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The 4 best Chinese restaurants in Cardiff

We list the best Chinese restaurants in Cardiff, based on personal experience and on food bloggers’ and travellers’ ratings. The 4 best Chinese restaurants in Cardiff.

1.  Summer Palace
2-4 High Street, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2DZ
029 2056 4808
“Ten of us descended on this well established Chinese restaurant, located in the Cardiff suburb of Llandaff. Suffice to say, all the food was outstanding but for me, one dish was exceptional and that was the lemon chicken. You must try it, it would be sin not to. I could not fault the service, it was quick and done with a smile. If you are in Cardiff and looking for the best Chinese restaurant then The Summer Palace is for you.” – Peter111040

2.  Happy Gathering
233 Cowbridge Road West, Canton, Cardiff CF5 5TD
029 2039 7531

MartinG writes: “My wife and I who are Cardiff based have been visiting Chinese restaurants all over the world for over 40 years and a recent visit back we were told by old friends the Happy Gathering was still great we decided to give them a try last Sunday late afternoon. To say the décor hasn’t change for probably 30 years would not be remiss but the service was spot on we ordered dim sum which turned out in our opinion were the best presently available in Cardiff.”

3. Riverside Chinese Restaurant
44 Tudor Street, Cardiff CF11 6AH
029 2037 2163

Ronaldinhollew writes: “I had Szechuan Monkfish, something I had never encountered before, and it was very nice. We also had crispy duck pancakes which were stunning, among the best I have ever had.It was up there with other good Chinese restaurants I have visited in China Towns in London and Manchester. If looking for a good Chinese restaurant in Cardiff, Riverside Cantonese is definitely worth a try.”

4. The Crispy Duck
21 Whitchurch Road, Cardiff CF14 3JN
029 2062 8008

Ajec88 writes: “Different to other Asian restaurants the Crispy Duck offers a number of small dishes (that can also be starters) on their menu, similar to tapas, and as we love tapas this was our first choice. The menu had a great selection, we choose calamari, satay beef, gyoza, teriyaki chicken and soft shell crab, everything was so tasty, satay sauce was lush! Tempura batter was crispy. Beef was a little chewy but this could have been the cut that we had, would still order again. The gyoza dumpling filling was great and they had been steamed and grilled so had a soft and crispy side.”

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The 3 best Italian restaurants in Cardiff

For pasta, pizza and other Italian dishes, these are the 3 best Italian restaurants in Cardiff. Opinion is bound to vary, but this is the Top 3 Italian Restaurants in Cardiff according to…

The very best Italian restaurant in Cardiff

1. Elgano Italian Restaurant
58 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LL
029 2034 4060
Serving fresh authentic Italian cuisine. In Italy, at every meal ample time is taken to enjoy food, wine and conversation. The relaxed environment and  passion for delicious food and fine wine helps Elgano to offer a dining experience that is truly one to savour. As one diner writes: “Great service from the moment we arrived, the wine recommendation was lovely and a good choice. The food was served promptly, we tried a variety of items, chicken in black pepper sauce, sea food pasta, rack of lamb and chicken with pesto, all great.”

The second best Italian restaurant in Cardiff

2. I Giardini di Sorrento
12 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3DL
07703 429185
Inspired by the fresh and authentic flavour of the Sorrento peninsula of Italy. There’s a selection of home-made pastas, desserts and cakes  as well as the most mouthwatering pizzas, steaks and fish cooked to order. An atmospheric snug restaurant with open-plan kitchen, this is a place that will give you an authentic warm Italian welcome. As one diner notes: “My absolute favorite has to be the cheese cake! I can honestly say it’s out of this world so much incredibly yummy I had to have another to take home.”

The Bronze Medal Italian restaurant in Cardiff

3. Cafe Citta
4 Church Street | Cardiff City Centre, Cardiff CF10 1BG
029 2022 4040
One of the best Italian restaurants in the centre of town. It has a warm atmosphere, the pizza is superb and the staff are friendly. Make sure you book as the place is very small.

One of the three best Italian restaurants in Cardiff. Photo by Engin_Akyurt
One of the three best Italian restaurants in Cardiff. Photo by Engin_Akyurt.
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The 12 best restaurants in Cardiff

Here’s a  list of the dozen best restaurants in Cardiff. This is the best this city has to offer; the best 12 restaurants in Cardiff.

We’re taking value for money and friendliness of patrons into account, as well as the quality of the food in the restaurant.

Elgano in Cathedral Road is our favourite Italian in the city. The mussels and steak are delicious.

Corado in Westgate Street, city centre, is authentically Spanish with fab tapas. Be sure to try the Galician white wine and bottled dark beers.

Summer Palace in Llandaff is the finest Chinese restaurant in Cardiff in our opinion.

Moksh in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, has delicious curries.

Dosbarth – The Classroom – is a student-run restaurant with views of the city. Because it’s college-based, check the opening days and hours carefully.

Sen BBQ in Canton’s Cowbridge Road East is cheap as chips but has the best Turkish shish kebab we’ve tasted and the hospitality is great, as you may be greeted with a cup of sweet tea.

Purple Poppadom is one of the best restaurants in Cardiff for food from the Indian sub-continent.

Yakitori #1

The Chapel 1877 Restaurant And Bar


Fish at 85

Irie Shack Cardiff Bay

Chez Francis Bar & Restaurant

Elgano is one of the best restaurants in Cardiff
Elgano is one of the best restaurants in Cardiff