Best Restaurants in Cardiff
Seasonal produce, eclectic plates and stand-up service; if there's anywhere you should be dining in the UK, it's in Cardiff. Whether you're hunkered down for romantic Parisian fare, scoffing a quick pizza before the party commences or indulging in tapas that's pretty much to die for, there's such a broad spectrum when it comes to places to eat in the city. Check out our recommendations for some of Cardiff's best restaurants in the colourful list below.
Last updated on 9th August 2016
That's it, you've got your eye on the dining prize and you're ready to settle down in one of the finest Indian restaurants in Cardiff; you must be in Mint and Mustard. At the forefront of informal Eastern dining with a contemporary edge, the plates are more then colourful and the flavours are spicy and sentimental as they come.
When it comes to eating out at a casual Cardiff restaurant, not many hold the foodie fort down like Base & Barley. While your eyes are set to be firmly tuned to the cocktail and craft beer menu, their pizza and burgers are the ultimate indulgent look-in with affordable sides and informal tables.
Cardiff's best restaurants aren't all necessarily Welsh, the city will have you know. Heralded for their fine Parisian fare, and primed for one of the most romantic date night meals in the city, dress up and settle into Chez Francis for the night and get ready to storm your palate with international wines and French food.
Once again giving you a slice of that global dining life is Vivo Latino, one of the most charming South American inspired restaurants in Cardiff. A name face for pre-drinks and dinner, a quick bite with family and friends come the weekend or authentic, Latin dining, hunker down for these moreish morsels.
Don't throw a tantrum because you want tequila and tacos, there's a unique restaurant in Cardiff that promises just that. From margaritas and craft beers, to flavours that throw of ultimate Mexican charm, head on over to Wahaca for fun casual dining in the city with a spicy twist.
When it comes to eating burgers in Cardiff, you not only need a name that knows how to do 'em well, you need a name that's won awards for their patties to boot. Join The Grazing Shed in the city centre as their rustic, raw and industrial interiors set off their piled-high burgers and bites perfectly.
Looking for a forward-thinking restaurant in Cardiff's Riverside? You need the quaint, charming and contemporary innards of Purple Poppadom. Award winning and specialising in all things nouvelle Indian cuisine, try modern Eastern fare in the city courtesy of head chef Anand George.
While you may be surprised to hear it, there aren't many restaurants in the world that host a fully functioning fishmongers in their venue; that was until you heard of Fish at 85. Heralded for having some of the best seafood plates in the city, head on down for freshly caught flavours and sustainable bites.
One of the most unique restaurants in Cardiff just so happens to have a heart-warming, social secret up its sleeve. Helping to rehabilitate prisoners and forward them on their journey to life-changing qualifications, The Clink isn't only award winning and delicious, it's socially conscious to boot.
With its footing in the Park Plaza Hotel, it's no wonder that this is such a glamorous and lusting Cardiff restaurant. Whether you're starting at the bar for cocktails before dinner, brunching on their terrace space or trying their sublime meat dishes, Laguna is upmarket and it's exemplary.
Hailed as one of the most infamous restaurants in Cardiff, Bully's has made something of a name for itself for all the right reasons. Owned by Russell Bullimore and hosting an eclectic and intimate edge, this is the ultimate location for a special occasion in the city.
It's all in a name at this cool, Cardiff restaurant. A quirky little haunt that promises rustic dining, hardy woodwork tables and bare brick, the emphasis on authentic meat dishes is clear at Got Beef as your plates are set to be swelled with astounding flavours and some of the best burgers in the business.