The Engine Room

4.1
121 reviews
£25 and under
British
As part of Exmouth’s status as a Fairtrade town we take pride in sourcing the best local, seasonal and Fairtrade produce and ingredients wherever possible

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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • 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
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 121 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.0
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3.9
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Noise · Energetic
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LisaW
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall2food4service2ambience1

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.

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vipPatriciaC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall3food1service3ambience3

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.

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Shazza
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was fine but the food order came out wrong and also cost of food was rather high / costly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

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.

The Engine Room
Responded on 31 December 2021

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.

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AndrewT
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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JanG
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

The Engine Room
Responded on 31 December 2021

Thanks so much Jan!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a great jazz evening on 16 dec

The Engine Room
Responded on 31 December 2021

Thank you!

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JulietD
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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Waggamumma
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great all round experience.
Very well organised.
Excellent food hot on arrival.
DEFINITELY eat here again.

SJ
ScottJ
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for family meal. Staff were great. Place was clean. Food was good for the money.

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Chris
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great atmosphere. Staff very helpful. Well spaced table. Felt at ease

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ZainaTron
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The band were excellent! We’ve booked them for our wedding!

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Julie1712
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent evening lovely venue pleasant staff good food

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb attentive staff & food was excellent. Thanks 🥗

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MartineS
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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 😡

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James
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

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MartinC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great breakfast, quality ingredients. Would definitely have breakfast there again.

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RichardP
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big portions delicious mixed grill huge burgers would definitely recommend 👍

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Chris
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spacious place, lovely staff and fantastic location

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BUDDY
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Scampi was very good although portion not as big as before

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, service & quality here is just perfect today. The staff are always attentive. Thanks.

LB
LynnB
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasty food, not bad on price, great service, a very enjoyable evening, thank you! Lynn

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SueC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always eat here when we visit exmouth & it never disappoints!

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Reviewforfood
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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. .

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AlexS
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very busy .
But food and service were good…………………………………
Would come back and eat here again .

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HatE
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

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MartynS
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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.

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vipPatriciaC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

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.

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TomF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to eat with kids. Friendly attentive staff. Nice food

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LorraineT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service by the staff. Seating was good and social distanced from other customers

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David
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Good food poor service didn't really want us to have a drink with our meal and felt rushed

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MoiraB
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really like Ocean, as it caters well for children, and is really dog friendly. The staff are very welcoming.

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PeteH
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place, great ambience, great service, lovely food

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Teamkenny
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

The Engine Room
Responded on 19 October 2020

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.

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a very enjoyable evening and the kids enjoyed it

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PhoebeA
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was friendly and very quick. Food was amazing and really good value for money. Will definitely be coming back.

The Engine Room
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thank you Phoebe, thats a lovely review.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good social distancing and very helpful staff
Food was good value for money

The Engine Room
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thats great to hear, we hope to see you again.

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Weekender
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

The Engine Room
Responded on 19 October 2020

What a great review! The Team will be delighted.

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FAQs

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.