The Admiral St David

4.3
164 Reviews
£25 and under
English
Overlooking Cardiff Bay, The Admiral is a chic setting to enjoy the rich and fresh flavours of contemporary British cuisine. Filled with calming earth tones and a comfy yet smart beach-side feel, this is a relaxing space to indulge in gourmet flavours, or sample one of the bold, inventive cocktails from the bar.

Serving an exotic selection of gourmet treats in a chic waterside setting, The Admiral is right beside Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve.

Support The Admiral St David during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 164 people are saying
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LennieB
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was exceptionally slow - 45 mins from arrival to a glass of water. Food bland. Worse than average.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, lovely setting with great food and service, would highly recommend

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BenYates
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

During an afternoon trip service was slow but when I returned for the dinner booking it had significantly improved.

The confit Duck was great!

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NeilD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, professional and friendly. Very nice atmosphere.

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PenarthResident
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely, bright and well appointed restaurant with pleasant and helpful staff. The menu is not extensive but the food was excellent and the chefs were able to do a one off request such as crayfish linguine as the crab was off the menu. The only aspect we were a bit perplexed about was ordering aperitifs, as we were not offered a drink while we looked at the menu. When we did we were surprised when Pimms was served in a tumbler with lemonade on the side rather than pre-mixed with fruit etc., This was corrected when we explained how it should be served and were told that this is how 'the company' sets out how bar staff are to serve it. Very strange as Pimms is the quintessential British summer drink and the bottle label sets out how it should be served. Not a big deal but not what we expected form a 5* hotel. In saying that the Rose wine we had was very pleasant.

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Jess
Wales
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to enjoy lunch on a hot day. Stunning views

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BobL
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Views lovely - across Cardiff bay
Friendly waiting staff over stretched and inexperienced - no supervisor to advise them on how to do things properly. No idea about breathing wine. Felt like they were feeling harassed.
Food decent but not amazing; nice steak
Menu pretty basic, not exciting
Wine list very short and unimaginative

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CatherineM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent menu: simple but not run of the mill. We ordered fish and chips, all of top quality ( though fish not particularly chunky and crushed peas rather sparse).
Service was sweet-tempered and efficient. Ambiance on a sunny Friday afternoon was breezy, uncrowded, very relaxing, understated decor perfectly suited to the harbour views. Good value for the pleasant and civilized quality of the experience: I will return and would sincerely recommend The Admiral St David.

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Maggie
London
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with amazing service from Tom. Lovely setting with views.

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OpenTable Diner
Isle of Wight
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food. The fish and chips were amazing!! Friendly staff.

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MonaB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food came very late and was undercooked (the potatoes were still hard) despite the fact that it was not that busy
Starters were done very well but the mains were disappointing - not what you'd expect from a restaurant in a 5 * hotel at all

Would not come again for an evening meal.

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PeterC
Wales
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere with great views and excellent food.

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LeeW
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, really nice food and great views. Seemed to be very warm in the restaurant so air con could have been a bit cooler - I’m being picky here, it’s a place I’ll go back to without doubt.

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JayS
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable service, food and atmosphere. Can’t fault anything. Incredible. Both myself and the Mrs more than happy.

JW
JoanneW
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Over priced and hardly any choice
We order 2 x chicken Kiev to be told they only had one left !
It was 7.30 pm
Only 2 desserts offered one of which was vegan !
Vet disappointed

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DeannaE
Wales
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely server who's name was Tom. The service was amazing, he was friendly, funny and always made sure our food was up to standard and our drinks were filled. The food tasted and looked amazing too! Definitely reccomend.

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stuartb
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Disappointed but venue resolved complaint whilst at the hotel. The female waitress was patronising and rude.

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JoshuaS
Wales
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Really enjoyable experience. Service was a little slow. Not enough staff on for Saturday afternoon.

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BeverlyW
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely surroundings overlooking the bay. Limited menu but the food we chose was tasty and well presented. Excellent service from our waiter Tom. We will return

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bethant
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a pleasure and lunch was a treat.

