When it comes to the best restaurants in Doncaster, Cosmo deserves a mention for its sheer variety. Serving a little bit of everything, it’s a well-established chain of world buffet restaurants that lets you eat your way around Mexico, Italy, Japan, India and more. Located in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, it’s the perfect spot for a post-retail feed – just be sure to leave some room for the chocolate fountain; a fun and indulgent dessert treat.
Dedicated to Tex-Mex food, Cactus Jacks is a popular and lively restaurant on Hall Street in the middle of Doncaster. The food is the usual mix of fajitas, tacos and burritos, all packed with flavour that is perfectly washed down with a cocktail pitcher, including their tequila-heavy Cactus Jack’s creation.
If you’re hankering for a tasty mixed grill with overflowing hummus and flatbreads, then head for Mezze Bar and Grill, which is handily located in the town centre, close to Doncaster train station. Spanning Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines, the menu is full of dips, grilled meat and tasty salads.
Our last entry is pretty much the polar opposite to Relish; an American-themed restaurant that prides itself on its carb-loading menu with burgers, ribs and head-sized steaks to the fore. The portions are big – especially if you order their famed double burger – and the prices are competitive, making this a real Doncaster favourite.
If you’re on the hunt for a hot curry in an Indian restaurant, Doncaster certainly delivers, with several outstanding eateries specialising in the culinary favourite. One of the newest additions to the dining scene is Spice and Ice. Opened in 2016, it marries Indian flavours – the spice – with an expert cocktail menu – the ice – to create a sophisticated Indian restaurant. The dishes are imaginatively presented while the restaurant itself has a sleek and modern interior with leather and a muted colour scheme to the fore.
While The Indus Restaurant in Conisbrough can’t compete with the good looks of Spice and Ice, the food is just as impressive. Taking a traditional approach, the food is a mix of Balti and Indian influences, with the Monday night buffet especially good value for money.
Rounding out our pick of the Indian restaurants in Doncaster is Shabir’s. With dozens of main courses on the menu, including a dedicated balti section, spice lovers are spoilt for choice, while the presentation – including the oversized naan bread, so big they come on their own hangers – adds another dimension to the rich food.
Another popular cuisine is Italian and we’ve narrowed down the choices to four tried-and-tested Doncaster favourites. Villas Romana is just half a mile from our Doncaster Central (High Fishergate) hotel and is a laid-back and romantic restaurant serving up a traditional range of pizzas, pasta and some of the best seafood in town. The food is well presented and good value for money and the exposed brickwork and simple wooden furniture give the restaurant a timeless quality that sees it fully booked most weekends.
Another traditional Italian bistro is San Remo, a smallish outlet in Nether Hall Road with red walls and chequered tablecloths. A family-run enterprise equipped with a traditional stone-base oven, they’re well known for their pizzas while their savoury pancakes also come highly recommended.
Slightly out of town and just a five-minute drive from our Doncaster Central East hotel is Vivo, where the Italian accents start with the host and finish in the kitchen. Taking inspiration from Sardinian culture, Vivo pride themselves on serving up good food at affordable prices. If you can, get a table in their ‘secret garden’ on a fine summer evening and you could almost picture yourself in the heart of Italy (albeit about 15 degrees cooler).
Located conveniently close to Doncaster Racecourse, Colosseo takes a more formal approach to Italian dining. The mock coliseum entrance sets the scene, with dark wood furniture and subtle lighting creating a cosy and upmarket environment. That’s reflected in the food, which is a well-presented mix of classic dishes including an extensive pizza menu.
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