Dining Out in Exeter, Devon
Having celebrated its Michelin Guide recommendation for the second time, the fresh approach adopted by Angela's is indeed very appealing and diners in New Bridge, Exeter seem to have discovered this wonderful restaurant with much enthusiasm. Everything that is served there is prepared using local produce and the atmosphere is splendid. Menu choices are simple and never overwhelming while portions are adequate and filling. In the evening, expect to begin with starters of hand picked Exmouth white crab meat with orange served on a salad with ginger dressing and follow it with a main course of steamed trio of fish with sorrel butter or fillet of Ruby Red beef with a banana shallot and port sauce.
38 New Bridge Street, Exeter. EX4 3AH.
Tel. 01392 499038
Michael Caines at ABode Exeter, located on the beautiful Cathedral Green, is Exeter's most fabulous place to dine. Exeter is Michael's home town, and the ABode story started right here. Since 2000, Michael has been serving guests, residents, food critics and friends to his own highly individual and acclaimed style of cuisine, pioneered at nearby two-star Michelin Gidleigh Park utilising the finest ingredients and produce from the West Country. Though Michael has subsequently taken his successful dining concepts to Glasgow, Canterbury, Manchester and most recently, Chester, the Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter is always very special.
Michael Caines at ABode, Exeter. Cathedral Yard, Exeter, EX1 1HD
Tel. 01392 223638
Al Farid, Exeter
Al Farid is an authentic Moroccan restaurant located in a lovely setting overlooking Exeter Cathedral. This little restaurant offers something a little different to the normal ' restaurant chain' food. The menu is interesting and varied with the Mezze a definite favourite. The Mezze allows you to chose 6 dishes for just over £20, which is very competitive and the portions are ample. The atmosphere is relaxed with traditional Moroccan style floor cushions on which to lounge. A great place to wile away an hour or so... and definitely not a place to go if you are one of those 'hurry-hurry' types who graze rather than eat! The staff are friendly and attentive.
To sum up: Good Value for money, but remember to book ahead as its size means that Al Farid fills up quickly.
3 Cathedral Yard, Exeter, Devon. EX1 1HJ
Tel. 01392 494444
ASK, Exeter, Exeter
ASK restaurants date back to 1992 when the group opened their first restaurant. Their ethos is simple: to offer really good Italian food in a stylish, contemporary setting. The aim for customers to feel that they had been somewhere a bit different, somewhere just a bit special.
Nearly twenty years later the ambition hasn’t changed. The menu is based on simple, delicious ingredients and offers a full range of pastas, pizzas, meats and salads, all cooked with pride and passion. Alongside the delicious food, they want to ensure that you always have a great time in ASK and enjoy exceptional service from the team.
5 Cathedral Close, Exeter. EX1 1EZ.
Tel. 01392 427127
Bella Italia, Exeter, Exeter
Bella Italia has been bringing a taste of Italy to the UK since the early 1990s. With a menu combining delicious pizza and pasta with a superb range of grill and speciality dishes there's something for everybody - even the children! The food is complemented by some fantastic Italian wines - many from smaller producers and all chosen by a Master of Wine - beers and soft drinks.
Opening hours: Mon - Sat 09:00 - 22:00 Sun 10:00 - 22:00.
Bella Italia, 92 Queen Street, Exeter. EX4 3RP.
Tel. 01392 211778
Cafe Rouge, Exeter
With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and 'je ne sais quoi' of French dining since it opened way back in 1989.
Now with over 111 sites across the country it's just the place to mull over the morning papers with a cafe au lait and a croissant, pop in for a spot of lunch, share a post-work drink or relax over an evening meal.
