Here are some places we like but please check in advance that they are open or have spaces as seating is likely to be limited.

If you are anxious about eating out, many of these restaurants have been doing takeaways so contact them to see if that is still an option.

SEAFOOD & MORE

The Elephant 
Simon Hulstone’s renowned Michelin starred restaurant, is conveniently situated at the bottom of the hill 3 & 4 Beacon Hill, Torquay TQ1 2BH. If you can’t get a table in the evening try a lunchtime slot. Tel: 01803 200044. Website: https://www.elephantrestaurant.co.uk/
No 7 Fish Bistro and wine bar
Our nearest restaurant specialising in locally caught fresh fish and seafood.  7 Beacon Hill, Torquay TQ1 2BH. Booking is advised. Tel: 01803 295055. Website:  https://www.englishriviera.co.uk/food-and-drink/number-7-fish-bistro-torquay-p234263
Man Fridays Lobster House
Another seafood specialist, this little restaurant is very popular with locals and gets booked up in advance. There are wonderful views of the harbour from the balcony tables. If you love seafood we recommend the Man Fridays Taster Box. 22 Victoria Parade, TQ1 2BB. Tel: 01803 296416. Website: http://www.manfridays.co.uk/
On the Rocks 
Restaurant and bar opposite Torre Abbey Sands. “Fresh ingredients, capably prepared: simply a good meal”, according to the Michelin Guide 2018. Wednesday night is Mussel & Prosecco night. 1 Abbey Crescent, Torquay TQ2 5HB. Tel: 01803 203666 Website: https://www.ontherocks-torquay.co.uk/
Ollie’s
One of Torquay’s newest restaurants, we’ve been hearing great things about Ollie’s. Discover it for yourself at 34-36 Torwood Street, Torquay. Tel: 01803  297177. Website: https://www.olliesrestaurant.co.uk/
Brasserie at the Bay
This lovely boutique hotel near Meadfoot Beach has an equally lovely restaurant which is open to all. Taste of the West Gold Award Winner. Meadfoot Bay Hotel, Meadfoot Sea Road TQ1 2LQ Tel: 01803 228998  https://www.brasserieatthebay.com/brasseriemenu
Below Decks
Seafood restaurant on Beacon Quay with a wonderful terrace overlooking the harbour. The perfect place to have a drink and watch the sun go down. Breakfasts, afternoon teas and a daytime menu. Pizzas and seafood mains after 6pm.  Unit 4, Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG Tel: 01803 411106 https://www.belowdecks.co.uk/#home-section

 

GASTRO PUB

The Cary Arms & Spa

The hill down to this pub is not for the fainthearted. But it is worth the effort for some breath-taking views over the beach and bay. One of our favourite pubs, with a beautiful garden where you can sit and spot seals. When it gets colder there is a roaring fire in the cosy bar.

Booking is essential and only card payments are accepted. Take some change as you need to pay for the car park at the bottom. Take care coming back up the hill. Stay in first gear! Babbacombe Beach, Torquay TQ1 3LX Tel: 01803 327110. Website: http://www.caryarms.co.uk

 

FISH & CHIPS

Rockfish
Twice winner of the National Fish & Chip Awards. Owned by Mitch Tonks with branches also in Brixham (next to the fish market) and Dartmouth. The Torquay branch is at the bottom of the hill next to the harbour. 20 Victoria Parade , Torquay TQ1 2BB Tel: 01803 212175 Book online at https://therockfish.co.uk/
Hanbury’s 
Fish and chips to eat in or take away. Award winning family run fish and chip shop which has its own micro-brewery. A short drive up the Babbacombe Road. 24 Princes Street, Torquay TQ1 3LW. Tel: 01803 329928 Website: https://www.hanburys.net/
Saltwater
Another award winner, Saltwater is within walking distance. 2 Victoria Parade, Torquay TQ1 2BB. Tel: 01803 414142 Website:  https://saltwatertorquay.co.uk/

 

ITALIAN

Amici
Pasta, pizza and grills. Outdoor and indoor dining in Torwood Street, Fun and informal but gets booked up quickly. 29 Torwood Street, Torquay, TQ1 1ED. Tel: 201770 Website: https://www.amicitorquay.co.uk/
Bianco’s
This is Amici’s sister restaurant which is more intimate and slightly more expensive .Just across the road at 38 Torwood Street, Torquay TQ1 1ED. Tel: 01803 293430 https://www.biancos.co.uk/

 

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH/LUNCH

Me & Mrs Jones
Deli, breakfast and brunch restaurant. Speciality food shop which is great for picnics. Wonderful sourdough bread and freshly made salads, quiches, Chunk of Devon pasties and delicious cakes. The café won Taste of the West Gold for 2017/2018 11 Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JG Tel: 298745. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meandmrsjonesshop
Meadfoot Beach Cafe
This beachside restaurant does great breakfasts from 9am onwards and Wednesday night is pizza night during the Summer.  Meadfoot Sea Road, Torquay TQ1 2LQ. Check it is open on 01803 213988 as it has to close in bad weather. https://www.facebook.com/meadfootbeachcafe/
Wesup
This Coffee House and Paddleboard club serves delicious artisan coffee and cakes down by the marina. There is an all day brunch menu and a lovely habourside terrace.  Wesup also has a gin bar in collaboration with Salcombe Gin. Wesup Coffee House, MDL Marina car park, Vaughan road TQ2 5EQ Tel: 01803 267986
Website: https://torquay.wesuphq.com/

