Top Restaurants In Norwich For Students

If you’re studying in the beautiful city of Norwich, there’s one thing you can’t afford to miss out on and that is the incredible food scene. 

This vibrant city is brimming with history and culture, but you’ll be glad to know that it’s also a treasure trove when it comes to culinary delights. 

Whether you’re seeking a quick bite between lectures, a cosy spot for some lunch and a study session, or a place to get together with your friends, Norwich has your taste buds in check. 

In this guide we’ll be giving a full rundown of the top restaurants in Norwich for students, so don’t stop there! 

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1. Gem of Norwich 

Taking the top spot in our guide to the best restaurants in this city is none other than the Gem of Norwich.

At this authentic Turkish restaurant, the dining experience is focused around sharing with an extensive menu of hot and cold mezze dishes. 

You and your friends can treat yourself to a few different plates like creamy chicken, calamari, kofte, and borek to name a few. 

When it comes to drinks you certainly won’t be stuck for choice with cocktails, wines, and spirits on the menu. 



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Address: 2, 6 Thorpe Rd, Norwich NR1 1RY

2. Roger Hickman’s Restaurant

If you’re looking for somewhere to blow you away, you simply can’t pass up a meal at Roger Hickman’s Restaurant.

Situated on Upper St Giles Street, this chic fine dining restaurant is the place to be for Modern British dishes. 

You can tuck into an array of lunch and dinner dishes with plates to suit meat-eaters and vegetarians, whilst enjoying an intimate atmosphere. 

This highly acclaimed eatery is definitely on the pricier side of things, but you’re paying for high quality produce and impeccable service. 



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Address: 79 Upper St Giles St, Norwich NR2 1AB

3. Jorge’s Restaurant

Jorge’s Restaurant brings authentic Portuguese cuisine to the streets of Norwich. 

Tucked away in Orford Yard, this cosy eatery is open for lunch and dinner with specialty steaks, charcoal-grilled meats, seafood and tapas on the menu. 

If great Mediterranean food is what you’re after you really need to try this place, and they even have an all-Portuguese wine list if you fancy a few tipples. 

With an open kitchen, stunning outdoor courtyard along with amazing flavours, you’re sure to leave satisfied when dining out at Jorge’s. 



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Address: 2-3, Orford Yd, Red Lion St, Norwich NR1 3TB

4. Brix and Bones 

Brix and Bones has become a hugely popular foodie destination for those studying in Norwich, and we can sure see why. 

This unique open fire restaurant is located inside the Gonzo’s Tea Room, right in the heart of the city centre. 

The dishes here are made from fresh and seasonal produce and are cooked to perfection using a charcoal and wood burning grill. 

Despite being a newcomer to the restaurant scene, the vibe at this place is great and the food will melt in your mouth. 



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Address: 68-72 London St, Norwich NR2 1JT

5. Blue Joanna

Next up for our top picks of restaurants in Norwich is none other than Blue Joanna.

This down-to-earth eatery serves Asian-inspired street food, along with beers, cocktails, live music and vinyl records. 

Sometimes all you want is comfort food, right? Well, here you can feast on the likes of Korean BBQ chicken wings, crispy pork belly and Wasabi battered prawns. 

If you’re after some simple food cooked well but don’t feel like heading out, they offer a takeaway menu so you can order in at your student flat.


Address: 103 Unthank Rd, Norwich NR2 2PE

6. The Vine 

Dating back to 1842, The Vine is housed within the smallest pub in Norwich and has certainly built up a reputation for itself over the years. 

Foodies can enjoy an authentic Thai dining experience with a wide variety of dishes to choose from, including panang curry, tom yum soup and ginger chicken. 

If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to cheers to the end of the week, there’s real ale, ciders, world beers, whiskey and gins on the menu here. 

Eating out on a Wednesday? They offer a 20% student discount on your food so make sure to bring along your ID! 



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Address: 7 Dove St, Norwich NR2 1DE

7. Prime 

On the hunt for a steakhouse to head to in Norwich? Prime is your best bet. 

This restaurant serves high-quality cuts of locally sourced beef and seafood on hot volcanic stones, so you’re guaranteed an immersive dining experience. 

A menu highlight for us is the porterhouse steak with garlic and parmesan seasoning, blue cheese sauce and hand-cut chips. 

For catching up over lunch with friends, Prime offers a great deal where you can get 2 dishes for £20. 

If you want to dine out here, do note that they do have a smart-casual dress code so you will need to adhere to this. 



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Address: 30-32 St Giles St, Norwich NR2 1LL

8. Namaste Village

Rated number 1 when it comes to top restaurants in Norwich on Tripadvisor is Namaste Village.

This award-winning restaurant celebrates India’s rich culinary heritage, with a mouth-watering menu of vegetarian dishes. 

Having been a part of the food scene in the city for over 10 years, this place has earned its title of Norwich’s best curry house. 

Here you can eat in colourful surroundings whilst delving into vegan and vegetarian plates like masala puri, chilli paneer and paneer angara.

For great food, a lovely atmosphere and flawless service, make sure to experience a meal out here. 


Address: 131-139 Queens Rd, Norwich NR1 3PN

9. Benoli

Searching for an authentic, independently owned Italian restaurant? Benoli should be your first port of call. 

Since opening back in 2019, this three-floored restaurant hidden up an alley in Norwich City Centre, has become a favourite for students and locals alike. 

You can taste homemade fresh pasta and Italian-inspired dishes, from crab taglioni to butter-poached cod to beef carpaccio and more.  

For those hungry for dessert, they offer a range of puddings and cheeses to choose from. 

If you don’t want to take our word for it, they’re even featured in the prestigious Michelin Guide!


Address: 5 Orford St, Norwich NR1 3LE

10. Donnelli’s Pizzeria

Concluding our guide to the top restaurants in Norwich is Donnelli’s Pizzeria.

From humble beginnings in owner Eric’s garage which he converted into a bakery, to a warm and casual restaurant tucked away on Timer Hill, this pizzeria is always bringing in crowds. 

They serve up authentic, Italian wood-fired pizzas made with a range of creative toppings here, like the Napoli, Genova and Assisi. 

No matter what you’re craving, there are tomato-based pizzas, white pizzas, calzones, salads and sides, dough balls, as well as desserts on offer. 

There are also dishes for vegetarians, vegans and those with a gluten-free diet so everyone can enjoy a meal here.

You can even order straight to your door using JustEat if you’re not in the mood to cook – what a winner! 


Address: 17 Timber Hill, Norwich NR1 3JZ

As you’ve discovered, there are an extensive number of top restaurants in Norwich with each place offering different cuisine. 

Still, the high quality, amazing flavours and friendly service remains the same at all of these eateries, so make sure to check them out! 

Are you wanting to get a taste of what Norwich nightlife is like? If so, take a read of our blog post to find out. 

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