Food and Drink

Restaurants and Pubs

Visitors are spoilt for choice in Scarborough when it comes to food as there’s a wealth of eateries ranging from casual diners and fish and chips to Michelin Star restaurants. Here’s just a few we recommend but if anyone has any other favourites please let us know.

Local area

In the nearby vicinity there’s a range of great little cafes, ethnic restaurants and several takeaways which include Pizza Hut, Fish and Chips, Flames Pizza and Chinese takeaway located on Ramshill Road just a three-minute walk away where you’ll also find a Sainsbury’s and Costcutter, Post Office, Pharmacy, two bakeries (including Dahlia Bakery which offers homemade cakes and fancies), and other independent shops. Just go out of the rear entrance and turn left away from the sea.

Cafés and Restaurants Nearby

Tuscany Too

If you turn right from the front entrance of the Penthouse and then left when you get to Filey Road, you’ll find Tuscany Too a short walk up the hill. It’s a lovely, award winning restaurant that serves Italian, Mediterranean, and Vegetarian friendly food with a cosy and relaxed atmosphere and nice terrace to sit out on, weather permitting.

6 Filey Road, YO11 2SD Tel: 01723 355900

Ikitchen Chinese Restaurant

Opposite Sainsbury’s on Ramshill Road, minutes from the apartment, Ikitchen is mainly a takeaway Chinese but you can eat in too. Extensive range of vegetarian and vegan options, fresh flavours, clean, with good service.

29 Ramshill Road, YO11 2LW Tel: 01723 351234

The Coffee Cup

A cheerful café with seating outside on pavement as well as inside, great for a morning coffee or you can take drinks and food away if you prefer. Opening hours are Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri 7am to 2.30pm and Sat, Sun 7am to 2pm.

On opposite side of road from Sainsbury’s a bit further down towards town.

7 Ramshill Road YO11 2LN 07807

Dahlia Bakery

We can’t recommend this independent bakery high enough! Just on Ramshill Road more or less opposite Sainsbury’s, there’s no sit-down café but it sells delicious sandwiches, toastie ciabattas, snacks, home baked pastries, cakes, fancies, and breads. Also, takeaway coffee and drinks.

The Highlander

Overlooking the South Bay, just five-minute walk from The Spa, this comfortable Scottish themed, tartan carpeted pub and restaurant has superb views over the sea. They offer an excellent Sunday carvery with reasonable prices. Serves good quality food with good portions.

15-16 Esplanade, YO11 2AF Tel: 01723 365627

Crown Spa Hotel

The Crown Spa 4-star hotel is perfect if you’re looking for something a bit special for an evening meal but it’s also a good choice for informal light bites, morning coffee or afternoon tea. It boasts stylish surroundings with listed architecture and a stunning sea view. Renowned for its quality cuisine the ‘Taste’ restaurant is located within the hotel and offers a blend of European and tasty, traditional Yorkshire cuisine in a modern, contemporary setting. Separate dining sections allow intimate dining, smart or formal. Dinner is served from 18.00 to 21.30 and needs to be pre-booked.

There’s also the Taste Café Bar open from 11.00 to 23.00 for lighter meals, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, wraps, tapas, coffee, afternoon tea or an evening aperitif. Booking in advance for afternoon tea is advised.

Turn left out of front door and walk to sea front and take a left again. The Esplanade, YO11 2AG Tel: 01723 357400

El Gringos

Just before the Crown Spa Hotel, El Gringos is a quirky Tex Mex restaurant offering a wide selection of Mexican cuisine. Friendly service, ample portions, fun ambience and high-quality food. There’s an excellent menu for children too.

20A Esplanade, YO11 2AQ Tel: 01723 501764

Farrer’s Bar and Brasserie

This popular restaurant is based at the Spa just a short walk or ride down the Cliff Lift which you can catch from South Cliff Esplanade at the end of the road towards the sea. It serves up Gastropub British favourites (including fish finger sandwiches) with a spectacular view over the sea, and in stormy weather the waves breaking over the sea walls adds to the drama. There’s a fabulous selection of locally sourced food at reasonable prices. Farrer’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and evening meal including pre-show dining, or just a drink after a stroll along the beach front.

Scarborough Spa South Bay, YO11 2HD Tel: 01723 357860

The Clock Café

The famous Clock Café is situated just above the Spa and is just a short walk down through the Italian Gardens from the lift down to South Bay. The freshly baked scones are highly recommended, and you can enjoy homely fare here with panoramic views over the sea. The café is open when the flag is flying.

The Spa, YO11 2HD Tel: 01723 500390

The Chapel House

Situated on the corner of Ramshill Road, The Chapel House is a relatively new restaurant, bar and hotel in an elegant building that dates from 1850, with its own Pre-Raphaelite chapel. Renovated to a high standard the bar and restaurant is open to non-residents for high quality dining overseen by the French chef. There’s also a pleasant place to sit outside from where you can watch the world go by.

