Swansea and the surrounding areas are bursting with great places to eat with food from almost every cuisine the world has to offer. Here’s our guide to the area’s best restaurants.
TURTLE BAY SWANSEA
10 Castle St, Swansea SA1 1JF
Caribbean cooking is a patchwork quilt of colours, textures, and flavours; a multi-ethnic tapestry woven from the cuisines of Africa, Europe and Asia.
It’s a realm of gustatory pleasures and soothing rum drinks. Mouth-watering hot sauces, spice rubs, fragrant marinades and cool chutneys feature in our beach food, to fresh hand-tossed salads, spice wood jerk grills and exotically spiced one pots, perfect for sharing with friends in true Caribbean Limin’ style. This makes the Caribbean a very special place – there truly is something for everyone. At Turtle Bay they pride themselves on flavours that match the intensity of the tropical sun.
Castle Quarter, Castle Lane, Swansea, SA1 2AH
Las Iguanas has brought a taste of Latin Life to Castle Square in the shadow of Swansea Castle with a menu of sizzling Latin American favourites alongside a legendary cocktail menu. The Swansea restaurant is perfect for celebrations, family-friendly meals, catching up with friends and cosy corners. The Happy Hour cocktail menu offers 2 for 1 on all cocktails, all day every day – see you at the bar!
GRAPE & OLIVE
Meridian Quay, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 1JW
The highest restaurant in Wales, take your seat at the Grape & Olive on the highest floor of the stunning Meridian Tower with spectacular views of Swansea Bay, the vibrant City Centre and the Marina. During the day savour the views of the astonishing beach, and by night look down on the whole city lit up.
The menus are a fusion of delicious contemporary dishes and timeless classics that are sure to delight. There are two sharing platters, a meat board from Trealy Farm for £14.95 and a Welsh Cheese Slate for £11.95. The steaks start at £10.75 and plenty to choose from on the fish menu. Whatever your preferences, there’s plenty to tantalise your tastebuds.
8 Cradock St, Swansea SA1 3EN
Yogāya is a not-for-profit vegan cafe and yoga studio which is becoming hugely popular with locals looking for a healthy place to eat.
It’s a relaxed and bright corner eatery offering vegetarian and vegan cuisine such as wraps and hearty sides. It’s a warm and welcoming place to be with a really lovely wholesome atmosphere. When you visit Yogāya not only can you enjoy some great vegan cooking but they are also on a mission to build a community for conscious living and Yogāya is the perfect place to explore all things yoga.
GIGI GAO’S FAVOURITE AUTHENTIC CHINESE
18-23 Anchor Ct, Swansea SA1 3XA
Everyone’s favourite Chinese restaurant, Gigi Gao’s in Swansea Marina offers authentic Northern Chinese cuisine, the food you’d be eating if you visited China. It’s much healthier and more flavourful than the standard Chinese food we’ve come to expect.
The menu has something for everyone, from hot and spicy dishes packed with big hitting spices to Gong Bao, which originated in the SiChuan Province of South-Western China and is more of a sweet and sour taste. There’s lots on the menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
You’ll get a great dining experience here with waiters in traditional Chinese dress, handmade tablecloths, hand-made customised crockery and bold Chinese décor.
THE SMOKE HAUS
41 Wind St, Swansea SA1 1EE
Smoke Haus are all about delivering the big flavours of the American barbecue and providing a little taste of the land that inspired it.
They slow-cook meat over a real wood fire which infuses the meat with its tone and flavour to create the rich, deep and distinctive smoky taste that makes barbecue food so authentically sumptuous. Sauce is optional, smoke isn’t.
A lively and youthful bar and restaurant serving up huge gourmet burgers, ribs and wings. They do big portions and bold favours that’ll make you sigh with enjoyment if you’ve got a big appetite.
THE SECRET BEACH BAR & KITCHEN
Mumbles Rd, Brynmill,
Swansea SA2 0AY
Fairly new on the Swansea food scene, The Secret Bar & Kitchen is quickly becoming the go to place for people wanting a relaxed dining experience with breath-taking sea views over Swansea Bay.
