The Winking Prawn

4.2
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£25 and under
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Seafood
On the beach at North Sands Salcombe, The Winking Prawn has been welcoming guests for nearly 20 years. What started as a beach café is now… well, a very busy shabby chic beach café, attracting people from all walks of life and of all ages.

Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, beers, wines, coffees, cakes and ice creams throughout the year, you will find everything from buckets of prawns to big juicy steaks and Devon cream teas on our menu, so why not check it out?
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4.2
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4.1
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CarolynneK
Cornwall
3 reviews
Reviewed on 6 March 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Fantastic position with wonderful views ,food above average ,well worth a visit, we shared popping prawn baguette and crab sandwich last summer ,both were excellent fresh and tasty

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soozmoo1
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come back to the Winking Prawn year after year. Fantastic setting, delicious food, great service and such hard working people working there. It is busy from breakfast all the way through to late evening dinner and it is always clean and tidy and welcoming.
You have a fantastic reputation Winkng Prawn, we are from Gloucestershire and many people know of you there already!
We will be back, thank you again.... a piece of heaven!

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top drawer - had the outdoor BBQ - great value at 20 quid a head. Nice vibe beside North Sands and student waiters. Went back for buffet breakfast this am - superb!

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Stevenbennetts
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very well located seafood restaurant just outside Salcombe and opposite the beach.
Obviously a popular venue and food was very good.
Wine list a little predictable but not too bad.
Generally rather good.

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PawnWrestler
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

A bit stuffy inside when it‘s a nice day outside. An overly pushy maitre d‘ destroys the charm of this coastal eatery...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service great way to start our holiday week

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NickB
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Good overall but felt rushed. Food came too quickly.
The lobster was tough ( frozen?) and my monkfish was pretty tasteless
Annoying kids were left to run amuck
Next time we will book later in the evening

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FinnianB
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

great restaurant, always a good atmosphere. its a beach café, but starting to look a little tired. ready for redecoration - would restore it to near perfection

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DomE
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Miserable service waitress and boss. Over priced average food. Lobster a complete! rip off: size of one scampi, £25: utter joke.

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AndyP
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Have been here plenty of times but not for some time to eat dinner. Whilst food was lovely the service was not good at all with the exception of one young lad who was spot on. Real shame it has gone like this.

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just really good food nice atmosphere can't really fault it to be fair

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johnR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience2

We were given 2 options of dinner 6 or 8
We chose 6
A bit early but I’d rather eat earlier than later
We arrived at 5.45 and walked in on a very wet and windy day
We approached the staff and told them that we arrived
Immediately we’re told you need to vacate the table at 7.30
As the table was booked again
Most annoying
I don’t like being told how quickly we need to eat
Anyway not needed because the speed at we we were served was incredible
This was our 2nd visit to TWP and our last visit 2years ago was delightful
Ok it was August bank holiday and the weather was better but now hint of being hurried along
However the food was good and we were out and on our way by 7.15
Note to staff
Don’t drill your customers about time limitations
It’s not good for the digestion or for your reviews on places like this
Probably wouldn’t come again in a hurry

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Helen
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food friendly and efficient staff nothing was to much trouble. I will be booking again as soon as I can

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Feldav
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for early evening meal with children. Great menus choices for adults and children. Fish was delicious. Children entertained themselves with colouring books and the dressing up box!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food, lovely location, will be back

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CharingX
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very atmospheric with Storm Brian outside. Lovely food and what a transformation from the daytime beach cafe!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere even though Storm Brian was howling outside! Thoroughly enjoyed a delicious meal, attentive excellent service

JT
JohnT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu, friendly staff, good views over the beach.

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Gill
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overrated . Food average. Expensive. Would not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic the half lobster was particularly good, the service was great and they are dog friendly

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ich würde mir eine größere Auswahl an vegetarischen Gerichten wünschen, insbesondere mehr Gemüse und weniger Käse. Am besten hat uns das Ambiente gefallen. Die Fischgerichte waren ausgezeichnet.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic family meal, ticked all the boxes , diner aged 70+ to 10 years old. Great service super fish menu at dinner. Also great break, fast. Amazing location.

