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The Fish Cottage, Whitby, North Yorkshire

The Fish Cottage

4.4
4.4
1115 Reviews
£25 and under
Fish
Located 20yds from the beach in the beautiful seaside village of Sandsend, we’re just a short drive from the popular fishing town of Whitby, North Yorkshire.

We don't allow dogs in the restaurant but do accept in our outside seating area. We don't take bookings for outside its on a first come basis.

We have a real love for the sea and pride ourselves in serving the finest, locally caught sustainable fish and seafood in a casual dining environment.

Restaurant opening times: 12am open, last seating 9pm; Last orders takeaway Mon-Sun 8.00pm


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2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Fish
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    01947 899342
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 1,115 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Yorkshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • North Yorkshire

    Child-friendly

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for outdoor dining

1,115 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal at Fish Cottage - great selection of fish dishes (and a meat and veggie choice too). Lots of different flavours to entice you back to try other plates. The restaurant had a special occasion feel - nice ambience and friendly and attentive service - yet the prices felt relatively good value for such good quality ingredients and stylish cooking. I know it doesn’t suit everyone, but it was great for us that we were able to take the dog. Thank you for a lovely evening! By the way the takeaway service is excellent too!!

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  2. LincolnshireAJR

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovley day-lovely food. Plates were empty all round on our table and others. Just a treat

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  3. JennyP

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great staff and lovely food. Fish choice was really good with nice sized portions.

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  4. Yatesy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best fish and chips on the east coast. Service to match. Excellent eating in or take away food.

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  5. GaryC

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Got really well taken care of as had to wait a little while for our table. Manager was great, the girls working were nice and food was great!

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  6. Anon

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great restaurant - amazing food as always and lovely staff

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  7. StaceyG

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit to the fish cottage & will definitely be back! Highly recommend the fish tacos- kids also well catered for. Lovely clean environment with a great atmosphere!

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  8. AnnG

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem of a place. We could not fault anything, the food and service were excellent.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you once again for a fabulous meal.. the Fish and chips were absolutely delicious

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were really excited about coming back again and it did not disappoint. Excellent, fresh sea food, good wine and enough space to park outside too. We’ll be back again.

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  11. CatherineM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch here, the special set menu was great value and the tacos superb. The prawns in garlic oil were as good as any in Spain. Fish batter lovely and light. Certainly recommend!!

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  12. Charlie

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely welcome,delicious fish and chips and wine followed by a fabulous chocolate fondant!The staff were super friendly and attentive ,a lovely valentines evening ❤️

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  13. AnnW49

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was delicious and the staff were lovely but the prices were eye wateringly high. It was half term but in a very small restaurant we were surrounded by screaming children and barking dogs. The bill for 4 of us was well over £100, for one course (standard fish and chips) and one drink (a medium glass of wine for each lady and a pint for the two chaps). My normal size glass of wine would be large. Sadly not at £16. And adding the traditional mushy peas to a portion of fish and chips cost an extra £2.50 per person. Disappointing.

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  14. JudithP

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good menu, with a great range of fish dishes. Monkfish delicious, as was the local ice cream. Mussels fine but needed to be slightly hotter perhaps. Wine list good, but limited and expensive and would benefit from some cheaper options. Music playlist slightly misjudged and spoilt the atmosphere a bit. Lots of interesting objects and art dotted around, but shame to see candles not actually lit. Staff friendly and efficient. Would recommend.

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  15. JeanMcK

    Yorkshire

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had excellent local oysters, delicious queenie scallops and wonderful fish tacos on a foggy Saturday in Sandsend. The restaurant was full with others having takeaway at the outdid tables. The service was very professional and not so fast that you felt they wanted to get you out. We asked for salad instead of fries with the tacos and were given a lovely small bowl of rocket, watercress, and fennel with a lovely light dressing. The only thing I would change is to make the slaw in the tacos more tangy, maybe with more lime and some pickled red onion. Overall, definitely the place to be by the seaside.

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  16. MarcR

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is favourite of ours to enjoy a delicious fish and chip lunch after a long walk on the beach. The food is beautifully presented and is piping hot. The staff are always smartly dressed and very welcoming. The restaurant is beautifully fitted out and spotlessly clean. What more can you ask for.

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  17. PippyG

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, brilliant service and ambience. Very accommodating moved us to a better table -thanks so much.

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  18. JaneO

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu choices, quality of food and service were all outstanding. What a lovely place. Thank you

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  19. BinnyHarrogate

    Yorkshire

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fabulous visit, definitely one of our favourites. Fish tacos and fish pie were both excellent. Will be back next time we visit Whitby, which hopefully won’t be too long.

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  20. KevinC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food with quick courteous service. Good range of wines and beverages (Including alcohol free)

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  21. Diane

    Warwickshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Mixed tacos are the best ever, wonderful tasty food

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  22. Mikkly

    Perthshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food - well presented and imaginative dishes which were full of flavour. Emphasis is on fish as expected - dressed crab and scallop starters were lovely and main courses - fish pie and “Fishghetti were super. We left a bit of room for dessert, also lovely. Small but decent quality wine list with good options by the glass. Service was good. Overall, a very enjoyable meal. Deserved to be busier but then again it was a wet Monday evening.

