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Residents of Southampton are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a place to eat. From Wagamamma and YO! Sushi to Pizza Express and ASK, all the popular restaurant chains you would expect to find in a big city are present and accounted for.

However, instead of dwelling on the national brands that you are already familiar with, here we thought it best to encourage you to unleash your inner 'foodie' and take a look at some of Southampton’s most loved independent eateries.

7 Bone

7 Bone is a family run restaurant in the centre of Portswood, an area popular with students from both of the local universities. Specialising in what they refer to as ‘American comfort food classics’, diners can expect homemade burger patties, delicious macaroni cheese and thick milkshakes - all at a reasonable price.

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The Art House

This not-for-profit gallery, café and music venue is the best place in town for fresh vegetarian and vegan food. All your vegan and vegetarian favourites are on the menu including jacket potatoes, nachos, soups and Greek mezze.

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Banana Wharf

This restaurant overlooks the marina at Ocean Village and is the perfect place to enjoy a meal while soaking up the sun. Taking its name from the banana trade at Southampton's docks, Banana Wharf's menu is influenced by oriental and tropical tastes, along with with a good selection of seafood, pizzas and other classic favourites.

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Lakaz Maman

Lakaz Maman means 'mum's house' and the restaurant evokes this feeling by serving traditional Mauritian street food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is owned by Shelina Permalloo, who won the BBC's Masterchef programme in 2012.

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Mettricks is an independent tea and coffee house that prides itself on serving great tea and coffee and freshly made food. With branches at the Bargate, Old Town and Guildhall Square, Mettricks is the perfect place to catch up with friends over a coffee and a sandwich at lunchtime, or a cocktail in the evening.

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Piccolo Mondo

With space for just 34 seats, Piccolo Mondo is one of the most intimate restaurants in Southampton. It also happens to be one of the oldest, having served authentic Italian cuisine from its town centre location for the last 45 years. Prices are reasonable, with most mains costing no more than £10.

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Rancho Steakhouse

As the home of what is, arguably, the best steak in town, Rancho Steakhouse is one of the busiest restaurants on the High Street. Inspired by traditional South American steakhouses, the untreated wood and cowhide themed interior suits the menu perfectly.

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Turtle Bay

Perfect for those who can’t stand bland, visitors to the Turtle Bay can expect dishes that are full of jerk Caribbean heat and fresh fruity flavours. Turtle Bay is also popular with those who aren’t looking for a sit-down meal thanks to the ever-popular 2-4-1 cocktails deal and affordable bar snacks.

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The new dining and cinema development adjacent to the Westquay shopping centre has a whole host of eateries, from American-style diners, to Mexican tapas, to Nordic delicacies. With so many different cuisines and price ranges to choose from, there's bound to be something for everyone!

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The White Star

This restaurant is located in the heart of Oxford Street, a part of Southampton renowned for its high-quality eateries and bars. The White Star has a reputation for serving traditional British pub grub with a fine dining twist, and has long been a must visit venue for anyone in the area who is passionate about food.

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