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7 Best restaurants in Taunton

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Somerset's Taunton is a gorgeous town with something to offer almost everyone. From shopping and outdoor jaunts to family-friendly activities and gourmet restaurants, you'll find something to enjoy in this charming town.  

While there are plenty of restaurants in Taunton that offer great food, here are the best restaurants in Taunton that you should try.

1. Guddi & Gikki

1. Guddi & Gikki

Cuisine: Indian 

Address: 18 High St, Taunton TA1 3PJ 

Come experience a rich taste of Mumbai at one of Somerset's best Indian restaurants. Located in the heart of Taunton, Guddi & Gikki offers their guests an array of authentic Indian dishes prepared with the best locally sourced ingredients. Their menu accommodates all dietary requirements, and they have a range of gluten-free and vegan options available.  

2. Ciao Amore

2. Ciao Amore

Cuisine: Italian 

Address: 4 E Gate, Taunton TA1 3NB 

Located along East Gate, Ciao Amore Ristorante oozes perfection. From having friendly staff to serving the best pizza in town to the best pasta dishes and authentic desserts - Ciao Amore sets the bar high in tasty delicacies. Their comprehensive menu – which features all-things Italian - brings out all your foodie fantasies. Serving you with generous portions of your favourites at an affordable price. 

The ambience here is great: it's rustic with a modern twist, and the seats are well-spaced. You can indulge in their daily specials any evening from Wednesday to Monday. What's more, if you have any dietary requirements, then don't worry because they will make adjustments for them. Overall this place is worth visiting if you're looking for fantastic Italian cuisine without having to break the bank.

3. The Mango Tree

3. The Mango Tree

Cuisine: Vegan 

Address: 18 Lower Middle St, Taunton TA1 1SF 

The Mango Tree has established itself as the go-to restaurant for vegan cuisine in Taunton. With a variety of fresh, delicious, plant-based dishes on offer, including desserts and burgers, this restaurant will delight vegans and non-vegans alike. It's open during lunch hours and late evenings, Tuesday to Saturday.

A warm welcome is given at the door by staff who are happy to talk about the menu if it's your first time trying out vegan cuisines. Their comprehensive menu of teas, coffee, shakes, and smoothies will leave you spoilt for choice. Mango Tree also has a great selection of soft drinks, wines, beers and cocktails available too!

4. Augustus

4. Augustus

Cuisine: European 

Address: 3, The Courtyard, St James St, Taunton TA1 1JR 

Trips are all about discoveries, and this hidden gem will make you feel like the perfect explorer. Tucked in a serene courtyard along St James Street, Augustus bistro will paste a smile on your face once you get to experience it. Its artistic dining arrangement and glazed extension opening up to the courtyard create the perfect Instagram-worthy shot. 

Augustus is not just an amazing place for lunch or dinner – it's also home to some of the most delicious French-style bread and pastries you'll ever taste. With dishes ranging from British classics such as steak and ale pie to Asian-inspired mains such as Thai red curry with bamboo shoots and aubergine – there's something for everyone on the menu here. 

You can never go wrong with Augustus!

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5. Bare Grills - Taunton

Cuisine: American Barbecue 

Address: 45 Bridge St, Taunton TA1 1TP 

Their menu consists of ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken wings and homemade sausage, all cooked with their famous BBQ sauce and smoked low and slow. If you want a decent portion of barbecue dishes which won't leave your wallet empty, then Bare Grills should be your choice. Everything on their menu is fairly priced. 

The staff here are very friendly, welcoming and helpful, and they are open all week for lunch and dinner. The food tastes amazing, and the restaurant has an authentic American feel of a real steakhouse - what more could you ask for?

6. Skewer House Taunton

6. Skewer House Taunton

Cuisine: Portuguese 

Address: 41 Bridge St, Taunton TA1 1TP 

Skewer House is a Portuguese bar and restaurant. Located along Bridge Street, this vintage-style restaurant has warm and welcoming décor with vibrant colours, and the food is a work of art. They serve both traditional and innovative "Espetadas" based on Portuguese techniques.  

Inside, there's a small dining room with an intimate atmosphere where chefs do most of their work right in front of diners. The menu changes weekly, and there are specials for each day. Dishes like grilled octopus, prawns skewers or squid stew are must-tries here. Their selection of port wines is great, so be sure to pair them with your meal. 

For an evening of fun, laughter, and mouth-watering delicacies, be sure to visit Skewer House. You won't regret it!

7. Lotus Flower

Cuisine: Thai 

Address: 89 Station Rd, Taunton TA1 1PB 

This is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Taunton. Lotuses symbolise purity and divinity; it takes years for them to bloom, but once they do, their petals look like tiny perfection. The establishment backs up what one might expect from such a name - the food served at Lotus Flower is simply delicious, artistic and soulful. They have a wide variety of both traditional Thai dishes as well as fusion dishes. Prices are reasonable, and there's no shortage of vegetarian options either.  

This peaceful space really does live up to its name. You'll be more than impressed.

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