Best restaurants in Devon

The county of Devon in Southwest England is best known for its idyllic landscapes, which take in picturesque beaches, medieval towns and towering cliff tops looking out along the English coastline. Beyond all of that though, Devon is also home to a thriving restaurant scene, which sees thousands flock here every summer in search of good food (and maybe a nice tan while they’re at it). Our pick of the best restaurants Devon has to offer features options for every style and budget and will help you determine the places you need to dine at next time you’re in town.

Updated on 19 May 2021

When you think of Devon, that sprawling county which runs along the English coast, you probably conjure up images of sandy beaches, cutesy fishing towns and ramblers determinedly making their way across cliff tops in spite of blustering winds. While all of those scenes don’t paint an inaccurate picture of Devon life, this corner of the world is also renowned for its excellent food scene. In fact, Devon restaurants are among some of the very best in the country, with a sprinkling of Michelin stars to be found across the various towns.

It is not all about special occasions and fine dining at the best Devon restaurants though, because the region is also home to plenty of cosy pubs, relaxed cafes and independent bistros that will greet you with cheery smiles and a bowl of something hot. If you are on the hunt for the best restaurants in Devon, you need look no further, as we have rounded up a whole host of our favourites. Our list of restaurants takes in fancy establishments through to super casual haunts, so you can plan your next trip to Devon easily and make sure the restaurants you visit are just right for you.

River Exe Cafe

River Exe Cafe

River Exe Estuary, Exeter, Devon,

You can tick ‘dining on a floating barge’ off your bucket list with the charmingly quirky River Exe Cafe. Accessed by water taxi, the menu here champions local produce, naturally including plenty of fresh fish.

Under £30
Modern European
Caribbean
British
The Loft Sidmouth

The Loft Sidmouth

3-5 Old Fore Street, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8LS

A family-run affair, The Loft is a popular haunt for holidaymakers thanks to its crowd-pleasing all-day menu that’s replete with Mediterranean accents. On sunnier days, try and nab a table on the sought-after roof garden.

£30 - £49
Modern European
The NoBody Inn

The NoBody Inn

Doddiscombsleigh, nr Exeter, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7PS

This 17th century inn is full of warmth and surprisingly home to 250 wines and more than 200 whiskeys. As for the food, expect homely, well-executed dishes destined to send you into a food coma.

£30 - £49
British
The Galley Restaurant

The Galley Restaurant

41 Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, Devon, Devon, EX3 0HU


This family-run fish restaurant boasts a plum location overlooking the River Exe estuary and is a favourite among Exeter locals and visitors. Expect constantly updated menus dictated by local produce and a superb wine list.

£30 - £49
Fish
The Swan Bampton

The Swan Bampton

Station Road, Bampton, Devon, EX16 9NG

The Swan proudly holds the title of Bampton’s oldest pub, but there’s far more to it than pints. Seasonal and regional is the name of the game here, with a menu featuring updated pub classics.

£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Pig at Combe

The Pig at Combe

Gittisham, Honiton, Devon, EX14 3AD

The Pig’s menu is underpinned by produce from its three walled kitchen gardens, alongside Devon cheeses, locally sourced fresh fish and meat from local butchers. This all results in a delicious, well thought out menu.

Modern European
Acleaf

Acleaf

Boringdon Hall Hotel, Colebrook, Devon, PL7 4DP

Exclusively serving tasting menus, Acleaf’s selection of hi-spec dishes brought to life with local produce fit right in with the luxe surrounds of country manor house Boringdon Hall. Great for weekend getaways with your partner.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Riverford Field Kitchen

Riverford Field Kitchen

Buckfastleigh, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0JU

Vegetables, well sourced and perfectly cooked, are the stars of the show here, with meat and fish acting as mere support acts. We also love the pretty interiors, which feature flowers hanging from the ceiling.

Under £30
Modern European
Vegetarian
Vegan
Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers

Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers

Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers 9 Mill Street, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1ED

MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Jamie Rogers is the brains behind this upscale modern European eatery, where guests can choose between four, six or eight-course menus. Expect intriguing, yet well executed dishes designed to wow guests.

£50 - £79
British
Gidleigh Park

Gidleigh Park

Gidleigh Park, Chagford, North Tawton, Devon, TQ13 8HH

Prepare to have your preconceptions of disappointing hotel food torn apart by Gidleigh Park, a Devon hideaway that’s unashamedly English and serves a menu of seasonal, beautifully refined dishes that are masterful in their simplicity.

Over £80
Modern European
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Mason Arms Knowstone

The Mason Arms Knowstone

Knowstone, South Molton, Devon, EX36 4RY

A thatched 13th-century inn along the foothills of Exmoor might be the last place you’d expect to find a Michelin-starred kitchen, but that’s exactly what chef Mark Dodson has achieved at this hidden Devon gem.

£30 - £49
Gastropub
Lympstone Manor

Lympstone Manor

Lympstone Manor, Courtlands Lane, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 3NZ

This Michelin-starred Georgian pile from chef Michael Caines should be on every Devon visitors ‘to dine’ list. Come for the gorgeous surrounds and stay for a masterful modern British menu which thrills at every turn.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
ODE Dining

ODE Dining

21 Fore Street, Shaldon, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 0DE

The team at ODE want to ensure Devon’s abundant natural larder stays intact, using only seasonal and regional organic produce. Guests can enjoy pizzas on the outdoor terrace or head inside for something more substantial.

£30 - £49
International
The Seahorse Restaurant

The Seahorse Restaurant

5 South Embankment, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9BH

Fish is king at this bright and cheerful waterfront restaurant, with the kitchen often cooking seafood caught that same day. Alongside the fresh fish, expect an extensive wine list and great value set lunch menus.

£50 - £79
Fish
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Elephant

The Elephant

3-4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BH

That rare Michelin-star restaurant which welcomes children with open arms, The Elephant is an informal seaside restaurant overlooking the gorgeous Torquay harbour. Expect an ever-changing menu underpinned by produce from the restaurant’s own Brixham farm.

£30 - £49
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100

Once you’ve explored all that Devon has to offer, why not check our our pick of the best restaurants in Cornwall