28 Ramshill Rd YO11 2QF Tel: 01723 503145

Other Restaurants and Cafés

Fish and Chips

The Golden Grid Fish Restaurant

If you want a bit of nostalgia, look no further than the Golden Grid established in 1883 where waiting team are smartly turned out. With superb views over the harbour and south beach, there’s plenty of room, excellent fish and chips served with tea and white bread of course (alcoholic drinks are available too) and speciality lobster and seafood purchased direct from Scarborough and Whitby fish markets. The restaurant has won many awards over the years including one from Les Routiers.

4 Sandside YO11 1PE Tel: 01723 360922

Lifeboat Fish and Chip Café

A café serving seafood and great fish and chips with yummy scraps (scrapings, scribbles, scrumps, gribblings or scrunchions, depending on which part of the UK you’re from), with tea made in a pot (as it should be!).

76 Eastborough YO11 1NJ Tel: 01723 372612

The Famous Fish Pan

Pleasant décor and comfortable atmosphere for fish and chips, mushy peas, scampi, curry sauce, meat pies, wine etc with window seats upstairs and a sea view. Kids’ meals available. Great service and friendly staff.

28 Forshore Road YO11 1PB Tel: 01723 371299

Papa’s Fish and Chips, Scarborough Seafront

Fantastic venue and location on the seafront. Award winning fish and chips, fully licensed restaurant, and takeaway.

22 Foreshore Road YO11 1PB Tel: 01723 658954

Winking Willy’s Famous Fish and Chip Shop and Café

The fish couldn’t be fresher as it’s all purchased from the Fish Market opposite. Fresh, prime quality Cod, Haddock, Plaice, Skate, Monk Fish and Lemon Sole available. Fish is steamed not fried for added health benefits, but just as tasty.

9-10 Sandside YO11 1PE Tel: 01723 378240

The Lookout on the Pier

A fish restaurant with a difference. Food is offered all day including breakfast, delicious fish and chips are available, but the emphasis is mainly seafood of really good quality, crawfish plates and crab salads are popular choices. Staff are professional and attentive. Easy to find, well sign posted off the main street, but you’ll have to navigate some stairs. There are fabulous views of boats and castle.

West Pier YO11 1PD, Tel: 01723 351000 Open 6.30 am to 7pm.

Italian Restaurants

Tuscany Too (see Nearby Restaurants above)

Ask Italian Restaurant

Authentic Italian fare in a prime location in the South Bay overlooking the harbour with panoramic views, a terrace and balcony. A great place for families to eat. Click and Collect, Call and Collect and Deliveroo are available.

North Wharf, South Bay, Sandside, Scarborough YO11 1PP Tel: 01723 507575

Pomodoro Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

We thoroughly recommend this cosy Italian bistro. It offers authentic Italian/Sicilian cuisine with pizza, pasta dishes with lots of delicious choices for mains including lobster and crab, created by an Alba-born chef. The décor is basic but there’s a great atmosphere and chefs rolling out and baking pizzas in the restaurant. It’s usually pretty busy. Takeaway available.

24-25 Newborough YO11 1NA Tel: 01723 507336

Gianni’s

Italian longstanding, family run dining room with Venetian themed function room and a chic bar area.

12 Victoria Road, Scarborough YO11 1SB Tel: 01723 507388

Tricolos

Family-favourite, well established Italian restaurant serving typical Italian fare. Takeaway and delivery available.

36-37 Newborough, Scarborough YO11 1NF Tel: 01723 367842

Homemade Italy

Great Italian restaurant serving freshly home-made pasta.

35 Huntriss Row, YO11 2ED Tel: 01723 341533

Lanterna Restaurant

Original, rustic Italian eatery serving Piedmont and Yorkshire influenced fare amid warm décor. The chef/patron is the famous Giorgio Alessio and there are many signed photographs of actors who have appeared at the nearby theatre and visited the restaurant adorning the walls. Food is upmarket and pizzas are not on the menu, but dishes include Piedmontes truffles and local seafood or fish stew with lobster or brill and homemade pastas. Romantic, quiet, and glamorous atmosphere.

33 Queen Street YO11 1HQ Tel: 01723 363616

Pepe Verde

Hand-stretched, stone baked pizza topped with ingredients imported from various Italian regions. Authentic pasta dishes, risotto and burgers. Takeaway and delivery available.

35 Huntriss Row YO11 2ED Tel: 01723 373388

Indian Restaurants

Indian Lounge

This Indian is one of our favourites! The food is excellent, service spot on, staff are friendly, and the interior is smart and sophisticated. All usual Indian/Balti favourites are available and set meals for two are around £34.95.

