Where to eat in Dartmouth: the best restaurants, pubs and cafésPosted by Perfect Stays on Updated on
From Michelin-star gems to bars with a difference
Walking along the picturesque streets of Dartmouth, aromas of fresh seafood and the baked delicacies of local cafés fill the air. With an abundance of quality produce lying on the doorstep, it’s no surprise that this historic coastal town has become a magnet for foodies from far and wide.
Prepare yourself for a culinary adventure as we guide you through winding alleys and riverside lanes, stopping off at the very best places to eat in Dartmouth – from fine dining restaurants to traditional pubs and everything in between.
Dartmouth’s best restaurants
Where to find it: 5 South Embankment, TQ6 9BH
Specialising in seafood and grilled meat dishes, this award-winning restaurant, owned by celebrity chef Mitch Tonks, is well suited to special occasions, boasting its own private dining room – The Cantina. Whether you’re celebrating or simply fancy an evening of indulgence, a meal at The Seahorse is sure to live long in the memory.
For an extra slice of luxury, you can book one of the restaurant's al Mare experiences which brings the Seahorse magic to a location of your choosing.
Where to find it: 8 The Quay, TQ6 9PS
Looking out across the quay, Taylor’s is ideal for kicking back with the family, friends or that special someone. Despite its waterside location, this stylish restaurant is considered something of a hidden gem in the town, serving exquisitely prepared food with an emphasis on fish. Be sure to book in advance and secure a window seat.
Where to find it: 5 Lower Street, TQ6 9AJ
A delight for those who enjoy tucking into small plates, Andria serves modern European cuisine. You can expect everything from lobster bisque and scallops to gnocchi and locally caught seafood. The dishes are served in a tasting menu format, so a choice of three plates per person is recommended – with sharing encouraged! In our blog post on Devon's best new restaurants, we praised Andrea for its refined menus and excellent service.
© Andria via Instagram
Where to find it: 2 South Embankment, TQ6 9BH
This fine dining sensation is the winner of two AA Rosettes and features in the Michelin Guide for 2023. The a la carte menu promises a treat for the senses, with the dishes changing weekly in response to the seasons, showcasing local ingredients where possible to maximise flavour. Recent showstoppers include Devonshire lamb with brown butter artichokes and sauce piquante, Loch Duart cured salmon, and an 'All White' dessert fusing coconut, yuzu and lychee. The Angel also serves a set lunch menu on Fridays and Saturdays. For more Michelin-awarded eateries in Devon, take a look at our guide.
Anzac Street Bistro
Where to find it: 2 Anzac Street, TQ6 9DL
Easy to miss, Anzac is found tucked away on its namesake side street. A fusion of Polish and Mediterranean flavours awaits, prepared in both traditional and modern styles with an extensive wine list. Highlights range from fresh local fish, including pan-fried sea bass, scallops and monkfish, to chargrilled chicken served on a bed of Singapore rice noodles.
Kendricks Restaurant and Bar
Where to find it: 29 Fairfax Place, TQ6 9AB
There’s something for everyone at Kendricks. Regarded as a Dartmouth institution, this popular restaurant has been the work of husband-and-wife team Bob and Georgia Kendrick for over 20 years. It’s a must for a memorable evening out with a buzz. The menu champions classics, ranging from burgers and steaks to ribs, grills and sizzling fajitas.
Dartmouth's best cafés
Café Alf Resco
Where to find it: Lower Street, TQ6 9AN
Stepping through the doors of this quirky townhouse reveals a world of delicious food and bespoke coffee. Located in the centre of the town and owned by Alf himself, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome here, whether you’re seeking a hearty breakfast or an evening meal. Depending on when you pop in, there could also be some live music in store.
© Café Alf Resco via Facebook
Smith Street Deli
Where to find it: Smith Street, TQ6 9QR
A hit among locals and visitors in the know, Smith Street Deli serves a tantalising array of locally sourced produce that can be enjoyed in or as a takeaway. You’ll find a large selection of cured meats, cheeses and local preserves, promising an authentic and fresh taste of South Devon. The coffee is great here too, not to mention the deli’s mouth-watering collection of cakes.
Where to find it: 2 Smith Street, TQ6 9QR
Treat your taste buds to artisan coffee and wonderful Italian-inspired food with a trip to Woodroast. A friendly and relaxed atmosphere awaits, not to mention a menu that tempts with a truly delectable desserts selection. If your culinary heart yearns for perfectly baked cheesecakes and faultless coffee, you’ve come to the right place.
Dartmouth’s best pubs and bars
Where to find it: 13 Higher Street, TQ6 9RB
Among Dartmouth’s oldest buildings, The Cherub is a 14th century landmark that features regularly on the Instagram stories of those who pass by, due to its eye-catching character features. The latter include charming uneven beams and beautiful external flower displays. As for the interior, it’s as rustic and cosy as you’d expect, with the bar serving local ales and a tasty menu of pub classics.
The Floating Bridge
Where to find it: Coombe Road, TQ6 9PQ
Another Dartmouth pub steeped in history, The Floating Bridge occupies an enviable position alongside the River Dart. Sink into a window seat and watch the world go by while tucking into a bite to eat. Menu highlights include mouth-watering mixed grills, burgers, and the locally sourced catch of the day. The portions are generous and it’s dog-friendly here too, making it a perfect pitstop for walks along the water with your canine companion.
Image credits: Andria via Instagram | Café Alf Resco via Facebook | All other images are our own.