Best restaurants in Swansea, The Gower & Carmarthenshire

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Square Peg

    With mismatched stools re-upholstered in recycled denim and kooky local photography blanketing the walls, this is exactly the hip kind of place you'd expect to deliver seriously good coffee. With two blends on the go at any given time and monthly 'guest roasters', it doesn't disappoint. The menu includes tasty light breakfasts, salads, soups and deliciously inventive tacos. There's now a sister cafe in The Mumbles that's equally excellent.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

    Wright's Food Emporium

    Sprawling through the rooms of an old village pub, this hugely popular deli-cafe serves sandwiches, salads and massive antipasto platters packed full of top-notch local and imported ingredients. Wash it all down with a craft beer or something from its range of small-estate, organic wine, then browse crates of vinyl records and shelves full of the area's best produce. Nearby are two self-catering cottages (from £120).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Gigi Gao's Favourite

    In a new centre-stage waterfront location, this passionately loved Chinese kitchen eschews the batters, all-purpose sauces and replica menus of many Westernised Chinese eateries to produce food that does justice to China's deep culinary treasures. Homemade organic noodles are served with unapologetically funky Beijing-style sauce, the pork is sweet braised Hunan style, and vegetarian dishes aren't just padding out the menu.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

    Penderyn

    The gold and black wood panelled decor sets a refined tone at this restaurant inside Brown's Hotel and the food here lives up to its surroundings. Modern twists on Welsh classics like cawl are a hit and the desserts (a glorious sticky toffee pudding is a highlight) and the cheeses (punchy Welsh varieties to the fore) are worth putting on a kilo or two for.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

    Ginhaus Deli

    Specialising in two of the very finest things in life (gin and cheese), this hip deli-cafe also serves cooked breakfasts, filled baguettes, quiches, tarts, fresh juices and delicious British food such as smoked haddock with poached egg. Charcuterie and cheese platters are offered when the kitchen's having a break, and on Friday and Saturday nights there's pizza from 5pm to 8pm.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Mosaic

    Set back from the road in an old brick warehouse, and with a menu as eclectic as its decor, this chic eatery specialises in 'world fusion tapas'. This translates to small plates and tasty platters designed to be shared, striding the globe from Jamaican jerk chicken to Japanese prawn katsu curry. The attached cocktail bar is very cool indeed.

  • Restaurants in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Slice

    The simple decor – wooden floors and furniture, and pale walls – stands in contrast to the elaborate dishes emanating from Slice's kitchen. Its elegantly presented food is terrific: locally sourced meat, fish, cheese and beer, plus homemade bread and home-grown herbs, are the foundation of successful adventures such as dressed white crab with brown-meat panna cotta, avocado and compressed watermelon.

  • Restaurants in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Hanson at the Chelsea

    Perfect for a romantic liaison, this elegant little dining room of mustard-yellow walls and stiff napery is tucked away behind the frenzy of Wind St. Seafood such as hake with Provençal vegetables and raspberry pesto are the stars, but the menu also contains plenty of less challenging meaty dishes, and blackboard specials are chalked up daily. Unfortunately, vegetarians have few options.

  • Restaurants in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Madeira

    The hooks hanging from the aged beams are there to hold the espetadas – traditional skewers of barbecued lamb, beef, pork, chicken or monkfish that add an extra dose of authenticity to this friendly, family-run restaurant. If you'd prefer your food on your plate, there are plenty of other delicious traditional Portuguese dishes to choose from.

  • Restaurants in Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

    Sosban

    A winning collaboration between some Welsh rugby internationals and a food writer, this upmarket restaurant occupies the cavernous, church-like confines of a Victorian industrial building that once controlled the dock's hydraulic lock gates. Expect bistro-style dishes created using top-notch Welsh products such as lamb, cod, cockles and Perl Wen cheese.

  • Restaurants in Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

    Brown's Hotel

    Numerous pubs across South Wales lay claim to a Dylan Thomas connection, but the poet was such a regular here that he famously gave out its phone number as his own. Built in 1752 but recently renovated, it's still a cosy spot for a drink, and the pizza is excellent – especially the one topped with cockles and laver bread.

  • Restaurants in Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

    Castle View

    For a serve of cod, chips and mushy peas bigger than your head, you can't do better than this upmarket chippie. There's a pleasant dining area for those customers who aren't keen on battling the seagulls on the waterfront. All the fish is sustainably caught and the menu also stretches to meat pies, faggots and curry.

  • Restaurants in Gower Peninsula (Y Gŵyr)

    Brittania

    This plain 18th-century inn may not be the most picturesque on the Gower, but the food is a cut well above average pub grub. Options include a sublime steak-and-ale pie, a local salt-marsh lamb burger and a lamb tagine. On a sunny day, head out to the rear lawn, where there's a play area and an aviary.

  • Restaurants in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Joe's Ice Cream Parlour

    For an ice-cream sundae or a cone, locals flock to Joe's, a Swansea institution founded in 1922 by Joe Cascarini, son of immigrants from Italy's Abruzzi mountains. So beloved is this gelato that outlets have sprung up in four other places across South Wales.

  • Restaurants in Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

    Cors

    Tucked away in a rambling old house behind a wonderful bog garden ('cors' means bog), this colourful and pleasantly eccentric restaurant-with-rooms serves excellent local, seasonal meals. The three bedrooms upstairs are spacious and brimming with character.

  • Restaurants in Swansea (Abertawe)

    La Fina

    Specialising in tapas and espetadas (skewers of barbecued meat hung from hooks above the table), this convivial oak-beamed restaurant offers big flavours and plenty of atmosphere. As for value, the half-price Tapas Tuesdays are hard to beat.

  • Restaurants in Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

    Yasmin's

    The winner of various Welsh curry awards over the years, Yasmin's offers a massive menu of fairly traditional Indian dishes. In the warmer months, the restaurant reaps the rewards of its own large kitchen garden out the back.

  • Restaurants in Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

    Heavenly

    Believe the name and enter an Aladdin's cave stacked with handcrafted chocolates, artisanal ice cream and enticing pastries and cakes. Grab something yummy to take away, or take a seat and settle in with a hot chocolate.

  • Restaurants in Swansea (Abertawe)

    Gilligan's

    You'd be pretty darned happy to have Gilligan's as your local neighbourhood bistro. Expect simple French- and Mediterranean-influenced dishes served in pleasant surrounds, with friendly and attentive service.

  • Restaurants in Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

    Waverley Stores

    Hiding at the rear of a wholefoods store, this cheap-and-cheerful eatery serves up simple vegetarian meals such as soups, salads, quiches, lasagne and jacket potatoes.