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Restaurant James Sommerin

The Esplanade, Penarth, CF64 3AU +44 2922279201

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

Amazing 9 course taster menu,every course a real delight,high lights,the lobster,lamb the puds were spectacular but the raspberry soufflé was sublime! Loved the care and attention to detail coupled with the informality and relaxed atmosphere.Would love a return visit.

Gill James 13 January 2018
from Herefordshire

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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 235 reviews)
93% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • luxury (137)
  • lunch (124)
  • romantic (113)
  • private dining (82)
  • views (81)
  • business (40)
  • trendy (37)
  • value (33)
  • afternoon tea (25)
  • large parties (16)
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  • child friendly (5)
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  • ((((( 15 January 2018 by Sally from Cardiff

    Very relaxed service, friendly but not obtrusive. I am coeliac and they handled my gluten free needs on the tastings menu really well. Each dish was bursting with flavour and texture, plenty of locally sourced ingredients and we particularly loved the heritage carrots. I had an extra birthday surprise sweet at the end which was a lovely touch. Mid week lunchtime there was a good atmosphere with most of the tables occupied. No sales pressure to buy alcohol/soft drinks and tap water offered.
    Overall a fantastic celebration meal.

  • ((((( 15 January 2018 by Andree Griffiths from Cardiff

    Amazing 6 Course taster menu, canapes out of this world...puffed rice with taramasalata and squash espuma. Wood pidgeon with beetrot and red wine jus, heritage carrots. 72 hour ox cheek melt in the mouth. My Aunty had food allergies to dairy and shellfish and that was accomodated excellently. The chefs finished off the dishes, which was a great touch. The dessets of pear, sauternes and honey granita was perfect. Then a raspberry and granola souffle with violet icecream
    The maitre'd James was lovely and being able to chat to the chefs afterwards and having a photograph made it very memorable. The bottle of Carmenere wine was smooth and fruity too. An excellent 4 hours of dining !

  • ((((( 15 January 2018 by Chris Trigg from cardiff

    Excellent meal. Truly enjoyed

  • ((((( 15 January 2018 by Huw Fischer from worcester

    Wonderful food and wines served by knowledgeable and efficient staff. We especially enjoyed our surprise 6 course tasting menu with accompanying wines. Too many lovely dishes to pick out a favourite but my wife especially would like to thank everybody for ensuring that her dairy free dishes were so accomplished and presented without fuss or difficulty. A great experience.

  • ((((* 13 January 2018 by Chloe Poole from Penarth

    Very good tasty food interesting menu, staff helpful, my only negative would be the food wasn’t really hot when served we found this the case with all dishes, definitely needed to be hotter

  • ((((( 13 January 2018 by Gill James from Herefordshire

    Amazing 9 course taster menu,every course a real delight,high lights,the lobster,lamb the puds were spectacular but the raspberry soufflé was sublime! Loved the care and attention to detail coupled with the informality and relaxed atmosphere.Would love a return visit.

  • ((((( 3 January 2018 by Paul Donovan from Barry

    Food to its usual excellent standard. Staff welcoming and friendly.

  • ((((( 1 January 2018 by Richard from Cardiff

    Really lovely food. Every course was excellent. Imaginative. Perfectly executed. Nice matching wine.

  • ((((( 30 December 2017 by Adrian Young from Cardiff

    RJS was just what we were hoping for from a Michelin stared restaurant. We chose the al a carte menu for this visit and the food was absolutely delicious paired with excellent wines in particular the desert wines which were selected for us. The restaurant surroundings were elegant but not over the top which added to the relaxed atmosphere. Service from the staff was second to none, a balance of efficiency, knowledge and friendliness which added another level to the dining experience.

  • ((((( 24 December 2017 by Gareth Llewelyn from Cardiff

    A truly amazing afternoon. Food and wine wasting menu was excellent. Staff were great fun. Much more relaxed than other 'posh' restaurants I have been too.

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