 

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN

Margo’s Cafe & Lounge
Modern homemade vegetarian/vegan food. Fabulous cakes and hot chocolate. Walk to the end of the road and you have fabulous views of Babbacombe Bay. Get there early as they sell out quickly. It’s a short drive: Margo’s Cafe & Lounge 147 Reddenhill Road Torquay TQ1 3RF Tel: 01803 328022 https://www.margostorquay.co.uk/
The Curious Kitchen
A quirky breakfast and brunch restaurant with lots of delicious options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten/dairy free diets. Curious Kitchen 14-16 Middle Street, Brixham TQ5 8ER Tel: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecuriouskitchenbrixham
Tam’s Kitchen
Vegan food delivered to the door. Minimum order £10. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/tamskitchentorbay

 

CREAM TEAS

Angels Tea Room
An enormous  choice of home-made scones including plain, fruit, cheese, cherry, ginger, wholemeal and chocolate chip. Gluten and dairy free options also available. If you want to treat yourself have a sparkling cream tea with a glass of prosecco. Angels 49 Babbacombe Downs, Torquay TQ1 3LP Tel: 01803 324477.  Website: https://www.angelsatbabbacombe.co.uk/

 

A DRINK WITH A VIEW

Fancy a sea view while you relax with a drink?

Try:

The Cary Arms. A beautiful beer garden overlooking Babbacombe Bay. Babbacombe Beach, Torquay TQ1 3LX Tel: 01803 327110. Website: http://www.caryarms.co.uk
Wesup. Drink a gin and tonic on the terrace at Torquay’s very own Salcombe Gin Embassy, Wesup Coffee House, MDL Marina car park, Vaughan road TQ2 5EQ Tel: 01803 267986 Website: https://torquay.wesuphq.com/
Below Decks. Watch the sun set over the harbour with a glass or two. Unit 4, Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG Tel: 01803 411106 Website: https://www.belowdecks.co.uk/#home-section
On the Rocks. Lovely views of the sea from the al fresco seats 1 Abbey Crescent, Torquay TQ2 5HB. Tel: 01803 203666 Website: https://www.ontherocks-torquay.co.uk/
Twenty1 Popular eatery and bar with great harbour views. 21 Victoria Parade TQ1 2BB Tel: 01803 293332. Website: https://www.twenty1lounge.co.uk/

 

FURTHER AFIELD

BRIXHAM
The Guardhouse Café, Berry Head Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AW – great cream teas, hot food, drinks and cakes. Award-winning with stunning location on Berry Head Nature Reserve
Website:  https://www.guardhousecafe.com/?doing_wp_cron=1612730475.6856749057769775390625

DARTMOUTH

Café Alf Resco, Lower Street, Dartmouth. This friendly café, tucked away in a pretty back street, has a great atmosphere and serves breakfasts, suppers, filled baguettes, pastries, toasties and summer lunchtime specials.  Website: https://www.cafealfresco.co.uk/
Bayards Cove Inn, 27 Lower Street, Dartmouth. Fresh crab sandwiches, salads and ploughman’s during the day. Steaks and seafood in the evening in this 14th century Tudor merchant’s house. Great Sunday lunches during the colder months. Website: https://bayardscoveinn.co.uk/
Venus Cafe, Blackpool Sands Blackpool, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 0RG, UK. Breakfast, lunches, hot and cold drinks and local organic produce. This cafe is on one of the South West’s most beautiful beaches. Make a day of it. Website:   https://www.blackpoolsands.co.uk/venus-beach-cafe/

TOTNES

The Green Table, Dartington

Cake, coffee, afternoon tea and hot and cold menu. Local and seasonal ingredients. Situated on the beautiful Dartington estate with stunning walks and gardens. Website: https://www.dartington.org/visit/food-drink/the-green-table/
The Almond Thief 3-4 Webbers Yard Estate, Totnes TQ9 6JY – craft sourdough bakery and café. Website: https://www.thealmondthief.com/
BUCKFASTLEIGH
The Riverford Field Kitchen, Wash Farm Bungalow, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0JU. Fabulous organic food with a menu that changes daily and is fresh from local farms. Well worth the 40-minute drive for the puddings alone but booking ahead is essential on 01803 762074. Website: https://fieldkitchen.riverford.co.uk/

SALCOMBE

Winking Prawn, Beadon Road, Salcombe, TQ8 8LD. Beachside café, with a wonderful view of North Sands. You can watch surfers or hunt for scallop shells when the tide is out. Great baguettes, salads and home-made cakes. An evening menu is also available.  Website: http://winkingprawngroup.co.uk/winking-prawn/