81 Beach Street

4.4
1621 reviews
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£26 to £40
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81 Beach Street is our celebration of what makes good restaurants great - Fine food without the fuss.


Located on Deal seafront in a beautiful period building, 81 Beach Street offers a cosy and warm atmosphere, complete with stunning views.
What 1621 People Are Saying
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RM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely meal here - great, reasonably priced food and tastefully decorated, with a nice view out to sea upstairs. The staff really went above and beyond, they were really attentive and friendly. Would thoroughly recommend!

RH
Kent
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant,food is always excellent and varied too. Staff friendly and helpful. Great value especially with a Tastecard

SG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, excellent food an very nice staff. I can totally recommend.

AP
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of my favourite places to eat. The menu always changes and is always top quality. I find the staff friendly attentive. Just a very relaxing pleasant place to eat.

RD
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

The ambience of the restaurant was that of the 1990s. With bright purple chairs, questionable art work and music that had no place in a restaurant, the whole setting of 81 Beach Street was array. I had booked for Sunday lunch to celebrate my Birthday. What a mistake. We were excited about spending a few leisurely hours over a long lunch; much to our dismay, there were no starters on the Sunday menu, and unless you wanted a roast, you were a bit limited to say the least. The food was fine, the service not much better. I just wish that the owners realised what a gem they have and give it the love that little restaurant deserves. A lick of paint, new chairs and a carefully crafted menu really would go a long way.

GW
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. We had to change our table time and even though they were busy they accommodated us.

t
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way. Fantastic food, staff and prices.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Disappointed. Went to 81 a few times a couple of years ago. Great food and service and management then. So, August 2019 short holiday we booked up to celebrate our last night. It was appalling. OK, the starters were fine but 2 out of 3 mains were sub-par. Desserts were uninspired or not as described on the frankly sparse over priced menu. Three courses took 2.5 hours. There was one decent waitress but ours was gormless. Didn't even clear the table between courses. Hopeless. Won't be going back.

ZO
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a table in advance after reading reviews; and was right to. Although you would never think it a family orientated restaurant, in actual fact it very much was - children's menu which is priced by age plus activities to keep them happy. The food was very good - adults chose the lunch set menu and we expected small plates for the price. But no! Normal adequate portions of very good mackeral pate, cod fillet and desert. All of a fabulous standard. This place is really understated. The service was top notch too. Well done you!!!

T
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent traditional Sunday lunch
Plenty of everything, with a delicious mixture of fresh vegetables. Thoroughly enjoyed it

MN
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really lovely food, quality ingredients. Nice choice for those who don’t always eat meat.

HM
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and friendly service, the £10 lunch menu a bargain !

81 Beach Street
Responded on 5 August 2019

Thank you for your recommendation. We hope to see you again soon.

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A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food with a great value lunch menu

81 Beach Street
Responded on 5 August 2019

Thank you!

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TS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meal, well attended by staff! Would recommend to anyone.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 5 August 2019

What a great review. Thank you

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KL
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing,lovely atmosphere, great service, totally recommend

81 Beach Street
Responded on 5 August 2019

Thank you for your lovely review.

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JH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly service, excellent food, great value.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 5 August 2019

Thank you for your review!

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L
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have eaten here before and had great meals and a great experience but tonight was disappointing. Personal choice I know, but for me the menu lacked interest, we didn't fancy any of the starters (something I always enjoy) and I ended up with steak and chips for main. I Ordered 6oz rump, I wouldn't normally order rump but I couldn't justify (I think it was £24.50?)for the 7oz Fillet, particularly as it is just steak, chips and a few cherry tomatoes and small handful of watercress. The triple cooked chips weren't the best I've had, a bit dry, my steak was ok, cooked to my liking but a little on the tough side, probably because it's rump! I paid £1.75 for a teaspoonful of garlic butter, which added some flavour but really overall I was very disappointed and wouldn't rush back. I'm afraid based on this last visit I would be reluctant to recommend anyone to visit but I perhaps would include it in a list of options with an honest "I've had good and not so good meals" . On the plus side, the staff were very pleasant and keen, they probably needed a few more hands as they were fully booked, but they did a good job. This really is meant to be helpful feedback, I hope it is received as it is meant. £80 for 3 mains, 4 drinks and 1 coke....£90 with the tip....A bit on the pricey side considering it's only a main course and a drink...£30 a head.

L
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We have eaten here for many years. We brought important Chinese guests for dinner. Drinks for the party were delivered promptly except for the wine. Had to ask several times and after a fifteen minute wait told it was not available. Ordered another bottle and waited over five minutes for it to arrive. Two young men were charming and spot on but a certain lady was borderline surly and I felt deliberately obstructive. Charmless and surly. Not in the right job. Staff here are renowned for their bouncy, cheerful customer service. Not her! The meal of two courses took two hours and involved keeping a taxi waiting. One main course bore very little resemblance to the description on the menu and was almost inedible. We were embarrassed to have given our guests such a poor experience.

