Tricolos: Great Italian
Scarborough once had a great Italian immigration and this shows in the Italian restaurants here which are better than average in Yorkshire. Tricolos was founded by the Jaconelli family, one family member was even a Mayor of Scarborough, and whilst it has since been sold to an English family, they keep the traditions going. The ambiance here is great even if you might not want to visit it too early on a weekend night as the noise levels can then be high when it is crowded with families. You do well to reserve but if you haven't, you will be placed in the bar and can order a drink whilst waiting for a table. A win win situation. There are daily specials as well as an a la carte based on Italian classics but also a bit of Italian fusion such as a wok pasta. The dessert list swerves a bit towards the English but is nevertheless very nice and does include tiramisu. Staff is terribly busy but always friendly and the owner often walks about checking that you're enjoying your visit. What impressed me most was that they had Messina beer from Sicily ;)
Favorite Dish: Most pasta dishes.
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Golden Grid: Fish and chips
Fish and chips are good in Scarborough and very often local, even if not as famous as in nearby Whitby. The Southside harbour front has at least four chippies but the most famous place to try this is probably a restaurant in between them all. The Golden Grid has an excellent position overlooking the harbour and you can get not only several varieties of fish and chips but also impressive seafood platters and some less fishy food. If you visit Scarborough during a busy period, it might be good to book in advance as the place is listed in all sorts of British food guides and Lonely Planet. I personally found the batter a bit greasy but the fish itself as well as the chips were delicious and the staff friendly. Can't complain about the prices either.
Favorite Dish: An "all inclusive" which means fish and chips with bread (to make a yummy chip butty) and a pot of tea. How Yorkshire!
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Red Dragon: For a taste of the orient with a twist
For excellent unlimited buffet try the Red Dragon on Falsgrave rd
Prices between £5-£10 per head so excellent value
Evening menu includes a mixed starter platter and then you can either choose from the menu or use the mongolian buffet, which is a selection of raw food and spices which you select from and take to the chef who cooks it in front of you. ABSOLOUTLY FANTASTIC
Favorite Dish: Beef with ginger and spring onion or kung po prawns
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Stephen Joseph Theatre Restaurant: Could be better staged
The restaurant at the Stephen Joseph is generally regarded as the most accomplished in the area, and we were looking forward to dinner during the break between the early evening and late evening productions in the McCarthy auditorium.
However, we had not been told when booking that if there is no production in the Round auditorium, the restaurant continues to serve the lunch menu in the evening.
In itself, this need not have been a problem, as there was a limited range of staples on offer.
We did, however, find that everything we tried was extraordinarily bland.
My wife started with a mushroom and Stilton pastry, which achieved the remarkable distinction of making Stilton cheese completely undiscernible.
Her chicken pasta was passable, but tepid.
I had a vegetable soup, which benefited greatly from a liberal application of pepper (dust from a pot).
My salmon fish cakes, however, were beyond rescue. They were so overwhelmed with potato that the salmon was almost completely subdued, and there was no hint of any form of seasoning. They were textureless and tasteless.
I chose not to risk more disappointment with the puddings.
At £18.30 for two with coffee, the investment could hardly be described as disastrous, but the theatre should certainly let down the curtain on this tedious menu.
You can't lick it!
You can't go to an English beach resort like Scarborough and not have an Ice cream. Somewhere along the front you'll pass this shop and let me tell you its good value for money. If you're there on a hot day treat yourself to the biggest one money can buy, well you are on holiday aren't you.
Favorite Dish: Speaks for its self but flavour wise it has to be chocolate with perhaps a bit of vanilla in too.
if you're feeling really sassy have a chocolate flake and a fudgeridoo too!!!
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Florio's Pizzeria Ristorante: Perfect Pizza
This must be one of the best Pizza places in the country - magnifico!
We always try to get there early for the 'Happy Hour' of 5-7pm offer of any pizza or pasta for £3.95. At weekends even arriving at 5:15pm you will find it filling up fast. It's very popular with families and locals of all ages.
You enter at street level and go downstairs into an atmospheric cosy basement where you will be able to see the food being cooked in the Italian open kitchen. It can get quite noisy early evening and is popular for children's birthday paries. It's one of those places which have got their act together service wise, no matter how busy they get they seem to know what they are doing. Very efficient and well run.
The food is generously portioned and the staff are friendly. Most of the regular waiting staff and cooks are Italian - the genuine article!
A meal for 2 adults and 2 children including drinks and house wine for £22.
Favorite Dish: Try the garlic bread with tomatoe sauce for a starter (but it's big so go for one between two). It ozzes gorgeous garlic butter and is one of the best garlic breads ever - beleive me, I have tried a few!
