Best restaurants in Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri)

  • Restaurants in Dolgellau

    Mawddach Restaurant

    Occupying a smartly renovated former barn with views of Cader Idris and the estuary, Mawddach sits 2 miles west of Dolgellau on the A496. Tasteful slate floors and leather seats are matched by excellent food: poached sirloin with mushroom ragout or roasted cod with puy lentils, brown-butter breadcrumbs and salsa verde. The Sunday lunch (two/three courses £22/25) is great value.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bala (Y Bala)

    Tyddyn Llan Restaurant

    The glowing reputation of this Michelin-starred country restaurant is well-deserved. We are still salivating at the memory of our last visit – some dishes went beyond merely good and approached extraordinary. The pairings of ingredients are classical rather than off-the-wall – spring asparagus, for example, with morels and duck egg. It's set among gardens near the pretty Georgian village of Llandrillo (located on the secondary B4401 route between Llangollen and Bala).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Beddgelert

    Beddgelert Bistro & Antiques

    An eccentric gem, this hybrid bistro/antique store offers exceptional home cooking. By day it's more like a tearoom, but at night the tiny dining room at the heart of the 17th-century cottage fills up with happy diners enjoying specials such as goose breast in orange and Triple Sec, and Welsh black beef in creamy peppercorn sauce. Good wines, too.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Llanberis

    Gallt-y-Glyn

    Sure, it serves pasta, pies, burgers and salads, too, but almost everyone comes for the pizza and the free-pint-with-every-main deal. Simply tick what you want on the paper menu and hand it over at the bar. You'll find Gallt-y-Glyn on the A4086, half a mile towards Caernarfon. It's a bit shabby, slightly eccentric, very family friendly and utterly brilliant.

  • Restaurants in Dolgellau

    TH Roberts

    Occupying a Grade II–listed building fitted with its original counter, glass cabinets and wooden drawers, this charismatic cafe still looks a lot like the ironmonger's it once was. The coffee and tea are proudly the best in Dolgellau, there's a reading room with books and papers, and the soup, sandwiches and rarebit (and Nan's scones) are all first rate.

  • Restaurants in Llanberis

    Pete's Eats

    Pete's Eats is a local institution – a busy, primary-coloured cafe where hikers and climbers swap tips over monster breakfasts and under photos of their knee-trembling forebears. There's bunkhouse accommodation upstairs (£16 per night), a huge noticeboard full of travellers' information, a book exchange and a map and guidebook room.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Betws-y-Coed

    Bistro Betws-y-Coed

    Perhaps the best place to eat in town, Bistro Betws offers some interesting adaptations of national staples, such as haddock with Welsh-rarebit crumb. Watch out for possible shot pellets in the sautéed breast of wild pheasant with black-pudding potato cake and whisky sauce, and book in summer as it gets absolutely packed.

  • Restaurants in Tywyn

    Salt Marsh Kitchen

    Bare timber and blue paint give this ambitious little bistro an appropriately maritime feel, given the good things it does to fish. Inspiration is drawn from around the globe, with dishes such as crisp bream with scallop butter and risotto, smoked haddock chowder and a Thai-style curry bristling with mussels and prawns.

  • Restaurants in Bala (Y Bala)

    Eagles Inn (Tafarn Yr Eryrod)

    In Llanuwchllyn, the village at the other end of the lake from Bala, this handsome stone pub is known for its Welsh-speaking regulars and great food. Most of the vegetables and some of the meat comes from the family farm, and for dessert there's a delicious array of homemade pies and puddings.

  • Restaurants in Beddgelert

    Hebog

    At the swankier end of Beddgelert's dining options, Hebog is an upmarket cafe serving the likes of braised Welsh beef in red-wine sauce and homemade spinach-and-ricotta tortellini with red-pepper pesto. A scenic summer terrace by the babbling Glaslyn seals the deal.

  • Restaurants in Llanberis

    Pantri

    Good coffee! After that, everything else this cruisy, pastel-hued little cafe does is a bonus. But those extras – homemade cakes, sandwiches, soups and the like – are also from the top drawer.

  • Restaurants in Llanberis

    Peak Restaurant

    A chef-patron who once clattered the pans at the legendary Chez Panisse in California is behind this restaurant's popularity and longevity. The open kitchen allows you to see her at work, turning good Welsh produce into internationally inspired dishes such as Anglesey sea bass with coriander sauce or Welsh lamb shanks with white-onion purée, rosemary and redcurrant.

  • Restaurants in Barmouth (Abermaw)

    Bistro Bermo

    Discreetly hidden behind an aqua-green shopfront, this intimate restaurant delivers a sophisticated menu chock-full of Welsh farm produce and fresh fish. Featuring dishes such as duck breast with walnut crust and daily seafood specials, the cooking is classical rather than experimental, and generally excellent. There are only half a dozen tables, so book ahead.

  • Restaurants in Cader Idris (Cadair Idris)

    Riverside Hotel

    This refurbished Georgian inn is a great place to refuel after an ascent of Cader Idris, especially if you're heading back to nearby Machynlleth. Pub classics such as gammon with egg and chips and chicken kiev are present and correct, but there are more adventurous options such as Mediterranean fish stew and griddled haloumi salad, plus vegetarian dishes.

  • Restaurants in Betws-y-Coed

    Olif

    Breakfast first up, burgers at lunch, tea in the afternoon and tapas in the evening – Olif morphs to please throughout the day. The tapas has a distinctly Welsh flavour, without straying too far into fusion territory (the croquettes are made with Perl Wen cheese and the ham's from Camarthen) and there are several smart en suite rooms available, too.

  • Restaurants in Dolgellau

    Y Meirionnydd

    Making atmospheric use of the medieval cellar of the former county jail (anyone over 5ft, 10in will have to stoop to move around the room), this prix fixe restaurant takes good local ingredients and gives them the pan-European treatment. So you might follow a first course of gravlax cured in beetroot and brandy with Welsh lamb rump on rösti.

  • Restaurants in Capel Curig

    Moel Siabod

    Named for a nearby peak, this roadside cafe provides a hub and fuelling station for the hordes of walkers who descend on Capel Curig every summer. It's not only a good place for a plate of eggs, a ploughman's or jacket potato, but offers maps and advice on the surrounding terrain, and can pack walkers' lunches for £7.95 per person.

  • Restaurants in Harlech

    As.Is Bistro

    In the lee of the castle, this welcoming bistro offers a short menu of pizza and pasta alongside more adventurous fare such as seared swordfish with sweetcorn fritter and bean, tomato and coriander salsa. The space is stylish – naked wires, oversized light bulbs and rough timber tables – and the owners are very eager to please.

  • Restaurants in Betws-y-Coed

    Alpine Coffee Shop

    There's a definite primate theme to this local institution: stuffed monkeys hang from the counter, chimps grin from photos and there's a palm-oil-free policy – meaning you can tuck into your salad, rarebit or wrap, safe in the knowledge that no orangutan has been harmed in the making. Ask about the sausage loyalty card for dogs.

  • Restaurants in Harlech

    Cemlyn Tea Shop

    The Coles (Jan and Geoff) may be merry old souls but it's tea that's king here. There are more than 30 varieties on offer, along with homemade cakes and a cosy, lemon-tinted dining room in which to enjoy them. When the weather's good, the rear terrace at this award-winning tearoom offers spectacular views of the castle and beyond.