The menu covers a range of French classics from croques and baguettes, ideal for a quick and easy snack, to more substantial fare such as steak frites and boeuf bourguignon. Likewise, the wines are predominately French, many made by lesser known producers, and provide the perfect accompaniment to the food on offer. An array of hors d'oeuvres takes in classic French onion and beef soup with a melted gruyere crouton, Café Rouge mussels in white wine, herbs, garlic and cream served with slices of warm french baguette. Salads, pasta and quiches feature largely, as do baguettes and croques. Quick dishes, ideal for lunch, include smoked Toulouse sausages with herb mash, caramelised onions and thyme jus, and penne au legumes. Moving on to more serious stuff we find steaks, an 8oz bavette and thin cut rib eye, with a choice of sauces that include the signature numéro vingt, prepared specially from over twenty secret ingredients. No French menu would be complete without the poulet Breton, or a steak frites before moving on to the crème brûlée, or the tart tatin. Almost invariably the coffee tastes like coffee should, something that sadly can all too often still not be said of our English restaurants, who depend too much upon technology and too little on the acquisition of a certain flair for this important conclusion to a meal.
Cafe Rouge, 24 Bedford Street, Princesshay Exeter. EX1 1LL.
Tel. 01392 251042
Carluccio's, Exeter, Exeter
Carluccio's was started by Antonio and Priscilla Carluccio as a small café and shop stocking Italian food and ingredients in 1991, and grew into a restaurant serving authentic cuisine at sensible prices in 1999.
Situated in the bustling restaurant quarter on Bedford Street, within Princesshay. Our caffè, restaurant, alimentari foodshop and deli will be open throughout the day for breakfast, coffee, light lunch, a three course meal with wine in the evening or even a spot of retail therapy.
Carluccio's, Princesshay, Exeter. EX1 1GJ.
Tel. 01392 410492
Cat in the Hat, Exeter
Cat in the Hat Cafe - Bar - Restaurant, located in Magdalen Road, Exeter. Just a short stroll from the city centre of Exeter, and the new Princesshay development. Parking is easy, there is a large car park (Fairpark) at the bottom of Magdalen Road, and more spaces further up the road. Magdalen Road is a small village style shopping area in the centre of St Leonards.
Cat in the Hat offers excellent value at lunchtime with a two course menu, changed daily, at only £9.95, the evening à la carte is heralded by a complete change of atmosphere as the lights go down, the candles come out and the impression is of walking into an almost completely different restaurant. The menu is changed monthly, but amongst the starters look to find local mussels, steamed in white wine with a julienne of vegetables, shallots and cream or a marinated pigeon breast carved over a salad of fine beans, red onion marmalade, sunblushed tomato and pesto. The main event kicks off with tranche of cod, enveloped in lettuce, with a leek, saffron and dill coulis, and cauliflower risotto or pan fried fillet of wild sea bass with a South Hams crab mash, mussels, a caviar and Noilly Prat sauce, and braised fennel. Their ever popular meat - all from local suppliers - dishes might include Creedy Carver duck breast, roasted and carved onto a stew of autumn vegetables with barley and scrumpy or Westcountry Gold fillet steak, with leek and potato dauphinoise, wild mushroom and brandy sauce and wilted spinach. Desserts are by no means the poor relation on this menu; consider tarte tatin of figs with clotted cream, maple and walnuts or a hot Valhrona chocolate fondant with marmalade ice cream and hazelnut tuile. The outstanding range of West Country cheeses also show up well.
29 Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX2 4TA.
Tel. 01392 211700
Chadni Indian Restaurant has a good atmosphere, smart interior, with plenty of space, modern design and a very clean feeling. The staff are very courteous and efficient. The food is good with some unusual dishes on the menu. All nicely served and very tasty. Vegetarians are also reasonably well catered for with plenty of vegetarian items or versions of things.
164 Heavitree Road, Exeter EX1 2LZ, Tel. 01392 276219
Tel. 01392 276219
Dinosaur Cafe Restaurant, Exeter
Dinosaur Cafe and Turkish Meze Bar offers something a little different in deepest Devon. As one Tripadvisor reviewer put it: 'Don't be put off by the exterior, this is the best place to eat in Exeter. From the lamb and chicken kebabs served with the BEST rice in the world to the mixed salad which is fabulous.
The service is always friendly, they remember you after your first visit. There are a lot of very mediocre restaurants in Exeter, this is not one of them.'. Another stated: 'Dinosaur Cafe is a small turkish meze (=nibble) restaurant with excellent view out of the window. Serves common European dishes as well, but I would recommend the amazing Izmir cuisine. Friendly staff, relaxing Turkish-Greek music, real food, delicious çay (turkish tea) is all it takes to have a lovely spot in Exeter. Sometimes, during lunchtime, you have to share the table due to confined space (even better!). You can also take a look at the second hand book library!'. Enough Said!
