Southampton Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Southampton

March 10, 2018 Harland Bartelt

Southwest of London is Southampton (Soton to the locals), a metropolitan area centered around the port. However, tucked away on the side streets are ancient gems such as the Tudor House, Mottisfont Abbey, and "God's House," a museum located in a tower in the medieval wall. The ultra-modern Sea City Museum celebrates Southampton's seafaring past and the RMS Titanic. Looking for nightlife? Travelers can dance the hours away with bars, clubs, and live music, all accessible by public transportation.
Things to do in Southampton

1. The Oxford Brasserie

33 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DS, England Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$596 - HK$596 +44 23 8063 5043
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 448 reviews

The Oxford Brasserie

Reviewed By P_Maximus - Southampton, United Kingdom

Style over substance and inept service abound in what could have been a great venue. Whilst the food looked good this was at the expense of flavour and ultimately satisfaction. Inept service resulted in runny egg for a pregnant member of the party and half the drinks order finding its way to the bill but not the table (an experience shared with the table next to us). A veal steak with a runny sauce was served on a wooden board, overflowing salad onto tue table and accompanying vegetables in a mini bowl resulting in the table cloth enjoying more of the (admittedly tasty) sauce than I and the dexterity of a brain surgeon required. My parfait starter was more reminiscent of Sainsbury's own brand than dining out. The result - desert forgone to avoid further disappointment and for only the second time in a decade the tip kept in my pocket.

2. Spot in the Woods - Kitchen Cafe

174 Woodlands Road | New Forest, New Forest National Park Hampshire SO40 7GL, England Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards European, British, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch HK$55 - HK$165 +44 23 8029 3784
Excellent
80%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 322 reviews

Spot in the Woods - Kitchen Cafe

Spot in the Woods kitchen café is at the gateway to the New Forest. Spending time with us will be to feel rested and revived - a homely, social experience, whether you’re local or a visitor. We don't take bookings so simple arrive and enjoy! Retained by Nina and Gerard Basset, Spot in the Woods is located in Woodlands, Netley Marsh. In a peaceful location, we are ideally located close to the main travel routes - easily accessible and a short drive from Lyndhurst, with ample onsite parking (signposted Woodlands). We are dog friendly and the perfect place from which to explore The New Forest. Experience a tasty all day breakfast, lunch, or simply a cup of coffee and one of Moyra's delicious home-made cakes. With Gavin Barnes at the helm in the kitchen, you can grab a tasty light bite with friends, enjoy a drink in the Sunshine, with an excellent reputation for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

Reviewed By peterbirnie - London

Terra Vina restaurant maintains its serious but relaxed style. Comfortable brasserie layout, a small bar and friendly staff, often lead by charming owner/host Nina Basset. The food is modern, interesting but not pretentious. Do make sure you enjoy the wines. Our party of six had the set menu and also the sommelier selected wines. These rather stole the show, really varied and unusual, matching the food well, and explained with enthusiasm by the sommelier. If you eat at Terra Vina, it is mistake not to explore the wine list. My score of 4 reflects only that I have eaten at Core and Spring recently. In this area, Terra Vina is one of the best.

3. Blue Island

198 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$220 +44 23 8063 5045
Excellent
80%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 545 reviews

Blue Island

Traditional English and Greek food. Breakfast, lunch, Thursday Friday and Saturday nights from 18:00 till 22:00 traditional Greek food (mezedes)

Reviewed By shaun m - Portsmouth, United Kingdom

We went to this cosy Restaurant with friends on Saturday evening, and what a wonderful experience it was. The staff were very friendly, allowing us to move tables away from the front door, and right beside a nice hot radiator. The food and wine were excellent, and the Meze a must to truly experience all of this restaurants wonderful food. The staff really could not be more friendly and accommodating. We will definitely be back for some more of the same. Thank you to all for an amazing evening.

4. Kohinoor of Kerala

Portswood Road | Portswood, Southampton SO17 2WE, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 23 8058 2770
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Kohinoor of Kerala

Reviewed By NAJB - Suffolk

This was the 3rd or 4th time we had been taken to the Kohinoor by friends who seem to use it rather a lot.
Their confidence/faith in the restaurant is well placed. Every time we have been the quality of the food has been excellent to outstanding. We haven't tried everything, but it is not for the want of trying (and a few more visits).
Highly revommended

5. Mike's Fish & Chips Restaurant

23 Queensway, Southampton SO14 3BL, England Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Fast Food, British Lunch, Dinner +44 23 8068 2900
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 139 reviews

Mike's Fish & Chips Restaurant

Reviewed By PriyankaAdvisor - Pune, India

The restaurant is clean and the staff is friendly. The staff understands the requirements and proposes to menu to the first-time customers, fitting to their budgets. I had, of course, Fish n Chips and the dish was simply delicious. I also ordered for salad which was fresh n crispy. The staff is welcoming and ensures that the customers are comfortable while eating or waiting for the order. I strongly recommend this place for fish-lovers and first-time visitors. I have also uploaded a photo of their menu.

