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Shirley Valentine's Taverna

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12 New Street | The Barbican, Plymouth, England
01752 669686
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 229
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  • 81
    Very good
  • 40
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  • 10
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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
My new favourite place

I came here last night for a birthday meal. The food and service were both brilliant! I had the best whitebait I think I've ever had and the whole sea bass was perfect. I'll give the mezze a go next time as there is so much more I want to try!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
Sean G
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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376 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I came here last night for a birthday meal. The food and service were both brilliant! I had the best whitebait I think I've ever had and the whole sea bass was perfect. I'll give the mezze a go next time as there is so much more I want to try!

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29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Authentic, lovely little restaurant, served traditional Greek and Turkish foods. Very friendly staff, one held our baby so we could have a bite to eat, it was a quite afternoon though, however we were put upstairs and left to a fest, the home cooked breads were Devine. Great for friends and couples.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We have used this restaurant on several occasions and loved the whole experience,great atmosphere,great authentic food,reasonably priced.however,this time the food was awful.we had the set mere,the starters tasted bland and like they had been reheated in a microwave and the main, whilst there was plenty of meat it was bone dry and tasted like it had been reheated several times.so... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Came here with family in the evening recently. None of us had been here before but had heard great things about it. It really is a hidden jem in the fact that it feels like you are stumbling across somewhere secret. Its small inside but I liked the fact that it wasn't a big place. The staff were brilliant and... More 

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16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Spotted the board at the end of the road advertising this great place. Great meal excellent choice fortunately the staff were on hand to help make my choice. Looking forward to trying something different next time I visit.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

1st time that we have been into this super restaurant. Great place and a hidden gem on the Barbican. Food is very well priced and atmosphere is great. Cannot wait for the next visit!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

This used to be one of our favourites, so we were surprised at how bad the meals were, both starters and mains. As this was a birthday meal for six we were reluctant to complain, however complain we did, and the responses were far from satisfactory. Almost inedible food at a high price - we won't be returning!

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

As a regular customer I used to say this was one of the best restaurants in Plymouth, however after my last visit I can no longer say that. The food has gone down hill, we had a meze starter which was served on a cold plate and was virtually tasteless. When are mains arrived you could see the plates were... More 

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United Kingdom
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32 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The place itself is fairly quaint and the staff were helpful and pleasant. The food however was not so good and was very poor value for money. The Mezze starters were ok but unappetising and quite bland. The main meals did contain lots of meat but were spoil by being very dry, bland and we suspected re heated. The same... More 

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Wiltshire
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

Came here a couple of years ago, and we were really keen to come back as we'd enjoyed it so much. The place is attractive but on this particular evening, the food was a big disappointment. It was okay but nothing special, and the presentation more cafe than restaurant. It certainly wasn't as good as our previous visit, everything seemed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12 New Street | The Barbican, Plymouth, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Plymouth
  • Phone Number: 01752 669686

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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