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Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan restaurants and cafes

There is something to suit everyone’s tastes and here are the best restaurants in Cardiff and The Vale of Glamorgan. The Potted Pig makes a welcome addition to the city centre dining scene, and it has featured in the UK’s top 100 restaurants. The fabulous restaurant Curado gives you an authentic taste of Spain with its excellent tapas, small plates and ruby red Riojas. The casual, buzzy atmosphere makes you want to linger for hours shooting the breeze with friends. And if you want to take a taste of Spain home with you, there’s a deli counter crammed with goodies. There’s also Bar 44 and the award-winning sister restaurant Asador 44, serving tapas and grilled meats respectively with a range of excellent wines and sherries.

The Vale of Glamorgan is characterised by comfortable, welcoming pubs serving great food, many offering fine beer gardens, roaring fires, and a big welcome to the four-legged friends accompanying walkers. Among the best of these pubs are the Fox and Hounds in the charming village of Llancarfan, the Plough and Harrow in Monknash, the Hare and Hounds in Aberthin, and the ancient Swan Inn, situated in the winding streets of the seaside town of Llantwit Major.

Our picks

The Potted Pig
The Potted Pig

27 High Street, Cardiff CF10 1PU

The Potted Pig makes a welcome addition to the city centre dining scene, and it has featured in the UK’s top 100 restaurants. Housed in the subterranean depths of a former bank vault on St. Mary Street, this gem of a restaurant provides all the necessary ingredients for a great meal out. For gin fans, there’s a selection of 30 to choose from. Visit website

Prawn pasta

27 High Street, Cardiff CF10 1PU

With over 35 years worth of experience, Giovanni’s restaurants are launching their new line of pasta house, Piatto and Cardiff Bay is the first! After decades of feeding the mouths of well-known stars such as Sir Tom Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, right through to Ed Sheeran and many many more, you can rest assure to be blown away and taught the correct way to eat pasta. Visit website

Riverside Cantonese Restaurant
Asian food

Leckwith Road, Cardiff CF11 6HN

A conversion kick from the Millennium Stadium, the Riverside Cantonese Restaurant is a Cardiff institution. Family-owned and run for more than 30 years, Riverside serve classically-authentic food in a modern, air-conditioned, setting. The menu utilises the very best of British produce and contains all your favourites but with much more besides for those who seek culinary adventure. Visit website

JRC Buffet

Mermaid Quay, Unit 16 & U7b, Cardiff CF10 5BZ

Located in the heart of Cardiff Bay, JRC Buffet is a food loverʼs heaven – especially at Christmas. The restaurant brings together the best Pan Asian food, with over 180 dishes from 12 countries, thereʼs something for everyone – even the fussiest of eaters. Watch in awe as expert chefs prepare your meal with flair, creativity and a touch of showmanship! The chef takes your choice of fresh ingredients and transforms them on the sizzling hotplate into delicious creations. Visit website

Crêpe Escape
Strawberry ice cream

Unit 13, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ

The Crêpe Escape is a local family-run, family friendly crêperie, gelato ice cream and coffee shop – with two shops located in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay and Penarth. Here you can enjoy sweet and savoury crêpes, waffles, award-winning gelato ice cream, delicious coffee, tea, milkshakes and much more. Visit website

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