Food & Drink

Southend-on-Sea has many bars and restaurants to choose from, here are just a few of our personal recommendations. If there is a particular style of food you are interested in which is not listed, please ask!

Billy Hundreds Fish ‘n’ Tapas

Situated just a one minute stroll from Suenos, on the beach, is this popular local seafood and tapas restaurant with a relaxed welcoming friendly atmosphere and great views over the estuary, you can imagine you are somewhere in the ‘Mediterranean’ with food to match. Spanish style tapas is served most of the time with ‘the catch of the day’ specials every Friday Fish night, and Monday evenings are famous for Paella and Sangria.
More often than not, the extremely passionate owner/chef Graham pops out for a chat. If you see him, tell him we said ‘Hi’!

Reservations are strongly recommended.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Weds – Monday from 0900hrs

Unit 12
Eastern Esplanade
Southend on Sea
Tel 01702 808350


Pearl Dragon

If you like authentic Chinese food, you simply must visit this outstanding restaurant.
It is located approximately 10 minutes walk from us towards the town centre, just opposite the Sea Life centre Aquarium. This friendly family run restaurant has been serving quality Chinese food since 1979 when it was the first ever Chinese eatery to open in Southend.
An extensive menu, elegant surroundings and an entire Dim Sum menu on Sundays ensure it continues to offer the best quality food and experience.
They also offer a take away and delivery service from the Pearl Dragon Express.

Mon – Sat 1230-2300
Sunday 1200-2230

18-19 Eastern esplanade
Southend on Sea

Restaurant 01702 613468
Take-Away 01702 611090


Pipe of Port

Wine Merchant & Dining Rooms in the heart of Southend-on-Sea

The candle-lit dining rooms with mahogany tables and sawdust covered floors are one of the most atmospheric venues in town. An extensive menu of classic and contemporary British food, with the occasional twist. An eclectic wine list, with over 40 wines served by the glass/carafe and 150 by the bottle, to enjoy with your meal or take home to savour.

Monday – Saturday Lunch:     11 – 3

Monday – Saturday Dinner:     6 – 11

Sundays & Bank Holidays:     Closed* but look out for our Pop Up Sundays

84 High Street


Essex , SS1 1JN

T  /  01702 614606


The Mews, Clarence Yard and The Market Place

Three  great bars owned by the same company situated close to each other in the town centre. They all offer great cocktails, drinks and varied menus during the daytime. The Market Place has an alfresco cafe style area outside to enjoy a selection of coffee, beers, and wine. In the evenings, the main bar at Clarence Yard sees some of the area’s premier DJs playing lively soul and funk sets to an appreciative audience comprised of people from all age groups. The Mews has a highly rated restaurant located upstairs from the bar with an extensive European menu.

The Mews

2 Nelson Mews

Southend on Sea



01702 393626

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Thursday 1200 – 2300

Friday – Saturday 1200 – 0030

Sunday 1200 – 2230

Clarence Yard

23-29 Clarence Street Southend on Sea



01702 392153

Mon – Saturday 1200 – late

Sunday 1200 – 2230


The Market Place

19 Alexandra Street

Southend on Sea



01702 332705

Mon – Saturday 1200 – 2300

Sunday 1200 – 2230


Bourgee Steak . Lobster . Luxe Lounge

Recently opened in September 2014, this Restaurant is the first of a chain to be offered by celebrity chef Mark Baumann and his team. Situated approx 10 minutes walk from Suenos towards the town centre, it has a large lounge to enjoy cocktails and drinks and serves food all day. Specialising in Steak and Lobster on the a la carte menu, there is also an array of menus serving food until 2am daily including breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, snacks and Sunday Lunch.

Mon – Sunday 0830-0200

1 Eastern Esplanade

Southend on Sea



01702 675204

NY Hot Dogs

If you would rather have a hot dog instead try this small restaurant and take away located just at the pier. Serving American hot dogs and accompaniments, they also offer a delivery service.
Check website for opening times.

7 Pier Approach
Western Esplanade
Southend on Sea
01702 464339

Henry Burgers

As the name suggests, gourmet burgers are the order of the day here, and the menu is kept fresh with new and different types of burger which frequently change.
Located in the town centre, and another second branch has just opened up in nearby Leigh on Sea, which is approx 15mins drive from us.

20-21 Market Place
Southend on Sea
01702 436661

141 Broadway
Leigh on Sea
01702 715390


This authentic Japanese restaurant is located in Westcliff, neighbouring town to Southend. Approx 10mins drive from Suenos. The quality and choice is fantastic, and if you like Japanese, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

126 Hamlet Court Road
Westcliff on Sea
01702 331666

The Beach Hut

This casual little cafe is situated on the seafront further along the seafront approx 45mins walk (or 10mins drive!) from Suenos. It is popular for brunch and lunch providing far reaching estuary views. Great choice of food, including famous local ‘Rossi’ Ice Cream, and delightful home made cakes.
Opening times vary according to the season so please check website for details.

Western Esplanade
Westcliff on Sea
01702 335728


This seafront bistro, restaurant and bar is situated directly on the seafront, just past the pier. Approx 25mins walk from Suenos, it is particularly popular during the summer as it has a very large outside terrace next to the beach overlooking the water. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with a special offer set menu during the winter.
Opening times vary according to the season.
Please check the website or call directly to confirm.

Western Esplanade
Southend in Sea
01702 468123


This family run grill and smokehouse is located in the town centre and has a very high reputation for its quality locally sourced produce especially the amazing burgers. You will be spoiled for choice with the large menu and will probably struggle to finish the even larger portions!
Cocktail Bar and live music.
Reservations are strongly recommended.

7 Tylers Ave
Southend-on-Sea SS1 2BB

01702 468646

La Petite Petanque

This gorgeous,classy, french themed cafe is situated in the old pavilion overlooking the bowling green in the town centre. Serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in quaint surroundings.

The Bowling Green Pavilion
Cambridge Square Gardens
Southend on Sea
Open Mon – Saturday 0830-7pm
Sunday 0930-7pm
01702 353208


Bacchus Fine Dining  – Cafe Patisserie – Lounge Bar

This fine dining restaurant situated in the town centre offers an extensive varied menu and is open 7 days a week offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. It has a cozy and quirky atmosphere surrounded by some of the owners artwork.

43 Alexandra Street
Southend on Sea
01702 348088
Open Mon – Sunday 10am – late