10 of the best restaurants in AbersochPublished on 1 Apr 2022 by Amy Bowers
The idyllic village of Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula is a popular haven for holidaymakers. With its golden beaches, blue seas and lively village centre, Abersoch has plenty to keep you busy and can make you feel more like you’re in the Mediterranean than in Wales!
There are so many things to do in Abersoch but one of the main attractions is the array of places to eat and drink. This is the kind of place where you can spend your morning paddleboarding, your afternoon hiking and in the evening you can get dressed up for a fancy night of cocktails, champagne and the best lobster you’ve ever eaten in your life!
There are lots of restaurants in Abersoch to choose from as well as stylish bars with sea views and modern cafes. Many of these establishments also offer takeaways so you can enjoy a meal on the beach or in the comfort of your holiday home.
The restaurants in Abersoch get very busy during the busy summer months so it’s always best to book in advance or, for the more casual lunchtime eateries, arrive early so you beat the crowds.
In this post we’ve rounded up 10 of the best restaurants in Abersoch whether you’re looking for a romantic meal, a relaxed lunch, a hearty brunch to set you up for the day or a lively night out with the whole family.
Be sure to check their websites for opening hours as they can vary depending on the season.
Best for: A special meal with a view
The Cove, located at the Yacht Club, has a stunning location on the headland looking out to sea. Enormous windows wrap around the restaurant, embracing those views and making them the main feature of this restaurant in Abersoch.
There’s a small but delicious menu featuring fresh and tasty dishes such as baked fillet of plaice with a pistachio, lemon & black bomber crumb, charred hispi cabbage in a lemon caper butter sauce with fries.
The Cove is known to be one of the best restaurants in Abersoch for a Sunday roast. Make sure you book well in advance, and don’t forget to request a table by the window!
Best for: Beachside snacks after a walk
The Little Tea Rooms, often still referred to by the former name ‘Mickey’s’, is a modern beachside cafe serving breakfast, lunch, snacks, teas, coffees and ice creams.
The cafe is located at the end of Machroes Beach at Mickey’s Boatyard, which is the opposite end of Abersoch main beach. This stunning location makes it an ideal place to stroll to as you can walk all the way along the beach to get to it.
When you arrive you’ll be welcomed by friendly staff, fresh cakes, delicious coffee and a menu of light, classic dishes with a modern twist. They pride themselves on using as many local, welsh and artisan producers as possible and have a strong focus on community and the environment.
There’s plenty of outdoor seating looking out across Abersoch Beach and to the Snowdonia mountains in the distance.
The cafe does get busy in the summer months but they do takeaways so you can grab your feast and enjoy it on the nearby picnic tables or on the beach.
Best for: Pizza and takeaway
If you’re looking for the best pizza in Abersoch then Crust is the place to go. They use recipes developed by the Italian Pizza Association and the result is just the most incredible pizza you could imagine.
The delicious dough is topped with fresh and tasty ingredients and then cooked in the woodfired pizza oven. It’s absolute pizza perfection.
It’s a fully licensed restaurant and does takeaway too. Crust is located just a short walk from the beach so it’s nice to grab a takeaway on a hot summer’s evening and enjoy it on the beach!
If you’re arriving into Abersoch after a long drive and with a car full of hungry people then I highly recommend collecting a Crust takeaway once you’re settled into your holiday home.
Best for: Seafood and special occasions
The Potted Lobster is a stylish seafood restaurant in Abersoch with a chic nautical vibe and a laid back yet energetic atmosphere. You’ll find some of the best seafood in all of Abersoch at this restaurant, as well as incredible steaks and a great wine and cocktail list!
The potted lobster starter is a firm favourite with local lobster served alongside brown shrimp, smoked salmon, crab, lemon & dill butter and focaccia. Follow this up with a Welsh steak aged for 28 days with truffle and parmesan chips.
If it’s a sunny day, sit outside on the deck where you can sip champagne on the deck and feel more like you’re in Marbella than Wales!
Best for: A romantic meal
They say the best things come in small packages and this is definitely true for The Dining Room, a small but perfect restaurant in Abersoch. The attention to detail here is something else and it’s a lovely place for a romantic meal.
The menu features starters such as cod ceviche with blood orange, pickled cucumber and pumpkin seeds and for a main try the braised featherblade with roast parsnip puree and bone marrow and shallot gravy.
Best for: Coffee, cakes and ice cream
As somewhat of a cake and ice cream connoisseur, I pride myself on knowing where to find the best of both and Two Islands is the place to be.
At the front you’ll find a small-batch ice cream parlour where there’s a delicious selection of seasonal ice creams to choose from. Using Welsh dairy and natural ingredients, the ice cream is made in the traditional way and you really can taste the difference. The flavours change regularly but our favourites include peanut butter and jelly for the kids and mint chocolate chip for the grown ups made using real green mint and 70% organic dark chocolate stracciatella.
At the rear of the parlour is ‘The Garden’, a tranquil little space for takeaway coffees and cakes. The coffee is delicious but the cakes are out of this world. The flavours are unusual with things like vanilla cake with Anglesey rhubarb compote and soak, mascarpone icing and Swiss meringue buttercream, topped with poached rhubarb and homegrown marigold petals. Or maybe try the upside-down blood orange and almond cake with cream cheese and candied kumquat!
Best for: Relaxed dining
Zinc Cafe Bar and Grill is a lively restaurant with the most spectacular terrace to the rear with views across Abersoch Harbour. There are floor to ceiling windows and a retracting roof so you can sit and enjoy the views no matter what the weather is like.
Zinc serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a great vegan menu too. The menu is full of tasty crowd-pleasers, making this a popular spot for family meals and groups.
The bar has vaulted ceilings and a wood burning stove so it’s also a lovely, cosy place on cold days!
Best for: Brunch and Middle Eastern dinners
This stylish and modern cafe restaurant has the best brunch menu in Abersoch. My personal favourite is the bacon, avocado, tomato & harissa sourdough bap with a coffee made using Pablado Coffee which is roasted in Snowdonia.
There is also a great evening menu featuring Middle Eastern inspired small plates fattoush salad,slow roasted lamb and spiced roasted cauliflower. and a delicious array of cocktails available.
There is also a small gift shop attached to the cafe selling unique gifts and carefully curated homeware with a focus on sustainability.
Best for: Mexican
Manana is a delicious Mexican restaurant serving all the Mexican classics you would expect such as burritos, nachos, fajitas and chilli bowls, all served with a margarita or two! This restaurant in Abersoch is always a crowd pleaser so it’s great for groups and families with a lively, family-friendly atmosphere.
Manana takeaways are extremely popular so you need to get in there early for their street food specials.
Best for: Takeaway fish and chips
Last but not least! The Creel Fish and Chips is exactly what you’d expect from a chippy and serves simple, honest, deep-fried goodness! Huge portions of cod with even bigger servings of salty chips and mushy peas are just what you need when you get to the coast. This chippy makes the list thanks to its popularity and the ease of grabbing a quick takeaway when you first arrive in the village or after a long walk along the beach.