Dinosaur Cafe, Attwills Almshouses, 5 New North Road Exeter EX4 4JT.
Tel. 01392 490951
El Bocado, Exeter
El Bocado is Exeter's newest and finest Tapas Restaurant, offering authentic traditional Spanish cuisine and fine wines, in a relaxed and contemporary environment.
The food is always freshly prepared by their experienced kitchen team using traditional Spanish ingredients in conjunction with produce from local suppliers - and they also make all their own desserts!
El Bocado is open daily from 12 noon and also offers set menus for corporate and group bookings. Why not pop in for a quick lunch, an evening out or for that special celebration? So if you're looking for the perfect place to eat out in Exeter, choose El Bocado - you will always be welcome!
El Bocado, 36-37 South Street, Exeter. EX1 1ED
Tel. 01392 678445
Ferns Restaurant, Exeter
Ferns have been trading for over twenty years and it still producing delicious home made food made by our own chefs at our restaurant. Our 180 seater restaurant is looked after by a team of well trained staff who will make sure its clean & tidy and make sure you enjoy your stay at Ferns. We have a team of four chefs that daily make homemade dishes from scones to hot main meals followed by delicious sweets.
Ferns Restaurant, 27 Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter, Devon. EX4 3HL
Tel. 01392 427231
Gandhi Indian Cuisine, Exeter
One of the best Indian Restaurants in Exeter. Good food at reasonable prices. There is a good feel about this restaurant, unlike many others you don't feel rushed or pressurized to hurry your meal or leave your table. Try the King Prawn Vindaloo and Chicken Jalfrezi they're good!
7 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4HH. Tel. 01392 439703
Tel. 01392 439703
Harrys Grill Bar, Exeter
Harry’s restaurant is named after Harry Hems, a master carver who occupied the premises following its design and construction by the architect Robert Medley Fulford in 1882.
Harry arrived in Exeter in 1886 to work on the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. On arrival, he found a horseshoe lying in the road, which he interpreted as a lucky omen and so decided to settle in Exeter. The premises were then known as ‘Ye Luckie Horseshoe Studios; the lucky horseshoe can still be seen above the main door of the restaurant. On 4th December each year, Harry hosted a Christmas dinner for the aged poor – this tradition is still commemorated at Harry’s with an annual charity dinner.
In November 1993, Simon and Annette Pounds opened 86 Longbrook Street as Harry’s Restaurant. The whole family was roped in and slaved away, successfully establishing Harry’s.
In 2007, Sam’s ‘new baby’, ‘harry’s Grill Bar’, opened just up the road in Northernhay Place, behind Boots. The Grill Bar retains the relaxed, lively informality, characteristic of the original Harry’s, whilst aiming at a more specialist market, as the name suggests. On September 8th 2011 the Grill bar launched its newly refurbished cocktail bar, complete with newly designed bar and restaurant menus.
Harrys Grill Bar, 6 Northernhay Place, Exeter, Devon. EX4 3QJ.
Tel. 01392 438545
Harrys Restaurant, Exeter
Harry’s restaurant is named after Harry Hems, a master carver who occupied the premises following its design and construction by the architect Robert Medley Fulford in 1882.
Harry arrived in Exeter in 1886 to work on the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. On arrival, he found a horseshoe lying in the road, which he interpreted as a lucky omen and so decided to settle in Exeter. The premises were then known as ‘Ye Luckie Horseshoe Studios; the lucky horseshoe can still be seen above the main door of the restaurant. On 4th December each year, Harry hosted a Christmas dinner for the aged poor – this tradition is still commemorated at Harry’s with an annual charity dinner. In November 1993, Simon and Annette Pounds opened 86 Longbrook Street as Harry’s Restaurant. The whole family was roped in and slaved away, successfully establishing Harry’s.
