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The best places to eat in Wales according to TripAdvisor

Wales Online logo Wales Online 22/08/2021 Katie Bellis

You can't beat going out for a meal, whether that's to celebrate a special occasion, date night, or as we've all missed in recent months, a catch up with friends.

We're lucky to have so many amazing places to go for food in Wales, and plenty of you love sharing your opinions on where is best.

We've scoured TripAdvisor to find the places you've voted as the top venue in cities, towns and villages across the country.

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They're not all fine dining, or places where will break the bank, through your reviews, you've given five stars to a range of eateries from pubs and delis to cafes and Indian restaurants.

Take a look to see if you agree with where people have given the top spot to in your home town or if you're on lookout for somewhere new to eat.

Aberaeron

The Cellar

8 Market Street

01545 574666

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A place that's been top of TripAdvisor for a number of years in 2019, The Cellar won 'Best Restaurant in Wales' at 'The Food Awards'.

This warm and welcoming restaurant is perfect for all occasions serving up breakfast, lunch and evening meals and you can enjoy a relaxed dining experience while taking in the panoramic views of the beautiful harbour. Dishes you can try include Celtic Pride fillet steak, fresh mussels, cod loin and confit belly of pork.

What you said:

"Visited with the family and had a great meal. Fab choices, great service and lovely food and we didn't leave hungry. Would recommend."

"The food was amazing not a single complaint even from the picky eaters in the group, I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for fairly priced, well made food in the area"

"The food at this restaurant was the best that we ate in Aberaeron. The staff were attentive. I had the cod which was absolutely delicious"

Aberdare

The Rhoswenallt Inn

Werfa Lane

01685 883900

Website

According to the pub's website, The Rhoswenallt Inn serves the freshest, best kept beers, ales and ciders from their brewery, along with a rotating selection of other drinks. They also say their great kitchen has a passionate team serving up straightforward, delicious pub classics.

What you said:

"Had an evening meal here while visiting the town. Very friendly staff a decent pint and decent typical pub grub."

"Good choice of local beers and lagers and seemed to be pretty busy for lunchtime meals."

"Tasty well presented food with good portions."

Abergavenny

Jolly Colliers Inn

Llanelly Hill, Waenllapria

01873 832496

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This pub has been in the number one spot in Abergavenny's ratings for a while. The Jolly Colliers Inn is a pub serving homemade food, good wines and beers and it is also known for serving delicious Sunday roasts.

What you said:

"Met a group of friends here for Sunday lunch. Excellent choice. Really friendly staff. Excellent meal, plenty of vegetables and something for all our group."

"All six of us could not fault anything, the staff were friendly and the food was excellent."

"The staff were so helpful and welcoming. The food was so tasty and presented beautifully."

Abertillery

Hector's cosy cafe

Church Street

07978654784

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The number one spot listed on Tripadvisor is Berry's Bar but this business has now closed. The second place listed is Hector's cosy cafe. All the food is cooked fresh and daily.

What you said:

"Food absolutely stunning here proper bacon and sausages. Great customer service and friendly atmosphere."

"We have visited this little gem on numerous occasions. They serve the best full breakfasts along with real home made chips."

"This establishments hot rolls are amazing."

Aberystwyth

Little Italy

51 North Parade

01970 623338

Little Italy is an intimate Italian style restaurant that has a warm charm and a relaxed atmosphere. It is an ideal place for a romantic dinner, celebrating with friends or simply having a relaxed meal. All food is freshly cooked.

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What you said:

"As an Italian, I can confirm the food tastes authentic and, most importantly, delicious."

"The food was amazing and the service was incredible, despite being busy - would definitely recommend."

"Excellent food, good wine in a fabulous surrounding! Staff can't be any nicer."

Ammanford

The Raven Inn

82 Cwmamman Road, Garnant

01269 825500

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The Raven Inn is a family-friendly eatery serving home cooked meals and mouth-watering cheesecake/desserts all with a relaxed atmosphere and alfresco dining.

What you said:

"Excellent service, amazing staff and excellent food! so worth the money you spend."

"What a little gem of a place this is . I’ve been for the past two weekends for the carvery it’s so good "

"Had a Sunday dinner food was outstanding, plenty of it. Staff were very friendly."

