for a great meal.

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was great, but our food was average at best. We might try them again sometime, but not in a hurry to go back.

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JA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Car show parade. And family members were part of it. So I requested an outside table to have a good view of the parade and their car. Noisy, and a bit breezy, but worth every minute!!

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l
St. Louis
59 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Steak was fantastic - filet special. Bread pudding and salads were wonderful. The pasta sauce was scorched. No way to make it better when that happens. Our server was really, really slow. Many groups of people entered, ordered three courses, ate, left, before we had our main course. It seemed to be a matter of which server you had. We never want to be rushed, but it was an exceedingly long wait.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck and beef wellington were both top notch! :)

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DB
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best dinner! The staff was so accommodating and the food was spectacular! The cocktails Jeremy made for us were fabulous!

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service, highly recommended. Walking distance from major downtown hotels like Doublrtree Hilton & Wyndham

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R
Cincinnati
49 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A modest store front, very casual. Food is outstanding. Fresh, local ingredients, expertly prepared and displayed. Plentiful portions - split the risotto with sweet corn and the grilled lamb - there's plenty for a date. Wanted to get dessert, too just not enough room. Will be back next time in Springfield.

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