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Devonmum25
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time eating here in an evening but have been previously for breakfast & lunch. Excellent menu & service. Relaxed atmosphere & amazing seafood. Always worth a visit. Our local place to eat.

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Francis
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great ambience, but food obviously mass prepared in advance as arrived within one minute of ordering. Mains were ok

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is always reliable and service slick and friendly. Only let down this time were two complete large cloves of very strong garlic in the sauce with the fish and one of which I ate thinking it was a small potato

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Crew
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service as always. Great location and only a short walk from the quay side.

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vipchris
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a great restaurant food and service excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great family friendly restaurant with a great menu choice. The portion size is good and the fish dishes are delicious.

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Darren
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the Fruit de mare for two with the lobster! Decided to push the boat out as it was our last night on holiday and we the food didn't disappoint.

The only thing was a large group of young drunk adults sitting near us were very loud and sweary. I thought the lively atmosphere was good at first but unfortunately for us the loud group were there the night we were and as far as I could tell the staff didn't ask them to keep it down.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I am really sorry for the poor scoring but my wife and I had both been looking forward to our evening meal at the Winking Prawn and even changed our arrangements to make sure we could get a booking.

After reading the menus online I was set on the BBQ and my wife decided a la Carte but we arrived I was told we both had to either one or the other not a combination which I don't believe is explained clearly on the web site so I was very disappointed and had a la Carte.

My starter was the scallops with black pudding and was ok the black pudding was diced extremely small which was served different to how I have had it before and the salad had no dressing iam sure if I had asked they would of offered me dressing.

My wife had the crab and prawn tower which lacked flavour again very disappointed.
I had the sea bream main which was nice and my wife had scallop Cassoulet which was ok nothing amazing and seriously lacked flavour.

The restaurant was very noisy which is understandable for the time of year and there were a large party placed right beside us which did not help.

On the up side the Prawn juice Ale was exceptional and locally brewed.

So to summarize we were both very disappointed and felt the meal lacked flavour and the option of either BBQ or a la carte not a combination should be more clear on the website.

To be honest the bill came to £68.40 and we have had better from other sea food establishments.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2017
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Been here a number of times in recent years and always found it to have a great buzz with good service, sadly the latter was really poor on our last visit. May have just been a bad night but staff really not interested and very abrupt affecting our usual high praise for the place.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience2

A little under whelming in terms of ambiance. It was rammed and as a result quite noisy with tables close together. Some larger parties especially loud. The service was not brilliant. It felt like all hands to the pump to cope.

On a minor point the table had too many items on it leaving not enough room for the food. So we had to ask the waiter to take away quite a number of items.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2017
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Expensive and unbearably hot in the restaurant. Staff not flexible at all, and the customer certainly isn't always right here. Looking at the owners car and personal number plate highlights what a gold mine this place is. Top tip is to have the BBQ outside and order two plates for four people.

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DavidM
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good value, wholesome food, great atmosphere and excellent service. Our joint favourite restaurant in Salcombe. Well done Winking Prawn

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HappyCustomer
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A good Salcombe, beachside stalwart ...relaxed & fun for all the family for breakfast, lunch, supper or just icecreams or a cream tea! Exactly what we need every time we visit Salcombe!

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JennyQ
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely amazing time at the winking prawn, a lovely relaxed ambience with candy colours throughout. We both had starters - king prawns in garlic sauce which were delicious! Followed by fish mains. Highly recommend a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A great location, excellent service, good atmosphere. Food was good but we didn't believe it was good value for money.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the winking prawn lived up to expectations a holiday down here would not be complete without a visit excellent seafood , dog friendly and great fun for kids . Been for years and never disappoints 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a delicious meal with attentive staff. Ambience was great, right on the beach with a relaxed seaside vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It's a fun place but we were located by the fancy dress box which my children loved but so did 20 other Children and they were screaming. The Parents obviously thought it was an acceptable volume as they were on the other side of the restaurant. The waitress was very polite and efficient but she whacked my son on the head with a heavy plate when passing my meal so We had to ask for an ice pack. I had the half lobster which was very tough. The salad was very small for 2 people. Generally very over priced but I guess you are paying for the location and novelty factor and not quality food.

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The Winking Prawn is rated 4.2 stars by 91 OpenTable diners.