Best restaurants in Torquay

Aside from its stunning coastline known as the English Riviera, Torquay is a popular destination for foodies. There are a few hundred restaurants in this part of Devon, many of which have made our list of Torquay's best restaurants. Amongst various kinds of cuisine, the best restaurants in Torquay are known to offer dining across budgets, from casual beach-break cafes to Michelin-recognised fine dining tasting menus. All of Torquay’s restaurants showcase just how versatile this seaside town is. Whilst Torquay has been welcoming countless tourists since the Victorian era, it's certainly not stuck in the past.

Updated on 14 June 2024

There’s everything on offer when it comes to restaurants in Torquay - from French bistros and upscale eateries in hotel bars to modern European restaurants and great British pubs. It probably comes as no surprise, being one of Britain's favourite seaside towns, that Torquay boasts a great number of restaurants with outdoor dining options. So if dining al fresco is your thing, expect a wealth of choices from beer gardens and cafes with great views across the sea to restaurants with rooftop terraces.

Torquay is found just along England's southwest coast, the town is part of a UNESCO Global Geopark site recognised for its dramatic coastal landscape, charm and Victorian heritage. As you’d expect from an idyllic seaside town with a rich fishing history, many of the best Torquay restaurants specialise in pearlescent fish dishes and fresh local shellfish like Elberry Cove mussels, Dover sole, Brixham crab, and gurnard from the South West coast. And if you’re planning a romantic visit to one of the best places to eat in Torquay, you’ll likely be spoiled for choice: with restaurants populating the seafront, offering views along the harbour and marina - it’s the perfect spot for a special occasion.

The Elephant

The Elephant

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

Overlooking Torquay Harbour, The Elephant is a bright and informal restaurant offering a modern Michelin-starred brasserie menu. It’s the work of Simon Hulstone - an ambassador-chef championing seasonal English Riviera produce often sourced from the restaurant’s Brixham farm.

£30 - £49
Modern European
One Michelin star
Ollie

Ollie's

34-36 Torwood Street, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1EB

A British steakhouse and bastion of local produce, Ollie’s is a locally revered restaurant minutes from Torquay harbour. It’s a homey, warm, and informal setting, where expertly prepared dishes and innovative cocktails speak for themselves.

£30 - £49
Steak
British
The Regatta Restaurant at The Imperial Torquay

The Regatta Restaurant at The Imperial Torquay

The Imperial Torquay, Park Hill Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2DG

Complete with sweeping views over Torbay, The Regatta Restaurant is a top destination for British brasserie-style dining. It’s a modern menu, with approachable set menu pricing and an old-world restaurant feel, great for notable occasions.

£30 - £49
Modern European
The Drum Inn

The Drum Inn

Cockington Village, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6XA

Located in Cockington, The Drum Inn is the ultimate destination for hearty pub classics, and seasonal dishes. The thatched roof, elevated terrace, and spacious bus cosy interiors lend a relaxed atmosphere ideal for summer lunches and intimate evening meals.

£30 - £49
Pubs
British
No. 7 Fish Bistro

No. 7 Fish Bistro

7 Beacon Terrace, Torquay, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BH

No. 7 Fish Bistro is a cheerful, family-owned chalkboard restaurant decorated with azure blue tiles and Mediterranean terracotta hues. The menu is unpretentious but flavour-focused, stuffed with an array of fish and shellfish sourced from local suppliers.

£30 - £49
Fish
The Orange Tree Restaurant

The Orange Tree Restaurant

14-16 Parkhill Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2AL

The Orange Tree is famed for its seasonal Westcountry menu, modern British-European fare, and welcoming hospitality. Sophisticated decor, pristine white tablecloths, and soft candlelight make for a memorable celebration or a casual, relaxed night out.

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
The Osborne Hotel Crescent Restaurant & Bar

The Osborne Hotel Crescent Restaurant & Bar

Hesketh Crescent, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2LL

Known for its Regency-style facade, The Crescent Restaurant & Bar menu blends conventional English fare and contemporary flair. Expect traditional fish and chips, burgers, and Brixham plaice doused in citrus butter served with a mango ginger salsa.

£50 - £79
The Bay Torquay

The Bay Torquay

1 Abbey Crescent, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5HB

Comfort food, cocktails, and views of the sea - The Bay is the perfect weekend spot to finish off a day by the beach. Think pizzas, burgers, brunches, and small plates all served in effortless boho interiors.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British

Many of the spots on our list of best restaurants in Torquay offer fine dining experiences best suited to special occasions. However, if you’re planning for a larger group - or simply want to create an unforgettable celebration meal - why not consider private and group dining in Exeter? We’ve collected all the most impressive spots, along with some handy filters to refine your search.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to travel further afield just take a glance at our collection of the best restaurants in Devon. And once you’ve explored the best of Devon, simply check out our pick of the best restaurants in Cornwall.

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