Restaurants in Cardiff
The variety of restaurants in Cardiff is steadily increasing as the local population develops a taste for finer things than fish and chips. 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, whether it's fine dining or a mom-and-pop eatery.
If you want to try local Welsh cuisine, however, there are a number of good restaurants to visit in Cardiff. Try Welsh faggots, a lamb or pig's-liver meatball served in peppercorn gravy; the famous Welsh rarebit, a bread and cheese sauce dish; Shepherd's Pie; or Welsh Caerphilly cheese. 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 Golden Cross, established in 1849; 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.
Wales also has a number of wineries, distilleries, breweries and tea plantations, so there is no end of local food and drink to try!
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 char grilled 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
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 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
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 a classic decor and 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
A classic Italian restaurant in the heart of Mermaid Quay, Bellini's is consistently ranked among the top restaurants in Cardiff thanks to its mouth-watering menu of pasta, meat and seafood dishes. With meals starting at £8, the prices are affordable as well. They offer outdoor seating in the summer, and have a children's menu for kids under 10.
Address: Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay
Telephone: (0)29 2048 7070
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