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5.4 /6 Excellent 49 Reviews

The Fig Tree

Penarth European, British £££ +100
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About The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree is a picturesque restaurant set in a Victorian beach shelter, right on the seafront of Penarth. There really is no better place in Cardiff to catch some views of the Bristol Channel. Take a seat in the restaurant, on the veranda or up on the roof terrace as you enjoy fine British cuisine. If you’re stopping by for lunch then you’ve a choice of Glamorgan sausages, fresh fish of the day or the famous Fig Tree burger, whilst the evening menu includes slow cooked shoulder of Welsh lamb, moules provencal and Carmarthenshire belly of pork. The Fig Tree is set back off The Esplanade, just down from the Penarth pier pavilion and is simply a must. Reserve a table now.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:30, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
The Fig Tree, The Esplanade, CF64 3AU Cardiff


49 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 49 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
16.08.2017 09:17

We read the reviews and couldn't the a bad one. It is a beautiful restaurant, beautiful views, amazing food. Just perfect. We will definitely go again and again. Can't recommend it highly enough.

1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 08:53

Good cooking and fine ingredients with attentive and helpful service. All this with a sea view - excellent All this with a sea view - excellent

1 review so far 6
30.07.2017 19:28

Just such a nice place. A real gem. Great service, a brilliant table on the verandah overlooking the sea and excellent food. We were visiting someone nearby and found the Fig Tree in a guide book. Brilliant find. Gets busy for Sunday lunch apparently, so we will book if coming over for that.

1 review so far 6
21.07.2017 10:35

Great food, friendly service, lovely wine, good choice for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. The location and views are spectacular, and whilst it's not a cheap eat, the cost is good value for the quality.

1 review so far 5
17.04.2017 07:31

The Fig Tree is a favourite. We visited again for an early evening spring dinner with overseas visitors. The location opposite Penarth pier is fantastic. We had a warm welcome and, as usual, an interesting menu with locally sourced ingredients. My only problem is that I ate too much! As so often happens, we were left sitting quite a long time waiting for our bill when we were really ready to go.

1 review so far 5
17.08.2017 12:08

My wife and I dined inside the restaurant, which was surprisingly busy for a Wednesday with a large birthday party in full swing. The food was faultless with a good house wine and the service attentive. No little biscuit or mint with the coffee though the coffee was excellent. Every table in this restaurant has a view of the sea, the promenade and the pier, all of which is a splendid sight. All in all a superb experience which I can thoroughly recommend.

1 review so far 5
23.01.2017 07:33

Went for Sunday lunch. Great food and really good, friendly service. Catered well for kids with half portions of the standard menu at £11 for 3 courses, which was great value (and they ate everything!). I had the makeral, nut roast and cheese, which was all delicious and they catered well for my low-gluten requirements. Will definitely go back!

1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 08:53

The staff were extremely helpful as we turned up early and on the wrong day! They fitted us in and didn't rush us. The food was fantastic and the service was perfect - just the right balance of friendly but leaving us to enjoy our meal. Would highly recommend.

1 review so far 5
27.04.2017 08:17

Great service, very acconmodaring of my 6 year nephew, lovely atmosphere and superb view of the sea with delicious food - will definitely return to The Fig Tree.

1 review so far 5
19.02.2017 07:50

When we arrived they didn't have our reservation. There seems to be teething problems between Quando and the restaurant. Fortunately there was a table available. The food was excellent. Service started well but tapered off so we felt somewhat forgotten but I would still go back but unsure whether I would book through Quando.

1 review so far 5
23.03.2017 07:33

We come here regularly for good food, warm and friendly staff and a great location. The Fig Tree is one of the best restaurants in South Wales.

1 review so far 3
09.05.2017 10:47

Haven't been here in a while. We decided to give it one more chance. Lovely building, not the best made of the views though. Took forever to have a drinks order taken. Starters did arrive reasonable soon after, the mains were a very long time in coming. As for dessert another very long wait for order to be taken and again for arrival. The waitresses were very pleasant but were not aware of cutomer needs. The food was reasonable only. Shall mot visit again.

1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 12:32

Did just what it said on the tin. Lovely friendly staff & good food, what could be better on a sunny but chilly day than sitting in the Fig Tree looking out at Flat Holm and Steep Holm across the Bristol Channel?

1 review so far 5
14.02.2017 13:16

Food and service were very good but on arrival they had no record of our reservation that we had made through yourselves (Quandoo). We were lucky to get a meal as the chef was about to go home. Fortunately he was good enough to stay and cook us a meal.

1 review so far 6
16.01.2017 08:51

Excellent meal . Service second to none. We went there with my cousins who were visiting from Australia. They were very impressed both with the presentation of the good and the general ambience.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2017 09:13

food was fantastic, service brilliant, couldn't fault it in anyway will definitely be going back and they are dog friendly which is good as they do breakfast in the mornings on the weekends

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 10:03

Great restaurant....food is prepared at a high quality level....wine list is great....the dessert platter with various items to select for two was fun. We visit this restaurant often and enjoy the cuisine.

1 review so far 6
17.06.2017 09:18

Everything was professionally organised and delivered with charm. The menu was well focussed and offered a range to suit everyone. We will be returning with optimism in anticipation of another pleasurable experience.

