Here are 23 of the best Whitby restaurants for you to discover. There are a wide variety of restaurants in Whitby, you have the impossible task of picking a favourite!
Just walking through the centre of Whitby, or even along the seafront, you will find a wide variety of restaurants that all offer different types of cuisine. Regardless of what you are feeling in the mood for, chances are there will be plenty of restaurants in Whitby to satisfy your hunger. With Whitby being a seaside town, there is naturally no shortage of places where you can get some high-quality fish and chips. There are also a number of Whitby restaurants where you can get find locally sourced seafood.
The majority of restaurants in Whitby pride themselves on being able to source all of their ingredients from the Yorkshire area, so people who are visiting are able to try some genuinely local food. There are so many high-quality restaurants in Whitby that it is very difficult to name just a few that would be considered among the best. Here are 23 highly recommended Whitby restaurants for you to enjoy.
1. Harry's Lounge Bar and Brasserie
Harry's is a modern and luxurious lounge bar located in the centre of Whitby. It has been open since 2008 and offers visitors a mixture of cocktails and wonderful food. The restaurant provides special menus for lunch and evening meals and has a wide range of speciality meat and fish dishes that they are very proud of. Their bar offers a wide range of cocktails and other drinks and they strive to change their menu constantly to match the change in seasons. If you decide that you want to spend the night at Harry's Bar, they have three luxurious rooms available that offer a wonderful view of Whitby centre and harbour views. For those of you with a four-legged friend in tow, you can sit outside of Harry's under the heaters and blankets are provided.
Address: 10-11 Pier Road, Whitby, YO21 3PU
2. Abbey Wharf
Abbey Wharf offers fantastic views of the harbour in this stunning panoramic restaurant. Serving a variety of delicious seafood, steaks, salads and other dishes, alongside vegetarian options. Abbey Wharf has established itself as one of Whitby's premier restaurants and bars. Live entertainment is also commonplace, especially during busy periods and weekends. Abbey Wharf is also dog friendly, you can even take your dog for an evening meal. The stunning panoramic balcony allows you to soak in the Whitby atmosphere, day or night.
Address: Market Place, Whitby, YO22 4DD
3. Mademoiselles Cafe Bistro
Mademoiselles Cafe Bistro in Whitby is open for teas, coffees, cakes, light bites, lunches and evening dinner. They offer a wide range of cognacs, gins, spirits, wines, fizz and beers. Mademoiselles offer a day and evening menu with a selection of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes including starters and lite bites.
Address: 1 Skinner Street, Whitby, YO21 3AH
4. The Fisherman's Wife
If your looking for a restaurant in Whitby with sea views then there is no better view in town than from The Fisherman's Wife. The restaurant serves traditional fish and chips along with an extensive seafood menu, including some mouth-watering shellfish dishes. All ingredients used at the restaurant are locally sourced wherever possible and the friendly staff are always happy to assist you with any meal selections or dietary requirements. The location of The Fisherman's Wife couldn't be better, just a short walk down through the Whale Bone Arch from the bed and breakfasts and hotels on the West Cliff.
Address: Khyber Pass, Whitby, YO21 3PZ
5. The Star Inn The Harbour
The Star Inn The Harbour's Menus feature Catch-of-the-Day fish and meat specials and also world-famous North Yorkshire Moors produce, as well as a seasonal All Day Menu. Desserts will come predominantly from the restaurant’s Ice Cream Parlour, including some childhood classics, brought up to date. Traditional Cod and Haddock are fried in a gluten-free batter, originally developed with coeliac customers in mind, but it was so good that they have made it their standard. Many of their menu dishes can be adapted to suit a wide range of dietary requirements, especially with advance notice.
Address: Langborne Road, Whitby YO21 1YN
6. The Blitz Cafe and Tapas
The Blitz is a popular 1940's theme licensed tearooms and restaurant in Whitby. The Blitz is the place to be, to experience great food in a lovely atmosphere where spirits are high and the drinks never run dry. Sample the great Gins and both classical and bespoke cocktails. Breakfast is available from 9.30 am (9 am at weekends), followed by tasty homemade lunches, delicious dishes and cakes from 11.30 am to 2 pm, From 4 pm, a tapas menu is available which is complimented by some superb A La Carte specials including Filet, Sirloin and Rump steaks, Ribs, Burgers, Linguini dishes pies, cooked by experienced rosette Head Chef Lee Shewan and his team.
