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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in South Wales

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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!

A photo of Yakitori1 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (951)
£25 and under
Japanese
Cardiff
About the restaurant
Yakitori1 is a fresh take on traditional Japanese food. Inspired by Japan’s fast-paced restaurants and communal nature, we set out to bring the fresh, vibrant flavours of Japan to all.

Simple goodness
We create simple, delicious food in a place where all are welcome.

Proud to be local
We hero local ingredients and fresh produce.

Made for sharing
We believe in the power of food to bring people together.
Top review
LindseySandhu
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent service. Amazing food. Will be back! Thank you!
A photo of Butterflies Bar & Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1242)
£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 4 days ago
Myself and my husband went to Butterflies for our wedding anniversary for the very first time. We can't fault it. It was absolutely beautiful, the food was outstanding, by far the best food we've had. It's a very beautiful, intimate little restaurant where the service that is provided is amazing, very clean and tidy, and we weren't waiting long at all for our food. We are looking forward to our next meal there. Food is definitely more expensive, but it is so worth it.
A photo of Janet's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (575)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
The service was fantastic, the restaurant was very busy for a Thursday evening in a small town and created a buzzing atmosphere. The food was flavoursome, fresh and a little spicy for certain dishes! I’ll be recommending Janet’s to everyone.
A photo of Tickled Trout Newport restaurant
4.6
4.6 (143)
£25 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Newport
About the restaurant
Welcome to Tickled Trout we look forward to serving you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Great service, great food, great experience! Will be going back for sure!
A photo of The Ivy Asia, Cardiff restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2735)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Lovely ambience for lunch. Menu choices are good with lots of Asian variety. Service was excellent especially from Keeka who looked after us. Celebrating a birthday which was made special.
A photo of Pho Cardiff restaurant
4.4
4.4 (447)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food was excellent as always - great options for vegans and meat eaters. Service was fantastic and want to thank our waiter who was super friendly and accommodating - didn’t catch his name but remember he had a flower tattoo with a face in it on his upper arm! Thank you!
A photo of Nant Ddu Lodge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (123)
£25 and under
British
Merthyr Tydfil
About the restaurant
We are incredibly proud of our food and customer care here at the Lodge. Our kitchen and restaurant team strive tirelessly to provide the best possible cuisine and service, which have guests and locals coming back time and time again.

The Bar & Bistro serves a variety of fresh locally sourced Welsh cuisine and bar snacks as well as a wide range of fine wine, great spirits and local beers. Our lunch and dinner menus highlight the best of real Welsh cuisine including locally sourced seafood, Welsh sirloin steaks and roast rump of Welsh lamb.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We dined yesterday evening. The staff were very pleasant, helpful and engaging, a pleasure. The food was plentiful, to our tasting and expectation.
A photo of Gaucho - Cardiff restaurant
4.3
4.3 (796)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Cardiff
About the restaurant
Every Wednesday, join us for ‘Steak Night Date Night’ and dig into an epic sharing steak for two with sides, sauces and a bottle of red or white wine chosen by our team of sommeliers from £70 per pair.

Experience extraordinary culinary creations, warm hospitality, and an ambiance where Cardiff’s industrial heritage meets the vibrant spirit of Argentina.

Gaucho Cardiff boasts an ambience that combines industrial design and cultural artistry, adding a touch of dark glamour and making it the ideal setting for working lunches, afternoon drinks, and evening dining.
Both intimate soirées and grand celebrations find their place on the top floor. Two private dining rooms offer versatility for more intimate occasions, while the spacious dining area accommodates groups of all sizes, with the option to exclusively hire the whole top floor.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
I dined here for the Taylor Swift inspired brunch. This was amazing value for money based on the amount of food provided and everything tasted great. Surroundings are lovely and staff were great. Would recommend to anyone looking for a place to eat in Cardiff.
A photo of Tir a Môr restaurant
4.2
4.2 (382)
£25 and under
English
Cardiff
About the restaurant
Meaning land and sea in Welsh, our restaurant and bar, Tir a Môr, takes its cue from our bayside location and the very best produce Wales has to offer.

The kitchen puts a modern twist on our country’s culinary heritage, from Severn & Why smoked salmon, cod and spring onion fishcake to roasted Brecon lamb rump, punchnep hash, creamed Blas y Tir leeks and rosemary jus to slow cooked Welsh beef brisket. Desserts elevate traditional puddings, such as Bara Brith bread and butter pudding, and apple and berry crumble with vanilla and Penderyn whiskey custard.

Our Welsh credentials carry through to our drinks list, with local spirits playing a starring role in our signature cocktails and our own takes on the classics.
Top review
CarlH
Dined 6 days ago
Lovely lady greeted us and showed us to our table which was nestled in a corner next to the glass windows overlooking the bay . Drinks orders taken promptly and glasses of water provided which were topped up. We went for the two course meal and had salmon for one starter and pâté for the other - both tasty Beef Sunday lunch main course was also delicious and the vegetables were also cooked to perfection.
A photo of Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Cardiff Bay restaurant
4.1
4.1 (1572)
£25 and under
Contemporary British
Cardiff
About the restaurant
Old building with colourful interiors you wish you had in your house but aren’t quite brave enough for? Check and check. We’ve brought the classic Bill’s formula to Cardiff’s Mermaid Bay. Find us in the Pilotage Building, just follow your nose and the sound of clinking glasses.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Really great meal, staff were friendly and attentive to all our needs this evening. Everyone enjoyed the meal.
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