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How many of the top ten Norwich restaurants on TripAdvisor have you been to?

16:57 22 February 2016

The Grosvenor Fish Bar. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Grosvenor Fish Bar. Picture: Denise Bradley

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We take a look at the top ten restaurants in Norwich according to TripAdvisor. Let us know your favourite eatery in the city by commenting below.

1. Grosvenor Fish Bar

“This really is sexy fish and chips!” That is just one of the reviews heaping praise on this fish bar on Lower Goat Lane in Norwich. On the outside it may look like any other fish and chip shop but once you get in there is menu that offers a lot more than your usual cod and you can even have a glass of fizz with your meal. With a seating downstairs for up to 50 and a delivering service to The Birdcage Pub opposite it is a favourite of both locals and tourists.

2. B’nou

It is the concept that has got people talking about this tapas restaurant on St Benedicts Street. There is no menu and instead customers are shown a number of tapas style dishes throughout the sitting which they can choose to eat if they like the sound of what is on offer or leave and wait for the next dish. Martin said of his time at B’nou on Tripadvisor: “This has probably been my most enjoyable dining experience in Norwich for a long time! Wonderful food, quirky Ben and lovely Anna made a great team and served us with a sense of fun.”

3. Benedicts

Benedicts is fast getting a reputation as one of the best restaurants in the county. Run by Great British Menu star Richard Bainbridge, it serves modern bistro dishes using local Norfolk ingredients. The St Benedicts Street eatery is currently rated as excellent on TripAdvisor and one reviewer said: “It is the equal of the best that London has to offer and everything from the food itself to the extremely attentive service is of the highest quality.”

4. Roger Hickman’s Restaurant

Food critic Jay Rayner may not have been a fan of this award winning restaurant on Upper St Giles Sreet but its customers have called it “faultless” and a “taste sensation” on TripAdvisor. Roger Hickman offers a full À la carte menu as well as seven-course taster menu with the added option of a wine flight and it seems that most people are fans of this fine dining establishment.

5. Prime

Situated above The Edith Cavell bar in Tombland this venue is well known in Norwich for its variety of quality steaks. One person said of his meal at Prime: “It is quite an experience when we ordered the steak and it came out sizzling on its own volcanic rock platter. You could keep it on there to get the steak exactly the way that you wanted. Good sauces and chips!”

6. No.33 Cafe Bar

“This café can only be described as simply scrumptious!” That is what Meryl Joe had to say about No.33 on Exchange Street in the city. The independent family run business serves freshly prepared homemade food for their hungry customers and are known around the city for their hearty brunches. Claire Sullivan said of her brunch: “We both had eggs Benedict on sour dough toast. Wow! The ham was so thick and delicious, the eggs perfect and the accompanying cappuccino was yummy.”

7. Namaste India

“We’ve travelled to India and this is as close as Norwich gets to a genuine Indian restaurant”. That is high praise indeed for the only Indian restaurant to make the top ten. This pure vegetarian restaurant on Opie Street has such a wide variety of dishes on offer that even meat eaters cannot help but be impressed. It also has a bring your own alcohol policy which helps it make a very affordable option for dining in Norwich.

8. Cote Brasserie

On Exchange Street in the city centre this chain restaurant serves traditional French classics and has currently been rated as excellent 130 times on TripAdvisor. It is particularly commended for its service with Jilly writing about her waitress: “She gave us excellent, friendly and professional service. She’s a treasure!”

9. Moorish Falafel Bar

Situated in the Norwich lanes this vegetarian eatery serves their staple falafel alongside their signature Moorish sauces. Mark wrote on TripAdvisor that it is one of the best falafel places in the world: “I’ve eaten them in a few places around the world, including Israel, Lebanon and France and this has only been beaten by a very renowned street falafel place in Haifa. You just have to go here.”

10. Pandora’s Kitchen

Esquire magazine voted this cafe on London Street as one of the best places to eat breakfast in the UK and it is well known in the city for speciality hot chocolates. Laura said of her visits to the cafe: “The service is always first class, nothing is too much trouble and the waitresses work so hard and always have a smile on their faces and I never leave without my favourite to take away - the salted caramel brownie!”

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30 comments

  • Thank you, EEN.

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • Still couldn't escape the video adverts - but a rare glimpse of commonsense for a change - no Wetherspoons! I'll now wait for my predictable critic's!!

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • I recommend Gregg's in Anglia square. They do a lovely sausage roll.

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    rob

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • the mackerel was delicious the last that i went. the cockles were also good.

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    Whiley's Mum

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • Been to several of these but where is The Library? Has to be there surely?

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    Richard Woods

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • So many people moaning and making unfounded comments on here having clearly not read the article properly. No wonder the people of Norfolk are the butt of so many jokes. Get a grip you sad people. No one made you read the article or even the site that you have so little regard for! Personally, I would rather read this than look at a blank screen!

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    baguio

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • el dingo, Yes i have had a very nice beef curry and spring roll from the Kam Lee. Also Sam's burger stall outside the Windmill pub does lovely food sourced from Fiddy;s butchers just up the road.

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    rob

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Piranha24, "So all these people commenting on being "a slow news day" or none news, why are you here? Did you purposely click the link just to have a moan?". Well pardon me for breathing here. This is supposedly a newspaper, local, and I expect articles about how we (locals) may be affected by national and local issues. How strange is that? Why is it that private eye covers more local issues than the edp? Why does the guardian have news first, in more detail?

