<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Devon Life today click here

Seafood restaurants in Devon: 12 of the best places to go

PUBLISHED: 11:42 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:37 14 March 2017

Fatbelly Fred's, Barnstaple


From post-surf hangouts to some of the county’s finest dining establishments, we pick twelve of the best seafood restaurants in Devon

1. Les Saveurs Restaurant, Exmouth

This restaurant was only established five years ago and it’s quickly managed to win the hearts of the public, resulting in seafood cuisine with a multi-award winning status. Because of its back street location, fine dining ambience and mouth watering dishes, Les Saveurs is fondly known as ‘Exmouth’s hidden gem’. The delicious menu is bound to please your taste buds enticing you to visit again and again.

2. Crab Shack on the beach, Teignmouth

Teignmouth’s Crab Shack is the perfect post-beach hangout. Its informal atmosphere means you can enjoy tasty seafood in flip flops and shorts whilst you relax after a day of paddling and sand castle building.

The Crab Shack is an independent business that thrives off of its hard-working team. The shack only serves customers the freshest fish which is caught using their own boats, so take a pick from the ever-changing catch of the day menu.

3. Shoals Café on the Lido, Brixham

Shoals Café originally served as a swimming club storeroom but it has now been lovingly repurposed into a beautiful dining area overlooking Shoalstone seawater pool – an art deco icon on the South West coastline.

Despite its relatively new status (the café has just celebrated its first anniversary), Shoals has built a reputation for some of the tastiest seafood in Brixham. Enjoy the catch of the day fresh from the town’s fish market, whilst looking out to spectacular sea views.

4. Take Thyme, Ilfracombe

Take Thyme restaurant can be found in North Devon in the picturesque seaside town of Ilfracombe. Located only a short walk away from the harbour, you can watch the hustle and bustle of the town from the window as you enjoy locally caught fish.

This type of dining atmosphere is perfectly suited to those who look for a more relaxed experience and like to get to know the locals. They are commended for their excellent front of house manner and family-friendly atmosphere.

5. Fatbelly Fred’s, Barnstaple

Fatbelly Fred’s is an award-winning seafood restaurant situated in the centre of Barnstaple, North Devon. They are committed to locally and sustainably sourcing their lobster and crab so you can rest assured your seafood will be fresh and tasty when it arrives at the table.

From platters and paellas to megrim sole and mussels, there’s plenty to choose from – all of which is supplied from the surrounding towns of Plymouth, Ilfracombe and Appledore.

6. The Galley Restaurant, Topsham

Based in Topsham, East Devon, this restaurant proudly provides simplistic, understated seafood. And despite its relatively small size, The Galley has received many five star reviews for their dishes. The restaurant consistently provides its customers with something different by serving tasty food using an extensive range of interesting ingredients.

7. The Jetty, Salcombe

Located in the Salcombe Harbour Hotel is The Jetty, a restaurant lucky to have the award-winning chef Alex Aitken as its ‘secret weapon’. There is an array of mouth-watering seafood dishes on the menu which can be enjoyed with a glass of wine on the dining terrace overlooking the waterfront.

With its stylish and luxurious interiors and top-notch service, you’ll feel like a VIP from the moment you walk through the doors of The Jetty. This restaurant is perfect for seafood lovers with a passion for fine dining.

8. The Oyster Shack, Bigbury

Over the last thirty years, the Oyster Shack has evolved from a basic working shack into a modern and lively eatery where the Head Chef is a strong advocate of ethically sourced produce. Every day wild garlic and local samphire is handpicked from the chef’s herb garden to complement the best quality ingredients for the restaurant’s guests.

The extensive menu changes daily and it attracts diners from far and wide. Before sitting down to dinner, why not try one of the juicy cocktails from the bar menu?

9. The Laughing Monk, Dartmouth

Nestled in the pretty village of Strete is The Laughing Monk restaurant where the fish is fresh and the staff are welcoming. The menu features plenty of locally sourced seafood and meat, with some diners describing the dishes as ‘to die for’.

