Join us on a culinary adventure as we delve into Wolverhampton’s diverse offering of restaurants and cafés. We visit the four corners of the world with waistband-busting steaks, romantic canalside Italian dining, one of the best full English breakfasts in the Black Country, the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet to end all buffets, and the hidden gem in Tettenhall that your sweet tooth simply needs you to visit.
Places to eat in Wolverhampton
A sucker for sushi? Tummy rumbling for some tapas? Champing at the bit for some Chinese? Serious about your steaks? The real question you need to ask yourself is, why settle for just one of these delicious options when you can chow down on every food under the sun at COSMO? It’s a world buffet restaurant conveniently located in the Bentley Bridge retail park a couple of miles east of the city centre. So if you get hungry mid-shopping spree, or perhaps you’ve read our local guide to activities in Wolverhampton and you’re wondering where you can go for a meal after a trip to Cineworld, then there aren’t many eateries more popular than COSMO.
Alternatively, if you don’t fancy a ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ then we’ve got a handful of specialists to tell you about. If you want Chinese food then make your way to Ming Moon for the monstrous all-you-can-eat buffet. If you’re staying at our Wolverhampton North hotel then it’s barely more than a mile down the road and one of your most convenient eating options.
If you started salivating when we mentioned steaks earlier, then you’ll be happy to hear that there’s a Miller & Carter here in Wolverhampton. It’s a fifteen-minute drive south-west of the city centre, but don’t let that put you off if you want exquisite 30-day aged British and Irish steaks. If you’re hungry, and your pockets are deep, then don’t miss out on the 30-ounce Long Bone Tomahawk; you won’t forget it in a hurry.
In the same vein, Grill-It is Wolverhampton’s independent alternative to Nando’s with tastier food at cheaper prices. You can eat in their restaurant on Tettenhall Road or takeaway to scoff wherever you like. While the chicken dishes do stand out as the most popular options, don’t let that put you off venturing into new realms of the menu; we’ve tried most of it and have never been disappointed.
When it comes to Italian food, Bella is a quite exceptional option. It’s a family-run Italian restaurant near West Park which has been around since 2001. In that time it has established itself as a firm favourite with locals, so much so that we recommend booking a table to avoid disappointment. As is the case with the best Italian restaurants, the food is simple, freshly prepared, well-cooked and lovingly presented. Pay a visit and see why we love it.
Or, your other option would be to head a little further west of the city centre to Fiume, the sister venue of Bella that boasts the same top-class eating from a more intimate setting on the canalside. It’s not the cheapest of our restaurant recommendations, but you do get your money’s worth.
This last one will be of particular interest to those that plan to enjoy some Wolverhampton entertainment during their stay by paying a visit to the Grand Theatre. A stone’s throw away, on the corner of Lichfield Street, you’ll find The Hungry Bistro – without doubt one of the best places for a pre- or post-theatre meal. It offers a refreshingly refined menu of marvellous home-cooked food with honest prices, a good wine menu, and stellar service. If you asked us to boil our list down to one restaurant recommendation, there’s a very strong chance we’d point you in the direction of The Hungry Bistro. So, whether you’re seeing a show, or you just want to sample some of the best eating in Wolverhampton, book a table; you can thank us later.
Cafés in Wolverhampton
If you’re plotting a visit to the Bodenham Arboretum, and you get peckish on the way, or you're famished on the way back, then head to The Old Village Store for some delicious, simple, freshly made food. The sandwiches and toasties are marvellous, and so too are the cakes.
Just across the road from Kidderminster Station, you’ll find AJ’s Diner, home to one of the biggest and best breakfasts in town. The cafe itself is like a time warp with vintage signs and bric-a-brac furniture. The place is always spotless, the service will put a smile on your face, and so too will the prices.
Or, if you’re hunting down a good brew in town then head on over to Lucy’s Coffee Shop. It’s a quaint little cafe on Oxford Street with some outrageously delicious sarnies, paninis and toasties for you to chow down on with one of Lucy’s brilliant beverages.