Cardinal Spirits Distillery and Restaurant
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
Our patio is open to all ages and is dog friendly.
The patio will re-open in the Spring.
Great food and cocktails. The coffee martini is not on their list, but it is marvelous!
Great waiter, delicious cocktails and food.
Excellent Truffle Chicken meal...burger was delicious too!
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.
Food was simply outstanding!
Alex the waiter was a real pro!
They have seriously upped their game since the last time we've been. Food was delicious! Drinks were refreshing!!
Excellent staff and food! They tolerated our large group of mom and college boys and all had an amazing time!
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.
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.
Service was attentive and the food was delicious!
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.
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.
Food menu was very poor in options.
They charged my card twice and the second time they charged it - it was higher than the first time they charged it.
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.
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.
Fun place. Went to see Craig Brenner performance. Our first visit. We’ll be back!
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!
The Cacio e Pepe is the very best pasta dish in town. Cocktails are great, wait staff is nice ( and fun!)
It was great to see Dean out and about.
Ryan was great as usual.
Nice to see service and quality remain a priority.
Great cocktail options! Limited menu.
Best place in town for great food, service, and cocktails!
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!
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!!
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.
Interesting and delicious menu, great cocktails, attentive chef and waitstaff, this place is outstanding!
Clean neat good food not overwhelming. Love the drinks. Will go again
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.
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.
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!
Fabulous place to go with incredible service and cocktails. Fall cocktails are incredible. Order the Lonestar - it's amazing.
Loved the risotto. Will be back later in the fall for the fall risotto.
Such a pleasant experience. Great service, great food!
Absolutely a fantastic place to go. The atmosphere outside is perfect on a late summer evening.
Food and drinks were Amazing!
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.
Good cocktails. Just needs a bit more choices as far as food!
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.
Cardinal Spirits Brunch is reliably pleasant, the service is reliably noteworthy, and the food is reliably excellent!
Wonderful, creative food and great cocktails
Cardinal Spirits Distillery and Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 109 OpenTable diners.
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