A buzzing university town, Southampton’s coastal location means it’s also a centre for sailing schools. Visitors flock to the town for the annual Southampton Boat Show. Restaurants in Southampton include all kinds of world flavours, and there are plenty of informal, budget-friendly options that cater for the town’s many students.
Southampton restaurants also include a select bunch of fine dining options. One of the best is Simons at Oxfords, which specialises in British & Mediterranean fusion cuisine. Simons also takes full advantage of its seaside location, with the very freshest seafood and fish catches to be found on the menu each day. Inside, the décor is contemporary and elegant, with deep browns and creams creating a relaxed and welcoming feel. Extensive wine, beer and cocktail menus cater to thirsty diners.
If you fancy something completely different, it could be time to try the highly-rated Coco Rio, which is an African-themed restaurant based close to Southampton Central Rail Station. Though the cuisine is based in African traditions, influences from all over the world pop up in Coco Rio’s tempting menus. Look out for dishes like curried meat mezze, and piri piri slow braised pork belly. Vegetarians are catered for too.