Prior to its transformation into a restaurant, The Laughing Monk was used as a local school and some of the original features such as the solid oak floors and open fire place still stand today, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for diners.

10. Number 7 Fish Bistro, Torquay

At this Torquay-based Bistro you can expect knowledgeable and friendly staff that tend to your every need. The family-run eatery opened in 1993 and they have been purchasing high quality fish from the Brixham market ever since.

Seafood aside, upstairs you’ll find a wine bar which is perfect for unwinding with a glass of pinot while watching the sun set over the sea.

11. The Seahorse, Dartmouth

Mitch Tonks’ restaurant sits on the beautiful banks of the River Dart in Dartmouth. Inside, you’ll find some of the highest quality seafood is served, much of which has been cooked over a spectacular charcoal oven. The dishes overflow with flavour and have succulent tastes that melt in the mouth. Savour a charcoal grilled Dartmouth Lobster whilst looking out on to the picturesque waterfront.

12. The Samphire Bush, Plymouth

Plymouth’s own seafood sanctuary offers a plethora of exquisite food to eat; from whole sand sole and cuttlefish, to monkfish, bream and mussels – there is something on the menu to cater to all palates.

The restaurant is headed by an experienced chef with 18 years of cooking under his belt. This knowledge and skill is reflected in the prestigious Taste of the West Gold award The Samphire Bush received in 2015.

Love food and drink in Devon? Perhaps you’d like cream teas in Devon!


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Devon Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Devon Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Devon Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink


The summer isn’t quite over yet… Make the most of the last of the sunny weather with a pint in a glorious Devon beer garden. From north to south, we pick 10 of the best pubs to visit

Read more
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CATHERINE COURTENAY meets a Plymouth couple who’ve spent an extraordinary year in the name of the greatest British takeaway

Read more
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bean freaks, brew geeks and the simply curious – take note. 17 of Devon’s top speciality coffee shops have been revealed in the new South West and South Wales Independent Coffee Guide.

Read more
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

From scenic views over the harbour to underground bars, Plymouth has it all. We pick 9 of the best bars and pubs to try...

Read more
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Public Houses are a cornerstone of life here in Britain, dating back as far as the Roman invasion in 43 AD. Devon is no different and its humble establishments are steeped in history and nostalgia. We’ve taken a look at 11 of the county’s most historical pubs

Read more
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Exeter’s three-day food festival kicks off in May – so get ready for a gastronomic extravaganza. Check out the link at the bottom of the page for details on the competition

Read more
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

With views of the coast, the countryside and our towns and cities, Devon’s eateries are home to some of the best views the county has to offer. Here are 23 places that are a treat for the tongue and the eyes

Read more
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Catherine Courtenay meets a chef whose passion for her craft is there for all to see

Read more
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Sunday lunch is an enduring British institution that’s incredibly important to get right. We’ve chosen 12 places in Devon that will guarantee sublime stuffing, mouth-watering meats and Yorkshire pudding perfection.

Read more
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Peter Greig turned his back on industrial farming, determined to find a better way. He tells Catherine Courtenay about his ethical approach to producing meat

Read more
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

It’s hard work but a pair of young Devon dairy farmers are making a go of it, writes Catherine Courtenay

Read more
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Kate Haskell reveals a tucked away spot where she loves to dine…and suggests you will love it there too

Read more
Friday, February 23, 2018

You can’t beat settling down at a pub with a pint in your hand and your dog at your feet. Complete with idyllic countryside settings and cosy interiors, we pick 16 of the best dog-friendly pubs in Devon

Read more
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lovers of cheddar, mozzarella, raclette, gruyere or any other cheese you can think of will be gathering in Exeter’s Matford Centre on March 17

Read more
A+ South & South West
Great British Holidays advert link
Pure Weddings advert link
South West Life advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area

Property Search