Bangor

Domu

206 High Street

01248 521 442

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Domu is a family run, independent coffee house which now concentrates on baking, bread making and soups and cakes with a Ukraine heritage.

However, the café is currently closed.

What you said:

"Dropped in for a coffee and discovered the most amazing selection of cakes."

"We both had the mushroom soup which came with two slices of warm homemade bread and was excellent. Decor is great, staff superb."

"Domu is always consistently good. You always get a friendly welcome and the food is delicious."

Barry

Paletta Pizzeria

82 High Street

01446722431

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Paletta Pizzeria is a family run pizzeria. Food is freshly made and the owners use traditional cooking methods such as wood, fire and smoke and they strive to run the business as sustainably as possible.

They also serve craft ales brewed in Barry as well as the classic Italian wines and beers. There's also plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians and customers who suffer from allergies and food intolerances.

What you said:

"The staff were so attentive, accommodating and extremely welcoming. The food was so fresh and tasted absolutely delicious."

"The food is fantastic, the staff are beyond amazing and the atmosphere is lovely, a chilled family feel."

"My family and I had a lovely meal and the staff were lovely. Highly recommended and I will eat there again when I am in Barry again."

Brecon

New Inn

A40, Bwlch, LD3 7RQ

01874 730215

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The New Inn is a small, cosy pub which is also dog friendly. There's a comprehensive menu of pub food including black beef pie, packed with meat from locally bred Welsh Black cattle braised in Welsh ale and topped with shortcrust pastry.

What you said:

"Very good service, really nice food. Would definitely return to try more dishes."

"Excellent food, recommend the fish pie. All freshly cooked, delicious and nicely presented."

"The staff were a delight and we were made very welcome with our two dogs. The meal was stunning."

Bridgend

The Black Rabbit Laleston

Wind Street, Bridgend

01656 652946

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A 14th century stone house, which was converted into an ale house. For the last 31 years it has been under the watchful eye of Arthur Harris who is credited with creating the noteworthy atmosphere.

What you said:

"Lovely restaurant with exceptional food and friendly service."

"I had one of the nicest meals out I have had in a long time. The atmosphere was cosy and comfortable and all the staff were extremely attentive"

"Best meal in Bridgend for a long time. Great menu, all dishes were stunning and good service. We will return."

Builth Wells

Cosy Corner Restaurant

55 High Street

01982 552795

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Situated on the corner of the main street, Cosy Corner Restaurant is a small family run business serving freshly prepared food, with ingredients sourced from local butchers, bakeries and the weekly fresh vegetable market. It is best known for the award-winning steaks.

What you said:

"We’ve eaten there a number of times and always thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. It is our go to first choice locally."

"What a lovely little find! Amazing food and excellent service."

"Really lovely little restaurant, fantastic service, HUGE portions and very well priced,"

Caerleon

Red Fort Caerleon

2 Cross Street

01633 430086

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Bringing together traditional Indian cuisine with the modern world, the Red Fort Restaurant takes its name from the United Nations World Heritage Site in India. The aim is to combine elements of different culinary traditions, passed down through generations, with the a la carte menu designed by an award-winning chef.

What you said:

"Excellent from the time we entered until the time we left everything was first class."

"The food was excellent and the staff went above and beyond to make sure that we had a great evening."

"Food was great, and the service was great. we had starters and mains. the staff were very friendly, and the restaurant had a great atmosphere."

Caernarfon

Sheeps and Leeks

12 Eastgate Street

01286 239118

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Sheeps and Leeks is a 20 seat restaurant which specialises in "well-balanced tasting menus served in a relaxed informal atmosphere".

What you said:

"A nice, relaxed, casual affair with a fantastic and varied selection of taster plates."

"Absolutely amazing restaurant - fantastic food (seven course tasting menu and every one delicious - at a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere)"

"Really friendly service, the team worked tirelessly to ensure a fabulous 7 course meal experience."

Caerphilly

Volare

87 Cardiff Road

029 2132 2077

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This Italian restaurant is born from the passion of food by two Calabresian's, Ernesto Rappoccio and Fortunato Favasuli. They arrived in Wales in 2008 to learn English and immediately fell in love with the country. The eatery offers up a slice of their hometown, Reggio Calabria.

