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.

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.

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.

Great atmosphere with a balcony overlooking the harbour so a great location to watch the world go by. It serves a variety of delicious seafood, steaks, salads and other dishes, alongside vegetarian options as well as gluten free meals. This restaurant is also a bar where you can drink and dance the night away with occasional live music and DJ’s.

What trip to the seaside would be complete without sampling fish and chips with homemade tartare sauce. In recent years, Hadley’s has been voted Whitby’s Best Fish & Chips by readers of the Whitby Gazette and it continues to be a firm favourite with locals & visitors alike.

Known throughout North Yorkshire & beyond as one of the finest fish restaurants in the area. There’s often a queue outside the Magpie in all weathers and with good reason! They are renowned for their fabulous fish and chips, seafood chowder and other excellent fish dishes.

Another great choice for Fish & Chips in a full-licensed restaurant. Mister Chips have a delicious range of speciality chef prepared dishes alongside their famous fish & chips enjoyed by Jeremy Clarkson, Jimmy Carr & James May!

Situated on Whitby’s iconic harbour side, Trenchers provides the perfect setting to fill your tummy. This was Emma’s dad’s favourite restaurant when he ran the Riviera and for cracking reason. With options including seafood salads, crab, lobster, fresh fish, homemade pies & lasagnes, Whitby scampi, vegetarian options and a dedicated children’s menu, there truly is something for everyone in this Italian-style venue with booths and colourful Tiffany lampshades,

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.

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.

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!

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.

Traditional Thai curries and lots of tasty stir fries using locally sourced ingredients with essential Thai herbs. Their menu features plenty of fresh fish and seafood including sea bass.

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 wine.

High-quality food for a reasonable price in a relaxed friendly space. They use fresh local produce in modern & inventive ways. Book early to avoid disappointment (Wed-Sat 6pm-8pm

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.

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.

Based over two floors with views looking our onto Bridge Street where you can ‘people watch’, 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.

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.

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.

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!

Located very close to the Riviera, this is a fantastic Fish & Chips and Seafood restaurant with one of the best sea views of the bay.

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.

The Bothams family have been looking after Whitby for over 150 years offering the finest Yorkshire baking, Whitby Hampers and gifts. They offer Afternoon Tea, various pies & pastried, homemade soup, cakes & desserts all made there in their bakehouse. Just like Fish & Chips, enjoying Bothams Whitby Lemon Bun is high up on and ‘Visit Whitby; itinerary.

Close to the 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!

Burgers, paninis, wraps and other delicious hot & cold dishes alongside fab coffee, milkshakes and smoothies.

This vintage restaurant has become a must visit venue when coming to Whitby. It boasts home made cakes & pastries, awesome sandwiches, salads, soups, light bites and speciality teas, coffee and over 150 gins.

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.