Where to eat

during your stay in Whitby

With so much to see and do in Whitby and the surrounding area, you will work up an appetite! You will want to know best places to replenish your energy with a delicious lunch or dinner. You can count on the Riviera Guesthouse to serve up the best and most hearty breakfast in town, but where to eat during the day or evening?

As you would expect from a renowned fishing port, Whitby is packed with superb fish restaurants, serving our world-famous kippers, scampi, lobster and crab, and of course traditional fish and chips. 

However, seafood aside, there is a whole lot more to Whitby’s gastronomy scene than a fish dish!

Regardless of your tastes or  preferences of the day, stroll through Whitby town centre and you’ll find plenty of restaurants to suit your mood. What is more, Whitby restaurants pride themselves in sourcing the majority of produce locally here in Yorkshire,

Here are some of our guests’ recommended places to eat in Whitby. We would love your feedback on these and more when you come to stay at Riviera Guesthouse. That way, we can continue adding and improving our list of Whitby restaurants, cafes and takeaways.

Pier Road, Whitby 

We love Harry’s for a bit of Tapas style food along with a Daily Specials menu. Lovely relaxed atmosphere with the fabulous view of Whitby harbour and a good supply of local fresh seafood. Harrys opened in the summer of 2008 offering an ideal place to relax with a fabulous view.

Argyle Road, Whitby

One of the closest eateries to the Riviera is this Chinese restaurant with wonderful sea views. Long King’s does ‘eat in’ or ‘takeaway’ food. Stunning views and an extensive, tasty menu to tempt the tastebuds. This should be on your list if you love Chinese food!

Market Place, Whitby

With an extensive balcony overlooking the harbour and out towards Whitby’s famous East and West Piers, Abbey Wharf is a wonderful location, including a mezzanine level, serving delicious seafood, steaks, salads and other dishes, alongside vegetarian options as well as gluten free meals.

Bridge Street, Whitby

Hadley’s first opened its doors in 1937. With over 85 years experience in the industry, they have perfected the humble fish and chips, using British potatoes, MSC certified fish, home-cooked mushy peas and homemade tartare sauce. One to try!

Pier Road, Whitby

It’s known  as one of the finest fish restaurants in the area. One of the things every visitor to Whitby notices is the queue outside in all weathers and seasons to sample the finest fish dishes in Yorkshire. Their fish and chips, seafood chowder and other excellent fish dishes are based on the good quality of the food and the service provided.

Church Street, Whitby

Mister Chips are famed for our fish and chips, and they also have a delicious range of speciality chef prepared dishes, available all day. Mister Chips is a full licensed restaurant, and you can enjoy a chilled local beer with your lunch or a fine with dinner. Ourchefs create exciting, contemporary, and mouth watering dishes daily.

Pier Road, Whitby

Traditional quayside fish and chip shop in a 19th-century building; eat in or take away. The Quayside time are extremely proud of their award winning fish and chips. Serving exceptional quality, sustainable fish & seafood is extremely important to them, and has been for a long time.

New Quay Road, Whitby

We really aren’t short of Fish & Chip Restaurants in Whitby are we but they really are top notch seaside grub aren’t they! Quayside is an award-winning ‘eat in’ or ‘takeaway’ restaurant on the Pier Road in the centre of town. Get there early, and they also do gluten free versions.

Windsor Terrace, Whitby

Zed is obviously hard to please where Indian food is concerned but if we can’t get to Akbars, the next best thing is Passage to India which has a convenient town centre location, contemporary but authentic design and an Indian menu that is rated amongst our guests.

West Cliff, Whitby

Aren’t we lucky to have this new eatery pretty much on our doorstep. This is one of the newest restaurants to Whitby’s dining scene but one that Zed & I have eat in the most! Great atmosphere with sea views, stylish decor, a log burner and music that truly gets you in the holiday spirit, You can even have a boogie in the toilets!

Bridge Street, Whitby

Tasty pizzas that ensure a second visit, burgers that hold a smile,  fabulous lamb and chicken kebabs with crunchy chips, this Mediterranean and Turkish restaurant offers eat in or takeaway cuisine with deliciously large portions. Local & global bites including pasta, burgers & meat plates are served at this casual eatery.

Station Square, Whitby

Traditional Thai curries and lots of tasty stir fries using locally sourced ingredients with essential Thai herbs. Warmly decorated restaurant serving classic Thai dishes, with a focus on sea bass and other seafood. Located at the town’s railway station.

Church Street, Whitby

Situated in a stunning grade II listed building over two floors, Cosa Nostra offer a menu of delicious pizza, pasta & other Italian favourites. They also have a vast selection of wines and spirits to choose from. Family-run business in the heart of Whitby.

