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The Waterfront Bar Restaurant, Plymouth, Devon

The Waterfront Bar Restaurant

3.9
3.9
264 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Welcome to the Waterfront, a contemporary bar and restaurant in a fantastic setting right on the waterfront on Plymouth’s Grand Parade and Devon's Pub of the Year 2019! Completely refurbished, the Waterfront is now under the management of established publicans John Milan and Steve Bellman whose portfolio includes the award – winning Pandora Inn in Cornwall.


John and Steve bring their successful formula of great food, drink and service to the Waterfront to create a venue with a vibrant atmosphere in a stunning setting in the bustling city of Plymouth.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary European

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00–19:45 Sunday opening times Sun 10:00–18:30

  • Phone number

    01752 226961

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Plymouth

  • Parking Details

    Limited spaces available in our own car park. Plenty of on-street metered parking close by.

  • Public Transit

    Pier Street bus stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 264 people are saying

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3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. HV

    HazelV

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our first time here. We will be back. It was very relaxing and enjoyable. Service very efficient indeed.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Sea view, sunshine and good food. Service was really nice, helping with wheelchair access. We have visited here before and will do so again.
  3. HC

    HilaryC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the view. Unfortunately my husband had to send his meal back as it was not warm enough and they had run out of scallops and my brother in law was given an alcoholic cider when he had asked for alcohol free, hence the four stars. All problems were sorted without fuss. The food we had was very tasty and I would definitely visit again.
  4. MS

    MatthewS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent evening with food and did the quiz. Staff were excellent, food was excellent and had an overall fantastic evening.
  5. LM

    LesleyM

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful evening, fantastic views from all windows. Service was a bit slow due to very large and noisy party in the next room. They did offer to move us to a quieter area but views too good.
  6. IA

    IanA

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Booked last minute on a Wednesday lunchtime and had a lovely time. Fish chips and mushy peas superb as was the scallop salad. Service was great and as it was a bit nippy we had an inside table with a sea view. Parking is available but would be problematic in the height of summer
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The service was good. The food however was very disappointing. Had the roast pork. The vegetables were uncooked except for sloppy carrot/swede and the cauliflower looked the dregs scraped from the bottom of a burnt pan, everything was tasteless. Location however is exceptional. The food is letting it down.
  8. p

    pilgrim

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I found while the food was plentiful and looked good it wasn't hot it was on the lower side of cool.
  9. AB

    AndrewB

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Greeting very good Staff accomodating Food quality good Due to Mothers Day some key items missing from menu Alternatives offered Overall most enjoyable
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Honestly a lovely breakfast, great value for money! And lovely views, would definitely recommend!
  11. BG

    BelindaG

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food and pretty varied menu I'm vegetarian and had a good choice my sister went for the fish and chips which was huge and really good, location is amazing plenty of seating inside and out and dog friendly they even brought a water bowl to the table for the dog would definitely visit again
  12. HM

    HenryM

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Pretty good overall but some of the food was pretty expensive for what you get but the staff were pleasant and meal certainly filled a whole. Nothing that wowed us but pleasant evening overall.
  13. MT

    MelvinT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic, it was a bit loud but I can't wait to go back
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really quiet Quick service
  15. RK

    RogerK

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Pre booked table for 1230hrs. arrived 10 minutes early but booked in and given table and menus, Said to look through menus and would be back in a few minutes. Then nothing for 25 minutes even though trying to get someone's attention ,even when we got someone they said they would go and get someone else to help . No contact during eating to see if all ok and service was extremely slow. But the venues location is fantastic right on Harbour side and thd food was Excellent and a large plate of food.
  16. J

    Jess

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I’ve wrote poor but it’s not the restaurants fault, booked a table for 9pm only to be told when we got there that the restaurant stops serving at half 8!! Wouldn’t recommend booking a table through this website if it’s for a later night…
  17. KH

    KatyH

    Worcestershire

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Visited on a December evening so didn’t really get to appreciate the location but the staff were lovely and friendly and I definitely recommend the sharing board.
  18. MT

    MichelleT

    Devon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    As this was booked for Christmas Eve I expected a better menu not just the bog standard one. Even that menu was limited as "they had run out" of most of it. The place lacked atmosphere, and I was thoroughly disappointed. It's definitely off my Christmas Eve list next year.
  19. MB

    MaggieB

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful Mulled Wine. Covid safe and Staff excellent. my Ham egg and chips was very tasty.
  20. e

    eileenehayes

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The food was lovely The servers were attentive and efficient The whole experience was spoiled because a group of about 10 were seated in the same section they were loud and excitable meaning our table could hardly hear each other when we spoke I don’t know why restaurants insist on putting large groups amongst smaller tables why not put the loud groups together ?
  21. K

    Katharine

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently good Lovely view The roast is delicious
  22. K

    Kieren

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Had a large beef roast and oh my it was amazing couldn't fault it at all meat was amazing beautiful cooked. Lovely restaurant and will definitely be back again.

