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“a perfect night out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Espresso Seafood Bar and Grill

Espresso Seafood Bar and Grill
1 St James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9BH , England
44 (0)1271 855485
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Ranked #23 of 95 Restaurants in Ilfracombe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $2
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
1 review
“a perfect night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

the location is perfect, the food is amazing, the waitresses are polite and helpful, and the restaurant has the perfect atmosphere to enjoy your evening meal

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“shame about the smoking policy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

Food just OK, experience spoilt somewhat by allowing patrons to smoke at dining tables on the outside terrace eating area. The tables are closely packed and we were not advised that smoking would be allowed. There was a sign on the door which stated smoking not allowed on these premises ... is the terrace not their premises? We heard several passers by comment that they'd not bother eating there due to smoking. I get the feeling this cafe is keen to look after the locals but should seriously take a look at their smoking policy. Shame really.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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8 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Not to be missed.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

We visit Ilfracombe about once a year, and the Espresso is a treat we look forward to and never miss. Situated at the end of a road full of cheap and cheerful tourist eateries, this is in a different class. Although understated and relaxed, the seafood-dominated menu is excellent, and is cooked and presented in a way which puts it equal to many grander (and more expensive) establishments. Many of the staff have been there for years, which is always a good sign. The interior is quite small, but there are many more tables outside, sheltered and with heaters for when it gets chilly. One memorable meal my wife chose was a crab platter, featuring absolutely delicious spider crab. Set aside plenty of time for this - there was a huge amount of food for one person, and even with my willing help there was almost too much to eat. Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Faultless as always”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

Have a holiday home here and have been coming for years; always greeted warmly.

Amazing seafood, lovely atmosphere even on a horrible evening weather wise! The crab was so fresh and amazing and the fish special exquisite. We will be back soon.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Woolacombe, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Have been to this restaurant many times.The seafood platter is amazing. Equally good are the homemade burgers.They serve quality food cooked well. Extensive varied menu and specials available to suit all tastes. Love to dine alfresco even on cooler evenings with the heaters on.The staff are friendly and professional and all round the place has a great atmosphere.Best to book to avoid disapointment.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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