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Restaurants in Cardiff: things to know before you go

The buzz about Cardiff reaches ever more sensational heights every year. That’s mainly down to the world-class bars and restaurants cropping up all over the city on a weekly basis. We’ve got all your questions about restaurants in Cardiff answered in one handy place.

What’s the top-rated restaurant in Cardiff?

There are tons of quality restaurants in Cardiff city centre – but with so many spread out across the city it’s hard to narrow down the best ones. Here are three top options, as rated by Groupon users:

  • Time and Beef is set in the Riverside not too far from Principality Stadium and specialises in handmade burgers, Italian espresso and cocktails. It was also named by Buzz Magazine as one of the top five cocktail spots in Cardiff.
  • Yakitori is a Cardiff Bay restaurant right next to the Roald Dahl Plass. While it has a modern setting, it serves up delicious traditional Japanese food including bento, sushi and sashimi, temaki and hosomaki. Plus, there’s a great children’s menu.
  • Loco’s Latin Bar and Grill specialises in Latin American cuisine, with an impressive menu of Mexican dishes, grilled meats and vegetarian options.

What’s the best Italian restaurant in Cardiff?

Cardiff’s many Italian restaurants might only be outnumbered by those serving up British fare. From where to take a hot date to a tasty family meal, Italian is the answer. Here are three of the best places to get a perfectly-cooked pizza or a hearty bowl of pasta:

  • The Real Italian Pizza Co is bang in the centre of Cardiff, with super-friendly staff serving wood-fired pizza in this warm, family-run restaurant.
  • Deli Fuego is an upmarket indie serving pizza, pasta and meat straight from the grill. Its light, modern interior hangs has an authentic Italian vibe – and the dessert menu will definitely make you want to stay for seconds.
  • Valentino’s serves hearty meals at some reasonable prices. It’s located just off Queen Street on Windsor Place – so it works well as a pre-theatre spot, too.

What are some traditional Welsh foods?

In Cardiff you’ll find many restaurants in the city centre serving traditional British cuisine. Some classic dishes include Welsh cawl, rarebit and bara brith – and you may also find these delights on the menu:

  • Laverbread
  • Traditional Welshcakes
  • Crempog
  • Glamorgan sausage

What is silver service?

Silver service describes the highest standard of service you can receive in a hotel or restaurant. Coming into mainstream use in the 17th century, the term is often reserved for high-end establishments providing premium fine dining and catering services. One of the key principles of silver service is that all dishes must be served from the left and served at the table – never plated up in the kitchen. Service starts to the host’s right, usually with a female guest, and continues in that direction around the table.