About 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.

222 S 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
6th and Monroe

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(217) 522-4313

Website:
http://www.maldaners.com/

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.

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.

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

Executive Chef:
Michael Higgins

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Maldaner's Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (16)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Notable Wine List (9)
See All
Good for a Date (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Casual (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Romantic (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Sort by
S
373 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Food... amazing
Service... amazingly attentive
Noise... a little loud for me
The over all experience was great! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

They never let the water glass go empty ... it’s like the waitstaff acted a team!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was perfect!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent food was served by an excellent service staff! Wonderful dining!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent! We were visiting Springfield and fortunately found great reviews online that matched the experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

Well ... there's good news and there's bad news.

Good News: The prime rib and martini were superior. Great job.

Bad News: The amount of veggies served we're pathetically small. In particular, the mashed potatoes. I LOVE mashed potatoes with a great steak. Didn't happen.

Next time, Augie's Front Burner.

A special shout-out to our server, Sam. He made our overall experience a great one. 😊

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent updated menu. Always good service. Locally owned and arguably Springfields only fine dining restaurant. Strongly recommend

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food was excellent. We both ordered seafood- halibut special for the birthday guy and wonderful salmon for me. Our waiter Jesse was very efficient and professional. Our martinis and wine were perfect. It was a birthday dinner for my husband and they gave him a delicious complimentary dessert. The whole evening was quite enjoyable.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

There for celebration. The table to the left of us was really loud. But the food was outstanding

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

As usual the food was delicious. I had the signature Beef Wellington which is always consistent. Many locally produced items are on the menu. Difficulty is in narrowing your selections for the evening.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We have been to Muldaners many times over the last 30 years and have always enjoyed the food and the dinings experience. A special place for special occasions. It's also great that they grow herbs and produce in their rooftop garden.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Wonderful, charming historic ambience, delicious food, friendly and helpful staff. Pretty outdoor dining.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent quality food with nice presentation. The bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes was delicious. We also had the warm goat cheese salad. The goat cheese was amazing. The burger, cooked in duck fat, was fresh and juicy. We finished off our meal with creme brûlée- also excellent. Fresh brewed iced tea was a bonus. Excellent, attentive service. Great atmosphere. Historic restaurant with fresh, farm to table ingredients. Highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This is our favorite place to dine while in Springfield. We chose our hotel so that we would be within walking distance of Maldaners! Our server, Brett, was wonderful and made great suggestions. Food was outstanding! I chose quail stuffed with sausage while my wife had salmon. Both were outstanding! We will go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Delicious food and well presented.
Warm Goat Cheese Salad is outstanding.
Lamb Rack is excellent.
Savannah cake is lovely.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

A very pleasant dinner outdoors. My wife and I shared a wedge salad and prime rib. While the wedge salad was small, we wished we ordered one each, it was very tasty and the romaine was crisp. The prime rib was one of the best we ever had. It was well seasoned and a perfect temperature. The sides were fresh and tasty. Overall a fine meal. Thanks.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent as usual! We love Maldaners!!

The best fine dining in Springfield!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Very good restaurant.
Waitress needed to be more knowledgeable about entrees

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
·Dined on July 19, 2017

Had the special soup - a cold cucumber & shrimp soup that was excellent, and the lamb chops were absolutely perfectly wonderful. However, the noise level was abysmal and the klutzy hostess and a waitress kept knocking things over - especially the tray stands. I nearly jumped out of my skin twice when the stands were knocked over. Watching the hostess trying to be somewhat flamboyant in her gestures and knocking over the oil bottle on the nearby table detracted from any pseudo ambiance.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Without a doubt their premium margarita is the BEST I've ever drank! I would return just to try more of their cocktails . But the food was also a treat. I ordered the lamb and my husband had the ribeye steak. Both were wonderful!! For desert we had bread pudding-and blueberry cobbler were both pretty average-and that's why I only gave food four stars. Would definately return to this charming restaurant. Make reservations. It was a Tuesday night and all tables were filled.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We had the seared tuna and the salmon, and both were excellent! I have been craving the tuna ever since we had it!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We were seated in a corner where our wait staff kind of forgot about us. The prime rib was too rare and not that tasty, but since the service was slow, I did not try to send it back. Maldaner's food and service are usually a little better.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Maldaner's was great! The service from beginning to end was superb. I had a spicy bloody mary, which was delicious! It was just the right amount and the perfect amount of spice. I had the prime rib and my husband had the duck. They were both delicious. Prime rib is my favorite and this one is definitely in my top 2! I love that it's a local, downtown venue.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

