The Waterfront Bar Restaurant

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Welcome to the Waterfront, a contemporary bar and restaurant in a fantastic setting right on the waterfront on Plymouth’s Grand Parade! 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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4.0
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4.1
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4.0
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A
1 review
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.

A
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Unrivalled setting and great range of real ales and other drinks. Visit was only marred by low grade turkey served with roast.

CC
London
44 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Refreshingly modern sea food dishes, with sea bream paired with chorizo, and crevettes marinated in chilli. Very nice. The childrens' menu is top notch! The dry, flavourless chicken detracted from an otherwise delicious meal, though; and it's all just a little too expensive.

CS
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good but for a quiet Sunday night service was very slow. Waited nearly 25 minutes for our meals but to be fair food was very nice when it came.

J
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday roast. Lovely venue and good value for money

The Waterfront Bar Restaurant
Responded on 15 November 2019

Thank you for your 5-star review, it's much appreciated. Delighted to hear you enjoyed your Sunday roast and hope to see you again soon.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant meal here with the family including two small boys.
Lovely Sunday roast
Lively restaurant
Highly recommended

AE
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of seven of us with different dietary needs... All very happy with food, service, venue and staff.
Thank you all

IP
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Function room doors left open causing a cold draft
With that said very nice food
We eat here on special occasion love it

RE
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

First time I wouldn’t give full marks across the board. Location and facilities are excellent, staff friendly and helpful, food was not to the usual standard though. It looked rushed, and was overloaded with herbs masking much of the dish’s flavour
Long delay between courses which was acknowledged and a free dessert offered.
Hopefully a one off, Just need to reset the standards of the food & service a bit and it will be back to the top of my list.

RC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yum! A delicious traditional Sunday roast at a reasonable price. Sadly the chicken on offer was no go as it wasn’t free range and we would have relished some apple and horseradish sauce to accompany our pork and beef. Portions were generous and service excellent. On a warm day sitting outside overlooking Drakes Island and Plymouth Sound makes it a special venue for tourists and locals alike.

JP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. I had Sea Bream with olives.

H
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

A nice setting on a summers day unfortunately we went when it was extremely windy and constantly raining and being right on the sea front you certainly got it! But that is no fault of the restaurant. We received good service and I think the meals for everyone was ok although my plate was overloaded and needed guardrails, actually at the end it looked like I hadn't eaten a thing and the sea bream was over cooked and dry. However, they do sell a good selection of gins and I was impressed that they sold my favourite 'six o'clock gin which is rarely sold anywhere. We heard also that they sold draft Leffe beer but unfortunately this is no longer the case otherwise we would definitely visit again.

MH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quiz! Quiz lord is awesome! Food is good although would appreciate more offerings in smaller plates just for quiz nibbles.

JS
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The meals we had were very nice but far too much. There was a lot of waste. It would have been nice to have the choice of smaller meals as well. We did wait a long time for our meals and noticed that people that had arrived after us were served before us. There were six of us so maybe that was the reason

JM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pleasant staff, surroundings and outstanding view!!

AM
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good graduation celebration family dinner as well as celebration drinks with friends afterwards.

AS
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Very understaffed, food took ages to arrive, was overpriced and the food wasn’t anything special. You’re paying for the decor of the place more than the food. Food took so long to arrive I had lost my appetite once it had arrived and the chips were like oven chips. Very expensive for what you get! Had to queue at the bar as no one had come to take our order to which we were told to sit down as we weren’t to order from the bar and someone would be with us. Should have more staff or limit bookings. No one came to ask us if our meal was ok either. Very poor service.

SK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Table service was great, the food was fantastic. Can highly recommend The Waterfront for a meal or a casual drink

DB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Waitresses very slow to take order then forgot my friend’s order, by the time she got it we’d all nearly finished. They did offer us slight discount. Food was ok, big portions. A little pricey. Lovely views outside.

GB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked a table nobody new about it the toilets were disgusting so we left won’t be going there again

EL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very tasty meal with great views and service before our trip to the theatre. brilliant

M
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Good Location. Very hard roast potatoes. Some of the chairs are very small.

SL
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal on Saturday around 5pm, we had been seated and served food within half hour!! quickest service I have experienced, food was perfect - We would recommend.

OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a wonderful evening. The only problem was the wait for the food. Because they had a couple of large parties in, we had to wait nearly an hour and half for our courses to arrive. The staff where very accommodating though and gave us a round of drinks and deserts on the house.
The food was excellent and the staff fantastic.

KD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place to sit and enjoy the stunning views whilst having a drink or bite to eat

BS
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Great service, polite and friendly. Food was not so great.

FL
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very pleasant position overlooking the sea. Food good and staff very helpful. Also parking (limited) in a prime position on the Hoe.

h
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice bar and restaurant was quiet as visited on a random Monday in June. Booked a table but mostly empty. Table service in the evening which is better than queuing at the bar to order. Food good price good and service friendly and efficient. Recommended. Nice views from the room and nice if the weather is kind to sit outside.

ST
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The service was very efficient and the food was excellent quality. The staff were very friendly and the venue was lovely.

JB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first visit to the Waterfront and will definitely be returning in the future. Food and service good, cleanliness and atmosphere also good.

GM
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good Father’s Day lunch with great service and good choice of food : we all thoroughly enjoyed it

KL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Welcomed & taken to table promptly. Clean and enough space for seats.
Good menu variation. Carvery a it expensive. Very tasty meals. Colouring for kids ideal.

EK
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, fantastic food, would definitely come here again.

EK
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Busy friday night but service was quick , efficient and friendly. Food was pleasant and value for money. Lovely outdoor area perfect for summer drinks. Definitely worth a try.

AS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our friends and ourselves were very happy with our overall experience. The food was well cooked and presented very well it was all tasty and delicious. Service was excellent very attentive each one seemed to be enjoying their job. Only downside there was a large group celebrating a child’s birthday which were extremely noisy, making it very difficult to have a conversation and definitely not a romantic venue.

JF
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The venue is spectacular, even on a cloudy day, we were greeted by a lovely member of staff and even though they were busy they took us to our table immediately. The food was excellent and we all had different choices, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their menu choice and the price point was excellent, infact, we would have probably paid more!,not so the drinks...outrageously over priced!!

S
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

great pub in a great location. Service was good and food was well prepared, good value and served without delay. Altogether a pleasant evening. Thanks

OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday roast a must tried the beef and pork both lovely especially with red wine no27 merlot on the list. Great afternoon

KA
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The service was a bit slow - we had to ask to place our order and twice for the bill at the end as they were very busy. The price is slightly high however the food was really tasty and good portions. The staff were very friendly and apologised for us having to ask. Would definitely go back. Would be a good plan to book in advance

FT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was lovely but we waited over an hour and it wasn't that busy. Building a bit run down toilets not pleasant. Would go again on a nice day for drinks outside. Probably wouldn't return for a meal.