6. The Docks Coffee House

44 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DP, England (Formerly Cafe Valentines) Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts American Express, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch HK$55 - HK$133 +44 23 8022 0749
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 179 reviews

The Docks Coffee House

Taste, sustainability and community are the three main drivers and the motivation behind The Docks Coffee House. They use only the finest beans and leaves for your coffee and tea and source all their food from right here in Hampshire. Their farm to table approach supports a healthier, more ethical lifestyle that they know you will enjoy.

Reviewed By jredgers - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We were pleased when the place opened to get great coffee (and tea) on oxford street. The cakes and savouries from locally sourced places as well as the homemade ones are always welcome ! The recent creme egg brownie was a lovely snowy weather treat!

7. Sulas Greek Taverna

116A Portswood Road | Portswood, Southampton SO17 2FY, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$165 +44 23 8055 2425
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 547 reviews

Sulas Greek Taverna

We are an informal little Greek Taverna in the heart of Portswood. Selling Traditional Greek Food including the ever popular Pita Gyros, Souvlaki, Homemade 200g Bifteki Burgers, Homemade Moussaka, Greek Salads and Meze. We serve Mythos and Wine. We pride ourselves on our warm welcome and quality products. Our food is all cooked fresh to order on the griddle so you can watch the chefs in action.We can seat approx 40 people in our combined areas and large party bookings are welcome by prior arrangement. We accept orders via collection for takeaway.

Reviewed By Giannis E

Fantastic Greek food, amazing service. Nice environment for family or friends. I would definitely recommend this place

8. It's A Pizza Thing

30 Osborne Road South, Southampton SO17 2EZ, England Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner HK$24 - HK$63
Excellent
95%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 170 reviews

It's A Pizza Thing

We are a family run mobile wood fired artisan pizza business. Using our homemade dough and sauce we hand stretch our pizzas then cook to order in our wood fired oven. You can eat them in the friendly pub <br>Always check for news and updates/ times from its a pizza thing on Facebook or Twitter

Reviewed By Mel B - Southampton, United Kingdom

Still enjoying pizza here! Been going for at least 2 years now and it’s still the best pizza around. Fleshly made to order and never disappoints. Yum!

9. Max`s Bar and Brasserie

40 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DP, England Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, British, Seafood, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$31 - HK$165 +44 23 8022 5227
Excellent
86%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 593 reviews

Max`s Bar and Brasserie

Max&apos;s Bar and Brasserie is situated in the heart of Oxford Street that it is the site of Southampton&apos;s cosmopolitan. About Max&apos;s Bar & Brasserie There are many Italian or Italian style restaurants in the UK. In our mind there are two types. There&apos;s the national chain where everything is decided at head office and made to a particular price point. Then there&apos;s the authentic Italian run and owned family restaurants where food is passion and a way of life. We have nothing against the chains but we do things differently at Max&apos;s. When you visit Max&apos;s you&apos;re treated like a family member. You&apos;ll often find adjacent tables talking to each other and making friends. This isn&apos;t a marketing gimmick. It&apos;s just the Italian way. In the kitchen we have Gennaro from Napoli in the Campania region of Italy. Between them they have more than 30yrs experience in the kitchen. Everything on the menu is created with I don&apos;t forget to try the world famous Balsamic G&T ,,,

Reviewed By STMoly - Sunbury-On-Thames, United Kingdom

Located in Oxford Street, this is a brilliant family run Italian restaurant. Small, cozy place with a great atmosphere. Max and all the staff were excellent hosts and the food, the best Italian I have had in a long time. Veal was excellent as was the cod and chicken; even the bread was better than elsewher. Very good wine list and a very nice bottle of Gavi was had. I would recommend that you book as it is very popular and I understand why. Excellent place, we will be back again.

10. Soleto

11 Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1GF, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 23 8023 4044
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 428 reviews

Soleto

Reviewed By packlette - Bournemouth

Pre theatre dinner with friends, food delicious (bread to mop up the sauce in delicious seafood medley would be appreciated) staff very friendly and efficient, we will be back.

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