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Woods Brasserie

Price guide: Expensive
#3/20
expert-rated restaurants in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

The best of French and Welsh in a historic bayside building.

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Bully's

Price guide: Expensive
#5/20
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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

A fun foodie phenomenon in leafy Pontcanna

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Cibo

Price guide: Mid-range
#9/20
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Cardiff's most authentic Italian restaurant

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The Hunstman Restaurant

Price guide: Mid-range
#14/20
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A scrumptious secret just outside of town.

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Cardiff isn't shy of places to eat. And while the usual chain restaurants are often sadly over-subscribed, scratch the surface and there are some great places tucked away outside of town - most notably in the Pontcanna area just west of the centre.

Being a capital city, almost every nationality of plate can be served, but you're in extra luck if you like Italian or Indian cuisine - there are hundreds of both, and the competition has led to some really spectacular restaurants. There's also a really impressive national pride among many establishments, each one cherishing local produce and I've noticed a significant rise in vegetarian establishments. The best of which are all recommended on this list.

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I've gorged my way around Cardiff for years and it's been difficult refining this selection down to 20. From quick eats to luxuriant splash-outs, each one of the restaurants on this list suits a different occasion or mood and excels in its field. I've been sure to highlight some of the city's most long-loved places as well as some of its freshest faces, each one adding to Cardiff's grand selection of international menus. If you've experienced a different service at any of these restaurants, or have one you'd like to recommend, please let me know.