JF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed The Sunday lunch,been to 81alot but really was impressed with the service,quality of food,will be going again hopefully very soon.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 5 August 2019

What a great review! Thank you

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LA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal, everything was freshly prepared and delicious. We ate from the lunch time set menu, it was brilliant value for money.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 5 August 2019

Thank you for your review! Delighted to hear you had such a great visit with us.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Situated on the beach front in Deal with a lovely view of the sea. It was chosen as there were not many places open on a Sunday evening. It was a good choice. The ambience is good with local artists works for sale displayed on the walls and the seating is comfortable. It is quiet. The service was efficient and friendly. Husband had a substantial ham hock terrine as starter which was delicious. We both had Hoi Sin BBQ pork belly strip which melted in the mouth and tasted excellent and for afters we had one sorbet mix and a chocolate and raspberry marquise - heavenly. Wines are available to complement. We reccommend 81!

81 Beach Street
Responded on 5 August 2019

Thank you for such a great review and recommendation!

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GR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent, we couldn't have asked for anymore. A great lunchtime meal, will be returning again very soon.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you for your review. We are delighted you will be returning! We look forward to seeing you.

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c
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Been here many times but this visit was disappointing . Whilst the staff was attentive the usual little extras that used to make No 81 great seemed to be missing. The menu seems to be stuck . On last three visits the vegetarian main offer on the lunch menu was either pasta or risotto . For meat eaters pork and cod fillet appears to also be the mainstay . The roasted veg and chickpeas was ok but rather oily dressing. The wild mushroom pasta was fine but hardly exciting. The cold fillet was slimy and undercooked . Coffee was good but it all felt rather ordinary . We also had to ask on two separate occasions for some hand towels or paper to be placed in the ladies - 3 not enough in a busy restaurant . People were being turned away so still popular but we had a feeling that 81 has got complacent . Its hard to describe the vibe it used to have or how you create it but for us on this occasion it had gone.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

So sorry to read this review. It is always disappointing for us when our regular customers don't enjoy a visit with us. Your comments will be shared in our weekly meeting with both the Front of House and Kitchen teams. We really hope you will give us another try. We will certainly be looking into all the points that you raised. Thank you and once again sorry.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food, lovely flavours and fresh fish - great staff who were very attentive.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you!

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PM
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food. Excellent rare lager. Very friendly staff. Was not rushed. Situated in a nice spot. Really enjoyed it!

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Lovely feedback. Thank you!

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b
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good meal at 81. The standard never fails

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you!

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LC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a relief, after an early morning start, to know I can sit down in one of my favourite restaurants. As always a lovely lunch menu, perfect when you are by the sea. Will be back again very soon!!

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

What a fantastic review. Thank you! We look forward to you coming back soon!

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C
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely small. restaurant situated on the sea front
near very handy parking spaces.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and would recommend us.

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S
London
14 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant and enjoyable evening. Slightly disappointed with the food, we felt that the Risotto needed something with it and one of our guests did not enjoy the flavours of the Hoi Sin Pork Belly.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you for reviewing us. We are glad you enjoyed the evening. I will pass on your comments about the risotto and the Pork Belly to the kitchen team though. Hope you might visit us again.

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CG
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Unfortunately the night we picked to go was extremely noisy from one particular group. We appreciate that customers cannot be vetted but one man was particularly loud. If it had been our first time there we may have been a little more upset but as we know the restaurant and rate it as one of the best
in Deal we will always come back. The food and service were very good, as usual.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you for your review. Apologies that it was noisy, but as you say it is difficult for us as we can't vet the customers. I'm glad that you will still come back though!

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GM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always 81 Beach Street was a delight. The lunch specials are alway good value and high quality.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

What a lovely review. Thank you

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RG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good value lunch. Menu is becoming boring. Needs updating.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you for reviewing us. Sorry you feel the menu is becoming boring. We update our main menu every season, so this one launched in June and then our next one will probably be mid September. We do also have our set lunch menu which changes daily - this runs Mon-Sat. Sorry you were disappointed though.

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LD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, and we only had to go across the road to our hotel !! Definitely be back !!

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your meal. Looking forward to you coming back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were welcomed warmly and shown to our table towards the back of the restaurant where our friends were already seated. Last time the 10 of us met up at 81 there was one starter available which everyone had enjoyed, last Sunday there was not this choice. All those who chose fish were very pleased with their choice, the pork too was well received, however, the beef although having a good taste was difficult to cut and chewy. The range and quality of vegetables on offer were excellent. Most of us had a dessert but those who had chosen the coconut ice had to ask for forks in an effort to eat the solidly frozen dessert. A pity. The cheese board was very good with an interesting variety of cheeses on offer and plentiful.
Would we return again, yes, indeed I’m coming back on Thursday for their Chapel Down evening!

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you for your review and feedback. I will make sure the comments about the specific foods are fed back to the kitchen team. Hope you enjoyed the Chapel Down evening!

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OT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Set lunch menu was very good value and excellent food!

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you for your review.

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S
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and staff excellent. Never disappointed when we eat here

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you!

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RP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful restaurant, tables not cramped together and and service not rushed. All food was perfectly cooked and served. Prices not excessive for either the food or drinks. Would heartily recommend.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your meal with us. Hope to see you again.

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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant night. Fantastic sea bream and steak cooked to perfection. Staff lovely and attentive without being in your face. Definitely worth a visit

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

What a lovely review. Thank you. We hope to see you again.

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food
Great service

81 Beach Street
Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you!

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LC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, we had fantastic proper Sunday lunch and it was delicious. Come rain come shine it’s always a pleasure to eat here. Booking essential as it gets very busy.

81 Beach Street
Responded on 11 July 2019

What a fabulous review. Thank you! We can't wait to see you again!

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