Sam formally took over from Mum and dad in 2004 – and Harry’s continues to go from strength to strength. The third generation started working in the restaurant, with Sam’s eldest daughters, Phoebe and Zoe, both inheriting their mother’s flair for the business. Younger daughters Tigerlily and India also lend a hand; keeping the family tradition alive and kicking. And for the early birds, freshly brewed coffee every morning at 8 am (worms subject to availability).
Our ethic: Quality, tasty food at affordable prices; a varied menu with something for everyone and a relaxed, fun, friendly environment for staff and customers. Harry’s uses locally sourced produce wherever possible and coming from a farming background, Sam ensures that Harry’s meat comes from farms with high standards of animal welfare. Built and run by the Pounds family and friends, Harry’s remains a truly great family enterprise and is currently celebrating 18 successful years as a unique independent restaurant.
Harry’s Restaurant, 86 Longbrook Street, Exeter, Devon. EX4 6AP
Tel. 01392 202234
Jack in the Green, Exeter
Eating out is one of those small things we can all do to make ourselves feel better. Our popular ‘Totally Devon’ menu is still fantastic value for money at £25 for 3 delicious courses. Choose either lunch or dinner, the price has been fixed for the rest of this year and directly helps to support some of Devon’s best producers.
Our own cure Parma ham is now ready with Pancetta and cured belly pork next on the list. The team has been bolstered by the recent addition of Harriet who joins us straight from Exeter College where she finished as Pastry Student of the Year.
As always, we are also able to host wedding receptions, conferences, large parties and breakfast meetings and always go the extra mile to make sure they surpass expectations. If you have a specific requirement then please don’t be afraid to ask.
The Jack in the Green Inn, Rockbeare, Exeter. EX5 2EE. Tel. 01404 822240.
Tel. 01404 822240
Jasmine Thai Restaurant, Exeter
Exciting Thai cuisine in the heart of Exeter - Jasmine Thai Restaurant is a deceptively spacious 80-seat restaurant, beautifully laid out on two levels and ideal for large parties but equally ideal for romantic dinners for two.
Delicious, authentic Thai food - The mouth-watering Thai meals are truly something to be experienced. From the exotic aromas of Thai herbs and spices to the fresh, locally sourced and free range ingredients, the meals are always sure to please. The perfect eating environment - Exquisitely decorated, Jasmine Thai Restaurant offers you an intimate and comfortable environment for enjoying a small slice of Thailand's most popular dishes.
153 Fore Street, Exeter, Devon. EX4 3AT
Tel. 01392 689988
La Tasca, Exeter, Exeter
La Tasca Exeter, located in the Princesshay shopping centre, is the place to be for great tapas, sangrias and delicious authentic paellas. There are plenty of car parks within a couple minutes walk away, but if you would rather not drive, Exeter Central train station is only a 5 minutes walk or there are regular buses which also call at Exeter’s park and ride services.
We are the perfect restaurant destination any day or night of the week, being in close proximity of the local theatres, cinemas and nightclubs. We offer something for everyone whether it’s a quick bite whilst hitting those shops or a fun venue to take the kids along to or for a great night out Spanish style! With our salsa nights, we offer a fiesta like no other.
La Tasca, 26 Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1GJ
Tel. 01392 434488
With quality food, friendly staff, quick service and excellent value for money, Nando's is a great place to eat. Don't expect identikit, pre-fab restaurant interiors which are usually a staple of the larger chains; each restaurant is tailored to its local surroundings and customers, offering up a unique restaurant experience to go with the equally unique taste of legendary, Portuguese, Peri-Peri chicken.
Nando's is a place for bright people who love to laugh and love to eat, and is guaranteed to spice up your taste buds. Their fun approach to life means that when you visit Nando's you can fully relax without the airs and graces associated with more starchy dining out.
Nando's - Exeter, 1 Princesshay, Exeter, EX1 1GE.
Tel. 01392 436080
Prezzo, Exeter, Exeter
Prezzo has been delighting diners for over eight years, and this Italian restaurant chain has since been able to expand throughout large parts of England and Scotland with some 141 outlets. Interestingly, the company seeks to restore either impressive buildings or ones of local interest. Their trendy and sophisticated décor usually consists of tiled or wooden floors with delicate lights and colourful paintings, along with wooden furniture and sparkling cutlery, creating a setting that is suitable for a relaxed lunch, a family meal or an evening out with friends. The restaurants are of particular appeal to those who like genuine Italian cuisine, and they use only the best seasonal products, many of which are imported directly from Italy.