Address: 97-98 Church Street, Whitby YO22 4DE
7. Magpie Cafe
Magpie Cafe has developed quite a strong reputation over the years. It has become known as one of the best places for fish and chips in the Whitby area. People have travelled from all over the globe in order to sample fish and chips in the Magpie Cafe. Their plaice and lemon sole have become one of their most popular seafood dishes, along with the more traditional haddock which is naturally a very popular dish throughout the year.
Address: 14 Pier Road, Whitby, YO21 3PU
Ditto is a small and intimate restaurant that offers a mouth-watering set menu. Ditto has been a popular restaurant in Whitby for many years with the current owners Eddie and Anna running the business since 2014. Their mission is to provide high-quality food for reasonable prices in a relaxed friendly space. The restaurant itself is designed to look like an old Italian bistro, which gives an intimate dining experience. Ditto likes to be different from other restaurants, which is why everything on their menu has unique ingredients, flavours and cooking methods. It is a small dining area and they are very popular, so if you want to have lunch at Ditto Restaurant you will need to book in advance. Ditto's is widely regarded amongst the locals as the best restaurant in Whitby. Give it a go yourself and see if you agree.
Address: 26 Skinner Street, Whitby, YO21 3AJ
9. The Stables
Cross Butts Stables is nestled in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors in easy reach of the charming seaside resort of Whitby, a fabulous wedding venue with an award-winning restaurant and luxury accommodation. The Stables pride themselves on freshly prepared homemade food and offer a wide variety of seasonal dishes. All meals are created by a team of highly experienced chefs using locally supplied quality produce.
Address: Guisborough Road, Whitby, YO21 1TL
10. The Duke Of York
The Duke Of York is a great restaurant to visit if you are looking for something more traditional that has the atmosphere of a good old fashioned local pub. They have a wide range of ales and ciders that you can sample in the bar before heading through to the restaurant where you can enjoy a wide range of high-quality fresh food. They have a range of specials that change daily, so it's well worth taking a look at their specials board. You will also find a range of memorabilia and historical items on the walls for you to enjoy.
Address: 124 Church Street, Whitby, YO22 4DE
11. The Board Inn
The Board Inn is another popular restaurant in Whitby, overlooking the harbour with stunning views out to sea. They have a dining room that has been recently refurbished and can hold 50 diners. Their menu is also a delicate blend of traditional and modern dishes so then you can find something that will suit your mood. The menu is also always being updated and there is a specials board where you can find some of their speciality dishes. Regardless of if you want a curry or some traditional fish and chips, they will have meals to suit your mood.
Address: 125 Church Street, Whitby, YO22 4DE
12. White Horse and Griffin
White Horse and Griffin is a wonderful restaurant that takes full advantage of its location. It has a seafood orientated menu where you can enjoy a wide range of traditional and modern dishes, all of which are made with ingredients that have been sourced in the local area. Whether you are just looking for a spot for lunch, or you want to enjoy a nice Sunday lunch with the entire family, the White Horse and Griffin will be able to provide you with a wonderful meal.
Address: 87 Church Street, Whitby, Y022 4BH
13. Humble Pie and Mash
Humble pie is a sixteenth-century shop, lovingly restored back to its timber-framed beginnings. Relax in front of their open fire and unique surroundings and enjoy some traditional home-cooked fare. Try their range of meat or vegetarian pies that can be enjoyed on their own or for a classic combination try with their mash, peas, and topped off with delicious gravy. Ideal for lunch or supper! Humble Pie is a family-run business, all the pies are homemade and baked fresh every day on the premises, they only use the best natural ingredients.
Address: 163 Church Street, Whitby, YO22 4AS
14. The Angel Hotel Wetherspoon
Centrally situated, this beautiful hotel stands proudly on the harbour side, overlooking the River Esk. After undergoing a multimillion-pound renovation, this 34-room hotel has seating upstairs and downstairs for food and drink, plus a beer garden. Perfect for a spot of lunch, it is affordable and good pub food.
Address: 1 New Quay Road, Whitby, YO21 1DH
15. Rusty Shears
Rusty Shears boasts homemade cakes and pastries, speciality teas, coffees and over 150 gins. Slightly off the beaten track, it is located below and behind a grade II listed building on Silver Street. The interior is quirky with lots of Victoriana and interesting charm. They also have a superb sheltered courtyard where guests can sit away for hours chatting and people watching.
Address: 4 Silver St, Whitby YO21 3BU
16. Trenchers Fish and Chips
Trenchers take great pride in knowing that their fish has been caught by the fishermen in Whitby and have been freshly delivered to them. They also enjoy being one of the few seafood-based restaurants in the area that offers a takeaway menu for people who want to take their food and sit by the harbour. They offer a wide range of meals from starters to desserts and they have a varied children's menu also.