Our faviouite is the vegetarian pizza. It's the same size as the garlic bread, which is big, so you may stuggle to eat it all (the children's bambino pizza is the same size as an adult pizza in some places).
The house white wine is also great.
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Mother Hubbard's: A Scarborough experience
This is Scarborough fish and chips at its very best.
The day trippers tourists will eat on the seafront at Winking Willy's, and the ones with more money than sense will go to the Golden Grid.
At Mother Hubbard's, you'll find real Scarborough folk, because it's at the top end of town, and it's easy to overlook.
Walk from the station (or the theatre - it's just the place to go after a matinée) towards the harbour for about 200 yards. Mother Hubbard's is through a door on the right and up some stairs, but be warned, if they've sold out of fresh fish, they close - there's nothing frozen at this place.
They generally offer two sizes of fish, but they often sell out of the larger one, and offer you two small ones late in the afternoon.
You might have to queue, but it will be worth it.
Once, and once only, the fat hadn't been hot enough, and my fish was disappointing, but in general, this place is ultra-reliable.
Local fish (you're in the north, so you're having haddock - none of that poncy southern cod stuff) served mainly by cheerful schoolgirls doing their pocket money jobs/.
Favorite Dish: Haddock, chips, bread and butter pudding and a pot of tea.
Bonnets: Coffee Shop Heaven
Delicious fresh homemade snacks, salads, and more substantials meals, served in calm surroundings. All cakes are made daily and are a must to go with the excellent coffees. Also check out the chocolate shop adjoining, same management and there long before the coffee shop.
Favorite Dish: Everything
Mother Hubbards: The Best Fish and Chips in North Yorkshire
A sit down, waitress service fish and chip restaurant with, in many peoples opinion, locals and tourists alike, the best fish and chips ever. Various sizes to choose from, childrens to extra large. Delicious haddock in crispy batter fried to perfection. Large chips, mushy peas if required. Always busy at lunchtimes when they do a special including pot of tea and bread and butter, both traditional accompaniments in Yorkshire.
Favorite Dish: Small Haddock with Chips, Pot of Tea
The restaurant at ox pasture hall: For a treat
Obviously fish and chips anywhere in Scarborough will be excellent and a "must do", but if you fancy smartening up a bit and going to a restaurant for a nice meal then The restaurant at the ox pasture hall is definately the place to go, there is a choice from a set menu or a la carte, whicever menu you choose from the food is delicious, well presented and served in lovely surroundings, there is also an attractive bar for appertifs and lounge for after dinner coffees. Phone to book a table in advance (which is neccessary especially if you are not a resident)
Favorite Dish: Anything you choose will be lovely- I ate a different meal every night for 4 nights , it was all excellent.
Cafe, Peasholm Park: Listen To The Bands
The old fashioned looking cafe by Peasholm lake is a nice place to sit in the sun and listen to the bands playing. The bands play in a little shelter in the lake (I preume they get to it by boat!?) and it's always "music for old folks". Still, it's pleasant enough for a few minutes.
Rennard's: More Fish & Chips
An Scarborough "establishment", up in the main town and with a "fish & chip restaurant" alongside its take away.
That "Itis Itis" next door looked interesting too, but more as a nightlife place than a cafe.
Favorite Dish: Chips, Chips & Peas, Chip buttie...
Seafood Stalls: Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!
There are seafood stalls in a variety of places but mainly beside the harbour. When I was a kid I used to love this stuff (I wan't a veggie then) and used to get a pot of cockles or mussels or sometimes a bag of winkles to eat later on the beach (with added sand of course).
Favorite Dish: Long, long ago it was Cockles, Mussels, Winkles, Crab's Legs...
I can't even look at this stuff anymore :-S
Chip Shops (All Over Town): I Wanna Have Chips On The Beach...
This is the seaside, so you have to have chips (or fish & chips). Especially as this part of the country is reknowned for its quality fish (well, more Whitby than Scarborough, but the Scarborough fish is good too).
Tradition is that you eat them on the beach and get a bit of sand into them (its hard to avoid anyway). The gritty crunch of the sand just adds to the taste and the experience. At least that's how it seemed as a kid ;-)
Favorite Dish: Chips, chip butty, chips & peas... this sort of thing.
Gianni's: Good Food with Basil Faulty!
The food here is very good. The service though can be a bit hit and miss. I think that they don't cope with large groups very well. Saying that however, is maybe unfair because the atmosphere is warm and laid back and any mistakes will be put right! Family run, good food and pleasant atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Sea food pasta with squid ink! YUMMY! about £8.60
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