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The Waterfront Cafe Bar

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Beach Road, Polzeath PL27 6SP, England
01208 869655
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Good place for food and beer

There's no obvious pub in Polzeath (we looked) and the town is completely dominated by the surfing community. This has a commanding spot on the front and a large balcony on which to sit and eat great value meals and drink the only real ale we could find. Staff are friendly if a little rushed and I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Banstead, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Business meetings
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every year we come to Polzeath and visit the Waterfront several times - sometimes for drinks - sometimes for dinners - this year we visited late morning in the middle the school holidays - it was relatively empty but we waited a loooooong time to be served. After taking our orders the waiter returned to advise there was no 'Ratlers'... More 

Thank 51ran
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thank you to Naomi for the organisation and planning to support our wedding ceremony and celebration meal we enjoyed at The Waterfront last week. The conservatory and beach hut were perfect for our small party and Naomi and the team looked after us so well. The food for all courses was delicious and the atmosphere relaxed but professional. We had... More 

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Banstead, United Kingdom
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796 reviews
582 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 354 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There's no obvious pub in Polzeath (we looked) and the town is completely dominated by the surfing community. This has a commanding spot on the front and a large balcony on which to sit and eat great value meals and drink the only real ale we could find. Staff are friendly if a little rushed and I didn't care for... More 

Thank LargelyMonk
Southampton, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We stayed in Polzeth June 2015, We ate in several restaurants, including Outlaws in Rock. We only went back to the Waterfront. The view at sunset is awesome. The Bass with a fennel beurre blanc was one of the best tasting fish dishes I have ever had. (Sorry Nathan, Rick).

Thank pstebbens
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71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

With the view from the terrace over Polzeath beach this restaurant has a stunning location. Fabulous place to sit outside on a warm evening and watch the sun go down. Not such a good place to eat a meal on a chilly October evening! Service was ok if a bit haphazard but the food was mostly mediocre. Tough steak, over-cooked... More 

Thank M_Didius
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Although sitting outside on the balcony for lunch in the lovely warm October sun, i expected my food to be served hot, not lukewarm warm (I accepted that it may have cooled quickly) Staff not really that interested and could only manage to put my daughters soup (back?) into the microwave. More effort required.

Thank monkjojo
Level Contributor
4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Fabulous location. Surly service. Average food (apart from the fish which was great). Dirty toilets. Didn't stay for dessert

Thank Idewards
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We had been to the Waterfront cafe before in previous years and always liked it but were wary of recent reviews stating poor service, but we took a punt and the food was excellent and service impeccable (we were there Friday evening 8pm,a busy time). Obviously it depends on a subjective view/ a one-off meal, but we were advised by... More 

Thank GriffUk
Poitiers, France
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72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We opted for this restaurant due to the position and the menu. We weren't dissappointed. Great service-with a smile and inventive food with a nod to local products. The Calamari was excellent as was the Smoked Fish salad. As a vegetable lover I was really pleased to be served Purple Sprouting Broccoli which was cooked to perfection. It's not cheap-nothing... More 

Thank gingerfrance
Bristol, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This was our first visit and it won't be the last! The situation overlooking Polzeath beach is wonderful, and the food was very good. The restaurant is up a flight of external stairs and although from the road it looks a bit uninspiring, don't be put off, it is tastefully appointed and the service is good. There is an outside... More 

Thank Jon B

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Beach Road, Polzeath PL27 6SP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Polzeath
  • Phone Number: 01208 869655

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pizza, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene


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