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el cafe

Hoe Road, Plymouth, England
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Ranked #209 of 504 restaurants in Plymouth
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Paris, France
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Slow service, people queuing quite a while to place orders. The staff were miserable but working hard and as there were only two of them it took a very long time. The general upkeep of the place could be improved as it is tired and grubby. The prices are far too high for what you get, £3.50 for a very... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I think some of the reviews on here are spot on. There are a range of positives and negatives about this place. Good points are the view, the quality of food, but the negatives are the general upkeep, friendliness of the staff, price and the lack of table service. But as the name suggests, it is just a cafe... It... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I'm amazed at some of the poor reviews!!!! We go here on a regular basis and can't find anything to complain about - believe me if there was something I would find it!! We went last Sunday for coffee and toast/bacon bap - we always ask for butter on the side and this is what we get, the coffee is... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

El Cafe on the Hoe Road in Plymouth is about as average as you can describe. There's nothing especially wrong with it but it's just dull. The view and setting is spectacular on the front of Plymouth, but the food is standard stuff... burgers, sandwiches, paninis etc. Counter service and cheap furniture don't help either. If you just want a... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Great location but attitude of staff very poor. When ordering food & drinks staff don't even look you in the eye and only interested in getting your money. When leaving staff completely ignored us! Customer service skills non existent apart from the waitress who was pleasant! The guys behind counter zero social skills! Wouldn't return in a hurry.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Caught a sunny hour in between deluges of rain and had a great all day breakfast at El Café. Great views and friendly service from the young chap who was all on his own keeping all the balls in the air!

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6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Like everyone is keen to state, the voews here are great, which adds real appeal. However, this place is a little pricey for what it offers, after all it is an outdoor cafe, and essentially a dog walkers rest. A lick of paint wouldnt do it any harm either, never quite understood why the view has to be blocked by... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

You will not beat the location of this lovely café. The staff are very helpful and cheerful. Im not a coffee drinker normally but their coffee is divine. Light meals are available, they are very fresh and tasty. Id recommend a visit.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Thank you so much for bringing El Cafe so that we can enjoy our stunning waterfront. The coffee is fabulous - made with a great brand of coffee and real milk (none of that awful UHT stuff). El cafe has become 'my office' - my favourite meeting place for business meetings and for meeting up with friends.

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Plymouth
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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

The location is fantastic and we especially like the covered area. It is nice to be able to grab a reasonably priced coffee here and you can take dogs. We've had breakfast baps here too that were good. Don't expect anything posh, its just plain cafe food but tasty.The service we have had on the 3 recent occasions we have... More

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