The Engine Room
All our beef is from farms in Devon and the West Country
Our eggs are local and free range
Our fish is mostly landed on Exmouth Pier by local fishermen subject to availability
We are allergen aware - your server will be happy to provide you with the allergen content of individual menu items
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Booked a table for 5 and was shown to a tiny table for 4. Whilst we were eating the restaurant started to pack up and got out a huge and rather noisy floor cleaner and started to clean around us, it was so noisy we couldn’t hear ourselves talking.
Mt first poor meal at the Ocean.
Light lunch of Jacket Potato with Prawns. The Potato was lovely, but the Prawns were inedible. It was as if they had been cooked with the Potato, therefore cooked twice! Very chewy and tasteless.
However the experience has not put me off going to the Engine Room, although I do tend to frequent the Deck more. I just shan't have Jacket Potato with Prawns again.
Service was fine but the food order came out wrong and also cost of food was rather high / costly
Christmas 'All Jazzed Up' event, held in the upstairs function suite, not the Engine Room.
Given the current issues around Covid, the seating arrangement was very poor.
Ok, there aren't government requirements if force about not mixing, but the virus is still around, so surely best practice would be to maintain distance between strangers? The layout was large tables with mixed households. The table (of 10) that we were allocated to was right in a corner with no apparent ventilation. A corner of no air movement for C19 to hang around in.
We had a look at the set up from the door, and decided not to take the risk and to turn around and go home. Such a shame because we were really looking forward to seeing the band.
Come on LED - do the right thing and set a good example.
Good evening, Thank you for your "anonymous" review of our free event. As you will see from other reviews your interpretation of the event is not quite accurate. We moved the event to our Ocean Suite as this is a much bigger venue than the engine room. The engine room has a capacity of 120 and the Ocean Suite 300. This is far better than the COVID secure guidance. Secondly, throughout the event, in the Ocean Suite we are able to create a constant airflow; Using our balconies.
Food was good, but I came mainly for the jazz concert, which was excellent. The event was moved upstairs to The Suite, which had a lovely atmosphere and plenty of room on the dance floor. The music was 'energetic', but that was the point. When there is no music, the background noise level is acceptable.
We attended Jazz Night in the Banqueting Suite, which was excellent. It is even better upstairs as there is plenty of room for seating and dancing. Look forward to getting back to regular jazz nights.
Thanks so much Jan!
Had a great jazz evening on 16 dec
Really nice evening here, a few small issues with our order that was sorted immediately - so no problem there at all. All in all a place I can recommend.
Great all round experience.
Very well organised.
Excellent food hot on arrival.
DEFINITELY eat here again.
Perfect for family meal. Staff were great. Place was clean. Food was good for the money.
Had a great atmosphere. Staff very helpful. Well spaced table. Felt at ease
The band were excellent! We’ve booked them for our wedding!
Excellent evening lovely venue pleasant staff good food
Superb attentive staff & food was excellent. Thanks 🥗
Not keen on the table right next to the kitchen 😱 very disappointed that the ocean has gone cashless, and a lot of others were saying the same 😡
Eaten here lots of time before, but this occasion wasn't as good.
Poor quality cut of steak, and a Kids birthday party happening on a Friday night on a table right behind us.
Will give it a while before we eat here again.
Great breakfast, quality ingredients. Would definitely have breakfast there again.
Big portions delicious mixed grill huge burgers would definitely recommend 👍
Lovely spacious place, lovely staff and fantastic location
Scampi was very good although portion not as big as before
The atmosphere, service & quality here is just perfect today. The staff are always attentive. Thanks.
Great tasty food, not bad on price, great service, a very enjoyable evening, thank you! Lynn
We always eat here when we visit exmouth & it never disappoints!
Really bad timing on meals, daughters food arrived about 15 minutes after ours and I had to collect it from the food service area as there were no staff available. Food was good and they did let me swap the chips out for a salad, which I really appreciated.
Our sons birthday on Friday was made extra special by the attentive and really friendly staff at the Engine Room. The food was great for the kids and the staff adapted very well to 8 ever changing minds about flavours of Ice cream!! Thank you and we will be back.
Very good setting with good service. The food was very enjoyable and good value. Staff were very courteous and helpful. There was a slight error in the order but was dealt with speedily and very apologetically and did not detract from the overall dining experience. .
Very busy .
But food and service were good…………………………………
Would come back and eat here again .
Very slow service despite having 5 members of staff loitering around. We were sitting just next to the hatch from the kitchen and food was left waiting there for nearly 10 minutes regularly. We spotted our food and actually went over and collected it ourselves!
We waited half an hour for deserts despite having very obviously finished and stacked our plates. Staff were working past regularly and one lady was sweeping the floor right next to our table.
Was a shame because the kids got super bored waiting and we probably won’t return for this reason.
Been here before. Service was very good but food was average to say the least. Nothing wrong with it but as it's a slightly pricier and nice restaurant expected better. Burger was slightly overdone and waffles a bit too dry. All nicely presented but lacked to taste i have come to expect for Ocean.
I usually go to The Deck, but couldn't book a table, so settled for The Engine Room. I needn't have been concerned the Engine Room is equally as good, and I didn't have to climb the stairs, or use the lift!! Good value for money.
Great place to eat with kids. Friendly attentive staff. Nice food
Very good service by the staff. Seating was good and social distanced from other customers
Good food poor service didn't really want us to have a drink with our meal and felt rushed
We really like Ocean, as it caters well for children, and is really dog friendly. The staff are very welcoming.
Great place, great ambience, great service, lovely food
Food was poor, ordered from app. Asked to change chips for fries told there would be an extra £1.20 cosy plus we'd lose the 5% discount for using the app!!!
Burger had to be sent back as it was burnt.
It was just an overall poor visit sadly not the 1st time but definitely the last.
Hi Ian, The discount of 5% is only given on the web ordering so we are unsure what happened here, there isn't an option to change the chips to fries on the new web ordering platform perhaps that is what made you so frustrated. We do agree Ocean may not be the place for you and hopefully you will find somewhere you like more.
Was a very enjoyable evening and the kids enjoyed it
Service was friendly and very quick. Food was amazing and really good value for money. Will definitely be coming back.
Thank you Phoebe, thats a lovely review.
Good social distancing and very helpful staff
Food was good value for money
Thats great to hear, we hope to see you again.
Excellent staff and service. Friendly and prompt. Food good and tasty.. Monday very quiet which suited us. Great sea views. Covid cleanliness and social distancing all in place.
What a great review! The Team will be delighted.
The Engine Room offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01395 266500.
The Engine Room is rated 4.1 stars by 121 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.