Restaurants in Cardiff

Cardiff has restaurants for every taste. The city is filled to the brim with high-end, budget-friendly, ethnic and traditional restaurants. There’s something for every taste bid in Cardiff. We’re going to look at the top restaurants to stop and enjoy a bite to eat while in the city.

Da Mara

Da Mara is the most popular Italian, pizza and Mediterranean restaurant in Cardiff. The restaurant is located at 25 Clearwater Way, and it’s open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant has a pizza menu as well as a lengthy main menu, which includes:

  • Starters
  • Main courses
  • Pasta
  • Desserts

Stop in for an authentic Italian pizza, eat pollo Milanese, enjoy traditional pasta dishes, including the famous penne alla Bolognese, and nibble on dessert. Homemade desserts are made daily, and there’s a selection of cheese and world class ice cream, too.

A wide array of coffee drinks are available, too.

An extensive list of wines offer a true taste of Italy.


Anna-Loka is a true British restaurant, and it offers vegetarian and vegan options for the health-conscious eater. The restaurant is on Albany Road, and it’s open every day of the week. Cardiff’s first 100% vegan café, Anna-Loka truly made a name for itself in Cardiff on the back of its delightful menu and friendly service.

This isn’t just a restaurant for vegans – there is delicious food for everyone to enjoy.

Breakfast includes a variety of options, from The Middle Eastern to the Cali Breakfast and Carrot Pancakes. Wraps are offered and include a side of crispy slaw and nachos. A Delicious and Nutritious menu is available and includes:

  • Quinoa dishes
  • Salads
  • Kale and kabocha squash

A Hot and Hearty menu provides options for eating burgers (made with red lentils and beetroot), Seitan burgers and tofu gnudi balls.

Side, dips and kid options are available along with a daily-changing desserts menu.

The Clink Restaurant

Knox Road’s best-kept secret is the Clink Restaurant. This restaurant features European, British and Welsh cuisine. Gluten-free options are available to guests. Come for the food, but also help stop ex-offenders from reoffending.

The restaurant works with Her Majesty’s Prison Service to train and rehabilitate prisoners.

Your server or chef may be learning how to engage with the public and step into a new life that’s crime-free.

Guests will enjoy a unique dining experience, and fresh, seasonal ingredients are used in every meal. The restaurant is attached to the Cardiff prison, and it’s run by inmates. While the experience isn’t for everyone, you’ll find that the food is delicious.

The atmosphere is posh.

Menus include:

  • Starters: Soups, bruschetta, pigeon breast and a variety of others.
  • Mains: Rabbit, chowder, squash and gnocchi, beef brisket and more.
  • Sides: Salads, chips and vegetables.

Menus change with the season. Desserts are available, too.

Nant Restaurant

Nant offers a mix of French, European, Welsh and British cuisine. The restaurant is located on Heol y Coleg, and it’s open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers seasonal menus, and they’re known for their beautiful presentation.

You’ll experience the dining of a fine restaurant at a fraction of the cost.

Three courses cost a mere £10.50, and the prices for wine are reasonable. Chefs often come out to ask the customer how their food was, and if there is anything they want. It’s a friendly atmosphere that is perfect for the entire family.

A full bar is available.

Elgano Italian Restaurant

Elgano Italian is located on Cathedral Road, and it’s the perfect mix of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. The pizza is good, too, and you’ll walk away satisfied every time thanks to the large portion sizes.

The staff is excellent, and if you’re in the mood for wholesome Italian food, you must try Elgano.

All food is:

  • Local
  • Homemade
  • Fresh
  • Tasty

Hot dishes include soups, salads, main courses and delicious desserts. The restaurant is part of the Elgano Hotel, but patrons who aren’t staying at the hotel are free to drop in and enjoy a meal, too.

Pasta dishes are in abundance, but the restaurant also has hearty meat dishes, a variety of potato sides and delectable desserts.

A variety of fish dishes are available.

And if you’re in the mood for pizza, you’ll find real Italian pizza on the menu.

Gateway of India

Gateway of India has delicious Indian cuisine. The restaurant is located on Pantbach Road, and it’s open from mid-afternoon to night. The restaurant does offer cold take away, but the prices are a little on the high end for many consumers.

Portion sizes are moderate, but the authentic taste makes it the best Indian food in Cardiff.

The restaurant gives guests a lot of free tasters to try, and the service is outstanding. Delicious curry and rice options are available as well as Thai meatballs and lobster.

Takeaway is cold, so you’ll need to heat it up at home for the best taste. There are weekend specials offered, too.