One of Springfield's best. Always excellent. Something on the menu for every taste. Very good wine list and bar.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 14, 2017

We eat here once a year while visiting Springfield for a horse show. It is always an early dinner but the ambience, food and service is exceptional! I had the Iowa Lamb chops! Delicious, large and prepared perfectly. My friend had the filet special and it was also outstanding. Our server was also outstanding and I apologize for not remembering his name.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Romantic, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

My wife and I visited for our anniversary. The food was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Surprisingly good, except for my pork chop being slightly overlooked for my liking it was a great meal

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Had the lettuce wedge hard lettuce but salad dressing was good had lamb chops which were recommended not good chewy and no flavor my friend however enjoyed the halibut

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Maldaners is always an outstanding dining experience. It is probably the best in Springfield and has been for many years.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We ordered the morel mushroom pie for an appetizer. It was good but pricey for the size slice.
One of us ordered the salmon, which was good. I ordered the Beef Wellington and we split the two entrees. I hate to say that it was the least desirable Wellington I have ever had and the other diner agreed. It should be a very high quality cut of meat in the middle, ours had a liver like aftertaste and the crust was not like any of the light flaky puff pastries I have ever had on it before. I found it overbrowned yet gummy on the inside and it had no flavor. It was also lacking in a rich creamy gravy finish. The mashed potatoes were like boxed dehydrated potatoes and we felt the portions were small. We finished with a piece of their daily special dessert which happened to be strawberry shortcake. The strawberries were macerated and served with a dollop of whipped cream, which were good. The biscuit however was thin, over baked and crunchy and had no flavor. It needs a light sweet fluffy shortcake biscuit. We thought it was a charming dining room and had a nice historic feel and over all liked the ambiance.

Tags: People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Particularly liked the small plate menu with a variety of options. Many of the menu items were unusual.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Anniversary dinner. Very good!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great cocktails, great steaks, great time!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Charming from a historical perspective but stinky and dingy on the inside. It needs a face lift. Food was good.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service4
value3

vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 2, 2017

A visit to Maldaners is a must during Morel Mushroom season. The morel pie is outstanding, as was the morel and butter mold atop the filet.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Our server Sam was wonderful! Listened well and politely recommended items. Even asked the bartender if he could mix up an old-fashioned sour. Perfect evening! Thank you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Our server was not very good. She was less than pleasant and all at our table of 5 had the same reaction. Our server seemed like she was going through the motions and could care a less about us. I do want to comment that it was clear from their other servers we observed that Maldaner's has great service. It was just that our experience was not very good. I have been at this restaurant before and know they have good service and will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service2
value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Maldaners provides outstanding food and service year around, but during morel season it really sets itself apart from several other very good restaurants in this area. Chef Higgens has developed several recipes for morel lovers that are offered only during morel season. He works them into a "morel pie" appetizer, a risotto, and a sauce that works equally well for his halibut special or filet mignon. Add a nice evening when you can dine alfresco and a glass of wine from their very nice wine list and you will not be disappointed.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 25, 2017

4/25/2017
We had the Beef Wellington it was wonderful .i wish I New the server's name he was fantastic . I'm so glad I choose to come here to celebrate my friend retiring and moving , it was a best choice .

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 25, 2017

The server served me the steak my companion orders and me his. He did not e joy his medium rare and I did not enjoy gis medium well. Unfortunately we did not realize what happened until the next. When I stopped by the restaurant the next day to tell yhrm what happened, their response was "oh". Not acceptable.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.