With its breathtaking views, colourful history and quaint little streets, Whitby is by far one of the most popular seaside destinations in Yorkshire. There is plenty to see and do in the small coastal town. Visitors flock from afar to climb the famous 199 steps to the iconic abbey and see for themselves, the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Whitby was also home to iconic explorer Captain James Cook and there are many fascinating attractions based around his life and voyages. Once you’ve learned about Whitby’s history and heritage, the fun isn’t over! The streets are lined with a whole array of quirky independent gift shops which easily allow for a whole morning of retail therapy before enjoying a scenic stroll along the beach.
With so many activities on offer, your days are most likely to be busy. What better way to end a day’s sightseeing than with an exceptionally good meal cooked by someone else? Thankfully, Whitby is home to some wonderful eateries and, as excellent as it is here in Whitby, the town offers far more than just Fish & Chips.
Here are some of the best restaurants in Whitby…
9 Grape Ln, Whitby YO22 4BB
Moutreys is a family-friendly Italian restaurant located on Grape Lane, just across from the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. They’ve been serving good quality Italian cuisine for a number of years from their open plan kitchen and their menu includes a superb selection of pasta, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes in addition to their popular wood-fired pizzas. They offer smaller portions for children and senior citizens and their prices are reasonable. A great venue for a family gathering or a celebratory meal with friends. Starters are priced between £2.95 and £7.95. Main courses start at £8.95.
26 Skinner St, Whitby YO21 3AJ
Ditto is an intimate restaurant that seats just 18 diners during one nightly sitting. This cosy, family-run restaurant serves simple yet wholesome dishes made using seasonally available, locally sourced produce. Owned and managed by chef, Edward Hesketh and his partner, Anna, Ditto is the ideal venue for a relaxing romantic meal after a busy day of exploration. The menu changes regularly as it’s dependent on the availability of local produce but it’s always creative and mouthwateringly tempting! Start with fresh Brown Crab Ravioli before tucking into a main of Roast Pork Tenderloin and Belly. Be warned, this place is exceptionally popular so we recommend booking well in advance
Harry’s Lounge Bar & Brasserie
10-11 Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU
The restaurant at Harry’s boasts panoramic views of the port of Whitby and has an excellent reputation. All the meat served is sourced from local butchers and their fish comes from the best daily catches from the fishing boats in the area. Everything is freshly prepared and they offer a unique concept with their Starter Menu which allows you to sample various starter-sized dishes to enjoy alone or to share with friends.
Tuck into delicate portions of Moules Mariniere, Tempura Prawns, Bloody Mary Chicken Wings, Pulled Pork Tacos and Moroccan Lamb Meatballs before ending your evening with drinks and merriment in their popular cocktail bar. Prices for their starter-size dishes begin at £5.95 and side orders are priced from £3.50.
Market Place, Whitby YO22 4DD
Abbey Wharf Fish Restaurant opened in Whitby back in 2015. The spacious restaurant can comfortably seat 250 people and their balcony area offers a superb al fresco dining experience with views of the east and west piers.
This is a great venue for both pescatarians and general fish lovers but they also serve delicious 21-day aged steaks for the more carnivorous diner. The fish is received fresh each morning from local suppliers and their fish display enables diners to see the produce before ordering. Starters begin at £6.95 and mains from £10.50. Many believe that Abbey Wharfe makes the best Fish & Chips in the area, which is a huge compliment considering the number of establishments serving great quality fish & chips in the town.
The Moon and Sixpence
Marine Parade, Whitby, YO21 3PR
This bright and modern establishment opened in 2006 beside Whitby’s harbour and is now a firm favourite with local residents. The interior of the restaurant really is quite lovely and the views across the harbour make it ideal for a relaxing meal with a loved one.
The menu is varied and includes a whole array of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes to suit everyone, but their cajun-style dishes are by far the most talked about. As one would expect in Whitby, they serve some wonderful seafood options in addition to their popular tacos, burgers, grills and bowls. Small plates begin at £7 and, having seen what’s on offer, we recommend ordering a few of them and sharing with friends. Mains start at £11 and all side dishes are £3.50.
14 Bridge St, Whitby YO22 4BG
The Four Seasons is a popular cosy, romantic restaurant on Bridge Street serving a variety of European dishes such as Fish & Chips, Beef Stroganoff, Spaghetti Bolognese and grilled steaks, However, Four Seasons is known locally for it’s authentic Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine. Their traditional flatbreads are made fresh on the premises and the meat for their kebabs and mixed grills are all marinated and cooked to perfection.
Whitby is brimming with fish restaurants so this place is certainly worth a visit if you fancy a change. The staff here are known for being attentive and keeping the atmosphere upbeat so you’re bound to have an enjoyable experience.
The Magpie Cafe
14 Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU
A trip to Whitby wouldn’t be complete without a meal at the famous Magpie Cafe. The iconic white building houses one of the most popular eateries in the area. Commonly considered as the best fish restaurant in Whitby (and there are some great contenders for this title), The Magpie Cafe has an extraordinarily good reputation.
As well as their famous fish & chips which people form long queues to order from their takeaway, they also offer an extensive menu of locally sourced fish and seafood in their restaurant. Prices for starters begin at £5.25 for Cod Goujons and go up to £16.99 for their exceptionally good Chilled Seafood Platter. Mains cost between £12.50 and £25.99.
13 Bridge St, Whitby YO22 4BG
The Edge is a modern bistro and restaurant located on Bridge Street. It’s trendy interiors and simple menu make it the perfect starting point for your night out in Whitby. Obviously, they serve a great fish & chips but they also serve other fabulous classics like burgers, steaks, lamb rack and other mouthwateringly good meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. All their dishes are beautifully presented as they put as much effort into pleasing the eye as they do the palate. Their Sunday roasts are particularly popular and very reasonably priced at just £10.95 for one course or £18.95 for two.
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