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    Davidbrian552

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • So all these people commenting on being "a slow news day" or none news, why are you here? Did you purposely click the link just to have a moan? Something must have caught your attention if not. The sad thing is, you took the time to click on the link, login and just complain about the story. Just be glad this isn't the Huffington post, you'd be seeing a lot more stories about alien sightings and celebrity gossip. As for Grosvenor and Moorish, I like both, the food is scrummy and I eat it all up. I go there at lunch when I don't have my packed lunch.

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    Piranha24

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • The story talks about the "top ten Norwich restaurants", so it won't include the rural ones suffin else. If you read the story title, the clue is there. Online, the photos are at the top of the story and not mixed into the text, so there's no mix up between the story and the pictures. The Grosvenor Fish Bar has seating downstairs, which makes it a restaurant. Before decrying things, how about checking the facts first.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Ady 1973: so you enjoy Caroline Culot or whoever featuring Norfolk's most expensive properties as much as I do then? And all the Estate Agents and IFAs who write their columns are a good read too, aren't they? It's OK though, it does say somewhere all these good folks sponsor their columns. Somewhere near the bottom. My favourite read of the year is when the regional awards are given out and they all dress up on a big night out and we see the lovely pictures. And don't get me started on the Recruitment Agency of the Year Awards. They. Want. You...

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Rob: You'll never beat the Kam Lee on the roundabout for a takeaway either. Best basic Hong Kong style Chinese food in the universe. And they don't advertise with Archant:-)

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Chippy on Bowers avenue Mile cross does an amazing battered sausage.

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    rob

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Clues in the title of the newspaper Suffin Else......it's the Norwich Evening News!

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    JSmith

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • As with all tripadvisor posts you have to take everything with a pinch of salt,but apparently that's bad for you nowadays so I guess I would give these a miss, you still can't beat personal recommendations from friends and family.

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    stoneman

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • "these are the sort of stories Archant have to resort to nowadays - such a shoddy local paper that they dont seem to have journalists out on the ground anymore". Well said. Have they bothered reporting on the lack of nursery places that parents were promised at the last election? How about the poor day care respite for the sick or (or and) elderly? Poverty being experienced by the young having left university with crippling debts and can't afford to rent or buy? Nope. Not a sausage.

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    Davidbrian552

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • It is a particularly good fish & chip shop however. Well a worth a visit and the 13 minute walk when I am surrounded by awful nasty kebab places. A good fish & chip shop should be cherished.

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    Resident Smith

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Restaurant..... NOUN A place where people pay to sit and eat meals that are cooked and served on the premises. The voice of reason...hardly?

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    A fine city

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • So when has a Fish & Chip shop been a restaurant?

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    Voice of Reason

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Haven't been to any and never expect to. Town House Yarmouth road is very good for me.

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    JEN

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • I haven't been to any of these, but they are not the correct list, as someone else pointed out, Stoke Mill is right up there near the top. It's dismally petty to omit it. Good restaurants in Norwich are really thin on the ground, which is pretty clear from the top position for a fish and chip shop.. not that it doesn't serve good food, but as a top restaurant? Really the best this fine city has to offer? I sometimes write reviews on tripadvisor, and I am not 11. Some of the top raters in Norwich have, I suspect, asked their friends to post gushing reviews. Always look to see how many reviews the reviewer has posted, and if they come from somewhere else. You might get an objective assessment that way. On the whole tripadvisor's reviews are reliable. I trust them when choosing hotels and restaurants in other places.

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    Paula Varley

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Is this an advert or a story?

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    KeithS

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Comments don't match up to restaurants nor to photos .. And what is THIS; " ... this award winning restaurant but its’ customers have called it faultless ... " which cannot be said of the writing! NO idea about use of apostrophe! And 'Exchnage Street' ? I lost the will to read --

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    Patrick

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Again another poor article written by, well no comment... You swapped the number 4 restaurant and moved the next 6 up 1 place.... Number 4 was Stoke mill in Stoke holy x... I take it they don't advertise with archant., or does the editor just not like the place?

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    angrychef

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • I agree with Resident Smith. Trip advisor results need to be taken with a large amount of sceptisim especially when so many seem to be written like a book report by an average 11 year old. Describing a cup of coffee as "scrummy"??? Really......

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    Tootyfrooty

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Thing is, these are the sort of stories Archant have to resort to nowadays - such a shoddy local paper that they dont seem to have journalists out on the ground anymore, just a buncj of people sitting in an office skimming items off the internet or posting "news items" which are actually promotional pieces for their Property Pages or the Job Section. No longer a credible regional newspaper.

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    Ady1973

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Whilst two or three on that list are very very good you do have to take Tripadvisor reviews-ratings with a pinch of salt. Basically it's not a case of how good your food is but how good your social media -marketing is. Some of these places will beg for a 5 star review whilst others wouldn't been seen dead asking. I look through the list occasionally and many in the top 50 I would never dream of going there. But I know their social media handling is top notch.

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    Resident Smith

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Would it really be too much to ask that the photographs marry up to the restaurant to which they apply? As in why is there a random photograph of Namaste between the header and the write up of Benedicts and nowhere near it's own write up? Shoddy in the extreme, Archant :(

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    cromercanary

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • slow news day?

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    MooseyT9

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • How many have I visited - none. Why? Because I live in the county, not the city. You could easily have done this story on the whole of Norfolk, instead of just Norwich.

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    suffin else

    Monday, February 22, 2016

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