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  23. SteveK

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was our wedding anniversary and booked a table for Sunday afternoon. After a lovely but windy walk to Whitby and back it was lovely walking into a warm and inviting restaurant. Everyone was very friendly and the food was excellent. Makes a great change to a typical Sunday roast!

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  24. SusanW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were welcomed warmly on arrival, treated like old friends even though this was our first visit to fish cottage. It certainly won’t be our last . Our meal was delicious, scallops to start, very tasty, and then stone bass cooked perfectly with the most delicious potatoes, I didn’t have a pudding but I’m sure that would have been equally delicious, my only little complaint was , no gluten free bread for my husband, which is easy to keep in the freezer .

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  25. SylviaM

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All eight of us loved our visit to The Fish Cottage. We had a great side room which meant we had nice space for the our two dogs to sleep and we could be a little bit noisy without offending anyone! Simon our waiter was excellent ,we received really efficient service and he had a great sense of humour. The food was gorgeous ...my scampi was seriously the best I have ever had, everyone had a great meal. There were a few items not available but we all found something to enjoy. Would highly recommend this restaurant .

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  26. ColinS

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recently had the pleasure of dining at Fish Cottage, and I must say it was an absolute delight for my taste buds! The charming ambiance, friendly staff, and, most importantly, the incredible food made my experience truly memorable. I opted for the Fish Pie, and let me tell you, it was a masterpiece! Every bite was a symphony of flavors, showcasing the restaurant's commitment to using only the finest ingredients. The generous portion size left me satisfied but longing for more. The service was impeccable, with attentive and knowledgeable staff who were more than happy to guide me through the menu. The ambiance was cozy, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that enhanced my overall dining experience. Whether you're a seafood enthusiast or just looking for an outstanding meal, Fish Cottage is a must-visit. The Fish Pie alone is worth the trip, and I can't wait to explore more of their menu on my next visit. This restaurant truly deserves its five-star rating, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking a culinary journey through the flavors of the sea.

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  27. RebeccaL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was beautiful, very impressed will be back again soon.

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  28. KimD

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tacos were fantastic. Excellent value for money. The staff were very attentive and friendly.

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  29. VickyP

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming here! We love seafood and we love great service too! We had an amazing time. We were well looked after. I have a high intolerance to yeast and garlic so I let the chef know again that I was back. We had the taco's which I have never had before, husband has, he loves them! Even though the taco's didn't have the sauces on they we so full of flavour. After the first one I cheekily said it would be amazing to have truffle mayo. Needless to say this place never disappoints! Truffle mayo made by the chef, sent to the table to try - OMG so nice! Not too over powering just the right level of truffle - it was so nice my husband nicked some for his fries! Another great visit - we will be back - Valentines Day!

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  30. AndyW

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Having loved the fish and chips from their takeaway service for some time we were delighted to be able to eat in the restaurant. It is an intimate, unique environment with a positive atmosphere. The staff were all knowledgeable and helpful and the food was absolutely wonderful. Highly recommended.

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  31. AB5star

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and a fab team at the restaurant, highly recommend.

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  32. KimH

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, great ambiance- we would have liked more choices on the menu ( quite a few fish dishes had sold out) but are repeat clients and would definitely return !

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  33. Annie

    Yorkshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were greeted with a friendly welcome, offered a free Prosecco by Gary who looked after us extremely well. Food was fantastic as usual and the atmosphere was lovely Anne

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  34. GailT

    Newcastle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the tacos which were lovely. Chips wernt great , drinks expensive, staff friendly nice ambiance . Would call again

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  35. LissaM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate here with our two kids and found the place very family friendly. Food was delicious along with great service. Would recommend!

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  36. JohnC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked a table for 8 for lunch at Fish Cottage. 3 young children and a dog in tow. Put in a large alcove - almost private dining! Made to feel very welcome. Food was delicious and served very quickly. Service was excellent. I look forward to visiting again

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  37. SarahM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing fish and chips. I think my favourite around the area. I do think it’s a shame that dogs are now allowed in side. I love dogs but my sister doesn’t and a dog was sitting right next to us. But that said still an awesome place and fabulous fish and chips.

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  38. NigelT

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. Enjoyed the complimentary Prosecco and festive scallops with belly pork. Great dining experience for New Year’s Eve. Wine a bit pricey but will return and recommend.

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  39. PontH

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a beautiful meal on new years eve. Its nice to know that they only sell fish which is in season and not frozen imports. The service was not the best we have experienced (fairly slow and not very attentive or knowledgeable) but this wouldn't deter us from visiting again

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  40. BexV

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic food and service…highly recommend! 🦐🦞🐟😊👏

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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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Fish Cottage offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01947 899342.

The Fish Cottage is rated 4.4 stars by 1115 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today

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Google Map for The Fish Cottage

The Fish Cottage, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3SU

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Whitby
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–21:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Fish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access
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