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SY23 Restaurant, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

SY23 Restaurant

4.8
4.8
35 Reviews
£41 and over
Barbecue
SY23 Restaurant is headed up by chef Nathan Davies, shortly after the opening Nathan & the SY23 team received a Michelin star and Great Britain & Northern Ireland's Opening of the Year by the Michelin guide & became one of the Good Food Guides ‘Top 20 Most Exciting Restaurants’ in 2022 also joining the National Restaurant award's Top 100 UK Restaurants in 2023.
The small and intimate dining room has minimalistic decor, natural wooden tables and the kitchen as a focal point for diners to enjoy seeing the kitchen team in full flow on the first floor and the bar is situated on the ground floor for a pre/post dinner drink.
The food here at SY23 Restaurant celebrates the wonderful ingredients found on our door step on the coast of West Wales with fish & shellfish from the local fishing boats & lamb from the surrounding hillside appearing on the menu, all cooked over the open fire that sits in the heart of the kitchen.
Dietaries on request only due to the way we cook and source our produce.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Contemporary British, Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:30–16:00 Dinner Wed–Sat 18:30–23:00
  • Phone number
    01970 615935
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 35 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

35 Reviews
  1. trex

    London

    434 reviews

    5.0

    434 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We fell in love with Nathan’s cooking from the Great British Menu. We rented a car and drove 6 hours to have the privilege of tasting his menu. It was all worthwhile.

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  2. RichardGrainger

    Devon

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first & last time dining at this restaurant. We were the last sitting along with the other seven tables. Just wished we could dine there again but the doors have permanently closed.

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  3. MarilynW

    Mid Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for a beautiful experience. Loved every minute and hope to see you again. I appreciate you adding the noise level to the evaluation. There were several times I could not hear the wait staff. The music was fine but too loud. I have a high hearing level and the music over powered voices. Just down a tad. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. See you soon.

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  4. StevieB

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fabulous. Good luck to the team in the future.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous setting, ambience and service. Delicious food with mouth watering flavours and textures. Perhaps could have done with slightly more lamb with accompanying veg rather than bread ( but that was delicious also!).

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  6. GeorginaC

    Mid Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined at SY23 during our honeymoon week in Aberystwyth. It was one of the best culinary experiences we have ever had. Outstanding creatively and quality, whilst still offering a warm and welcoming environment.

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  7. CatrinR

    Mid Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    17th November 2023 at 19.30. SY23 Will ruin food for you for the rest of your life because nothing will ever beat how incredible that experience was. Every morsel was a taste explosion. I loved how some of the components were incorporated throughout the courses, like the grains and sour cream, it really tied the whole menu together. The presentation was elite and the smells were mesmerising. The wait staff were lovely and welcoming. I loved watching them work. Everything was done with care and detail. At no point did we feel out of place, which can be an issue in some highend establishments, there was no snobbery or pretentiousness. I loved the restaurant design and atmosphere, it felt cosy and relaxed. The chairs were comfy and I really enjoyed being able to watch the Chef's work. My only negative is I found the music a bit loud, but otherwise everything was perfect. Dining at SY23 was a sensational experience from start to finish. Nathan and team are amazing at what they do.

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  8. MarkT

    Mid Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal, with fabulous service. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Love that it is small and personal. A great night.

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  9. Scott

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delightful food and very friendly service. Didn’t care for the thumping music. Asked for the music to be turned down, and if it was turned down, the difference was imperceptible…. Black print on brown paper under very dim lighting made the menu difficult to see. Would recommend the restaurant, but with caveats.

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  10. MichelleR

    Mid Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous experience food and service was amazing.

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  11. Paimpol

    Worcestershire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A fascinating evening began with a warm welcome from staff who settled us with drinks & the menu. The evening progressed smoothly with courses & wines served with knowledgeable explanations. Outstanding dishes, particularly the mushrooms & the lobster. A very talented chef with a well trained team deliver superb food.

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  12. Lizj

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spent my 65 th birthday at this amazing place. My husband and I really enjoyed the food wine and exceptional friendly service. It is a place to celebrate special occasions but well worth saving up for .

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  13. Janievanhool

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was indescribably wonderful - a top 5 food experience from my life. The ambience is classy and beautiful, the team work brilliantly together, the atmosphere is calm, relaxed and the information about the food offered is fascinating. But, oh, the flavours - deep, nuanced and just so delicious. I can’t do it justice - just go!!!

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  14. DavidH

    London

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I hope we caught this restaurant on a off-night, as I don't believe our experience was deserving ofthe accolades this restaurant has achieved. Service - off to a bad start with a 20 minute wait for our pre-dinner drink (very average cocktails) which meant we had to drink it extremely fast to finish before dinner. We had excessive interruptions throughout meal for filling water glasses - as soon as any was taken someone appeared to fill it. The flow of serving time of dishes seemed to be off, waiting for inconsistent amounts of time between dishes. Enjoyed the talking through of each dish by the chefs though! Food - my assessment is that the food is a result of a staid menu, where the same food has been served for some time and recipes crept from the original to result in something quite underwhelming. There was much less taste impact of the cooking over fire than I was hoping for / expecting too. Tasting menu off to a good start with the mushroom dish but the menu just went downhill from there. Three fish courses to follow were all OK, cured mackerel the highlight and the turbot a disappointment (bland). The single meat course was not good, expecting to be the highlight of the meal, but it was a single (tiny) piece of very average lamb loin, oversweet onion puree, and a clashing smoked lamb rib. Four dessert courses followed, none memorable other than the strawberry and elderflower (def not the season for this) for the dominating oversweet flavour that lingered. I was really hoping to love this restaurant and we made a special trip for a anniversary experience and left quite underwhelmed especially for the (high) price paid. The makings of a good restaurant are clearly here but a revamp and reinvigoration of the menu would be a welcome reset.