My only issue was I had stated in my booking to be seated by the window so we could enjoy the great views. My request was not acknowledged or even mentioned and we were put on a table away from the window.

I realise we have to social distance but acknowledging my request would have been useful.

CJ
ChrisJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails, drinks service was a little slow but would definitely return.

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DaisyS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely views, great staff there. We did occasionally have to hail people over to order more drinks though. Food selection wasn't that great but all of our food was really enjoyable! We were spoiled with some sparkling on the house as we were a small party with a bride to be.

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ValdaF
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Unfortunately reservation for 1.30
Greeted and order taken quickly but at 2.30 we still had not received any food, apparently our order had got lost
We then had starters
On the house to compensate but the food arrived quite quickly after that and we were left u U.K. ncomfortably full. Not too good

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JDay
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting Wales to see my elderly Grandmother who hasn’t been able to go anywhere since the beginning of the first lockdown last year. I wanted to take her somewhere special for afternoon tea and this didn’t disappoint. Beautiful location, light and airy restaurant which felt very safe and of course fabulous food. I cannot fault the staff or any other aspect. Thank you it was lovely to see her smiling!

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MassimoS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

very nice restaurant, great location just on the waters of Cardiff Bay. Modern-stile, food with decisive and interesting taste. Would definitely recommend.

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RobertD
Wales
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great, very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Generally the staff were very helpful and polite.

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BeverlyB
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining room was a light airy room, with stunning views over the bay, comfortable seating, overall the food was very good & the service was impeccable.

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RichardS
Wales
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent, the staff were very attentive. we thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

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HayleyK
Wales
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went on a Sunday for dinner, food and service was great. Views of carfidd Bay were fantastic, would definitely go again

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OpenTable Diner
Herefordshire
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely welcome, great service, food OK, but a limited menu.

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CarolineB
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful fresh food in lovely airy restaurant by professional friendly staff. Definitely recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Great place to eat service was slow I assume because of covid protocol.

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FionaP
London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Best waitress ever - thank you! Food was lovely and the terrace had beautiful views!

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PGtips
London
16 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Very restricted food menu. Sub standard food quality and poor presentation. Excellent views of the bay. Excellent service - prompt and courteous.

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vipSteveQ
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

First trip back to St Davids Admiral. I held up and due to arrive 10 minutes after my booking time so I called to let St Davids know. The restaurant number rang out twice, and so I called reception and a very helpful Consierge passed on my message.
Stood at restaurant check-in for 10 minutes whilst the check-in girl chatted to the barman, eventually got seated and service was good by an attentive, nervous but enthusiastic young lady.
The starter....Chicken Liver Pate was bland and tasteless, the toast cold and slightly soggy, and the chutney a flavourless paste.
I had a steak, which was well cooked, and the chips particularly good. Unfortunately no cutlery turned up after the starter, so I had to walk over and ask for a knife and fork as I couldn't catch anyone's eye (and I tried!).
So, really not an experience to repeat. Ambience was good and the view excellent as always.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesar salad and leguinie amazing
Portions size excellent
Lovely and fresh produce
Even home made mayonnaise for the 3cway cooked chips
You wont be disappointed highly recommended

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JamesA
Wales
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Good food, friendly staff, but slow service. A better desert menu would be nice

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Bebee
Wales
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Beautiful view and relaxing place to eat. Unfortunately the food was not as good as previous visits but I assume this is due to Covid extra pressure.
Desert was awful but was changed for me which was great.
We eventually had to pay at the bar as our waiter only seemed interested in dinners who were ordering champagne. Left for 3 hours for a two course meal at a quiet time.....

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AngharadG
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fantastic lunch overlooking the sea, great service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Limited menu maybe due only just reopening. Steak wasn't the best. Fish was good and very large. Service a little slow.

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The Admiral St David is rated 4.3 stars by 164 OpenTable diners.

The Admiral St David does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://stdavidshotel.skchase.com/vouchers?categories=dining.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.