This is Italian food at its attractive best, convincing and bringing together the traditional with the modern twist or two against a background of excellent value.
202 High Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3EB.
Tel. 01392 477739
Shanghai Nights, Exeter
If you are looking for authentic Chinese food in Exeter, this is the place to go. Great place, really good dim sum, the kind of stuff you get for real in Far East. Great menu, fantastic roast pork/duck with rice and bok choy. Good atmosphere with lots of Chinese chatter. Highly recommended for those seeking out authentic Chinese food.
Cowick Street, St. Thomas Building, Exeter EX4 1AF. Tel. 01392 499888
Tel. 01392 499888
Located in the new Princesshay development, this stunning Strada is situated on two floors with a sunny upstairs terrace overlooking the cathedral, with plenty of outside seating on Princesshay Square.
Princesshay is fast becoming the best destination for shopping and eating out in the South West of England.
Strada is all about great quality, simple, freshly prepared pizza, pasta and risotto and as they say: 'There are many Italys - all of them at Strada'. The menu includes pastas, risottos, salads, and fish dishes, but they are best known for their quality pizzas. They present authentic Italian dishes in contemporary surroundings and aim to use only the freshest and finest ingredients, such as Mantovana sausages, Parma ham and buffalo mozzarella, imported from Italy to provide exactly the kind of rustic, traditional dishes one would expect to find travelling around its regions. A typical meal could be insalata Toscana, or the delicious sautéed butterflied king prawns with garlic, white wine, chilli, and lemon butter with ciabatta. To follow: a creamy risotto verdure or spigola al forno - filleted sea bass stuffed with rosemary and lemon. A range of pizzas, all spun by hand, is an integral feature of each restaurant. A wine list consisting of purely regional Italian wines, beers and liqueurs, chosen to complement the menu and an unusual addition, every table receives a complimentary bottle of purified water.
Strada - Exeter, Princesshay Square, 20 Bedford Street, Exeter. EX1 1NU.
Tel. 01392 432727
Thai Orchid, Exeter
Established in 1995, Thai Orchid Restaurant is Exeter’s First Thai Restaurant serving the finest Thai Cuisine in a period cottage.
Built in 1540 this stonemasons’ cottage and Saint Peter’s Cathedral, provide an unlikely yet fitting backdrop for this taste of Thailand. The Restaurant is a family run business comprising of two levels of fine dining without the pretence one might normally expect from a restaurant of this quality. The kitchen is professionally run by Thai Chefs with experience gained in prestigious restaurants and hotels from Bangkok to New Zealand.
Experience the full array of flavours and spices in Thai cuisine whilst respecting the delicacy of the individual ingredients ensuring that their fragrance and subtlety comes through with each and every bite.
Thai Orchid caters for all occasions, the romantic rendezvous for two to the business dinner, private parties, takeaway and of course little ones are always welcome. Thai Orchid offers lunchtime menus, nine set menus, a full A’ La Carte menu and a Takeaway Menu.
Highlights include The Ayuttha, The Bangkok, The Chiang Mai, Damnern Sadauk, The Grawan, The Farang, The Goh Samui, The Hua-Hin and The J-San.
Thai Orchid, 5 Cathedral Yard, Three Gables, Exeter, Devon. EX1 1HJ.
Tel. 01392 214215
The Conservatory, Exeter
Discover the joys of dining in this small but perfectly formed, family run restaurant in Central Exeter. The chefs carefully prepare diver caught scallops, West Country fillet steak, rack of lamb, woodpigeon and cheeses all sourced from Devon. They opened as a café bistro but over time concentrated more on food after realising it to be in such demand. The menu changes each day because according to them, there's nothing worse for a customer than making a choice, only to find it's not available, a problem the constantly varying menu avoids. To give your meal a flavoursome start consider the tiger prawns, poached in coconut milk with fresh coriander and chilli. Mains come forward with attractive options such as pan-fried calves' liver with Anna potatoes, pickled walnuts, sage and balsamic vinegar dressing or roast rack of lamb with pistachio nuts and fresh mint crust. Their carefully researched wine list has two specials, to complement the well-flavoured food.