    The Waterfront Bar RestaurantResponded on 5 March 2020Hi Kieran, thank so much for your great review, much appreciated. Look forward to welcoming you again soon.

  23. OO

    OOSS

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food/service was amazing will definitely be returning

    The Waterfront Bar RestaurantResponded on 5 March 2020Hi and thanks for your great 5 star review! We look forward to seeing you again very soon.

  24. MO

    MichelleO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    When table of 6 booked online, we were positioned in the corner of a small room on the edge of the restaurant away from all the other guests and couldn’t be moved. Tiny mussels and prawns in meals chosen which didn’t reflect in value in the price we paid. Nevermind - nice for a drink there in the summer with lovely views to be had I’m sure!
  25. s

    stephenl

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was good. But it would have been nice to be informed that all the kitchen staff finished at 9:00 pm. We had finished our main by 8:30 and we sat waiting and waiting for someone to come with the dessert menu. By the time we found a waiter it was 9:15 and too late for dessert. Disappointed in the service and attitude. Couldn’t even offer a couple of slices of cheesecake from the fridge, no effort to please.
  26. ES

    EmmaS

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and fast food, my dog loved the doggy food! :-)

    The Waterfront Bar RestaurantResponded on 5 March 2020Hi Emma, many thanks for your 5 star review. Delighted that you, and your dog, enjoyed your meal with us!

  27. AT

    AndrewT

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best evening with my partner. Everything was oerfectb
  28. AE

    AlisonE

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can't fault anything at all, love visiting with friends, thank you 😍
  29. DM

    DorothyM

    Devon

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Have been many times, booked a table for a family occasion at 7 30, arrived early to be told that our table had been laid up but given to someone else ! They refused to move and we were given a table by the door. Had to order the food at the bar. My daughter paid for a bottle of wine....no glasses! My fish pie was dried out and my dessert was inedible.
  30. JH

    JeffH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2020

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Extremely disappointed at this visit, we lunch here often and the roast dinner on this visit was almost inedible roast beef was a third fat and potatoes were like leather, felt like a cattle market no table reserved even though we had booked.
  31. S

    Saemelie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lovely setting and most of us loved the food. Two of our 7 people didn't like some "very greasy potatoes" that came with a fish dish which need to be changed on the menu. However the staff dealt with it very well and efficiently. The sundaes were really good, the fruit one can do with more actual fruit in it. Despite these minor grumbles we would definitely come again!
  32. LT

    LizT

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great home cooked food, friendly service and a lovely view and all at a reasonable price.

    The Waterfront Bar RestaurantResponded on 16 January 2020Hi Liz, thank you for your great review, it's appreciated!

  33. PS

    PaulS

    Devon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Not a great experience, 3 of the main menu dishes were off, no chicken or beef. 6 of us were eating but 2 dishes came 15 minutes before the rest so we didn't really eat together. Where we ate was quite noisy, not helped by at least 2 dogs barking. We won't be rushing back I'm afraid.
  34. MB

    MartinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never, in all my years, have I experienced a finer sausage.
  35. AT

    AndrewT

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice venue, great views, good food and good service.

    The Waterfront Bar RestaurantResponded on 16 January 2020Hi Andrew, thanks for taking the time to post a review, it's much appreciated by the team.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    My self and 2 friends went for an evening meal. Firstly I was dismayed that they didn’t do mocktails, so had to have another drink. My friends enjoyed both their Main and sweet. I myself couldn’t have either of the dishes I wanted as they were unavailable. There were no specials because of Christmas parties. There were a lot of empty tables, and it was not very busy. The staff were how ever very pleasant, and well presented.
  37. ST

    SusanT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A great location next to the waterfront with views across Plymouth Sound. The food was delicious. Free parking is a bonus too.
  38. HC

    HelenC

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We love the Waterfront - especially the staff. The only reason I marked down slightly was because we ate at an odd time, the roasties had been kept a tad long, but otherwise BRILLIANT!
  39. AH

    AnneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food hot, fresh and very tasty. If anything I would say a bit too much food. Next time we wouldn’t order our dessert when we ordered at the start. No sooner hard we eaten our mains and dessert turned up. Weren’t asked if we were ready for it yet. However food and staff lovely

    The Waterfront Bar RestaurantResponded on 15 December 2019Hi Anne and thank you for your 5-star review. Our portions are generous but they do seem to be what most people want! Apologies if you felt dessert was a little too prompt. We hope to welcome you again soon.

  40. A

    Anonymous

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A lovely location and interior. Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating. The food was filling and nice. A fairly basic menu done well.

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The Waterfront Bar Restaurant is rated 3.9 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for The Waterfront Bar Restaurant

The Waterfront Grand Parade Plymouth, Devon PL1 3DQ

Additional information

  • Area

    Plymouth

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00–19:45 Sunday opening times Sun 10:00–18:30

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Limited spaces available in our own car park. Plenty of on-street metered parking close by.

  • Public Transit

    Pier Street bus stop

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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