What you said:

"We could not fault the quality and quantity, it was absolutely delicious. Delightful staff."

"I genuinely cannot make any negative comment on our meal here! Starters and mains were cooked to perfection and the deserts were excellent."

"We went to Volare for a birthday meal. We weren’t disappointed! Food was great."

Cardiff

Fresh the Baguette Bar

32 Royal Arcade Morgan Quarter

02920 223158

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You will often see people queueing outside this baguette shop which is known for its huge variety of baguettes in particular its Friday specials.

What you said:

"Friendly team who clearly focus on quality. Small business that deserves support."

"The best sandwiches we’ve ever eaten (I am really not a sandwich person). The bread was excellent."

"Fresh Baguettes, absolutely beautiful & well worth a visit! No wonder they have queues everyday."

Carmarthen

The Warren

11 Mansel Street

01267 236076

Website

A multi-award winning, sustainably driven, family run restaurant/café which operates from 100% renewable energy.

What you said:

"Super friendly staff, great service, very accommodating to gluten free and other requests. Most importantly - food was delicious.."

"Lovely meal and service. Interesting menu and all tasted great."

"We had a lovely relaxed meal here - the food was amazing and the staff were lovely."

Conwy

Lava

1-3 Bangor Road

01492 580349

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This venue uses hot stone cooking, where you cook your steak or fish at your table exactly as you like it on volcanic rock.

What you said:

"We had an amazing meal here. We ordered fillet steaks which were delicious as were the sides and sauces which come with the meat."

"Food was fabulous, with a great concept of cooking your own fish and meat at the table on a stone."

"Lava absolutely nailed it, the food, the portion size and the competitive pricing made this evening that bit more special."

Cowbridge

The Red Fox

Penllyn

01446 772352

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The Red Fox is a traditional country pub famous for its warm welcome, proper home cooked food with traditional stone wall surroundings and a log fire.

What you said:

"We were well pleased all round, will be going back for sure, highly recommended."

"I cannot recommend this pub enough! The welcome you get makes you feel like a loved family member."

"Decided to try it based on its #1 position for Cowbridge restaurants and the excellent reviews. We were not disappointed."

Ebbw Vale

1 Heol Penycae

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You cannot go wrong with a chippy - and this place has received some great reviews.

What you said:

"Chips are tasty and crispy and fluffy. What more can you ask for. Top notch chippy."

"Always fabulous food hee chips are to die for and rishis always cooked fresh for you. And staff are friendly."

"Food is beautiful and staff are friendly. Love going here for a treat."

Fishguard

Hooked at 31

a box with a sandwich and some water: Chips from Hooked at 31 © Hooked@31 Chips from Hooked at 31

31 West Street

01348 874657

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This award-winning fish and chop shop supports local farmers and suppliers - and their homemade Welsh ice cream is made with Pembrokeshire milk.

What you said:

"Absolutely delicious fish and chips, good portion size and flavour."

"The food was fresh, the fish was lovely, and our friends thoroughly enjoyed the “best fish we’ve had for a long time."

"We were served quickly and took our fish and chips home to eat as they were still nice and hot. The fish was so delicious and the chips and sauces and extras available were great too."

Holyhead

Wavecrest Café

Church Bay

01407 730650

Website

All home cooked, the food is described as being honest in its simplicity, using traditional, handed down family recipes for classic dishes. You'd be missing out if you didn't try the Hot Chocolate spoons.

What you said:

"This is a super place for lunch or a cake."

"These guys should open more places across the island as there are no other quality cafe’s on Anglesey."

"Staying a few minutes drive away, thought we would pop in for a takeaway. So pleased we did, a stunning fish pie, a brilliant house salad. Great chunky soup and lovely brisket bap.."

Lampeter

Castle Green

Bryn Road

01570 422348

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The Castle Green is a pub and restaurant and there is a four meat carvery served every Sunday. Judging by the reviews, the Sunday lunch is one you shouldn't miss.

What you said:

"Can’t praise this place enough and would go back to Lampeter just to dine here again."

"What fab meal we had today Sunday dinner was really nice the place is fab the staff and owners were really friendly would recommend this place."

"The food was absolutely delicious and everything offered on the carvery was so tasty and spot on."

