Best places to eat in Cardiff

A must-visit destination for a weekend away this year, the Welsh capital of Cardiff is becoming a major foodie destination with a host of new restaurants and cafes

The Welsh food scene is seriously hotting up with a variety of new restaurants and must-visit venues. Be sure to visit our local hotspots for a gourmet experience.

The Potted Pig

The potted pig

Best for: Casual dining, kid friendly
Housed in an old bank vault in the heart of the city centre; the clue’s in the restaurant’s name as far as the menu is concerned. There’s pig’s head croquette with sauce gribiche; crispy pig’s ear salad with bacon & boudin noir (black pudding). But you’ll also find ballotine of veal, skate wing with caper butter, plus vegetarian options. Their success has led to the opening of a sister restaurant, Porro, with two sites in Llanda and Roath. Mains from £13.

The Potted Pig website 

Restaurant James Sommerin

Restaurant James Sommerin

Best for: Special occasion
The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in October last year. Four miles outside Cardiff in Penarth, its glass frontage allows you to dine with a glorious view of the Severn Estuary and beyond. Sommerin’s dishes are famously elegant and inventive, and the impressive wine list is top-heavy with biodynamic and organic options. Starters from £8, mains from £17. Six-course surprise tasting menu, £70.

Restaurant James Sommerin website

Anna Loka

Best for: Kid friendly, casual dining, cheap eats
This is the brainchild of Adam El Tagoury, formerly a Hare Krishna monk, who successfully crowd-funded his 100% vegan enterprise into existence last year. Try the spinach & tofu gnudi balls in a marinara sauce, or the speciality burgers made from seitian (wheat gluten). Guilt-free vegan comfort food. Mains from £9.50.

Anna Loka website 

Got Beef

Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid friendly
After spending four years in a catering bus providing grateful festival-goers with an alternative to cheap hot dogs, Cai Pritchard honed the art of burger-craft and is now established in Cardiff’s foodie-central zone, Whitchurch Road. The Breaking Bad-saluting ‘Heisen Burger’ is the headline act (Welsh Black beefburger with blue cheese, crispy bacon & blue drunken onions), £7.95.

Got Beef website 

The Clink

The Clink

Best for: Casual dining, special occasion
This has the most decidedly unglamorous address – Her Majesty’s Prison, Knox Road, Cardiff – and is staffed by serving ‘guests’ of said establishment. It has been lauded as one of the best fine dining restaurants in Wales, with a bright, buzzy and welcoming interior. The menu offers riffs on classic dishes made with seasonally appropriate ingredients, many grown on the Prescoed prison farm. Try the burnt white chocolate panna cotta with ginger sorbet & honeycomb.

The Clink website  

Fish at 85

Best for: Casual dining, kid friendly
In a thriving high-street shmongers in Pontcanna, you can either take your fish home wrapped in the South Wales Echo or elect to have the chef prepare it for you however you would like it in their light, stripped-back restaurant. The Scandi, no-frills feel to the room mirrors the lack of needless over-production when fish this fresh is on the menu.

Fish at 85 website 

The Deck

The Deck

Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid friendly
This restaurant, in Cardiff Bay, proves that anything – from the humble omelette to the cherry Bakewell – can become a thing of beauty in the hands of a generous artistan, and that no big chain can compete with a family of dedicated caterers. The Hog & Hen (sausage, egg & bacon baguette) followed by a chocolate & Malteser cupcake is sheer bliss.

The Deck website 

Milgi

Best for: Casual dining
Ten years at the heart of Cardiff’s student hub in Roath have allowed Milgi to build up a devoted and ever-expanding client base, won over by its eclectic decoration, well-proportioned cocktails and flavour- stacked, internationally inspired, vegetarian plant-based street food. Try the pumpkin fritters with tahini & red quinoa salad and a berry Collins cocktail. Starters £7.25, mains £11.25.

Milgi website  

La Cuina

La Cuina

Best for: Casual dining, special occasion
In just four years, Monserrat Prat and her crew of Catalan chefs have seen their marriage of ancient cooking tradition and locally sourced food take La Cuina right to the top of the Cardiff restaurant league table. Welsh ingredients are given the Catalan treatment, such as rabbit in a Moscatel vinaigrette. Mains from £14.50.

La Cuina website 

Chai St

Chai St

Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, kid friendly
Cardiff is known for its superb Indian restaurants, a reputation that has a lot to do with Ajit Kandoran and Latheesh Kottilil, whose restaurant Mint & Mustard has been the high watermark for Asian cookery in south Wales for 10 years. Their punky off-shoot in Canton is the ultimate street food destination. Mixed thalis from £8.95.

Chai St website 

5 foodie places to try

Madame Fromage

Source of over 150 international cheeses at two delis in Cardiff’s Castle Arcade, the Friday night cheese tastings sell out on a weekly basis. Great name too. 

Victoria Park Pie Company

Victoria park pie company

Born of the same pie-making family that created the legendary ‘Clarpie’, the Clarks’ pie shop in Canton is an essential pre-rugby match destination. 

Bunkhouse

This lively backpackers’ hostel is currently ground zero for craft ale connoisseurs. Try their own-brand pale lager, Nighty Noops! 

The Welsh Food Box Company

If you don’t want to go to the food, let the food come to you. This Pontprennau operation specialises in getting the best locally sourced organic fruit and vegetables to your door. 

Lab 22

Lab 22

The chemistry of cocktail creation is performed to legions of admirers in this smart bar on Caroline Street. 

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