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Restaurant James Sommerin

The Esplanade, Penarth, CF64 3AU +44 2922279201

(((() British
  •  - Cardiff
  •  - Cardiff
  •  - Cardiff
  •  - Cardiff
  •  - Cardiff
  •  - Cardiff
  •  - Cardiff
Main course: £20
Food spend: £55
Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 12:00 - 14:30, 15:00 - 16:30 & 19:00 - 21:30.

Food excellent and sensible pricing. Support staff excellent very friendly and helpful. Needs to get sunblinds for those rare sunny days....

Martin 09 May 2018
from Jersey

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Boasting enviable views across the Severn Estuary, Restaurant James Sommerin in Cardiff presents Michelin star-winning cuisine. Multi-award-winning chef James Sommerin brings a taste of fine dining to Penarth through his expertly-crafted European menus and immaculately-presented dishes.

Offering 5, 7 or 10 course tasting menus, dishes include braised pigs head with celeriac and star annis, and duck with lavender, beetroot and soy sauce. Available at both lunch and dinner, the extensive selection of exciting dishes available on each menu is sure to excite the palate. A vegetarian tasting menu is also available, with innovative dishes such as truffle with asparagus and onion, and pearl barley with parsley and parsnip.

Lighter choices are available at lunch, such salmon with peas and asparagus, and pork belly with liquorice and carrot. With a carefully-selected wine list sourced from boutique and organic vineyards across the globe, each menu can be accompanied by an expertly-matched wine pairing to enhance the tasting experience.

Fine dining from a Michelin-starred chef, Restaurant James Sommerin in Cardiff sits 7 minutes’ walk from Penarth train station.

Restaurant James Sommerin

The Esplanade, Penarth, CF64 3AU

Contact +44 2920706559
Reservations +44 2922279201

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4.6 (((() (based on 282 reviews)
94% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (204)
  • luxury (171)
  • lunch (153)
  • romantic (137)
  • private dining (101)
  • views (97)
  • business (48)
  • trendy (46)
  • value (38)
  • afternoon tea (26)
  • large parties (18)
  • entertainment (15)
  • breakfast (6)
  • child friendly (6)
  • al fresco (2)
  • ((((( 5 June 2018 by Libby from Cardiff

    We were given a voucher for our wedding present and honestly didn't know what to expect. Both of us like simple, hearty food and no fuss so we were slightly apprehensive. I can honestly say it was not what we expected. We found the service exceptional - helpful and efficient, but not overbearing, and the food was delicious. We enjoyed every course. Our favourite dishes, from the 6 course taster, was the lamb dish and the raspberry souffle.

  • (((** 4 June 2018 by Peter from Cardiff

    The food was excellent. The worst thing about dining here is the wait between courses. The kitchen cannot cope as the restaurant gets busier. If you get in early, 7 pm, you get a good start but by the time you get to the fourth course, everything slows down. The empty plates are left on the table, the new cutlery appears eventually and then the next course eventually. We waited 10-15 minutes between first, second and third courses and then it got to 30 and 40 minutes for fourth course onwards. We would never have the ten course menu, you'd have to book beds there!!!

    Some of the waiting staff were over-friendly, joining in with the table conversations - not needed!! Stick to your job.

  • ((((( 2 June 2018 by Allison from Margam

    Husband and I went for a lunch service for his 50th birthday surprise we both loved it I personally loved the decor of the restaurant and all the finishing touches even the ladies was nicely decorated, the food was amazing best I’ve ever eaten from snippets to dessert couldn’t fault it will definitely return.

  • ((((( 21 May 2018 by Gari from Cardiff

    Lovely food and great service. No complaints, though it was a little strange when we were the only ones there to start with. One thing that confused us was that we wound have logged to have left a tip but we didn't get an option to add it to our card payment and neither of us had any cash on us! So it had no bearing on the meal we just thought we'd add it to the payment but it didn't offer a gratuity.

  • ((((* 20 May 2018 by Luke from Cardiff

    Incredible. Worth every penny.

  • ((((( 9 May 2018 by Zayd from Cardiff

    Wonderful, attentive service, friendly staff, beautifully presented food, comfortable setting.

  • ((((( 9 May 2018 by Martin from Jersey

    Food excellent and sensible pricing. Support staff excellent very friendly and helpful. Needs to get sunblinds for those rare sunny days....

  • ((*** 8 May 2018 by John from Penarth

    Service was unfriendly and food average. Took this up with the management afterwards but got a bland reply. Sums it up.

  • ((((( 7 May 2018 by Aileen from Cardiff

    Service was fabulous, food was fabulous. Our tasting menu was tailored to account for my severe dislike of mushrooms which I really appreciated. All the flavours were exquisite and perfectly matched with the wines which were introduced to us by knowledgeable and friendly staff.

  • ((((( 7 May 2018 by Paul from Malmo

    This was an exceptional meal, with great service and atmosphere. I rank the food and occasion of one of my best meals of all time!

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