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“Fantastic meal” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant

The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #51 of 233 Restaurants in Newquay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $19
Cuisines: British, Grill, Steakhouse, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: We purchase food locally and cook fresh in our kitchens each day. We have a popular Sunday Roast each Sunday, as it is freshly cooked roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, green vegetables and melt in the mouth meat, plus vegetarian and vegan options, it's usually very busy. We also offer a takeaway Sunday roast, call and collect. Friday night is Burger Night where we serve the Dolphin Gourmet Burgers, that too has become extremely popular, the menus are on our website and we offer online booking. The restaurant itself is a 75 seater restaurant with a nice friendly bar and lots of sofas dotted around the bar. It's been under new ownership since November 2016 and has been receiving rave reviews and sometimes sold out on Sundays with over 160 meals served. The Dolphin is the oldest trading restaurant in the beautiful Cornish town of Newquay and is a traditional yet vibrant venue, with friendly staff and a strong focus on sustainable and ethical practice. All produce is fresh and is locally and responsibly sourced, allowing for an exciting and dynamic food menu that appeals to people of all tastes. The lounge bar provides a relaxing area to enjoy well maintained draught lagers, ales and ciders, a carefully chosen range of wines and spirits. Serving from our Main Menu items such as Tapas, Seafood and Grill as well as our hugely popular Sunday Roasts, where we offer a takeaway roast on Sunday (from 26 November 2016) to meet the overbooked demand. The Dolphin is situated near to the Harbour in the centre of the town, just a minute from the beach and is surrounded by absolutely gorgeous beaches famous for their golden sands and world-class surf conditions on the North Cornwall coast. Adjacent to the restaurant is a pay and display car park whilst street parking is also available within a few minutes walk. Sainsburys also operate a time limited (1.5 hours at the time of writing) car parking facility, it is an automated time register driving in and driving out so allow a few extra minutes to get back to your car and exit their car park.
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

Had a great meal. The food here is excellent. Granted, it's not the cheapest in Newquay, but if you want cheap, go to wetherspoons.
The service was excellent from all the staff.... My glass was never empty.
Would definitely return.

Visited May 2014
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“Food and atmosphere was class!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Once you walk up the stairs you are greeted by friendly staff and a really chilled calm restaurant. Could be modernised as it's a little old inside and out. The food was good value for money and we enjoyed it all. Not a bad find if you want something different from the fish and chips all over Newquay. Good value for money and big meal sizes!

Visited May 2014
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“What a Fillet Steak!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014

Yyyyup a fantastic fillet steak to be had The Dolphin in Newquay. Cool little eating booth if you can get one, polite, efficient staff.

But the Steak, mmmmmmmmman it was beeeeeeeautiful! Very tender, cooked absolutely perfectly AND they have Coleman's Mustard!

Very happy days :)

Visited February 2014
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“a must go restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

What can I say, this place is amazing. Not only is the food divine, the cocktails are wonderful and the staff absolutely fantastic. On our 3 night stay in newquay we ate here for 2 evenings, and stayed for drinks after too.
Defiantly recommended to everyone.

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“Outstanding bangers.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

We initially decided not to go in on our first night in Newquay, due to not being able to see in but came back on the 2nd night because of the trip advisor rating.
The garlic mushroom and cheese starter was lovely but, the bangers and mash main was outstanding.
The cocktails were also expertly made and very tasty.
Lovely atmosphere and excellent customer service made this the perfect night out. It was so nice there we went for a stroll and came back for more cocktails later on.
Our favourite place so far.

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