Cardinal Spirits Distillery and Restaurant

4.8
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109 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Rated one of 5 best distillery restaurants in the nation!
Looking for something delicious and unique in Bloomington? Join us for brunch or dinner. We're a hidden gem in town and a few minutes south of the square downtown.

Our food is seasonal, shareable and made from scratch daily. Dishes are meant to complement our cocktails and echo the casual-yet-exceptional vibe that guests have come to expect at the distillery.

Sample our award winning spirits or sip them in one of our seasonal craft cocktails. All of our spirits are fermented, distilled, and bottled on-site. There's nothing else like us in town, and it's our goal to help you create a wonderful memory here in Bloomington.


DINNER: Daily beginning at 4pm
WEEKEND BRUNCH: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm
**21+ Inside**
Our patio is open to all ages and is dog friendly.
The patio will re-open in the Spring.
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LindaR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and cocktails. The coffee martini is not on their list, but it is marvelous!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter, delicious cocktails and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Truffle Chicken meal...burger was delicious too!

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TucsonVisitor
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice distillery dining option. Salmon and chicken dishes were good. Spirits were good as well. Looking forward to the day when whiskey is an option. Service was exceptional. All and all, a nice casual place to go.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was simply outstanding!
Alex the waiter was a real pro!

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SarahZ
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have seriously upped their game since the last time we've been. Food was delicious! Drinks were refreshing!!

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MicheleM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and food! They tolerated our large group of mom and college boys and all had an amazing time!

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KendraM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cardinal Spirits is the go to date night spot for me and my husband. We usually go after eating dinner somewhere else and enjoy drinks and maybe dessert. This time we were a little hungry after our dinner so we got the OMG fries and they were so good. Everything is always top notch there.

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Nick
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Being our first time there I was pretty surprised how cramped it was. We had reservations for Valentine’s Day, we arrived a few minutes early and waited a total of about 15mins. We left when another couple, who came in about 10-12mins after us was seated before us (almost immediately). Even if they had reservations, which were staggered by 15 mins, they were already 20-25mins late and yet we were expected to continue to wait. We went to eat at another establishment and was seated immediately. You called my cell at 9:54pm (almost 25mins later than our reservation, your kitchen closed at 10) to tell me our table was ready. Pretty disappointing, plenty of other great places to try besides a place with such limited seating and honestly a very limited menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive and the food was delicious!

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bloomington is fortunate to have this treasure. Not only are the adult beverages delicious, their food never disappoints. As a plant eater, I can always find something, besides a salad, that works for my lifestyle. We love this place! And we highly recommend taking the tour of the distillery.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every experience I have had dining at Cardinal Spirits has been enjoyable. The food is always delicious with new choices each time and award winning drinks.

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Townie
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food menu was very poor in options.

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AnnaW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience5

They charged my card twice and the second time they charged it - it was higher than the first time they charged it.

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jamesg
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food we ordered (veggie burger, chicken, salads) was excellent. The sole reason I rated the restaurant as "very good" rather than "outstanding" is its extremely limited menu--roughly eight entrees, maybe ten. Otherwise, the place is first-rate. It really is a distillery, by the way, and the spirits, mixed drinks &c. are terrific. Ambiance was pleasant and relaxed. Our waiter was great, almost too attentive.

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MichaelH
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Cardinal Spirits. The whole family enjoyed the visit. The waitress was knowledgeable and helpful. She also was overworked, since she was responsible for the entire room. She did a good job, but have to think one other server would have been a good idea. Maybe a shortage of employees during the holidays?

The food was good and we each had a cocktail that everyone enjoyed. I hope they are able to expand the dinner menu in the future.

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DennyS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun place. Went to see Craig Brenner performance. Our first visit. We’ll be back!

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JeffM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and we loved it all! Great service from all the staff and our waiter was excellent!! Salad and cheese plate was a great combo to share for two as starter. The spaghetti and meatballs and farmers chicken were both delish and our drinks were spot on.... Brandy Old Fashion and Velo. We’ll be back!

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JoniM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Cacio e Pepe is the very best pasta dish in town. Cocktails are great, wait staff is nice ( and fun!)

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great to see Dean out and about.
Ryan was great as usual.
Nice to see service and quality remain a priority.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great cocktail options! Limited menu.

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normusn
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in town for great food, service, and cocktails!

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Holly
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We adore cardinal! The restaurant (and bar, and distillery) feels casual and relaxed, but at the same time upscale. The drinks are delicious and always feel refined and made with care. The dining menu, while small, is always delicious. Best of all, the staff there is amazing. If you haven't been, you are missing out and should head over asap!

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Jude
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service from Alex was outstanding. Answered our questions about cocktails and super friendly. Seasonal drinks are always unique and tasty. Had a homemade mozzarella appetizer and it was absolutely heavenly!!

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Stretch
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks and dinner were both excellent. This was a sort of last minute decision since we had not been in a while. The drinks, both what we selected and later for those we asked for a recommendation, were very good and went well with the meal. One of us enjoyed the risotto with the crispy brussel sprouts (as they should be) and the other the burger. Both meals were tasty and cooked quite well. They accommodated a food allergy without issue. We need to go back more often to enjoy the special drink changes and seasonal menus. Recommend Cardinal Spirits for the food, drinks and atmosphere.

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vipMichaelTM
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and delicious menu, great cocktails, attentive chef and waitstaff, this place is outstanding!

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HarleyMan
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean neat good food not overwhelming. Love the drinks. Will go again

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TimR
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The menu is very limited. We order oysters, cheese board and Devil Eggs, The oysters were very fishy tasting no horseradish. Order the ribs. Not my style ribs but as I said the menu was limited.

Drinks were great the server was great. Next time, I will have an appetizer and drinks.

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ChrisM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time here for my wife’s 40th birthday. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and had a warm sense of hospitality . Excellent cocktails that rival some of the high-end NYC cocktail bars we used to frequent. The drink menu was very thoughtful and showed off their in-house spirits in their best light.

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BriannaM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went here for a Bachelorette party. Servers took good care of us and made us feel so special bringing a round of shooters for the group at the end of our visit!

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vipcelebratfun
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place to go with incredible service and cocktails. Fall cocktails are incredible. Order the Lonestar - it's amazing.

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joslynanne
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the risotto. Will be back later in the fall for the fall risotto.

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MamaP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a pleasant experience. Great service, great food!

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ChristianB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a fantastic place to go. The atmosphere outside is perfect on a late summer evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and drinks were Amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We were seated and served water right after arrival, then waited for over 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order and answer a couple questions. No one ever showed up at our table to help us, so we left. The menu was very limited and obviously they lack customer service.

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LoriD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good cocktails. Just needs a bit more choices as far as food!

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QuintinW
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great drinks and food in a good environment. It's a good place for a group of friends or a date. I will certainly be going back.

JB
JBeau
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cardinal Spirits Brunch is reliably pleasant, the service is reliably noteworthy, and the food is reliably excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, creative food and great cocktails

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