Llandeilo

Ginhaus deli

Market Street

01558823030

Website

As you'd expect, there are gins a-plenty here, as well as great local choices in the deli, all in beautiful atmospheric surroundings.

What you said:

"Such an amazing place with great food choices and a deli counter for takeaway treats."

"Stopped off here for lunch - really friendly staff, delicious menu, great coffee."

"What an amazing place. Beautiful quirky interior. Fantastic food & deli counter and all of the staff were helpful & polite."

Llanelli

Tafarn Morlais

1 Pontarddulais Rd

01554 820121

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Tafarn Morlais is a privately run, traditional pub serving fresh food. The menu is vast and varied and caters for every need, including all aspects of dietary requirements.

What you said:

"The food is always delicious, good portion sizes and freshly cooked. Lots of choice for everyone."

"The menu offers something for everyone and the service is excellent. Spacious dining areas with lovely decor allow a pleasant and safe dining experience."

"Stopped off on a trip back from Tenby and had a fantastic meal, great choice on the menu and food was lovely, really good quality and tasty."

Merthyr Tydfil

The Aberglais

Pontsarn

01685 377344

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The Aberglais Inn is a charming 19th century stone-built pub which has recently been renovated.

What you said:

"We all had the chicken main, two with a leek sauce and one with a local whiskey and peppercorn sauce. Both sauces were out of this world."

"Great choice of meals for all tastes. Beautiful tasty food and plenty of choice of the kids."

"The food arrived piping hot and as tasty as ever. Pleasant surroundings, pleasant staff and really nice food."

Milford Haven

Impasto Pizza Bar

Sovereign House

01646 278220

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Their pizzas are cooked in around 90 seconds to give that authentic Neapolitan pizza - bringing a taste of Italy to Pembrokeshire.

What you said:

"I don’t have one bad thing to say about this place. The food is incredible, the waffles are to die for. Lovely polite staff too."

"Amazing food, happy to see a range of vegan options! Loved the vegan pizza! Lovely service throughout as always."

"Tasty stone baked pizzas! The service was great and there were a brilliant selection of pizzas and pasta including lots of vegetarian and vegan options."

Narberth

Ultracomida

7 High Street

01834 861491

Website

This delicatessen and restaurant, which also has a branch in Aberystwyth offers a wonderful taste of Spain a lot closer to home. With its great wines, sherries and snacks to take away, you'll have to return to sample their dine-in treats.

What you said:

"We bought loads of lovely charcuterie and nibbles, plus some excellent Spanish beer and cider for a very reasonable price."

"Some of the best tapas we’ve had! All of the dishes we tasted were excellent, particularly the pinchos and the confit duck."

"The staff were really great and made our visit that little more special. Great food, great wine and lovely staff."

Neath

Mint Masala

3 Dwr-Y-Felin Rd

01639 637005

Website

Mint Masala offers a range of dishes from South Asia including Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisines.

What you said:

"Ordered here a few times now and always the food is excellent, good delivery service and food is always piping hot when it arrives."

"100% a five star service. Quality, tasty food and staff go above and beyond."

"Went of the recommendation of our hosts. Excellent service and very tasty food. Thoroughly recommend this place, would definitely go back again."

Newport

Gem42

42 Bridge St

01633 287591

Website

Gem42 is a fine dining Italian restaurant set up by twin chefs Sergio and Pasquale Cinotti. The restaurant offers fine wine and artistic culinary experiences.

What you said:

"Family birthday meal, 6 course taster menu with recommended wines, sensational! Ambience hits just the right note, Chef and staff so attentive.

"Just an amazing eye opening and truly delicious tasting menu."

"Very nice location in Newport. Beautiful cakes and food. Staff is very friendly and polite. Food... excellent and real Italian food."

Pembroke

Peppes Pizza Pembroke

Westgate Hill

01646 683555

Website

In the mood for pizza? Why not try this place.

What you said:

"I can not recommend this place more. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. The food is just delicious and the portions are more than generous."

"Excellent authentic pizzas. Generously sized, would certainly recommend the dough balls."

"Pizza and garlic bread were delicious- would recommend! Staff were very friendly."

