We are open for lunch from 12.00, last orders at 14.15. Dinner we are open from 19.00, last orders at 21.15.
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Families and Children Welcome
About Restaurant James Sommerin
We are open 6 days a week for lunch and dinner. We are closed on a Monday, we also close on Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Please be aware we do no have allocaed parking, however, there is plenty of parking up and down the Esplanade and a car park at the top of the hill which is a 5 minute walk.
Easily the best restaurant in Cardiff. Real artistry with the cuisine; not just technically perfect but imaginative use of superb base ingredients. The sommelier knows his wine list and was able to make appropriately interesting suggestions. Worth the journey to a fine location on the esplanade at Penarth.
We choose the Taster menu and enjoyed the taste and quality o the food. The staff were excellent. It was a quite Sunday but never the less the atmosphere was fine.
Food and service as always 1st class - relaxed environment and can’t wait to go back
Food was excellent, service was amazing and very friendly, considering we haven’t dined at that level before it was very comfortable. The restaurant was a little empty so atmosphere wasn’t perfect but very relaxed with some good background music. No complaints as all the dishes were amazing, we tried the accompanied wine selection and that was an additional treat. We’ll be back for our next big celebration!
Our first time and I doubt very much our last. It was a fantastic evening. Different, challenging, exciting,stimulating,fun and above all delicious. We were really looking forward to it and would highly recommend the tasting menu experience to ever. Well done to James and the lovely staff on their success.
Second time at JS and every bit as good again. Stayed overnight with my wife and grown up children to celebrate my retirement. Food exceptional, service friendly and attentive but not overbearing. Saturday evening was busy but not noisy or overcrowded.Sunday morning’s breakfast was good and the Welsh breakfast option was excellent as was the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and the mushrooms on toast. A lovely way to celebrate with the family. Thank you.
Lovely restaurant in a fab location. Friendly staff and delicious food.
Continues to maintain high standards for both food and service.
Une très bonne table ! Accueillis par le chef en personne et les plats servis par les cuisiniers !
First class in all respects.
Another outstanding visit. Friendly welcome, lovely atmosphere, fantastic food and service, comfortable bedroom. Oh and great breakfast too!
My wife and I where hear for our 17th wedding anniversary. It was a fantastic experience and one we’ll be doing again very soon. The food was something that we’d never experienced before and loved every taste.
Excellent service and the food was outstanding!
We had a fantastic evening, we were made very welcome. We chose the 9 course taster menu which was fabulous although not for the faint hearted. We will most certainly be visiting again.
Absolutely outstanding meal. We had ordered the tasting menu with matched wine flight. The only downside was that the timing of wine and food was sometimes off. With one course we had finished our lamb before the wine to match had even been poured (we did wait about 5 minutes but by this time we had to eat or the delicious lamb would have gone cold). The waiter was very apologetic and made sure it didn’t happen again. The ONLY downside to an otherwise fantastic evening. Can’t wait to go back.
I spent a fantastic evening at James' restaurant recently. I am sure that it is not worth mention how great the food is as I am sure that that is evident from all the other reviews. However, what is worth mentioning is the service and friendliness I became so impressed with. James himself roams the restaurant floor taking care of the guests - a very nice personal experience. After we had finished our meals, James chatted with us for a while. It felt completely natural and relaxed; a fitting atmosphere for a neighbourhood restaurant. The Restaurant at James Sommerin acts as a perfect example of how you can enjoy an evening of fine dining in a well-decorated room without feeling stuffy or restricted. It's all about the being welcoming!
We came for an anniversary and birthday treat and had such a beautiful meal. The staff were so very lovely and talked us through each course and made us feel very welcome. It was well worth the 80 mile round trip and we will definitely be back.
We had an amazing evening at Chefs Table. The food and wine was absolutely delicious. Im not going to spoil the surprise for other diners by talking about them, but we all loved every one of the 14 courses we had. The chefs were all incredible and all took time to explain the dishes they had prepared and any questions we had for them. We were all surprised at how calm the kitchen was and how they all worked so methodically and pulled together to support each other. A special mention needs to go to Georgia who was on the pass and she controlled the kitchen brilliantly. For someone who is so young she showed expertise which surpassed her age. She will go far in life. I would highly recommend chefs table to anyone, it was an amazing experience.
We love eating here. A few suggestions since we are frequent diners. Perhaps have several new items every month? Particularly, you might considering changing the amuse bouche since that seems to be the same every time. Also, consider expanding the selection of sparkling wine. We would even drink the best of the English sparklers! Other than that, it’s an excellent place with wonderful staff and food.
Superb Service & Food x
Really enjoyed the food, we had a 6 course menu and enjoyed all the dishes especially the crab and the beef dish also loved the soufflé. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Over all a great way to spend my birthday, a great experience which I would recommend for a special evening. Thank you
Chef's table was a wonderful experience, would certainly recommend.
Fantastic experience and food, really no critisism at all.
Thank you for a wonderful experience. The meal and service were both outstanding. The sommelier was very helpful and attentive.