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Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Exeter

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$$$
European, British, Contemporary
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3 Cathedral yard, Exeter EX1 1HD, England
+44 (0)1392 223638
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A charming 18th Century building over-looking the soaring Gothic...
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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  • 260
    Excellent
  • 121
    Very good
  • 76
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic food but ........

The food for our meal was fantastic - excellent sea bream and roast duck and sole for main courses. Scallops for starter could have been warmer. But the service was not what you would expect for fine dining. There didn't appear to be anyone in charge in the dining room - at one stage although the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
helenjcr
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  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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English first
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The food for our meal was fantastic - excellent sea bream and roast duck and sole for main courses. Scallops for starter could have been warmer. But the service was not what you would expect for fine dining. There didn't appear to be anyone in charge in the dining room - at one stage although the restaurant was almost full... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

With a reputation as a award winning restaurant, one is pre-filled with positive anticipation. Well it turned out to be an evening leaving all of us a tad deflated if not disappointed. Beautifully turned out with an interesting menu delivering what turned out to be "nice" dishes. For the price commanded for each item we clearly expected something somewhat better... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I had the set meal here recently with a friend. The quality of the food was excellent and the presentation superb. We choose from the set lunch which was very reasonably priced but it does come with extra cost like bread being added. The portions are adequate but not generous and we felt we needed the bread. The wine prices... More 

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I took my wife to the restaurant for our second wedding anniversary. The food and service were superb and we are looking forward to going again. For a fine dining restaurant the food was very reasonably priced as was the superb wine. Thank you to the excellent staff for making it a special night for us.

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This restaurant really does fine dining at it's best. It's reasonably priced and the food tastes fantastic. My 4 year old son ate for free.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I have been to dinner at this restaurant about 20 times since it opened in the late 90‘s. I have had some fantastic meals here and one or two mediocre ones. Last night was the best food I have ever had here and that is saying something. We both had scallops to start, which is a regular favourite of ours... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We've enjoyed lunch here on numerous occasions and have loved it every time. It's a bit of a treat every time. The service is always excellent and children are made to feel very welcome. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. The menu can be quite limited, so make sure there's something there to appeal to everyone in your... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I went there for dinner with 2 of my friends last Saturday, and they stayed at the hotel until Sunday morning. Dinner was not up the to standard I had expected from a hotel which is associated with the brilliant Michael Cains. I am in favour of Fine Dining, as a retired chef, and now the owner of a travel... More 

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

For a fine dining restaurant I thought the service was pretty poor . We were sat in the cocktail lounge while waiting to be seated .. We were forgotten about had to ask to be taken to the table . We waited 45 mins for starters.. Then almost an hour for mains .. We did have starters and a round... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visited the ABode to meet up with friends and chose the extremely good value, two course lunch menu (£15). The food was superb both in taste and in presentation: small portions packed with delicate flavours and textures. The restaurant itself was contemporary and stylish, as is fitting of a restaurant of this standard. I have however only awarded it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3 Cathedral yard, Exeter EX1 1HD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1392 223638

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 50
  • Cuisine: European, British, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business

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.
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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