Situated on England’s south coast, Southampton is Europe’s cruise capital, with a bustling port and diverse city centre that attracts over four million visitors every year. As the city’s popularity has surged, so has the restaurant scene, now featuring an array of fine-dining and contemporary experiences to cater for all tastes.
Take a look at our selection of the best luxury restaurants in Southampton:
The Jetty - seasonal seafood in a contemporary harbour setting.
Nestled in the heart of the 5 star-rated Southampton Harbour Hotel in Ocean Village, The Jetty is an exciting new venture taken from the award-winning original concept in Mudeford, Christchurch. It offers exceptional ingredients that have been sustainably and locally sourced, with a chic city vibe and laid-back atmosphere. With a sprawling terrace overlooking the glistening blue marina, The Jetty offers a range of dining experiences to suit any occasion, including tasting menus and an interactive ‘lunch with chef’.
Ennio's - a modern Italian with classical yet chic styling.
Set on the ground floor of a converted Victorian warehouse, you’ll come across Ennio’s restaurant tucked in the old walls of the City with tranquil vistas across the harbour. The head chef, Sara Putino, has developed an extensive menu of authentic Italian cuisine, striving to offer traditional taste with fresh, high-quality ingredients including antipasti, pastas and pesce fresco (fresh fish). Try the ever-popular Grigliata Mixta, a sumptuous mixed seafood grill.
Carnicerio Steakhouse - a South American twist on premium steak cuts.
You’ll find Carnicerio in the heart of Oxford Street, fusing fresh and contemporary cuisine with a unique Galician edge. The à la carte menu provides a range of steak cuts, sourced from all across Europe, as well as a ‘not steak’ selection including burgers and ribs. All in a warm, welcoming and characterful setting.
Cove - a laid-back, contemporary restaurant serving fresh fish dishes.
Another waterfront favourite, Cove is a nautical themed bar and restaurant in Shamrock Quay. They endeavour to use locally sourced ingredients and feature freshly-caught fish dishes that perfectly match the marine-inspired decor, beautifully presented by the experience team. Choose from light bites to three course meals or buffet options.
The Bugle - classic British dishes in a characterful gastropub.
The Bugle is one of the finest gastropubs the area has to offer, awarded with a coveted AA Rosette from the Michelin guide. You’ll find the picturesque waterside venue a little further up the harbour in the Swanwick Marina of Hampshire. Timber frames and red brick walls give a cosy atmosphere, while the menu offers hearty dishes with high-quality ingredients.
The Oxford Brasserie - long-standing cosmopolitan restaurant with gourmet-style dishes.
A varied menu with French, English, Mediterranean and Italian dishes sets The Oxford Brasserie above the rest, with highly skilled chefs creating meticulous food to delight the senses. It was awarded the accolade of Best British Restaurant in the country by the British Restaurant Awards in 2017, featuring dishes such as a roast rack of Welsh lamb to hand-picked Lymington crab linguini as part of an always-rotating menu. An intimate and relaxed venue.
Simon’s at Oxfords - lively, cosmo restaurant & bar with modern British cuisine.
Simon’s at Oxfords combines the best of British cooking with lighter, delicate flavours of Mediterranean cuisines for a unique menu that will evoke the tastebuds. A vintage-style decor mingles with modern influences, plus a separate cocktail bar and live music nights create a buzz. Try their contemporary afternoon tea or choose from the extensive à la carte menu that offers everything from 8oz sirloin steak to a 24-hour braised lamb shoulder, all with aesthetically stunning plating.