Pontypool

The Lower New Inn

Newport Road

01495 427040

Website

All of the meats, dairy, fruit and vegetables are bred or grown on British soil and the fish they use is sustainably caught off British shores.

What you said:

"One of the best Sunday lunches I’ve had for a long time . All home cooked."

"A perfect welcome and a lovely evening enjoyed. All 3 courses of our dishes perfectly cooked and presented."

"Can’t recommend this restaurant enough."

Pontypridd

Trattoria

9 High Street

01443 404443

Website

This trattoria brings a little bit of Italy to Pontypridd. Their menus offer authentic Italian food in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in the heart of the town.

What you said:

"The food was absolutely incredible - tasty, good portions and a really fair price. "

"Wonderful food, lovely friendly staff. Would highly recommend."

"Amazing food here, from starters to main to desert! Friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommend."

Port Talbot

The Brit Pub

a clock on the side of a building: The Brit pub © Western Mail The Brit pub

London Row, Cwmafan

01639 680247

Website

A traditional pub and restaurant serving home-cooked and freshly prepared food daily, from pub classics to a la carte. They also offer real ales and good wine in a relaxed atmosphere - complete with a log burner fire.

What you said:

"Very pleasant experience, and already discussing going back for high tea which was brought out for another party and looked wonderful."

"The beer garden is lovely here and the food was beautiful."

"Food and service were excellent and we will definitely be returning soon."

Porthcawl

Cosy Corner Lounge

a dining room table: Cosy Corner Lounge © publicity picture Cosy Corner Lounge

33 Esplanade

01656 503245

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A restaurant lounge utilising fresh local, seasonal produce. With a huge variety of gin and bespoke cocktails, they also offer afternoon tea.

What you said:

"Had a lovely late lunch. Crispy chichen pad Thai and crispy chicken hawaiian salad. Both delicious. Welcome and service also great. Highly recommend."

"Stunning views of the bay with great cocktails. Drinks are freshly made, none of the premixed stuff. The measures are good and are certainly value for money."

"Safe to say Cosy corner is one of the best places to eat in Porthcawl. Friendly staff, great chef’s and a great choice of alcoholic beverages to go with."

Pwllheli

Tremfan Hall Restaurant

Llanbedrog

01758 740169

Website

Tremfan Hall is a coastal restaurant with accommodation and bistro-style takeaway. The restaurant offers light lunches, Sunday roast and evening a la carte.

What you said:

"What a great place this is and the food is fantastic."

"This is the perfect setting for a lovely afternoon lunch looking out over Cardigan bay. The food was perfect and a great combination of flavours."

"So pleased we managed to get a table for my birthday. We had lovely time, the food was gorgeous as usual and the staff are brilliant nothing is to much trouble."

St Davids

St Davids Gin & Kitchen

16 Nun Street

01437 720404

Website

St Davids Gin & Kitchen serves the freshest local produce, including Ramsey Island Hogget. They support local farmers, producers and fishermen and say by buying the best from the best they can deliver the best to their customers.

What you said:

"Amazing food and staff. Great visit lovely food and the gin and tonics we had were superb. Couldn't ask for a better evening."

"Food was all delicious, drinks were too. Atmosphere was relaxing and the staff were fabulous."

"Fabulous little restaurant."

Swansea

Nomad Bar and Kitchen

Sterry Road, Gowerton

01792 874250

Website

Tapas venue Nomad Bar and Kitchen stocks a large range unique food and drinks from small-scale, high-quality producers not usually found on the high street.

What you said:

"Best tapas I've eaten outside of Spain. The food was really tasty and well presented, and the service was friendly and attentive."

"This blows my mind every time I visit, the food, the drinks and the service is top class. Highly recommend a visit."

"Great tapas bar in Gowerton. Extensive outdoor seating area with canopies. Fantastic tapas choices, with plenty of gluten free options."

Wrexham

The Bank Wine Bar and Bistro

High Street

01978266669

Website

An independent, family-run bar and bistro serving home-cooked food.

What you said:

"Great food...best I have had in a long time! Friendly and approachable barman and great service. A must visit."

"Belly pork was amazing, the sausages were gorgeous and the piggy Mac n cheese was a taste sensation."

"A gold medal of a place. I can honestly say it must be the nicest meal I’ve ever had."

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