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Restaurant Minuet

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42 Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BW, Wales
02920 341794
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11:30 am - 4:15 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 4:15 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Takeout
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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  • 253
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  • 38
    Very good
  • 15
    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
Lovely tasty food!

On a busy rugby day decided to stop here as there wasn't a que. Tiny inside, so much so that you have to be careful getting in and out your seat to avoid knocking stuff off the next table! Ordered the calamari, an omelette and a savoury pancake with spinach and ricotta. All came out piping... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Rup81
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

On a busy rugby day decided to stop here as there wasn't a que. Tiny inside, so much so that you have to be careful getting in and out your seat to avoid knocking stuff off the next table! Ordered the calamari, an omelette and a savoury pancake with spinach and ricotta. All came out piping hot. Calamari was the... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

visited by chance as everywhere else was packed and this little place was the next stop and so glad it was.we will now be regulars!!truly authentic Italian.very cheaply priced considering the sheer size of the portion and the deliciousness of the pasta dishes.really felt we were somewhere extremely posh but for half the price!staff were very friendly and chatty and... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is the best food in Cardiff !! For a very small but perfectly run restaraunt the food is simply amazing the staff are fantastic and the service also !! Myself and my family eat here on a regular basis and gave never had anything off the menu wich is not scrumptious !!! Please if your in this area of... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Perfect stop for lunch. Very tasty food, service was friendly and food arrived within 15mins. Very cheap for fresh italian food- around £6 a dish. My pizza had a thin base and topping was full of flavour. Boyfriend's pasta was lovely and thin and had a rich pasta sauce. I can see why the cafe gets so busy!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Restaurant Minuet provided an enjoyable experience for my family and I. Whilst we did have to wait around 15 minutes outside the restaurant for a table, this didn't prove too much of a problem. The one issue Restaurant Minuet suffers with is its small, somewhat cramped, interior. With that said, it was perhaps quite cosy. The food was very tasty... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Food was great, we ordered pizza and lasagna. The pasta sauce was rich and flavourful, regret not ordering garlic bread but would probably have been overstuffed if we had. Only issues really were that it was freezing we weren't even near the door, and the drinks were not that good. My cappuccino was not good. The tables were pretty cramped... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Came here with friends and will definitely be returning often, had amazing food that was cooked fresh in front of us and came in generous portions! Such good value for money and such friendly staff, this is now the only place I will be visiting when I'm craving authentic Italian food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

My wife and i love this place, so i thought i'd give it a quick 5 star review. The place is unpretentious, yet the food is something to behold. As with each visit the service is outstanding and the quality of the food consistently high. In my opinion, the nicest, most authentic i've eaten out of Italy. The seafood pasta... More 

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Cardiff
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This restaurant is tiny and unpretentious, but wow the food is good. I don't know what they do to take me their pasta so good but it's the best I've eaten. Very cheap, mains are about £7. Apart from pasta they also do savoury pancakes, croquettes, pizzas and meat and fish dishes. Yum.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

soo delicious, such good value for money! it is the only place I ever recommend to people if they ask "do you know any good places to eat in Cardiff" only downsides are it is very small so you can be lucky to get a table sometimes and its only open for lunch :(

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42 Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BW, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff
  • Phone Number: 02920 341794

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 24
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?