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Canteen on Clifton Street

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International, Vegetarian, Contemporary, Vegan
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40 Clifton Street, Cardiff CF24 1LR, Wales
+44 29 2045 4999
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Hours:
Thu - Sat 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Canteen on Clifton Street in Cardiff is a fun and lively restaurant with...
Canteen on Clifton Street in Cardiff is a fun and lively restaurant with fresh and inspiring fare. The down-to-earth dining room, with tiled floors and wood-panelled walls, is well-known for its vegetarian-based menu, and is the perfect place for dinners and parties with friends who are vegans, vegetarians and/or omnivores. The kitchen at Canteen on Clifton Street takes inspiration from Mexican and Mediterranean traditions, and the menu changes every fortnight. Favourite dishes include the Arabian spiced lamb with cardamom, pistachio and apricot rice; curried parsnip and mango soup; Lebanese spinach parcels with carrot and beetroot salad; and their famous vegan sticky toffee pudding. The chefs at Canteen are also happy to create bespoke meals.
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Visitor rating
  • 147
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best. Dessert. Ever

I recently visited Canteen for a friend's birthday. I can't believe I have never been here before!! What an absolute gem hidden away in Splott. From the outside it looks like nothing, even the interior decor is a bit old fashioned. But you can tell this is because every penny you are spending goes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
Harriet S
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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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189 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I recently visited Canteen for a friend's birthday. I can't believe I have never been here before!! What an absolute gem hidden away in Splott. From the outside it looks like nothing, even the interior decor is a bit old fashioned. But you can tell this is because every penny you are spending goes on their amazing food. It was... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

The menu is always intriguing. Wonderful food, prompt service at an affordable price. My place to go for a treat!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This is the best restaurant in Cardiff and personally my personal favourite. I've been coming here since I moved to Cardiff 6 years ago. The reason I keep returning is largely due to the ever-changing menu. Of course there are some staple favourites that are often available there are often other experiments that Wayne has been cooking up. The restaurant... More 

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Haslemere, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

as a vegetarian I am sick of not having choice! I hate goats cheese, I hate blue cheese and I hate risotto! I do struggle to get good veggie food where I live. So.......I had the tastiest meal I have had in ages. The hallow I and root veg stack, my friend had goats cheese tart both were deemed delicious.... More 

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Cardiff
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Amazing amazing amazing!! I cannot believe I haven't visited this restaurant before. Beautiful 3 course meal - I think it was about £18 for three courses. I had a halloumi stack, mushroom wellington and a vegan sticky toffee pudding. It was all beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. There are only 3 different options for starter/main and dessert but they all... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I have been here a few times now and wish I could visit more often. The food is inventive, tasty, real and they do care about the food being served. The choice is ample and the menu frequently changed. All my meat eater friends are converts to the vegetarian way! I highly recommend this restaurant. Go and try beautiful food,... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I've been to this restaurant numerous times and it has always been excellent. They change the menu often and it's always fantastic. Great service too. They do a meat main dish to satisfy the carnivores so you can take along any veggie doubters plus there's gluten free and vegan options, best place to eat in Cardiff.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Visited for a work Chirstmas meal. While they had clearly decided to add £7 to the menu due to being Xmas (you could tell from the previous menus on the wall), it was still very reasonable at just under £20 for a three course meal. For each course there are at least four options, with one being meat to cover... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

My wife and I have visited Canteen numerous time since last leaving a review and have never been disappointed. Always a varied and regularly changing selection of interesting and innovative dishes to choose from, always friendly and efficient service no matter how much pressure they are under, always great music choices in the background, and always tremendous value for money.... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The canteen is great if you are not a lover of meat (...and even better if you are going for food with lovers of meat!) We were presented with a compact but delicious menu with all four mains at £11.50, and then £15 or £17.50 to upgrade into a 2 or 3 course meal. There were two vegetarian options on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40 Clifton Street, Cardiff CF24 1LR, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff
  • Phone Number: +44 29 2045 4999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 27
  • Cuisine: International, Vegetarian, Contemporary, Vegan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups

Description

Canteen on Clifton Street in Cardiff is a fun and lively restaurant with fresh and inspiring fare. The down-to-earth dining room, with tiled floors and wood-panelled walls, is well-known for its vegetarian-based menu, and is the perfect place for dinners and parties with friends who are vegans, vegetarians and/or omnivores. The kitchen at Canteen on Clifton Street takes inspiration from Mexican and Mediterranean traditions, and the menu changes every fortnight. Favourite dishes include the Arabian spiced lamb with cardamom, pistachio and apricot rice; curried parsnip and mango soup; Lebanese spinach parcels with carrot and beetroot salad; and their famous vegan sticky toffee pudding. The chefs at Canteen are also happy to create bespoke meals.
Open Hours
Thursday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?