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“Good value and enjoyable Sunday lunch”

Dunkerley's Restaurant
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Ranked #11 of 111 Restaurants in Deal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Good value and enjoyable Sunday lunch”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

We have been going to eat at Dunkerley's for many years. Normally reliable, the last couple of times had been a bit below par. But lunch on Easter Sunday suggested the restaurant was back to form. The style remains traditional rather than avant garde but that suits the relatively sober clientele. Between us we tried a fair bit of the menu and it was all good. The whole fresh plaice and all the desserts stood out. The price was very reasonable at around £15 for three courses. The house wine was fine and service by the young waiting staff was efficient and friendly.

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  • Dutch first
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Dunkerley's Restaurant – First-rate food”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Booking for the Restaurant was easily and efficiently done over the telephone a week ahead of a mid-week visit. The Restaurant was easy to find, being right next to the main pier roundabout on the A258 in and out of Deal.

The staff were all very friendly, attentive, truly professional and have a more than good knowledge of the menu and wine list – a good plus point for any restaurant. Whilst on the subject of wines – we chose a local English sparkling from the Tinwood Estate and would highly recommend this to all. Another plus for this restaurant to stock it.

The overall initial ambience was very good, but don’t expect 5 star, this was more towards the functional restaurant with food and service of the highest order.

The menu itself is not large, but does have a more than adequate choice to suit most palates, whilst being inspiring and well thought out. The food itself was totally excellent using the freshest and locally sought ingredients, from starters, through separate mains (mine was the Dover Sole and pure perfection) and on to the deserts – none of these courses could be faulted, in any way, on the cooking, service or presentation.

Slightly pricey – but then again we really did get what we paid for and therefore good value for money.

Overall an excellent experience, exemplary service and it comes with a total recommendation that, if in Deal, you should visit. This must surely be one of the best restaurants in the area and I have no hesitation in recommending it to others and would, if again in the area, look forward to eating there again and retiring to the ambience in the bar!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank WWTravellerKent
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“Evening meal for myself and girlfriend”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Had another excellent meal with my girlfriend, the lobster and steak are amazing, and the restuarant is a lovely place to sit and relax. Staff are friendly and helpful. My girlfriend had the chocolate fondant for dessert which she tells me was perfect! I went for the coconut brûlée, a combination I've never had before and it was very nice! We both Highly recommend Dunkerley's and will certainly be returning.

Thank Barney1986
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“A rather special evening”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We visited Dunkerley's on a very cold evening in January for a family celebration. It's in a lovely position on the seafront near the pier - which must make a great view in good weather...
I was impressed by the menu and had difficulty choosing. It seemed a bit different to the average restaurant. I was a trifle disappointed when the first course appeared - it seemed so small! But then I discovered it was a pre-meal appetiser! The scallops and pea soup (the real starter!) was delicious. There was then a palette cleansing sorbet before the main course (lamb ) and then a coconut creme brulee with sorbet to finish. Everything was beautifully cooked and I loved the sometimes unusual combinations of flavours. It was one of those meals where I still remember the taste and think mm must go back there again!

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank clarecheetham
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Ok but dated”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Came here on Mother's Day and maybe that affected everything as we had to wait ages for every course, and to pay the bill. Food was ok, but overpriced for this part of Kent for what it delivered, and we felt really jammed in, 4 of us squashed next to a table of 3, and we all kept knocking into each other, as did the waiters going past us. It all felt a little dated, with for example only one vegetarian option on the menu that was bogstandard pasta with no imagination and limited range of other dishes. My 6 year old was happy to have something from the main menu as there wasn't a kids menu, nor did any of the waiters even acknowledge that we had children, but when we asked for a smaller portion they just ignored us. Bit of a disappointment really.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Isambard12
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