Our guide to the best restaurants in Southampton begins with Max’s Bar & Brasserie on Oxford Street towards the southern end of the city. If you have ever been to Italy, you will be immediately familiar with the welcoming Italian atmosphere at Max’s. Gennaro and Santo, the chefs, are both from Napoli and their 30 years’ experience, combined with the fresh ingredients they use results in a fantastic eating experience. If you are staying at our West Quay hotel, Max’s is about a 13-minute walk away.
Restaurants in Southampton
The Oxford Brasserie
If Italian food is your thing, but you are looking for more of a special occasion restaurant, check out Bacaro in Ocean Village. It can be fairly pricey, but their tapas style dining and stunning stripped-back decor make for a great evening meal.
The Oxford Brasserie won Restaurant of the Year at the British Restaurant Awards in 2017, and it is easy to see why. Presenting cosmopolitan cuisine from France, Britain and Italy, the food tastes just as good as it looks. We strongly recommend you check out the specials board on your visit, as the chefs love to create delicious seasonal dishes every day. It is located on the vibrant Oxford Street and is open every day until 10pm.
When you’re visiting a city famed for its maritime heritage, you may want to visit a restaurant which has its own seafood legacy. COVE Bar & Restaurant is well regarded for its excellent seafood, and the location couldn’t be better, as it overlooks the boats docked at Shamrock Quay.
Looking for something more adventurous? Southampton has you covered. For a great Indian, check out Bayleaf Kitchen on the High Street near the Westquay Shopping Centre in the heart of the city. The head chef, Mukesh Sharma, has brought his experience of working in five-star hotels in India to Hampshire and you will struggle to find a better, more authentic curry.
Alternatively, you could try some Mauritian street food courtesy of BBC Masterchef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo at Lakaz Maman on Bedford Place. Here you can taste a modern twist of traditional Mauritian cuisine in a chilled out environment where the focus is firmly on the food.
Finally, for some south-east Asian cuisine, we recommend Pho Vietnam on Portswood Road. It isn’t fancy, but the food is spectacular. As the name suggests, this restaurant specialises in Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup dish. However, we are confident in recommending the whole menu.