1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 18:25

As usual, the food was excellent and service very efficient in spite of it being a busy day. Staff were friendly and welcoming and there was a good atmosphere in the restaurant.

1 review so far 6
14.01.2017 10:21

Excellent food good service at a reasonable price.The staff were welcoming the menu was large enough to give a good choice and the portions were of a good size.Will go again

1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 20:16

The food was absolutely amazing. Can't wait to return and enjoy the experience again. Even told my friends in work about it today as well as checking out the website

1 review so far 5
06.03.2017 16:43

Have eaten here half a dozen times now, food and service are consistently good, as is the price. Wholeheartedly recommended and if the weather is good be sure to try and get a table outside.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2017 10:18

Booked online via quango with ease for a birthday celebration, they provided fantastic food in a great location and with a wonderfully genial host. We will definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
10.07.2017 10:32

Superb food with an excellent choice on the Sunday menu with good value for money, beautiful setting, looking out over the sea, the staff were friendly and very efficient.

1 review so far 6
30.01.2017 08:56

Fabulous food as always, highly recommend a visit for Sunday lunch, great variety on the menu. Excellent service, staff accommodated our early arrival despite the restaurant being extremely busy.

1 review so far 6
16.05.2017 06:56

Amazing food, very friendly service and fantastic location make this the best place for a leasurely lunch with friends or family. I just keep coming back for more!

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 09:22

Excellent friendly service and food with a wonderful view of the pier and sea. Fish was excellent and cheesecake great too. Booking on line in seconds was easy.

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 11:01

Great views, friendly service and delicious food - definitely going to come back here again. Fantastic to see the restaurant also has good disabled access and facilities.

1 review so far 5
13.07.2017 08:12

Lovely evening sitting outside Figtree on veranda watching sunset over penarth pier and the islands. Food delicious - fish of the day and great bottle of Chablis. Altogether a very pleasant evening.

1 review so far 6
05.02.2017 16:47

A lot of choice on the menu.Excellent food and service.Will recommend to friends and family. Family were visiting Penarth and they were impressed with the restaurant.

1 review so far 6
04.04.2017 07:46

Really enjoyed the meal; service was good and really quick; and the atmosphere was really good. I think that there should be more vegan options, though!

1 review so far 6
24.01.2017 07:54

The staff are always very friendly and helpfull as my dad was in a wheelchair. Food hot and very tasty. Lovely views of sea and pier.

1 review so far 5
10.05.2017 09:22

Warning of 30 minutes cooking time for main course no deterrent ; somewhat tardy service more so. But nice atmosphere, lovely outlook, and "relaxed" service made for a good occasion

1 review so far 6
31.05.2017 08:23

Beautiful restaurant in a stunning location, overlooking the sea serving freshly prepared, high quality food. Excellent wine selection too and very friendl, yet professional staff.

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 08:17

Excellent lunch after a walk to Penarth fromCardiff. I- lived up to everything I'd been told. Great food & great service. Reasonable prices. Highly recommend

1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 07:51

Went for Sunday lunch . Friendly attentive staff who could not have been more helpful . Great food and atmosphere . We Will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
30.01.2017 17:53

We visited on a very sunny Saturday afternoon in January for lunch. It is a lovely restaurant, with fantastic food, great service and fab views!

1 review so far 6
12.07.2017 07:41

Food was delicious, service excellent, would highly recommend, shame it wasn't sunny on the day we visited as I'm sure the view would be lovely

1 review so far 5
16.06.2017 10:01

Good food a great sevice. Location is very nice and the view on the sea is wonderful. We had a great time there and I'll come back for sure

1 review so far 4
02.06.2017 09:06

I ordered gnocchi with mushroom fricasse and some of the mushrooms were hard and the dish overall was dry - not enough sauce. My husband ordered duo of lamb and again the lamb was dry.

1 review so far 4
20.06.2017 10:03

Ambience was lovely Table overlooking the sea , Service was very good Food was mediocre Fish and chips were lovely but the rest was poor quality and overpriced will think twice about another visit

1 review so far 5
01.07.2017 22:57

A lovely meal, the food was great and the setting on the seafront is wonderful. The service was also very good. A very enjoyable evening!

1 review so far 5
27.06.2017 18:44

We all enjoyed the meal. Staff and service excellent. It was great to be able to take our very well behaved dog on the balcony.

1 review so far 4
09.07.2017 08:00

Food good quality and quantity - ambience and view excellent - service slowish with need to ask several times for water to be brought and then only tiny bottle for 3

1 review so far 4
12.03.2017 20:39

Tables closest to the bar, kitchen and door entrance not the most comfortable. Generally attentative staff, food acceptable, albeit several of the main courses ordered surprisingly tasted a little bland.

1 review so far 4
26.03.2017 09:46

A pleasant lunch again. Very busy today and struggled a little from being short staffed. A fine place for a restaurant with a lovely view of the coast.

1 review so far 4
13.03.2017 19:41

Great food. Loved the scallops and the allergen menus. Fantastic service. However, the kitchen was very dirty, especially the lights and lamp fixtures throughout the restaurant! Yikes!

1 review so far 2
06.02.2017 10:04

I object to staff clearing up the restaurant when I'm still eating. My fillet steak was cold in the centre and it was recooked rather than replacing it. Not what I would expect from "the best restaurant in Penarth". All in all, very disappointing