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Restaurant Minuet

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42 Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BW, Wales
442920341794
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11:30 am - 4:15 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 4:15 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Description: Restaurant Minuet was established in 1986, we are a small family run...
Restaurant Minuet was established in 1986, we are a small family run business serving genuinely home cooked Italian food with a difference. It started with a simple menu but over the years it has developed into what it is today. Our aim is not to serve pretentious, overpriced food with a drizzle of sauce, but serve good tasty wholesome dishes with the majority of which are our own recipes at honest prices. Our customers will enjoy their meal in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere to the soothing sound of specially selected pieces of classical music, that has inspired so many of our dishes. We are not licensed to serve wine and spirits, but you are welcome to bring your own. Corkage is free. Please note that during busy times there will be other customers waiting for a table, as we don't charge for alcohol time will be restricted. Please respect other diners waiting for a table.
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  • 299
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  • 46
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
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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
Lunch

Absolutely fantastic, nails its niche as a very small scale restaurant. Food is fantastic, service is very good and the atmosphere is lovely too. Have been very often, great for going with friends or just for solo lunch.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
DilipTG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely fantastic, nails its niche as a very small scale restaurant. Food is fantastic, service is very good and the atmosphere is lovely too. Have been very often, great for going with friends or just for solo lunch.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On recommendation from a friend we ventured to the arcades of Cardiff to discover this little gem of a place. With only the minimum of tables and only open till 4pm as the arcade closes then so it's not from choice. Myself and my daughter ordered the seafood spaghetti and two waters. The waitress was friendly and kept returning to... More 

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152 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tried this as Id read good things on Trip Advisor. I eat out more than I eat at home so I am a seasoned judge!! First of all its a tiny place with not the best ambiance. The place was freezing cold - we had to eat with our coats on even though we were close to the open kitchen... More 

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Thank Frequent_flyerUK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is little small but lots of customers enjoyed their meals. We ordered salads, pasta and pizza. To my surprise, all of dishes were delicious. My parents were satisfied with the lunch.

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Thank Alice7654
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I were looking for somewhere different for lunch and this was our top choice in the Tripadvisor list. I can echo all the other positive reviews here and say that it is a great stop for lunch and it's a very nice change from the Italian chain restaurants. I had the Spezzatino with the melt in the... More 

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2 Thank Richard S
Chepstow, United Kingdom
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

First took my 2 eldest grandchildren here 15 years ago. They now live in Spain but, on returning to Wales for a visit asked if we could go there. It hasn't changed and the pizzas are still as good as I remember.

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Thank Liz G
Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Have been visiting this little restaurant for a few years now,such great, friendly service and food to die for! Thought maybe when Marcello retired fro the kitchen food wouldn't be as good,SO WRONG! The food is as hot,tasty and filling as it ever was,will continue to eat here for many more years! To come!

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Thank Jane C
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

I love this restaurant, small and cosy they serve the most delicious Italian food anywhere in Cardiff! Their selection of vegetarian food is really good, pasta (the James bowman, which is so heavenly delicious I was to holdup the place and steal the recipe) to lovely vegetarian pizzas. The price of the food is great compared to the taste, you... More 

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Thank fourtneysull
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A great pasta, took my two boys there last Saturday whilst they were visiting me in Cardiff. They enjoyed the food. Always piping hot and tasty

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Thank Huw1949
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

This visit turned a Christmas shopping hell to heaven. Three young children in tow my wife and I after a winter wonderland/ shopping trip, started to think about food it was late ish 3.30 pm and after looking at the chaos in a lot of the shopping centre branded eateries, deciddd to wander back to car and eat at home... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42 Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BW, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  South Wales  >  Cardiff
  • Phone Number: 442920341794

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 23
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Families with children

Description

Restaurant Minuet was established in 1986, we are a small family run business serving genuinely home cooked Italian food with a difference. It started with a simple menu but over the years it has developed into what it is today. Our aim is not to serve pretentious, overpriced food with a drizzle of sauce, but serve good tasty wholesome dishes with the majority of which are our own recipes at honest prices. Our customers will enjoy their meal in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere to the soothing sound of specially selected pieces of classical music, that has inspired so many of our dishes. We are not licensed to serve wine and spirits, but you are welcome to bring your own. Corkage is free. Please note that during busy times there will be other customers waiting for a table, as we don't charge for alcohol time will be restricted. Please respect other diners waiting for a table.
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 4:15 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 4:15 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 4:15 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 4:15 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 4:15 pm

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