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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in South Wales

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in South Wales? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.8
4.8 (1206)
£25 and under
Steakhouse
Pontypool
About the restaurant
Multi-award winning restaurant situated in the heart of the World Heritage Town of Blaenavon.
Originally built in 1832 as the Cross Keys Hotel we have been serving the locals of Blaenavon and beyond for almost 200 years.

We are well known across South Wales for our award winning steaks and hearty portions

Voice awards - Best chef 2018
Voice awards - Best Sunday lunch 2019
Voice awards - Best steaks 2019
Welsh hospitality awards - Best Welsh restaurant 2021
Welsh restaurant awards - Best in South Wales 2023
Best commercial garden - 9 consecutive years

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Food was amazing. Presented well and very hot. Staff polite and friendly.
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4.8
4.8 (553)
£26 to £40
Chinese
Pontypridd
About the restaurant
Janet's Pontypridd is a premier and authentic Restaurant that has been proudly serving the Pontypridd area since 2019. Since then, our mission has been to provide high-quality food for all those that wish to combine fun and enjoyable ambiance with skilful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience. We are committed to putting Pontypridd on the map as a food destination.
Top review
DavidH
Dined 2 days ago
The cucumber starter is very good but could be improved for me by removing the skin, I found it a little tough. The main courses were excellent. Did not require the extra rice.
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4.7
4.7 (314)
£26 to £40
Chinese
Cardiff
About the restaurant
The Crispy Duck is an award winning pan-asian restaurant offering an upmarket dining experience combining flavours from across Asia. Set in the heart of the city, The Crispy Duck has been a local favourite since its launch in 2011. Inspired by the melting pot of cultures across Asia, The Crispy Duck draws from comforting Malaysian family classics like Beef Rendang to beautifully handcrafted Japanese Sushi.

Sourcing our ingredients as close to home as possible and using authentic wok-fired and charcoal roasting techniques helps our dishes capture the flavours and aromas of authentic Asian cooking. Vibrant colours, crisp and fresh flavours underpin the philosophy of our cooking. Set in an elegant but simple dining room equipped with a fully stocked bar, we invite you to sample our range of Asian beers and extensive wine selection. An independent family-run business since our inception, The Crispy Duck offers a welcoming and inventive new take on pan-asian cuisine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing food, great service and all very reasonably priced. Can’t wait to go back
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4.6
4.6 (138)
£25 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Newport
About the restaurant
Welcome to Tickled Trout we look forward to serving you.
Top review
Luna
Dined 4 days ago
Our visit on Thurs 23/5 was outstanding, the guy running the bar and serving was attentive, the food was served promptly and was fabulous,
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4.6
4.6 (106)
£25 and under
Pizzeria
Merthyr Tydfil
About the restaurant
We are a family run business based in South Wales with a concept of bringing the traditions of Naples to Wales.

Using authentic and protected methods granted by the EU in 2009, our head pizzaiolo’s Gareth and Miranda, trained at the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) School in Naples and are two of a select few, professionally trained pizza chefs in the UK. Neapolitan pizza is considered the benchmark for all pizzas around the world.

Our dough is made fresh the way it's meant to be, using the finest milled flours from Italy and cooked at over 400C in our DEFRA approved Neapolitan oven. We also work closely with local growers and suppliers to source the highest quality ingredients. By selecting a variety of ingredients we introduce flavours and cuisines inspired by the best the world has to offer for our more gourmet pizzas.

Bringing Naples to Wales! Pizza has become our passion and we want to share that with you.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Friendly staff, good food. Table could have been a bit cleaner.
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4.5
4.5 (2657)
£26 to £40
Contemporary Asian
Cardiff
About the restaurant
The Ivy Asia brings beautiful fusion flavours, exotic cocktails and late night entertainment to the heart of Cardiff, every night of the week.

Located in St David’s Shopping Centre, just a short walk from the city’s historic castle and Cardiff Market, The Ivy Asia Cardiff is perfectly placed to provide a stunning sanctuary for shoppers, tourists and locals alike.

A glamorous destination restaurant serving incredible Asian-inspired dishes for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, plus exotic cocktails late into the night, it offers all those who visit an experience they’ll remember forever.

Top review
IvorM
Dined 3 days ago
Bethany was superb, highest standard of customer service
A photo of Pho Cardiff restaurant
4.4
4.4 (439)
£25 and under
Vietnamese
Cardiff
About the restaurant
Pho Cardiff is a healthy Vietnamese restaurant with loads of vegan and gluten free options. We specialise in pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup, and also serve delicious curries, rice dishes, wok-fried noodles and healthy salads, too. We also have loads of starters that are perfect for sharing with friends and family. Over a third of our menu is vegan, and nearly all of it is gluten-free, so we are a great destination for people who follow those particular diets. We are accredited by Coeliac UK. Aside from our lovely food we offer a brilliant range of healthy juices, as well as delicious wine and beer, and a fantastic cocktail menu too. If you're unable to dine-in, you can click & collect your order, or find us on Deliveroo. We look forward to welcoming you!
Top review
DavidJ
Dined on May 18, 2024
Lovely food and great service, all the staff helped and gave advice as it was our first time there
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4.4
4.4 (86)
£26 to £40
British
Swansea
About the restaurant
Hiraeth; a term unique to Wales and Welsh culture, an intangible pull on the heart that conveys a deep sense of belonging, the desire to return to the place of one’s birth, to come home. For The Shed Restaurant and Executive Chef Jonathan Woolway, our place in the world is happily Swansea.
Composed along the expanse of Swansea Bay, flanked by the Gower Peninsula and Brecon Beacons, within striking distance of the fertile valleys, coastal plains and farmland of West Wales, the Waterfront City of Swansea sits at the beating heart of nature’s larder. Bounties of the season from land, sea and pasture are at our fingertips.
Our daily changing menus reflect a constant creative evolution, making use of local produce at the very place and moment of their seasonal prime. This begins in the kitchen and is realised at the table; Egalitarian, convivial and accessible to all. Full in heart and generous of spirit.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food very good. Service excellent servers were knowledgeable and very friendly. This was my second visit and I will not hesitate to return again.
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4.3
4.3 (217)
£26 to £40
Barbecue
Abergavenny
About the restaurant
At Fire & Fork, we offer a traditional American barbecue experience with our open fire cooking style. Our skilled chefs use locally sourced ingredients to create delicious, smoky dishes that will excite your taste buds. Come and visit us today to experience the magic of open fire cooking.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Superb food and excellent friendly service.. Highly recommend
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4.0
4 (20)
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Newport
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Goldcroft pub, situated in the wonderful village of Caerleon, that sits on the banks of the River Usk. We have an extensive food menu and we serve 7 days a week. We are dog friendly and have a wonderful sun trap beer garden for you to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The most wonderful meal we have ever had 😊 a wonderful evening
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