Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Exeter

4.3
1015 reviews
£25 and under
Breakfast
Bill's Exeter restaurant is a real hidden gem. Packed full of colour and charm, it's ideal for a cosy dinner for two or catching up with friends and family. Both impressive and intimate, with little booths, nooks and crannies, including further seating outside. Relax on a comfortable sofa or grab a seat at the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. Bill's Exeter is open all day and into the night.

Experiences

  • Bill’s Christmas Set Menu

    £29.95 per person

    Nov 16 - Dec 30, 2021

    Christmas group dining at Bill’s This menu must be booked a minimum of 7 days in advance If you book within 7 days of your booking we will try to accommodate, subject to availability, A La Carte menu may be offered. Enjoy three festive dishes with a welcome drink included. Choose from dishes such as a starter of smoked salmon mousse, avocado and crayfish salad, our mouth-watering festive feast burger, and for dessert our famous panettone bread and butter pudding with cinnamon-spiced vanilla custard. Please opt into email marketing for information on this, future group bookings & offers. We will contact you in regards to this booking to pre order your food. Please keep an eye out for emails from Bills Restaurants in order to pre order.
What 1015 People Are Saying
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Exeter
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There was a bit of confusion over one of our guests being gluten intolerant. We had one of our main orders forgotten and then two of our puddings fell on the floor when the waitress was delivering our order to the table. The manager did compliment all of our desserts to make up for the incidents that occurred, however our visit this time.

JB
JackB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

10/10 linguine was delightful, Christmas menu was good as well

SB
SueB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very vibrant place to eat, a very busy Friday night so noisy, but staff very attentive and food was good too

KC
KimberleyC
Devon
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice good
Good service
Lively atmosphere
Would recommend

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Sarahp
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was exceptional. I had the mac n cheese which was full of flavour, followed by the salted chocolate tart. The service was fast and friendly.

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SRflowers
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch at Bill's Exeter....good service, fab atmosphere & lovely meal.

MS
MartinS
Devon
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great welcome was followed by polite and affective service. Our food was lovely and a good price.

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Claudia
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Our server never came once to our table to ask how the food was or take more drink orders. We didn’t even get water we asked for. Food tasted good but service was not ideal.

PM
PhilipM
Devon
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for a lunch. Great service, great food

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DerekL
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Plenty of choice on the menu. Food was great and we had no complaints about the service. So all very positive.

CE
ChasE
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice serving staff, but they got my order wrong (and kindly took it off the bill), and it took 50 minutes from our arrival until getting our main courses, which seemed a bit long. The food is pretty good, and things have been better on previous visits, to be fair.

MG
MelanieG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly staff lovely welcome
Very impressed they asked if we had any allergies they should know about.
Very attentive asking how each course was.
Good variety of food good value
Didn't have to wait too long for each course.

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paulr
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

below par, cranberry ketchup tasted of sugary tomato ketchup. Sirloin seemed very small for the weigh. steak sauce was late and had to wait. won't be back.

SL
SharonL
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly and attentive service with a complimentary treat for my mum on her birthday. We really enjoyed our meal.

JT
JeanT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

When we arrived itvtook more than 10 mibs to be seated at our table. Once we were we waited for the menus and then we got to there was no beef steak or burgers available.
It was my sons birthday meal and it was all he wanted.
Very upset as it ruined our evening.
We left the restaurant feeling completely disappointed and upset.

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RoxP
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Hour and half wait for food to arrive, bad communication of service - no apologies for food being late- everyone around had also complained.
Certain menu options told weren’t available only when everyone had got their food bought to the table .
Would never go back- no discount of payment or apologies

CB
CharlieB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall very good. We had the sharing platter for 2 but odly enough there were 3 chicken skewers.
Either 1 short or one too many.
Always enjoy the food at Bills.

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Yolker
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a little gem, worried when we arrived and looked outside but soon as we got through the doors our wonderful experience started ! Stunning food and amazing team thanks guys

JL
JosieL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely lunch at Bill's. All staff were very friendly and food was great.definately recommend for a casual get together

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vipLindak
Devon
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great breakfast and good service - we go twice a week for breakfast and never been disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food nice but very pricey for what it was
Poor value for money on cocktails
The hedgerow fizz was just three quarters of a glass of Prosecco with one blackberry plonked in it for £8!!
Very good service from waitress but serving staff continue to lean across us which isn’t great in these covid times.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish we experienced a warm welcome, excellent service, fabulous food. Lovely ambience. We will definitely return. The ivy could learn a lot from you. The best lunch date we’ve had in a long time. Super cute reindeer cocktail too. Thank you.