The food on offer is consistently excellent. The Early Bird Menu is incredible value. There is an interesting wine list & the house wines are of good quality & reasonably priced. Its not just the food that makes dining at The Conservatory a pleasurable experience, its also the atmosphere of the place & the excellent service. Probably the best restaurant in the area!!
18 North Street, Exeter, EX4 3QS.
Tel. 01392 273858
The Olive Tree Restaurant, Exeter
Situated within the Queens Court Hotel, the Olive Tree Restaurant, is a restaurant with a major Mediterranean influence.
The Two AA Rosette Awarded Olive Tree Restaurant offers a well known and highly regarded venue for contemporary dining.
An oasis of calm and the perfect place for city centre dining. The staff will offer you a warm welcome with relaxed and friendly service. The setting is stylish and the classic decor is brought to life with Italian touches of Venetian masks, glimmering olive oil bottles and flickering candles. The music and twinkling chandeliers create a special atmosphere.
Private parties and dining are a feature of the restaurant where the Terrace Room provides a perfect venue for that special occasion. Parties of up to 16 people can be accommodated for private dining and menus individually prepared for any special dietary need or occasion.
Head Chef Darren Knockton and his team create dishes with passion and flair to delight the most jaded palette. The cuisine is modern British with a designer twist and should tempt many away from the chain Exeter restaurants in the city centre. Darren is dedicated to using local ingredients from his trusted suppliers and believes in creating everything from scratch at the Queens kitchen. The menu changes with the seasons and is complimented by a varied and select wine list.
The Olive Tree Restaurant at The Queens Court Hotel, 6-8 Bystock Terrace, Exeter, Devon. EX4 4HY.
Treasury Restaurant, Exeter
St Olaves is a small, intimate, character hotel situated in the heart of the historic City of Exeter. You will discover the "oasis" of a hotel sitting resplendent in its own Walled Garden in the oldest part of the city, yet only 400 yards from the Cathedral itself. The Treasury Restaurant, named to mark the fact that Charles II's coins were minted close by is open for lunch and dinner and offers both a short but interesting snack menu and two and three course meals.
The small, intimate bar offers the usual range of beers, lagers and spirits plus some interesting local wines and some unusual dessert wines including the famous Canadian Ice Wine and smooth vintage ports.
Treasury Restaurant at the St Olaves Hotel, Mary Arches Street, Exeter, EX4 3AZ.
Tel. 01392 217736
Wagamama, Exeter, Exeter
Wagamama restaurants are modelled on the ramen bars which have been popular in Japan for many years. The menu consists of side dishes, main meals and desserts your order is taken on an electronic handheld and zapped through to the kitchen by radio signal where it is cooked immediately.
Their stated aim is to ensure the freshness of your food and so your dish will be delivered to your table as soon as it is ready. This means different dishes may be delivered at different times. The aim is don't wait - just tuck in and share. 'Enjoy the wagamama experience!'
Situated in Exeter City Centre, just opposite St. Catherine's Chapel and the Cathedral, visiting Wagamama just couldn't be easier! 100 metres from Exeter Central rail station and even closer to the bus station. There are just over 100 seats inside and 96 outside if the weather is kind.
Opening hours : Mon - Sat: 11.30am - 11pm; Sun: 11.30am - 10pm
16 Bedford Street, Princesshay, Exeter, Devon. EX1 1LL.
Tel. 01392 274810
Situated on the famous Gandy Street, just off the High Street and close to Exeter Central train station, Zizzi is a popular destination with shoppers and tourists. Housed in the old City Chambers, this Italian restaurant has a lovely open plan dining area which can be used to accommodate parties and families of all sizes. There is also a superb enclosed rear garden which is fantastic for enjoying some al fresco dining in the warmer months.
Zizzi - Exeter, 21-22 Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon. EX4 3LS.
Tel. 01392 274737
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