Looking for restaurants in Whitby? 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 on 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. Expect all the traditional Italian favourites such as Spaghetti Carbonara, Pollo Parmigiana and Carpaccio plus a daily specials board featuring fresh seafood options. Starters at Moutreys average at around £6 and mains cost between £9 and £22.
26 Skinner St, Whitby YO21 3AJ
Ditto is an intimate 20-seat restaurant serving mouthwatering dishes inspired by classic European bistros. Their simple yet wholesome dishes are 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 filled with a creative array of tasty starters, mains and desserts! It’s a fixed price menu at Ditto with 2 courses costing £29 and three courses costing £36.
Harry’s Lounge Bar & Brasserie
10-11 Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU
The restaurant at Harry’s Lounge Bar 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 have a fantastic cocktail menu too.
Harry’s Lounge Bar is open for dinner service at lunch and at dinner but with such stunning views on offer, there’s no better way to end a day in Whitby than by watching the sun go down from the comfort of a stylish restaurant, particularly one serving such excellent grub. Moules Marinere, a Camembert Sharer or Harry’s Famous Chowder are bound to kick-start your appetite before you tuck into tasty mains such as Seafood Linguine, Grilled Pork Fillet or a succulent steak cooked to your liking on a hot stone.
Market Place, Whitby YO22 4DD
Probably one of the most frequented restaurants in Whitby, Abbey Wharf Fish Restaurant opened back in 2015. The spacious restaurant can comfortably seat 250 people and its 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 £7.95 and include delicious offerings like Mussels in white wine, cream and garlic. Main courses are priced from £12.95 for Battered Calamari to £32.95 for Fillet Steak. Many believe that Abbey Wharf 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. They often have live entertainment on so it’s a great choice of dining venue if you’re hoping to make a night of it.
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 at The Moon and Sixpence is varied and includes a whole array of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes so there’s something to suit everyone. As one would expect in Whitby, they serve some wonderful seafood options as part of their varied menu of loaded fries, sharers, small plates, salads and delicious mains. Small plates begin at £6 and these are great for sharing with friends over a cocktail or two. Choose from tasty favourites like Scampi in a Basket, All Battered King Prawns, Cheese Nachos, Deep Fried Pickles plus many more. If you would prefer to have a larger dish all to yourself then their scrumptious main courses Mains start at a very reasonable £10.
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 its 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 and certainly the most famous restaurant in Whitby. Commonly considered the best fish restaurant in Whitby (and there are some great contenders for this title), The Magpie Cafe has an extraordinarily good reputation.
In addition to 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 £5.50 (Magpie Fishcake) and go up to £18.50 for their exceptionally good Chilled Seafood Platter. Mains cost between £9.25 (Small Cod & Chips) and £36 (Lobster Thermidor).
13 Bridge St, Whitby YO22 4BG
The Edge is a modern bistro and restaurant located on Bridge Street. Its trendy interiors and simple menu make it the perfect starting point for your night out in Whitby. Obviously, they serve 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, £18.95 for two people and £6.95 for children.
13 Marine Parade, Whitby YO21 3PR
The Marine Hotel is just 11 minutes away from Whitby’s iconic abbey and offers views over the River Esk. The boutique hotel has just 4 individually decorated guest rooms and boasts an excellent restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.
Again, this restaurant in Whitby focuses heavily on the stunning seafood caught daily by local fishermen but it also offers some superb meat and vegetarian mains. Starters are priced between £8 (Mackerel Pate) and £12 ( Scallops) but if you prefer, you can order a plate of beautifully fresh oysters to share instead. The main courses range from £15 (Gnocchi) to £34 (Rib-eye steak) and they do a fantastic seafood platter for two for £50. Be sure to check their specials board before you make your decision!
The Star Inn The Harbour
Langborne Road, Whitby YO21 1YN
The Star Inn The Harbour opened in 2017 and deservingly received an AA Rosette just a year later. Not surprising when the owner is none other than Andrew Pern of Michellin-starred pub, The Star Inn at Harome! If you’re looking for somewhere a little bit special to eat in Whitby then this place should be high on your list.
Maritime-themed interiors, top-quality local ingredients, expert culinary skills and an attentive team of staff combine to make this one of the best restaurants in Whitby. Like most restaurants on the Yorkshire Coast, the menu here features a stunning array of seafood dishes alongside a selection of meat and poultry mains plus some excellent vegetarian options. One would presume the prices here to be much higher than they are, considering the associated links and industry accolades, but they really don’t differ too much from those at other local restaurants. Starters range from £7 (Heirloom Tomato & Cucumber Gazpachoto) to £13 (Posh Prawn & Oak-smoked Salmon Cocktail) and mains cost anywhere from £16 (‘Fungi Burger’) to £28 (Surf ‘n’ Turf). They also have a fantastic menu for children with a number of kid-friendly starters, mains and desserts.
97-98 Church St, Whitby YO22 4DE
The Blitz is a charming little bar and Tapas restaurant on Church Street boasting homely interiors and 1940s vibes. Independently owned and run, it’s a much-loved venue among locals and one which is always recommended to us during our visits to the town. The Tapas menu at The Blitz is available from 4:30 pm daily and includes a mouthwatering selection of European and international dishes so if Spanish flavours aren’t for you, there are plenty of other tasty sharing plates to tempt you. Prices for their tapas dishes are very reasonable at around £6-8 each. For the indecisive amongst you, they also do a rather wonderful tapas sharing platter for £33.95 comprising of steak on sauteed potatoes, calamari with aioli, crispy chilli beef, marinated tiger prawns and more. Wash it all down with a jug of Sangria for £10.95. Happy holidays!
161 Church St, Whitby YO22 4AS
Cosa Nostra is an independent, family-run Italian restaurant in the heart of Whitby.Housed in a grade II listed building, it’s elegantly decorated and full of character. All the dishes here are made using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and traditional techniques to bring delicious, authentic Italian cuisine to the people of Whitby.
Open for lunch and dinner service, Costa Nostra’s menu is full of flavoursome favourites such as Lasagne, Risotto Funghi and Pollo con Proscuttio in addition to some homemade stonebaked pizzas, lovingly topped with the freshest of ingredients. Starters average at £7 each and main courses vary between £10.50 (Margherita pizza) and £27.95 (Sirloin steak). Their children’s menu is available until 6:30 pm and little ones can enjoy one of a selection of mains plus a scoop of ice cream for £7.95.
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