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Chapmans of Canterbury Ltd., Canterbury, Kent

Chapmans of Canterbury Ltd.

4.5
4.5
251 Reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood
Chapman’s Seafood Restaurant in Canterbury is located in the historic St. Dunstan’s area – a stone’s throw from the Westgate Towers Museum and Gardens and a two-minute stroll from Canterbury West train station. We offer an informal, welcoming atmosphere where good food and friendly customer service is standard, and our kitchen serves only the finest fresh fish sourced from the local area.

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2 people

21:00


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01227 780749

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Byron Hayter

  • Catering

    Outside events can be catered for. Please contact the restaurant for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Upstairs can sit 24 covers this can be turned into a room for private events such as Birthdays, Private Dining & Wedding breakfasts. Please ring or email for details.

What 251 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Canterbury

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  • Canterbury

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  1. RG

    RobynGJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb fish, beautifully presented. An interesting menu of white fish, shell fish and some sashimi - I will be back to try the other options!
  2. NM

    NikkiM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely food and cocktails, friendly atmosphere, will definitely be back.
  3. SF

    SueF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal, great service from friendly waiter. Pity tips go to the company and not the staff. We did not leave a tip for that reason.
  4. PN

    PaulN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food with a good choice of dishes. Extensive cocktail menu although we opted for a glass of organic wine which was very good. Service was excellent and the restaurant had a great atmosphere. Will visit again.
  5. JS

    JamieS

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing restaurant, food is one of the best you will find in Canterbury! We will definitely be visiting again
  6. NJ

    NatJ

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing, food was great, was a lovely evening!
  7. S

    Sentinelchicken

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food & service despite the restaurant being busy.
  8. S

    Superb

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    OMG I’m in love with a wonderful fish restaurant in Canterbury……. So tasty and great service…. Better than some of the London restaurants we’ve been to….. I can still taste the superb fish thank you Chapman's of Canterbury we love and salute you xx
  9. HR

    HelenR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great restaurant! Service - great chit chat with the host about tiling. Funny! Cocktails delicious and food incredibly tasty and flavoursome. In fact it was soooo good, we got home and rebooked. I love it that this place is right on our doorstep.
  10. LN

    LeaneN

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional!! Beautiful flavours, well cooked & lovely and hot. First time I have been here and it won’t be the last. Staff were attentive and very polite. Could not recommend this place highly enough thank you!!
  11. S

    Sarah

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was as always amazing and staff super accommodating. Will be back for sure.
  12. SC

    Searching4Cuisine

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy booking through OpenTable. Cant recommend Chapmans of Canterbury highly enough. An eclectic menu with some great choices. Our choices (three mixed small platters between two to start ... ceviche trout and perfectly cooked king prawns in a spicy sauce) followed by Hake with vegetables and a surprising, top quality lobster, Hake and prawn curry were ideal and a great way to spend our special evening in this restaurant. Service was attentive, polite and friendly but never intrusive. Together with a couple of drinks to start and a nice bottle of wine, bill was around £160. Not cheap, but then we had a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience and, for a special treat, we would return again. Definitely recommend Chapmans of Canterbury as an ideal choice for dinner and in a great central location just a few minutes from the main High Street and West Gate.
  13. CM

    CMichaelB

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The staff were very charming & extremely patient with our party of 4 who took ages to choose!
  14. MG

    MarkG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyable lunch, would return, slightly on the expensive side.
  15. SS

    SianS

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous menu, lovely food and great service. Very reasonably priced and great wine list
  16. M

    Michelle

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Interesting, mostly fish/seafood menu. I had the sashimi (delicious) and also tried the hasselback potatoes and broccoli sides (very testy). Only slight negative is that the menu is a little unusual, in that it wasn't really clear what was a main course, starter, tapas-style etc. Friendly and helpful staff too.
  17. G

    Gambastorte

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration!! Lovely!
  18. FM

    FlorenceManchester

    Kent

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu had changed since we were last there and what an amazing improvement. I had a hard time deciding between 6 main courses including two specials. Fantastic food and lovely staff - we will definitely be back very soon
  19. M

    Margaret

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening at Chapman’s fish restaurant. The food was delicious, good portions and nicely presented. The staff were attentive and friendly, we would certainly go back.
  20. JB

    JanB

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent fish and seafood restaurant with new creative dishes as well as classic ones. Very helpful and friendly staff.
  21. CC

    CynthiaC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and fresh food, and outstanding service from the staff. Will definitely go there again.
  22. NI

