Best restaurants in Norwich

Located in the heart of East Anglia in Norfolk, Norwich is a vibrant city with a rich history, thriving culture and a flourishing culinary scene. Although it is perhaps best known for being the UK’s most complete medieval city, this small but mighty area also packs a punch in terms of its dining opportunities. So, if you're on the hunt for the culinary cream of the crop, read on for our pick of all the best restaurants in Norwich.

Updated on 12 September 2023

Norwich is a historic city home to a wealth of must-see landmarks and buildings, from its 900-year-old castle to its grand, Gothic cathedral. For those looking to explore all the sites this city has to offer, we recommend taking a stroll along the River Wensum, a circular route surrounding the city centre with several medieval stops along the way. Meander down Norwich's charming cobbled streets, many of which are made of original stones, or take a stroll around the Norwich Lanes, for a spot of retail therapy. Whatever you end up doing, you're sure to work up an appetite exploring this dynamic city.

For fine dining in Norwich, you are spoilt for choice with plenty of critically acclaimed establishments at your fingertips. Without a doubt, British cuisine shines in Norwich, with numerous restaurants serving up traditional hearty fare, while making use of the excellent seasonal produce in the area. However, Norwich's dining scene stretches far and wide, offering a huge spectrum of cuisines and styles to suit your mood. 

With such a wide variety of restaurants in Norwich, it can be difficult to narrow down the choice to just one. There are options to suit a leisurely lunch with family and friends, as well as luxurious settings perfect for special occasions. To help you make a decision, we’ve compiled our ultimate list of places to eat in Norwich - you’re sure to find something you like below. Once you have, simply click 'book now' to find more information, including menus, opening times and more.

The Assembly House

The Assembly House

The Assembly House, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RQ

Located in a stunning Grade I-listed Georgian building, featuring opulent décor, glitzy chandeliers and a triple-height ceiling, this is a truly unique restaurant best known for its themed afternoon teas.

£30 - £49
British
Afternoon tea
Roger Hickman

Roger Hickman's Restaurant

79 Upper St. Giles Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AB

Roger Hickman's is a romantic destination tucked away in Norwich’s historic district. Serving up intricate modern British cooking that aims to respect the ingredients' natural beauty, alongside a carefully curated wine list, this is a winner.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Benoli

Benoli

5 Orford Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3LE

Named after owners and brothers Ben and Oliver, this tri-level trattoria specialises in authentic Italian fare, from antipasti to homemade pastas and traditional desserts - all served in a welcoming and relaxed setting.

£50 - £79
Italian
The Gunton Arms

The Gunton Arms

Cromer Road, Thorpe Market, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR11 8TZ

Located just outside Norwich overlooking a 1,000-acre deer park, The Gunton Arms is a tranquil countryside pub specialising in hyper-seasonal cooking. Why not treat yourself to a night away in one of its boutique bedrooms? 

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub
Wildebeest Arms

Wildebeest Arms

Norwich Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8QJ

With a creative modern British menu devised by Norfolk-born chef Daniel Smith, expect a colourful meal full of tantalising flavours. For those on a budget, the fixed price lunch menu is a real bargain and showcases popular dishes.

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub
Store

Store

Mill Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8PA

One of Norwich's few Michelin-starred restaurants, Store seamlessly blends French and English cuisine to create its tasting menus. Housing just five tables for guests, this is a highly sought-after destination, so be sure to book well in advance.

Over £80
British
International
One Michelin star
Benedicts

Benedicts

9 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4PE

Serving up unfussy modern British dishes that make the most of Norfolk's natural larder, Benedict's is a multi-award-winning destination. Run by Richard Bainbridge, who worked under Michel Roux Senior, it's a must visit.

£50 - £79
British
Brasted

Brasted's

Manor Farm Barns, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 7PZ

Just four miles from Norwich city centre in the village of Framingham Pigot, Brasted's boasts a long list of accolades. Book a table to enjoy classic British cuisine elevated with contemporary style and homegrown produce. 

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Farmyard

Farmyard

23 St Benedict's Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4PF

At Farmyard, a casual bistro atmosphere is paired with dynamic flavour combinations to create a unique destination that is loved by locals and visitors alike. This is uncompromising fine dining with an electric contemporary twist.

£50 - £79
International
Bishops Dining Room & Wine Bar

Bishops Dining Room & Wine Bar

8-10 St Andrews Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AD

Featuring an unfussy menu that showcases the best of local produce, while offering distinctive wine pairings with each dish, this is a great spot for a relaxed, romantic meal that won’t break the bank.  

£30 - £49
British
Brix and Bones

Brix and Bones

1st Floor 68 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1JT

This hidden gem has been making waves in Norwich’s restaurant scene since it opened, serving seasonal dishes cooked over an open fire. Innovative highlights include mackerel with kombucha and fig oil, and a bone marrow fudge doughnut.

£30 - £49
British
Namaste Village

Namaste Village

Namaste Village 131-139 Queens Road, Norwich, NR1 3PN

This neighbourhood favourite serves up exclusively vegetarian and vegan Indian street food. Relax in the dining room decked out with funky prints and greenery, and enjoy this sensory voyage of tastes and textures. 

£30 - £49
Vegetarian
Indian
The Ivy Norwich Brasserie

The Ivy Norwich Brasserie

30 London Street , Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1LD

This popular chain has plenty on offer, from afternoon tea to indulgent breakfasts and everything in between. Planning a party? Check out the stunning private dining room which is perfect for an extra special occasion.

Afternoon tea
International
Shiki

Shiki

6 Tombland, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1HE

Shiki is the oldest family-owned Japanese restaurant in Norwich, serving up fresh sushi, sashimi, warming bowls of udon and more, alongside traditional drinks like sake and shochu, all at a reasonable price.  

£30 - £49
Japanese
Stoke Mill

Stoke Mill

Mill Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8PA

Set in a restored 700-year-old mill, this is a unique destination for a memorable meal out. Offering a reasonably priced set lunch, alongside a la carte, tasting and Sunday roast menus, Stoke Mill offers dining options for every occasion.  

£50 - £79
British
WinePress Restaurant at Maids Head Hotel

WinePress Restaurant at Maids Head Hotel

Maids Head Hotel, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1LB

Located in the hotel's historic courtyard, WinePress is a fine dining restaurant that makes the most of Norwich's fine local produce. Choose between the a la carte or chef's seven course tasting menu for an unforgettable evening.

£50 - £79
British
Afternoon tea

We hope you’ve found the perfect match for your next meal out in Norwich, but if you haven't, fear not as there are plenty of great options nearby. If you fancy traditional fare, why not check out our list of British restaurants near Norwich to satisfy that Sunday roast craving? Many offer kids' menus and are dog friendly too, so you can bring the whole family along.

Happy to venture out of town a little further? There are some great restaurants in Wymondham nearby, or make a day trip of it and head to one of the best restaurants in Cambridge.

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