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  15. GemmaD

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most amazing experience for my partners 40th birthday! We were located at the chefs table which was amazing - watching Nathan and his team prep and plate the food and getting the opportunity to speak to him throughout. Each course was explained to us and the food was epic! Highly recommend

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fab food, well balanced meal. Always good to see an open kitchen where the magic is created. Lovely staff - friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

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  17. Mike13

    London

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was outstanding and definitely worth the journey. The use of grains and miso were sensational. The sitting arrangements were bizarre - all the other tables were facing towards the open kitchen except our tale where one seat faced the rear looking at the two people behind - no reason but we did get it changed Let down by the head of the front of house - unfriendly and once you said you didn’t want the wine pairings didn’t appear interested. Asked for a glass of Mourvèdre and as should be - bring an empty glass with the bottle for you to check and taste - no - just two half full glasses placed on the table - thankfully I knew what it was and it was great but really No idea what it was ??? She also wasn’t happy when we didn’t take the extra cheese course ! Finally - there were only 4 covers all facing the kitchen yet the chef just had animated discussions with the table directly adjacent to the open area - it really would have been great for him to come over and say hello. These little things add an extra edge to the occasion Overall outstanding food and wholeheartedly recommend it but hopefully you will know your wines and maybe they will have learnt some hospitality. The two other front of house - young man and what appeared a new recruit were very friendly and the others could learn a lot from them.

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  18. CharlieL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing time at SY23, genuinely stunning food, everything was so delicious it would be hard to chose a favourite course. Lovely staff and stylish decor. While it is a special occasion restaurant, we didn’t find it at all pretentious. We had the best time and I’m thrilled to have eaten there.

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  19. CeriB

    Mid Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous place, Fabulous food, service & relaxed atmosphere. My second visit & will definitely be back, highly recommend this lovely place. Thank you to all the staff for a fantastic meal.

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  20. pennyb

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    OMG It was amazing ! Nathan and all the staff made us feel welcome, special and valued. The food was Michelin star ! I cannot say more!

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  21. DaiJ

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A truly fabulous experience and culinary delight. Staff were brilliant and Chef Nathan made the evening for us in his hosting of the Chef’s table.

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  22. iolae

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an outstanding experience of flavours and presentation . Very talented chefs and very informative attentive team serving us . We will return.

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  23. AndyW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding, the food was fantastic and the the staff excellent. Highly recommend a visit, we will definitely be going again.

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  24. Hans

    Inverness

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic and a great pleasure. The service was good but variable depending on the persons. The background music was too loud. When we have a fine dining experience, we are used to and expect to be able to easily converse with each other at the table.

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  25. RobertH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole experience from start to finish was delightful. The intimate surroundings added to the ambiance that was evident throughout the night. The meal selections were well thought out and exemplified the nights theme of a tasting menu. Local dishes (literally) along with locally sourced ingredients added to the nights experience. Notwithstanding the assistance given by the very well versed waiters this was a night to remember.

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  26. EmmaP

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing lunch! Food was outstanding. Had some lovely cocktails to start and then a bottle of wine. Service was faultless. Every dish explained. Highlights were the mushroom and turbot dishes.

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  27. AlanC

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some wonderful flavour combinations in the 12 course taster menu. Just a couple of dishes didn't quite work for me. But overall an excellent dining adventure. Happy to recommend.

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  28. DrCaroline

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional cooking in a beautiful restaurant. Passionate chefs using local produce. Second Michelin star can’t be too far off!

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  29. ANDYG

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice vibe and not pretentious. Food was superb and service good. Our table was facing a window, around a corner and with our back to everything it was difficult to enjoy the ambience. One tip, hold onto that nice bread as the optional cheese dish comes with none!

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  30. ChristianH

    Mid Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an experience and privilege it was on Saturday to observe and enjoy the magical food on offer. Nathan and his team were fantastic from start to finish. A night my wife and I won’t forget.

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  31. BillK

    Mid Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A one-stop food festival. All dishes were interesting, and some outstanding, although in some cases the mixing of multiple diverse ingredients overpowered the taste of the individual components. Thw wine-pairing was excellent.

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  32. LindaN

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience, every mouthful was a taste explosion, delicious

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  33. TammyD

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely educational experience. Enjoyed our first visit to a Michelin star restaurant.

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  34. colint

    Mid Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is more than straight dining...It is like a performance. Going to the theatre etc but with a culinary twist. And what a culinary twist....!

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  35. FayW

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you want a superb culinary experience then you must dine at SY23. The food taste and presentation was exceptional and the service beyond question the best. Everyone should give this restaurant the test as we felt it was a privilege to be able to obtain a reservation.

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SY23 Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Google Map for SY23 Restaurant

2 Pier St, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2LJ

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    For parking we recommend St Michael's church carpark, postcode SY23 2AU
  • Area
    Aberystwyth
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:30–16:00 Dinner Wed–Sat 18:30–23:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Contemporary British, Modern European
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
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