    NatalieI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    As a solo diner it can be intimidating to eat out in a visiting city, but the service at Chapman’s was so welcoming, I barely noticed the lack of a companion and the food was fantastic! I’ll definitely be back.
  23. J

    Julie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Hake had a lovely sauce but fish was a little over cooked. Sourdough was really good. Service good and people friendly. £90 for two felt however somewhat overpriced.
  24. AW

    AaronW

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent, service could’ve been better.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Some of the food was only moderate. It was very expensive for what it was , won’t bother going there again,
  26. JC

    JanC

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely ambience but could do with soft furnishings to help acoustics. Hake was delicious but broccoli was difficult to cut with a knife, we were refunded when mentioned this. Peach melba with panna cotta, the panna cotta should be delicate, just set, it was rubbery and I left it.
  27. J

    Johnawc

    Jacksonville

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are excellent. There are some “don’t miss” items on the menu. The olives are outstanding. If you like wasabi, don’t pass on the sashimi. The salmon, tuna, and scallops are excellent and the wasabi is the best that I have had in 20 years. Super fresh, this wasabi is better than anything I had in Japan. Finally, the lobster curry (mine) and the cod loin (my wife’s) were both incredible. We have already reserved another table for tomorrow.
  28. L

    Limyo

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time at Chapman's. The ambience was relaxed and calm, the service professional and friendly, and the decor and tableware very elegant. Best of all, the food was delicious. There were some appealing specials alongside a full menu of beautiful seafood – and everything we chose was extremely tasty and very nicely presented. We will definitely be coming again.
  29. 1

    1guy

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bit pricey, but great seafood I guess you get what you pay for
  30. SS

    StevenS

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Generally quality of food was good. Sea food platter was disappointing and not like previous menu platter which had more fish options like crab and small prawns. Preferred previous as it was served cold with two lovely fresh condiments. Dessert menu was disappointing and the sorbets was spoiled by the crumble and dry pastry twist. Prices have risen dramatically particularly sea food platter. This meal was almost double our usual bill for a similar meal.
  31. G

    Gemma

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed visiting Chapmans and would highly recommend. The quality of food was exceptional without pretence with generous portion sizes and unique flavour combinations (especially the desert options!). My boyfriend (who is a chef) had the lobster curry and was blown away by the flavours and quality so far as to say it was the best he’d ever had. The service was fantastic and we were taken good care of by a lovely waitress (didn’t catch her name but she was European!) who went over and out to make our evening special. The comfortable atmosphere really made us relax and enjoy our food and we didn’t feel hurried or rushed. Would highly recommend! Thanks for a perfect evening
  32. a

    adelle

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely fish curry. Went for a birthday dinner and they served a birthday desert. Made it special for us
  33. CB

    ChristabelB

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    A very popular restaurant for its delicious fish, cooked wonderfully. The wine is excellent too. It caters for an older crowd, but the background music is rather 'hotel lounge' - we felt a different playlist would enhance the atmosphere.
  34. DT

    DavidT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good food and service - on the pricey side for me to use regularly
  35. t

    topc

    London

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Airy, light restaurant, comfortable seats although tables could be slightly bigger. Excellent, friendly service. We had the seafood platter which was fresh, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. Would definitely recommend
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Tasty food but very small portions. My main course cod was about 100g. Staff very friendly etc but clearly rushed
  37. JS

    JaneS

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would definitely recommend Chapman’s to anyone. Fabulous food. Love that they use local ingredients and breweries where possible
  38. JC

    JohnC

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our first visit for three years because of Covid and living in Sussex. Resumed our visit to Canterbury this year and had to go back to Chapmans. Staff excellent as walkways, service and quality of food/ service very good. Slight disappointment at lack of chefs specials but will definitely return.
  39. m

    monica

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Much recommended, excellent food and lovely service.
  40. o

    olly

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eaten here on more than one occasion. Food, service & surroundings really good. Great selection of fish dishes, of curse, and the 'specials' selection was really inviting. If you are in Canterbury, or near by, make sure you visit.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Chapmans of Canterbury Ltd. offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01227 780749.

Chapmans of Canterbury Ltd. is rated 4.5 stars by 251 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

21:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Chapmans of Canterbury Ltd.

89-90 St. Dunstans Street, Canterbury, Kent CT2 8AD

Additional information

  • Area

    Canterbury

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Byron Hayter

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01227 780749

  • Catering

    Outside events can be catered for. Please contact the restaurant for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Upstairs can sit 24 covers this can be turned into a room for private events such as Birthdays, Private Dining & Wedding breakfasts. Please ring or email for details.

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