A coastal retreat that’s perfect for a tasty breakfast or light lunch as you stroll along the seafront or chill out over dinner with friends or family.
This hidden gem is getting rave reviews and it’s easy to see why. Great food, attentive service and a glorious setting, what more could you want, The Secret Bar & Kitchen is at the top of our must-try list.
Mumbles Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4JT
For a meal with a view head to Castellamare where you can dine overlooking the stunning Welsh coast with views of Bracelet Bay and Mumbles Lighthouse.
A Mumbles must-visit for good reason, this a la carte Italian restaurant serves the best fresh fish (as you’d expect), alongside steaks, chicken and pasta dishes. There’s a good selection of fine wines and plenty of tempting desserts to finish off your meal. Sample the chefs favourites from the specials board and there’s a great lunchtime special where you can get a starter and main for just £12.95.
Oyster Wharf, 3 Mumbles Rd, Swansea SA3 4DN
This stylish bistrot offers a cool and contemporary place to enjoy incredible sea views and affordable French-style dishes, freshly prepared daily.
Whether it’s for a casual catch up over lunch, a special occasion, relaxed family meal or Sunday lunch, Bistrot Pierre is a great choice. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with something for everyone including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. The bar also provides you with the perfect space to relax with friends and family and enjoy a drink of your choice.
SPANISH & ITALIAN
207 New Road, Skewen SA10 6ET
01792 81 81 82
With chefs from Spain and Italy, La Casona brings a taste of the Mediterranean to Skewen. From properly sauced Italian pastas to authentic melt-in-the-mouth Spanish grills, you’re in for a full-on taste experience at La Casona. If you’re a pizza lover this is the place for you, there’s 12 to choose from and every one is made with traditional techniques and ingredients.
They have 2 special offers, a set lunch with 2 courses for £13.25 and a set dinner with 3 courses for just £17.95, both of which are available Monday to Thursday.
There’s also a cocktail menu that’s affordable and great way to upgrade the meal for a special occasion.
PEN Y CAE INN
Brecon Road, Pen Y Cae
Swansea Valley SA9 1FA
This country pub has been lovingly restored to its former glory, incorporating the traditional values of pub hospitality with a comfortably stylish interior.
The menu is simple and contemporary using seasonal produce. As a locally born lad, proprietor and head chef Anthony has created a mouth-watering menu that never fail to impress.
The award winning team are dedicated to providing a first class service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Whether you want to relax by the fireplace enjoying a quiet drink, eat great food in the restaurant or entertain the little ones at the on-site zoo, a warm welcome awaits at Pen Y Cae Inn.
Open at 9am for breakfast, serving the traditional full English, alongside delicious scrambled eggs on hand cut bread, plus the hugely popular American style pancakes (go for the full stack if you’re feeling hungry!)
From lunch to dinner you’ll find the best in family dining with something for all tastes. From exceptional fish and chips, to the amazing seafood pasta plus gourmet burgers.
NORTON HOUSE HOTEL
Norton Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 5TQ
For a unique dining experience, Norton House Hotel offers a menu that is second to none and the picture perfect dishes will have you Instagramming them in no time.
Who could resist the Ballotine of Chicken with a Mushroom Duxelle, Fontant Potato, Honey Roast Root Vegetables in a Red Wine Mushroom Sauce. Or the Beer Battered Catch of the Day with Crushed Peas, Lavernbread Tartare Sauce and Hand Cut Chips.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this swanky venue is equally renowned for its chic and modern furnishings with an ambience to match.
A grand mansion house by the sea, you can expect an exciting menu made with locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality. The bistro is open 7 days a week, with two A La Carte sittings and an Early Bird menu served from Monday to Sunday.
The traditional Sunday Lunch, 12.00pm-2.30pm, is a great place to start if you’ve never visited before.