Skinner Street, Whitby

The team try and use fresh local produce in modern and inventive ways. The menu is full of great British ingredients to help create dishes with influences taken from all over the world. The menu evolves throughout the year to take advantage of the best seasonal ingredients. Booking strong advised.

Church Street, Whitby

Situated at the bottom of the famous (and ‘must do’) 199 steps, along with superb harbour views, you can enjoy drinks and food in this pub whose walls are covered with many historic pictures and memorabilia from Whitby’s fascinating past, from harpoons to bronze propellors.


Church Street, Whitby

Situated at the bottom of the 199 steps, with superb harbour views, you can enjoy drinks and food in this pub who’s walls are covered with many historic pictures and memorabilia of Whitby’s past from harpoons to bronze propellors.

Bridge Street, Whitby

Based over two floors with views looking onto Bridge Street where you can ‘people watch’ as the world goes by. The Edge has plenty of dishes to choose from covering all the main Whitby food groups – seafood delights, food from the grill, pasta and homemade gourmet burgers.

New Quay Road, Whitby

Centrally situated on the harbourside, The Angel Hotel is a relaxed bar and restaurant which offers outdoor seating which is few and far between in Whitby centre. Part of the JD Wetherspoons franchise and with great views of the Harbour area here in Whitby.

Church Street, Whitby

If there is one restaurant that captures the heritage, ambience and essence of this coastal town, it is the White Horse & Griffin. With an emphasis on fresh seafood, the ‘bistro style’ restaurant serves many British classics in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. They also have a well-stocked wine cellar.

Church Street, Whitby

Relax in front of their open fire and enjoy one of their traditional homemade pies, baked fresh everyday on the premises. Enjoy on it’s own or with their mash, peas & delicious gravy! A diverse menu of housemade pies in a restored 1700s-era shop with open fire and chintz.

Khyber Pass, Whitby

Located very close to the Riviera, this is a fantastic Fish & Chips and Seafood restaurant with one of the best sea views of our glorious part of the Yorkshire Coast. With its distinctive blue and white decor, the Fisherman’s Wife serves delicious food and hot drinks.

Skinner Street, Whitby

Situated just around the corner from the Riviera on Skinner Street, Beckett’s offers wonderful food, great coffee, excellent cake and is super dog friendly with lovely staff. One of Whitby’s gems in terms of a warm welcome, fabulous food and with just a bit of quirkiness too!  This is a treat for everyone to enjoy.

Skinner Street, Baxtergate & Enterprise Way Shop, Whitby; Also in Sleights and Pickering.

The Bothams family have been looking after Whitby for over 150 years offering the finest Yorkshire baking, Whitby Hampers and gifts. Afternoon tea, various pies & pastries, homemade soup, cakes & desserts all made there in their bakehouse. Enjoying Bothams Whitby Lemon Bun is high up on and ‘Visit Whitby’ itinerary.

Skinner Street, Whitby

Close to the Riviera Guesthouse, this is a cool, stylish cafe specialising in gluten free food. They offer a range of delicious and alternative breakfasts and light meals including vegetarian options, specials and cake counter stocked with tasty delights. Our personal fav: Mexican Eggs – yum!

Flowergate, Whitby

Gourmet burgers, paninis, wraps and other delicious hot & cold dishes alongside delicious coffees and hot drinks, milkshakes and smoothies. A variety of homemade soups, tray bakes, cakes and more. This is a lovely eatery with an excellent menu choice for diners. Takeaway option available too.

Silver Street, Whitby

This charming vintage restaurant has become a must visit venue when coming to Whitby. It boasts homemade cakes & pastries, awesome sandwiches, salads, soups, light bites and speciality teas, coffee and over 150 gins to choose from. Patio area for diners too.

Off Church Street, Whitby.

This unique bistro and coffee shop was my ‘go to’ place for awesome coffee & fabulous cake during maternity. It’s tucked away off Church Street in the heart of Whitby. Included in the menu are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. Well worth a visit while in Whitby.

Bridge Street, Whitby 

A menu featuring an array of classic British fare, focused on fish & chips, in a rustic setting. Perfect you’re strolling around Whitby and want that takeaway meal ‘on the go’. Located not too far from Whitby’s famous bridge, this eatery serves a traditional range of fabulous fish and chip combinations.

Baxtergate, Whitby

Traditional and long-running fish ‘n’ chips shop, plus licensed, old-school cafe with green benches in Whitby. A family-run affair, this well-known and much loved eatery has a stunning location and serves delicious food in the heart of our town.