Best restaurants in Swansea Marina

Swansea Marina is located in the Maritime Quarter of Swansea - where the River Tawe meets Swansea Bay. Just a stone’s throw from the city centre, this waterside location is bursting with natural beauty, with its docks, boat yards and delightful coastal views. The area also houses a whole host of excellent places to eat, if a picturesque meal with a view is what you're after. Check out our list of the best restaurants in Swansea Marina, from fresh fish and seafood to great pub grub.

Updated on 05 January 2024

Swansea, the second largest city in Wales, sits on the shore at the point where the River Tawe meets Swansea Bay. Known by the Welsh name of Abertawe - meaning 'mouth of the 'Tawe' - it's no surprise that the waterfront is one of the main attractions of the city.

Whether you find yourself in Swansea for match day or as a stop-off on the way back from the Gower Peninsula, the vibrant buzz of the city coupled with miles of picturesque coastline make for a pretty delightful backdrop for your next meal. While it's not abundantly known for being a gourmet destination, over recent years the city has seen a substantial development of its restaurant scene, with hidden gems popping up all over the place. 

Picture this: a summer's day by the Marina, an Aperol Spritz in hand and the sea breeze on your face as you watch the boats sailing past. It sounds lovely, right? Well, we can’t promise that every day will be bright and sunny (it is Wales after all) but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy al fresco dining when the weather permits. For those infrequent moments when the sun pops its head out, you’re going to want to have this list of the best restaurants in Swansea Marina at the ready, so you know exactly where to go.

Whether you're hungry for fresh fish and seafood, Mediterranean cuisine or classic pub grub, these Swansea Marina restaurants might be exactly what you're looking for. The best bit? Every single one of them promises spectacular waterside views.

The Welsh House

The Welsh House

Unit 5, Swansea Marina, Swansea, SA1 8PL

This riverside joint is celebrating the very best that Wales has to offer. A cosy, pub-like eatery on the banks of the Prince of Wales Dock, it's an ideal location to sit out in the sunshine and enjoy the gentle sea breeze. 

£30 - £49
British
Pump House

Pump House

Pump House Quay, Swansea Marina, Swansea, SA1 1TT

You won't go far wrong with this British boozer. Dishes are comforting and classic - from steak and ale pies to fish and chips - and you can wash them both down with a selection of ales and lagers.

Under £30
Pubs
Rasoi Waterfront

Rasoi Waterfront

Unit 3-4, Swansea Marina, Swansea, SA1 8PL

Providing the locals of Swansea with authentic Indian cuisine, try Rasoi Waterfront, a family run restaurant cooking up plates straight from the tandoori grill, such as lamb chops and paneer tikka. There’s also the option for a bottomless brunch by the water.

Under £30
Indian
The Swigg

The Swigg

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea Marina, Swansea, SA1 3RD

Housed in The National Waterfront Museum, The Swigg boasts ever-changing themed menus for party-like evenings with live music and constant entertainment. It’s perfect for a cosy evening in - or out, if you’re wanting to sit along the Tawe Basin.

Under £30
British
Fusion
El Pescador

El Pescador

Unit B Meridian Wharf, Swansea Marina, Swansea, SA1 1LB

There’s a reason why fish is the perfect choice for a marina restaurant. El Pescador's rustic Spanish feel includes a great selection of seafood starters followed by the chef's very own fishy specials, available to enjoy outside with canopy covered seating. 

£30 - £49
Spanish
Fish
Lotus

Lotus

The Ice House, Swansea Marina, Swansea, SA1 8AW

Taking up residence in Swansea’s old icehouse, Lotus brings comforting Thai cuisine to the banks of the River Tawe. With traditional decorations and a wooden hut-style bar, enjoy the welcoming ambience as you slurp on spicy soups and Thai noodle dishes. 

Under £30
Thai
Loli

Loli's

Unit 7, Swansea Marina, Swansea, SA1 1LB

Loli's brings the sunny atmosphere of the Mediterranean to Trawler Road, with a temping tapas menu, vibrant interiors and huge windows to allow plenty of natural light. The menu is packed with crowd-pleasers, from pizza to paella.

£30 - £49
Mediterranean
Tapas
The River House

The River House

Kings Road, Swansea Marina, Swansea, SA1 8AW

Sit back and watch the world go by at The River House while tucking into a selection of light bites and tapas dishes with friends. You can even pop in early for a full fry up if you like - these guys are open all day.

Under £30
British
The Observatory

The Observatory

The Slipway, Swansea Marina, Swansea, SA1 1YB

The Observatory arguably has the most scenic views in the area due to its beachfront location. This cosy cafe with mismatched chairs and potted plants is cute and quirky, offering plenty of great photo opps.

Under £30
British
Gigi Giao

Gigi Giao's

23 Anchor Court, Swansea Marina, Swansea, SA1 3XA

A real favourite of the area, Gigi Giao’s has received a lot of accolades in recent years, filling the gap in Swansea’s market for authentic Chinese cuisine. An evening here always promises a buzzing atmosphere and a great selection of dishes.

Under £30
Chinese

Does the thought of dinner by the water leave you feeling a bit seasick? There's no need to step foot in the Marina, we've got plenty more restaurants in Swansea city centre that you can check out instead. Discover lots of options right in the heart of the city and spreading all the way out to Mumbles. Plus, it's easy to narrow down your search by cuisine or price to suit your dining needs.

Heading further afield? No problem. We've got round ups for the best restaurants in Cardiff as well as the best restaurants in Wales. 

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