The Best Restaurants in Southampton
The port city of Southampton is more than just a cruise stop: it offers great retail opportunities, several leisure facilities as well as superb art and heritage attractions. But that’s not all. Southampton is home to some of the best restaurants in the south of England – from Mediterranean and Asian to French and Indian. Whether you have been living in Southampton your whole life or are visiting from areas like Alton or Botley, get ready for some unforgettable foodie experiences. Here's a list of some of the best restaurants in and around the city.
Located in Southampton city centre, the Rockstone is simply a cut above the rest. Not a fan of burgers? Wait and see what this restaurant has to offer. Home-cooked, hearty meals and local ales make this place a must-try, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Try the Infamous burger – served on a poppy seed or brioche bun – or the Dirty South(ampton) for an authentic taste of South Korea.
The Pig in the Wall
This cosy hotel-deli is found along the banks of the River Test. Its laid-back atmosphere and the simplicity yet tastefulness of the dishes make this restaurant one of the very top ones in Southampton. From Piggy bites and sour dough toasties to sausage rolls and air-dried Lomo – the Pig in the Wall is a constant surprise. If you prefer a more elegant dining experience, its sister hotel and restaurant – The Pig – is waiting for you right next door in the New Forest.
The Oxford Brasserie
Fan of the Italian and French cuisine? You’re in good company. The Oxford Brasserie, situated on Oxford Street right, is a contemporary restaurant with modern dishes and carefully sourced ingredients. The ever-changing menu includes slow-braised Hampshire beef, scallops with black pudding, crab linguine and asparagus risotto. And if the weather allows, you can enjoy your meal at one of the tables outside for a great al fresco experience.
The Coriander Lounge
Just a stone’s throw from Queen’s Park, the Coriander Lounge’s mission is to restore the authenticity of Indian food in England. And they do this pretty well. The dishes are based on century-old recipes, made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and a deep-rooted love for the homeland. The classics are repped – ever heard of tikka masala? But this is not what the Coriander Lounge stands out for. It is the karai, parsi and malai kofta that make the difference. If you’ve never tried them, it’s about time you do!
Voted the “best Italian restaurant” by the Corriere della Sera, Ennio’s is the go-to venue for an authentic Italian experience. The restaurant overlooks Southampton from the ground floor of a renovated Victorian warehouse and offers unique views of the city. Antipasti, meaty secondi, proper pasta and you name it – Ennio’s is all about the beauty of the boot-shaped country and its regionally diverse cuisine. Try mixed fish grill, fresh lobster or the pan-roast fillet of hake. Buon appetito!
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