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Restaurant James Sommerin

The Esplanade, Penarth, CF64 3AU +44 2922279201

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  •  - 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.

Outstanding experience in every way.

Nicholas 07 August 2018
from Toronto

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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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Customer reviews for Restaurant James Sommerin

4.7 (((() (based on 306 reviews)
94% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (222)
  • luxury (188)
  • lunch (160)
  • romantic (151)
  • private dining (112)
  • views (107)
  • business (51)
  • trendy (50)
  • value (40)
  • afternoon tea (26)
  • large parties (18)
  • entertainment (15)
  • breakfast (6)
  • child friendly (6)
  • al fresco (2)
  • ((((* 20 August 2018 by Peter from London

    The food was outstanding and creative.
    There was a bit of a delay between some of the plates.

  • ((((( 20 August 2018 by Andrew from Bromsgrove

    A wonderful dining experience. The food is truly exquisite. We enjoyed the nine-course "surprise" tasting menu with accompanying wines and it is one of the most memorable evenings in a restaurant we can recall. The bright, modern ambiance of the sea-front restaurant is wonderful, the staff are friendly, attentive and knowledgable and every element of the food is prepared with extraordinary attention to detail. Flavours are fresh, yet intense and truly delightful. The matched wines make a perfect accompaniment and are a voyage of discovery themselves with some unusual but highly enjoyable offerings. It was also very good to meet the chef patron himself, both in service during the meal and the next morning - we took advantage of the opportunity to stay in this restaurant with rooms. Altogether, this is definitely a restaurant worth a journey in its own right and most highly recommended.

  • ((((( 20 August 2018 by Katy from Cardiff

    The signature dish was incredible

  • ((((( 19 August 2018 by Mark from Cardiff

    What a lovely restaurant in a beautiful location. The food was fantastic and all the staff were so knowledgable about the dishes and the wine.
    Can’t wait to go back again to try some of his other dishes.

  • ((((( 7 August 2018 by Nicholas from Toronto

    Outstanding experience in every way.

  • ((((( 4 August 2018 by Patricia from Bridgend

    Raspberry Souffle it was absolutely delicious.

  • ((((( 4 August 2018 by Rhys from Cardiff

    A fabulous experience. The six course taster menu with wine was very special. The food was exceptional and the accompanying wines were perfect. We loved it and can't wait to visit again.

  • ((((( 31 July 2018 by Sarah from Abergavenny

    The restaurant is located on the sea from in Penarth. The setting is replicated in the soft pastel palette chosen in the restaurants and the minimal decoration, which is very understated, (however, not on the night we arrived, which was very wet and grey). Despite the minimalistic style the restaurant is very warm, comfortable and relaxing - a triumph of design!
    The taster menu was exceptional from the moment we were served the costal themed amuse bouche to the final course of raspberry soufflé with parma violet ice cream. All the dishes were stand out and executed in design and taste to an exceptionally high standard. My personal favourite was the curried fish. You would also go along way to come across such a selection of cheese. We had cheese for 4 people , each plate had a different selection of cheeses which were arranged in order of strength and expertly described by James, who must be somewhat of a cheese connoisseur.
    I am very fortunate to eat in some exceptional restaurants and have recently been to the Hand and Flower in Marlow. James Sommerin's was different but a gastronomically far more exciting experience.

  • ((((( 25 July 2018 by TR from Penarth


  • ((((( 24 July 2018 by Nicholas from Cardiff

    Superb food and fantastic overall experience. A real treat.

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