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“Excellent location, seemed a like good choice for sea food!”
Review of Below Decks

Below Decks
Ranked #63 of 357 Restaurants in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Our first food pit stop in Torquay during the UK 'heatwave'. We had calamari, cooked to perfection. Plenty of drink, sitting outside on the Harbour. Worth trying on lovely hot and sunny day.

My only criticism... customer service needs attention. We found staff polite and attentive when engaged but simply seeming to lack experience waiting on customers.

Overall a great experience primarily due to the lovely weather there, picture perfect views and food.

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Thank thesametime
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Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Well, what can we say? This is one of the most stunning settings I have visited in a long time.

Although Below The Decks is a small restaurant, the big seating area on the waters edge is second to none. We had a couple of beautiful Thatchers ciders and a crispy Rose in the evening sun and seeing the food come out, decided to stay. My mussells were a highlight but we had great scallops and plaice too.

I cant reccommend this place highly enough to visitors to torquay. (And well done to that young barman for the way he handled the disgraceful party of 'ladies' trying to pull a fast one without paying).

We'll be back to Torquay and we'll be back here!

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

If you like Mussels go to this restaurant, they have about 4 different flavors a night to choice from, I enjoyed them some much went back two nights later to have more.

Thank Cheldrik
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

As our tradition dictates, our lunchtime arrival in Torquay should be quickly followed by lunch at Below Decks and last Saturday was no exception. Moules and frittes with crusty French bread to soak up the white wine in a cream sauces was divine and reasonably priced. With a bottle of white wine, it was a lovely way to wind down after our journey. What better welcome to Torquay could one ask for? They now do a Paella night some Fridays, so might have to travel down a day early next time to give that a try!

Thank Susan W
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We have visited Below Decks as a couple and with groups of friends most weekends in the summer months since last year for the obvious reason's of its superb location, tasteful decor and lay out and great menu and food.
We also visit Pier point which is a 5 minute walk over the harbour on most of these occasions, for exactly the same reasons.
We have noticed, this year, Below Decks lager & Cider are not chilled only slightly cold, which this Saturday 6th July was a real problem, especially when Pier Point is the opposite with very cold chilled drinks. We were with 4 friends yesterday, 3 couples, and had a drink at Pier Point before moving onto Below Decks with the intention of having a few drinks before returning to Pier Point to finish the evening as it is closer to all our homes. All 3 guys insisted on returning to Pier Point after the first drink as it was very hot weather and drinks were not chilled, we changed their minds and had a second round of drinks which were still not chilled much so did return to Pier Point.
This disappointment prompted a discussion which highlighted a few problems with Below Decks offering, just small matters like the menus are always greasy and never get wiped over, some of the staff are very scruffy, even seeming dirty and the service isn't what it used to be. Finally, the terrible system of queueing and length of wait to get served if more than a couple of people order at the same time, which could easily be changed to a better system / layout. What a shame as it could be one of Torquay's shining lights.

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Thank Hugo153
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