Address: New Quay Road, Whitby, YO21 1DH
17. Hadley's Fish Restaurant in Whitby
Some claim that Hadley's serve the best fish and chips in the world, a bold claim indeed, you will have to visit and taste for yourself before passing judgment! Hadley’s has been around since 1937. Its founder, Alan Hadley, believed in quality fish and chips at a sensible price. His beliefs have continued through the years and now with over 75 years of experience in the industry, they have perfected the humble fish and chips.
Address: 11 Bridge Street, Whitby, YO22 4BG
18. Passage to India
If you are in the mood for an Indian meal, then Passage To India is a great place to go. Like many Whitby restaurants, their menu is vast and has something for everyone. It has a wonderful family atmosphere so you can always feel happy taking the kids there for an early evening meal. They also have a takeaway menu, ideal for people with self-catering accommodation who want to enjoy a night in.
Address: 30-31 Windsor Terrace, Whitby, YO21 1ET
Moutreys is a restaurant that enjoys cooking food the old fashioned way. All of their ingredients are delivered freshly on a daily basis and they are cooked in an old wood-fired oven. Their kitchen is also open, so you can watch as your food is prepared with tender loving care and using the most traditional of methods. People who have visited the restaurant have raved about the quality of the seafood when it is cooked in their wood-fired oven. It is a wonderful place to go with your family, or even for a party.
Address: 9 Grape Lane, Whitby, YO22 4BA
20. Pizza West
Pizza West on the West Cliff, Whitby opened their doors on the afternoon of 3rd June 2021. The food and service are wonderful. Pizzas are delicious and the toppings are fresh using local ingredients where possible and some quite unique.
Address: West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3HT
21. Cosa Nostra
Cosa Nostra serves a selection of pizzas, pasta and other Italian favourites. The central location ensures you are only a stone's throw away from the town centre. They have a vast selection of wines available along with a variety of beers, spirits and soft drinks. There is a relaxed atmosphere and the friendly staff ensure this is a solid choice when dining out in Whitby. You really can't go wrong with a pizza or pasta dish from Cosa Nostra, simple, great food at sensible prices.
Address: 161 Church Street, Whitby, YO22 4AS
22. Kam Thai Restaurant
Not always high on everyone's list when they come to Whitby, Thai food is something which everyone can enjoy, especially the dishes that are served up at Kam Thai. Their menu features a selection of fish dishes, Thai curries and traditional Thai stir-frys along with grilled chicken and beef dishes. There is plenty of “hotter” dishes if you like to feel a burn in your mouth.
Address: Unit 6, Whitby Railway Station, Whitby, YO21 1YN
23. Alberts Eatery
While Queen Victoria presides over the Museum of Whitby Jet at the beautifully restored Wesley Hall, it is her Prince consort Albert who inspires their unique dining experience. Surrounded by the history and character of Wesley’s main hall, including the chance to dine next to the world’s largest piece of Whitby Jet, Albert’s Eatery provides a traditional and unique menu selection, with a speciality and love of local seafood. Delivering a memorable dining experience, Albert's expertly trained chefs specialise in using local produce and ingredients to make mouth-watering menu choices across all their dishes, whether visiting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They are also fully licensed should you just want to call in for a drink and a sandwich and take in the atmosphere.
Address: Wesley Hall, Church Street, Museum of Whitby Jet, Whitby, YO22 4DE
Restaurants a little further afield that are worth a try…
Estbek House, Sandsend
Having held an AA rosette since September 2004 and gaining a second rosette in April 2009 their daily changing menu is focused on the very locality of Estbek; with the sea and moorland on the doorstep, it is hard not to enjoy the best of this beautiful corner of the world. They use only the finest fresh local ingredients allows them to offer dishes that embrace the natural flavour, a flavour that is all too often lost in a modern world.
Address: Estbek House Hotel, East Row, Sandsend, Whitby, YO21 3SU
Cod and Lobster, Staithes
Real ale and tasty pub food on the seafront, overlooking the harbour in Staithes. The staff here are really friendly and attentive. A great setting for a meal. We can sit here for hours!
Address: The Harbour, High Street, Staithes, TS13 5BH
The Cove, Robin Hoods Bay
The Cove is a converted chapel and has a daily cafe and evening pizza menu on offer. Here you can a delicious handmade pizza with a stunning view. Relax on their terrace which overlooks the North York Moors coastline and try their locally sourced food with a view like no other.
Address: Chapel Street, Robin Hoods Bay, YO22 4SQ
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