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Restaurants in Cardiff

The variety of restaurants in Cardiff has steadily increased with the burgeoning local food culture. Featuring a wealth of independent eateries, diners can choose from an abundance of good quality international fare, fusion, fine-dining, and Welsh cuisine.

There are a number of good restaurants to visit in Cardiff and many celebrate classic Welsh dishes. Try the famous Welsh rarebit, a decadent bread and cheese sauce dish; Shepherd's Pie; or Welsh Glamorgan vegetarian sausage.

The city boasts some atmospheric old pubs, which are the highlight for many visitors. Be sure to try the Goat Major, near Cardiff Castle, which opened in 1813; the Old Arcade, a world-famous rugby pub opened in 1844; and the Rummer Inn, opened in about 1813, which is rumoured to have a resident ghost in the cellar.

Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Harbour and the Brewery Quarter offer the biggest range of dining options, and tourists eating out in Cardiff will have no difficulty finding something they enjoy. Wales also has a number of wineries, distilleries, breweries and tea plantations.

$$$$$ | Local

Bayside Brasserie

This popular restaurant in the Mermaid Quay offers views of the harbour and the Millenium Centre through its big windows. You can enjoy cuisine from Wales and other parts of the UK, with a menu bursting with comfort food like chargrilled Welsh steaks, Scottish baked salmon fillets, and slow-cooked lamb shank. They have lunch specials on Sundays, and the chic dining room is both child and wheelchair-friendly.

Address: Unit Upper 14, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay
Telephone: (029) 20 358 444

$$$$$ | Pizzeria

Zero Degrees

Located in bustling Westgate Street, Zero Degrees is popular as both a restaurant and bar. The menu focuses on pizza, pasta, and salad, with fresh mussel pots being a house specialty. The real draw of Zero Degrees is the on-site microbrewery, which produces beers in a range of styles with international flavours. Open Monday to Saturday from 12pm-midnight, and Sunday from 12pm-11pm.

Address: 27 Westgate Street, Cardiff
Telephone: (029) 2022 9494

$$$$$ | Gastropubs

The Goat Major

For an authentic Welsh pub experience, The Goat Major is one of the best in central Cardiff. The menu is made up of traditional Welsh pies, including Welsh Steak and Ale Pie, Pork and Cider Pie, Rabbit Pot Pie, and the award-winning Wye Valley Pie. With classic decor and a good selection of local beers, this is a good place to stop after a tour of Cardiff Castle, as it's just down the road.

Address: High Street, Cardiff
Telephone: (029) 20337161

Modern British

The Potted Pig

Located in a former bank vault beneath Cardiff, encompassing both character and charm, the Potted Pig seeks to celebrate modern British food and phenomenal gin. The menu is seasonal; ever-changing with a strong emphasis on using only the best local produce, diners can expect dishes that are influenced by French cuisine and New York grill fare. The chefs cook food that excites them, focusing on fresh ingredients, big flavours, and generous portions.


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