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Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter

3 Cathedral yard, Exeter EX1 1HD, England
+44 (0)1392 223638
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Ranked #51 of 420 Restaurants in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $50
Cuisines: European, Contemporary, British
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: A charming 18th Century building over-looking the soaring Gothic architecture of Exeter Cathedral. Michael Caines Restaurant serves high quality British/European food in contemporary style.
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English first
Torquay, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Having dined at Gidleigh Park I thought it was time for a long overdue visit to Michael Caines' city location. Our pre-dinner drink in the Champagne bar was enjoyable, although service to start was very slow. Once we got someone's attention the evening flowed and was thoroughly enjoyable. We had the set menu which was great value and did not... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Recently stayed at the ABode in exeter, dined at Micheal Caines fine dining room, This place is great, nice atmosphere good service but not value .... The meal was disappointingly just OK, the lamb cut was poor, with hard veins through and was only just edible, the best part of the whole meal was the sauces, A1 for those. small... More

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Restaurant M, Manager at Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter, responded to this review

Dear MarkPV1144XS, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience in the MC Restaurant. I'm disappointed to read that you didn't fully enjoy your meal, and can assure you that your feedback will be shared with the team. Best Wishes, William Hardwick Operations Manager ABode Exeter More

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

Dined at MC whilst staying at Abode. We both opted for the set menu. Perfectly nice, but not hitting any high notes, and a bit forgettable really. We wanted to book for 7pm, but was booked out for that time, so went for 6:45pm. However, at 8pm the restaurant was only one-quarter full. Strange. To start, cucumber gazpacho was too... More

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Restaurant M, Manager at Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter, responded to this review

Dear David M, Thank you for taking the time to share feedback following your visit to the MC Restaurant. To explain, when a time slot is fully booked, it doesn't mean that every table in the restaurant is occupied at that time. It is standard practice in restaurants to limit the amount of bookings taken at one time so that... More

Athens, Georgia
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We entered this place with a little trepidation. This was twofold. Firstly when we had eaten at other restaurants bearing the name of a famous chef, e.g. Jaimy Oliver and Raymond Blanc, we had been disappointed. Secondly we were dressed for tourism not fine dining, my wife in jeans and me in shorts. We needn’t have been worried on either... More

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Restaurant M, Manager at Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter, responded to this review

Dear Mike L, Thank you for the fantastic and detailed review of your lunch at the MC Restaurant. It is lovely to read that you enjoyed each dish so much and the hospitality of our waiting team. I hope that you will get the opportunity to return in the near future. Kind Regards, William Hardwick Operations Manager ABode Exeter More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Top draw. Fantastic taster menu and excellent service. Difficult to improve on this for a special occasion.

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Restaurant M, Manager at Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter, responded to this review

Dear Andrew B, Thank you for the lovely review of your meal at the MC Restaurant. I'm so pleased that you had such an enjoyable experience and hope to see you again soon. Best Wishes, William Hardwick Operations Manager ABode Exeter More

brixham
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The food was excellent 'though the portions were small. The service was first class and we were not rushed and took our time over coffee etc. We were there about two and a half hours and enjoyed the experience. The bill for two was over £100 including a couple of drinks.

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Restaurant M, Manager at Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter, responded to this review

Dear robert_sBrixham, Thank you for the rveiew of your Anniversary meal at the MC Restaurant. I am delighted that you enjoyed the experience and hope to welcome you back soon. Best Wishes, William Hardwick Operations Manager ABode Exeter More

Brixham, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The portions are so tiny! If you are hungry and are looking for a filling meal, this is not the place for you. The food was tasty, but the starter was like a snack, and the main like a starter - portion wise. We left feeling hungry. You have to pay extra for bread too if you want that with... More

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Restaurant M, Manager at Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter, responded to this review

Dear Lily12312, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience in the MC Restaurant and I'm glad that you enjoyed the food. We feel that our meals are good value for money, starting at £12.95 for two courses at lunch. Kind Regards, William Hardwick Operations Manager ABode Exeter More

Okehampton
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Well the title says it all... The food was delicious, especially the gravadlax starter & the lamb main course. But the service was slow & when we asked for more bread with the main dish, it didn't arrive until after the plates had been cleared (and it was still on the bill). Watch out for the 12% service charge that... More

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Restaurant M, Manager at Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter, responded to this review

Dear MargaretOkehampton, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent meal at the MC Restaurant. I am pleased that you enjoyed the food so much, but please accept my apologies if you found the pace of your meal too slow. The service charge is entirely discretionary and each guest is welcome to give as much or little as... More

Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had a wonderful experience here, to celebrate our son's A level results. Earlier in the day when I booked a table the Maitre D was keen to know what the celebration was for. On letting him know, he promised to organise a card to say congratulations, which I felt was a nice touch. The food was very good and... More

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Restaurant M, Manager at Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter, responded to this review

Dear McLean-Buechel, Thank you for taking the time to give the MC Restaurant such a wonderful review. I hope that you both enjoyed Mrs McLean-Buechel's birthday celebration meal in June as well? I hope that we'll be able to welcome you all back next time you have an occasion to celebrate. Kind Regards, William Hardwick Operations Manager ABode Exeter More

Exeter, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I've had great meals here before so I took my Wife for her birthday but we were really disapointed with our food so we raised our concerns only to hear laughter coming from the kitchen staff. I'll not be back. Overpriced and over rated!

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Restaurant M, Manager at Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter, responded to this review

Dear RobSevens1275, Thank you for sharing your feedback following your most recent visit to the MC Restaurant. I am deeply disappointed that you feel so let down by your experience. I'm sure that any laughter in the kitchen would not have been about your complaint - we take all guest concerns very seriously. I would be interested to hear more... More

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