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Restaurants in Southampton

As you'd expect in a city of this size, there are many restaurants covering an eclectic mix of cuisines.

The restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over £40)
Moderate (£30 to £40)
Cheap (up to £30)

These prices are for a three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent, tax and service. A service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill in most restaurants. If it’s not included, a 10% tip is customary.

Expensive

Ennio’s

Cuisine: Italian

Recently voted one of the UK's top ten Italian restaurants, Ennio's is a classy little bistro in a beautifully converted Victorian warehouse that faces directly onto the old waterfront. It serves traditional Italian specialities, including antipasti, pasta, insalata, dolce and secondi piatti.

Address: , Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR
Telephone: +44 23 8022 1159.
Website: http://www.ennios.co.uk

Olivetree

Cuisine: Mediterranean

This is one of the best restaurants in Southampton, elegant and stylish in look and presentation. There's a focus on fresh ingredients and seasonal produce, and dishes combine British and Mediterranean influences. Bread is freshly baked on the premises.

Address: , 29 Oxford Street, Southampton, SO14 3DJ
Telephone: +44 23 8034 3333.
Website: http://www.olivetree.co.uk

The Terrace Restaurant

Cuisine: Modern European

Set in pretty countryside just across the estuary from central Southampton, this is the most alluring fine dining option within easy reach of the city centre. The Terrace is set within the Montagu Arms Hotel, and more than earns its Michelin star with a selection of intricate and exciting dishes.

Address: Beaulieu, 1 Palace Lane, Brockenhurst, SO42 7YG
Telephone: +44 1590 612 324.
Website: http://www.montaguarmshotel.co.uk

Moderate

La Regata

Cuisine: Spanish

La Regata is a Spanish restaurant overlooking the city's waterfront. It specialises in fish and shellfish and has a great range of tremendously tasty tapas in addition to the à la carte menu. The interior is colourful and vibrant, and the ambience is intimate and relaxed.

Address: , Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AR
Telephone: +44 23 8022 3456.
Website: http://www.laregata.co.uk

Oxfords Bar Restaurant

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Situated amidst many competitors on Oxford Street, Southampton's main restaurant thoroughfare, Oxfords Bar Restaurant holds its own with a classic interior combining white walls, polished wood and robust, creative British cuisine with Continental and Mediterranean flourishes.

Address: , 35-36 Oxford Street, Southampton, SO14 3DS
Telephone: +44 23 8022 4444.
Website: http://www.simonsatoxfords.com

White Star Tavern

Cuisine: British

A creative menu that changes with the seasons has helped win this central restaurant a Michelin recommendation and two AA stars. It opens for breakfast and brunch as well as lunch and dinner, and there's a well-priced 'Pub Classics' menu for diners after a more relaxed experience.

Address: , 28 Oxford Street, Southampton, SO14 3DJ
Telephone: +44 23 8082 1990.
Website: http://www.idealcollection.co.uk/whitestartavern

Cheap

Fat Fig

Cuisine: Greek

A traditional Greek restaurant that uses high-quality local ingredients and yet still manages to keep prices astoundingly low. The Fat Fig Meze Banquet, which encompasses a giant selection of dips as well as starters, a seafood course and a meat platter, is the restaurant's best offering.

Address: , 5 Bedford Place, Southampton, SO15 2DB
Telephone: +44 23 8021 2111.

La Cantina

Cuisine: Mexican

Reasonably priced La Cantina serves fresh, tasty Mexican dishes, such as fajitas, tacos and fiery chillies, in a South American-style setting that combines hot Mexican colours and natural woods.

Address: , 2A-3A Bedford Place, Southampton, SO15 2BY
Telephone: +44 23 8022 0500.
Website: http://www.idealcollection.co.uk/cantinamexican

Mango

Cuisine: Thai

This lively Thai restaurant offers a menu of 'Thai Tapas' so diners can indulge in a great mix of fragrant snacks. It also has a list of mains that include traditional staples such as red and green curries. The woodcarvings and bamboo blinds infuse the place with some Eastern ambience.

Address: , 27 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 2ES
Telephone: +44 23 8067 8877.
Website: http://www.mangothai.co.uk

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