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13 Best Places to Eat in Scarborough

From traditional British delicacies (looking at you, fish and chips) to Turkish and Spanish cuisines, we've got it all listed.

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Found yourself in Scarborough and not sure of the best places to eat? We get it, you don’t wanna end up at the same chain restaurants you can find in most cities. And that’s where we come in handy, these are the 13 best places to eat in Scarborough.

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1. Lifeboat Fish Bar

This cosy, family-run café offers up traditional British fish and chips right by the seaside. As you’d expect from a proper Yorkshire Chippy, the portions are generous – with a choice of Cod or Haddock – and plenty of chips to go round. If you’re in the market for a casual dinner, this might just be the perfect spot – grab your fish and chips, head down to the seafront and tuck in (what else could you want?) P.S check the closing times of this Scarborough restaurant, as it closes between 5pm – 7:30pm throughout the week.

Address: 76 Eastborough, Scarborough YO11 1NJ, UK

2. Golden Grid

Based out of a stunning three-storey Victorian building near the seafront, this British restaurant serves up hearty dishes like sausage and mash, roast beef and Yorkshire puddings and steak and chips. We can’t fail to mention the fresh seafood they’ve been serving up since 1883 – it’s not just fish and chips either, they’ve got oysters, crab and lobster on offer too. Don’t forget to save space for dessert too, Golden Grid serves up freshly made cakes and pastries everyday.

Address: 4 Sandside, Scarborough YO11 1PE, UK

3. Eat Me Café & Social

This is one of the best places to eat in Scarborough if you’re looking for a little something for everyone – from hamburgers and sandwiches to Japanese ramen, Thai curries and breakfast burritos, they’ve got it all. The Eat Me Café is an award-winning spot in Scarborough, located just behind the world-famous Stephen Joseph Theatre, and is definitely one of our top spots in the area.

Address: 1 Hanover Rd, Scarborough YO11 1LS, UK

4. The Copper Horse Restaurant

Step inside of this cosy restaurant be prepared to eat a meal you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. The Copper Horse Restaurant is just a little outside of Scarborough, in the village of Seamer – and there really is a small-town comfort about it. Serving up homemade, cosy dishes the restaurant is the perfect spot for dinner – and they have an early-evening set menu too. Oh, and if you feel like staying longer, be sure to check out their luxury self-catering cottages on site.

Address: Main Street, Seamer, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 4PS

5. The Harbour Bar

Looking for some childhood nostalgia? The Harbour Bar is the best spot to feel like a little kid again – it's the ultimate British ice cream parlour. Oh, and if you needed another reason to visit, the ice cream is made in-house too!

Address: 1-3 Sandside, Scarborough YO11 1PE

6. Licorella on York Place

Whether you’re in the market for a lengthy, filling lunch or a lovely evening meal, Lazenby’s on York Place could just be the spot for you. Serving British-Spanish cuisine, you can expect to find dishes like steaks, burgers, oysters, lobster and fish of the day on the menu here – the menus change pretty regularly, so keep an eye out.

Address: 11 York Pl Scarborough YO11 2NP, UK

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7. The Bryherstones Country Inn

This traditional-British restaurant uses a bunch of locally sourced ingredients to make up their menu – which changes frequently based on seasonality of ingredients. Be sure to stop by for a proper Yorkshire meal.

Address: Newlands Rd, Cloughton Newlands, Scarborough YO13 0AR, UK

8. Lanterna Ristorante

Founded way back in 1973, this authentic Italian restaurant has been popular with the locals for years. Serving up Northern Italian dishes like risotto, meat dishes and handmade egg pasta – oh and of course we can’t forget to mention their specialty, truffles.

Address: 33 Queen St, Scarborough YO11 1HQ, UK

9. 1881 Restaurant at Wrea Head Hall

This fine dining establishment serves up some of the classiest scran in all of Scarborough. The Wrea Head Hall Country House Hotel is the perfect setting for a celebratory meal with family or friends. There’s even a private room, called the ‘Library’, which seats 10-20 people – and has a super cosy open fire during winter months.

Address: Wrea Head Hall, Scalby, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0PB

10. The Foulsyke Bistro

A countryside escape, The Foulsyke Bistro is a cosy spot (with stunning farmhouse B&B rooms) that serves up breakfast, light lunch and dinner 6-days a week. The bistro has a family feel and the outside seating area is perfect for one of those gloriously sunny summer days.

Address: Barmoor Ln, Scalby, Scarborough YO13 0PG, UK

11. AZ Restaurant

This is the best place to eat in Scarborough if you're in search of Turkish cuisine. AZ Restaurant serves up a tonne of traditional Turkish dishes – you'll want to try out the whole menu at this Scarborough restaurant.

Address: 89 Columbus Ravine, Scarborough, YO12 7QU, UK

12. Courtyard Restaurant at Ox Pasture Hall

Open for Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner 7-days-a-week, this is probably one of the best places to in Scarborough if you fancy a good old Afternoon Tea. Based just outside of Scarborough, the Courtyard Restaurant at Ox Pasture Hall is known for its excellent food and wine, it’s a must-visit if you’re in the area.

Address: Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Lady Edith's Dr, Scarborough YO12 5TD

13. Cowshed Burgers

A bit different to most other restaurants in Scarborough, Cowshed Burgers is one of our favourite places to eat. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic cheeseburger or feel like mixing it up with the PBJ (beef, cheddar, peanut butter satay sauce and chilli jam), they've got something for you. Don’t worry though, they’ve got veggie options too.

Address: 94-100 St Thomas St, Scarborough YO11 1DU

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