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Topanga
Devon
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food excellent service.
Definitely coming back

JT
JamesT
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We had Pre booked, arrived on time no table put aside for us. However sat within five minutes. Drinks order taken then forgotten! Had to ask to give food order. Took so long to come had to order another drink. Food arrived cool, a delivery arrived and fire escape doors pinned back so got the full blast of outdoors. We asked that doors were closed and told delivery was late and basically we had to put up with it. We asked for bill as staff thought delivery more important than keeping customers happy. We were refunded second drink but the female member of staff apologised with contempt, the table next to us could not believe her response.
As we left I complained to duty manager who said he would email me a voucher this has not arrived.

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MariaS
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent! Food was lovely and the staff were a real highlight - warm, friendly and professional. A real credit to Bill's and we will be back.

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Linnie
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and wine. We were seated very quickly at our reservation time. Very busy but quick service.

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Chessy
Devon
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bill's is my "go to" place to eat and drink when shopping in Exeter.
Great central location, great value food/drink and I love the funky decor.
Staff are always helpful and friendly. Look forward to my next visit.

TK
TheKirks
Devon
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Enjoyable ambience but for us, too noisy - you end up shouting across the table to be heard. Food expensive for what it is.

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Snapshot
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our lobster linguine was delicious and the service very good. It was lovely to have linen table napkins rather than the usual paper ones. Many thanks.

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Balk
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Disappointing, this was for a birthday meal (which was stated on the booking) but no acknowledgement of the event.
Food was of average standard for the price.
Staff seemed disengaged.
Won’t be rushing back as for a cost of £100 I really think they could have done better.

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TraceyP
Bath
7 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We have visited Bills in Bath and was pleased to see his lovely and spacious the restaurant was in Exeter.

The service however was not to the same standard somewhat disappointing.

The wait on our food was almost 40 minutes and was just about to ask when the waiting staff realised we still hadn’t got our food but tables around us had received theirs-after coming into the restaurant after us.

Our table time was pre booked so it’s not as if we walked in off the street.
The food was lovely once arrived.

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chris
Devon
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice ambience, if a little loud. Very friendly and helpful staff. Good food!

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Lucinda
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an evening out to celebrate a birthday, taken to our seat promptly, food was very nice and Josh our waiter was very attentive, polite, and professional. All staff we had any contact with was polite and helpful. The sommelier who helped us choose the correct wine, was lovely.

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NataliaH
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner and cocktails 🍹attentive staff despite being packed full and super busy! Would highly recommend xxx

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ChristopherM
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food took over an hour for 2 courses.
Not hot when it arrived.
Not the best Bills I have eaten in.

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ShaunH
Devon
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We arrived at 2030 for our booked table and met promptly by the manager, our table was a raised table but was very comfortable, we where served promptly and our drinks arrived in good time however we then waited 50 minutes for our starter to arrive which was slightly disappointing!! The food was excellent it was all very tasty and the main courses arrived in good time, excellent food great atmosphere and lovely staff just a slight shame on the time taken to get out starters this let them down!!

KM
KateM
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed that menus advertised online (fever night menu) weren't offered. No specials offered. Very long wait for drinks to arrive. Food not as advertised on the menu (no creamy wild mushroom sauce came on our chicken dish and only two tiny token pieces of tenderstem broccoli). Service was friendly though and lovely restaurant decor.

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TonyF
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time here in Exeter and a few in Plymouth. Always had great food . Exeter has the edge in ambiance slightly. This is a “higher end” establishment so the prices reflect that but still very reasonable .You will not be disappointed !
Take me !

LH
LaurenH
Devon
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! They went the extra mile when they found out we were out for a 50th birthday. The food was also incredible.
Thank you all,

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Sarah
Devon
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Welcomed by a friendly chap on the door who showed us to our table. First of all we had changed the booking from 6 people to 5 as there had been a relationship breakdown but the table was still laid up for 6 so it was obvious someone was missing which caused some upset. He took our drinks orders reasonably quickly and offered us olives etc but it took a long time for someone to come and take our food orders and there was long delays between courses. I ordered a macaroni cheese with a salad….. I could not eat this. I didn’t want to complain last night as it was my sons 21st birthday who was already upset about the 6th place being empty! My salad was warm and wilted and looked more like cooked cabbage….awful. Two people asked for ketchup and Mayo but that never arrived to our table. I have been here many times but not in the last 4/5 years and a lot has changed. Young lad who brought our birthday cake out (I want to say Tom but I may be wrong!) was very sweet and friendly but maybe looked a little overwhelmed last night!

FAQs

Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Exeter does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Exeter is rated 4.3 stars by 1015 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.