34-36 Castle Road Tel: 01723 377312

Tikka Tikka

A ‘ritzy’ Indian Indian restaurant with bright décor and contemporary Indian cuisine.

Home delivery service available. Open from 5pm till midnight Sunday to Thursday and 5pm to 12.30am on Friday and Saturday.

61-63 Castle Road Tel: 01723 377573

Scarborough Tandoori

Long established restaurant with classic and modern dining areas and a home-style desi handi menu (copper or clay one pot Bangladeshi/Pakistani curries).

50 St Thomas Street YO11 1DR Tel: 01723 352393

Saba Thai and Curry Lounge

Two restaurants on two floors with Thai offered downstairs and Indian curries upstairs. Modern decor with interesting menu, good value food and takeaway/delivery options. Thai and Indian, eat-as-much-as-you-want buffet available on a Sunday for around £6.95.

10-12 St Thomas Street YO11 1DR Tel: 01723 370703

Rice and Spice

This is possibly the closest Indian restaurant going towards the town. We haven’t been yet, but it has some good reviews on Trip adviser. Food is tasty and reasonably priced. Portions apparently are huge. Vegetarian and Vegan options available. This restaurant was recommended by recent guests.

2 Pavilion Terrace YO11 2JU Tel: 01723 352823

British and European Food

The Scarborough Arms

Family-owned pub and restaurant serving homemade food, grills, steaks, vegetarian food and more.

1 North Terrace YO11 1HU Tel: 01723 362883

Clark’s Restaurant

East Coast produce, northern as a “flat cap and whippet!”. Dishes such as Scarborough caught lobsters, East Coast cod and Scarborough Market Steaks makes Clark’s Restaurant well known in the area. Awarded one rosette for culinary excellence by the hospitality rosette guide.

40 Queen Street YO11 1HQ Tel: 01723 447373

Oliver’s Mount Restaurant

Lovely venue in unrivalled location with outstanding views over the South Bay and beyond. Outside terrace and dining available. Unfortunately closes at 5pm but is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas, substantial meals, ice-creams.

Oliver’s Mount YO11 2UG Tel: 01723 361702

The Foulsyke

Allegedly the “best breakfast in Scarborough.” Rustic atmosphere in bistro serving breakfast, lunch and a la carte dining in a farmhouse. Sunday lunch and takeaways available. (Closed Monday and Tuesday).

Barmoor Lane, Scalby Tel: 01723 507423

The Tunny Club

Historic fish bar just off Sandside with a menu that includes fish and chips, seafood, steak pie, spam fritters and jacket potatoes. Al fresco dining available on the garden terrace.

No1 Sandgate YO11 1PE Tel: 01723 365512

The King Richard III Restaurant

Superb location on seafront, serving good food and drinks all day. Beef and Yorkshire pud, sandwiches, burgers, toasties all on the menu.

23-24 Sandside YO11 1PE Tel: 01723 375201

Lazenby’s on York Place - Bistro and Brasserie

A contemporary restaurant open Thursday to Sunday serving British/French and international dishes including seafood and homemade desserts. Dinner and Brunch menus and a special Bistro Lazy lunch is served from 11.30am every Sunday for a change from the traditional roast. Gourmet Burgers, prime beef steaks from Sykes House Farm, Wetherby, grilled chops, crab fish cakes, Lindisfarne oysters, sea bass and lobster are just a few of the recommendations.

11 York Place YO11 2NP Call to book 01723 373836

George Michael’s

A famous venue in Scarborough known especially for its Greek food although British and French options are available. An a la carte menu, two and three course set menus and a children’s menu are available.

5 York Place YO11 2NP Tel: 01723 372646

The Green Room Brasserie

A small, cosy brasserie headed by chef Philip Akrill who has worked in several Michelin starred restaurants. The Green Room is tucked away on a bustling side street in the centre of the town and serves an authentic mix of English, French, and Asian cuisine with pre theatre, a la carte and Sunday lunches available (Sunday lunch is 2 courses for £20, 3 courses for £25).

138 Victoria Road YO11 1SL

Tel: 01723 501801 or 07837408736 or email at greenroombrasserie@gmail.com


For a special occasion a bit further afield …


1881 at Wrea Head Hall Hotel

Barmoor Lane, Scalby YO13 OPB Tel: 01723 371190

Visit: wreaheadhall.co.uk

The Courtyard Restaurant and Ox Pasture Hall Hotel

Lady Edith’s Drive, Scarborough, North York Moors National Park YO12 5TD Tel: 01723 365295

Visit: pasturehallhotel.com

The Coachman Inn

Snainton YO13 9PL Tel: 01723 859231

Visit: coachmaninn.co.uk

The Farrier

89, Main Street, Cayton YO11 3RP Tel: 01723 861432

Visit: the-farrier.co.uk