The Best Restaurants In Plymouth, Devon

Plymouth Barbican at Night
Plymouth Barbican at Night | © Gerry Machen/Flickr
Courtney Stanley

In recent years, the sparkling waters of Plymouth’s River Tamar have attracted numerous celebrity chefs from around the UK. Located on the south coast of Devon, England, Plymouth is the perfect place to find fresh fish and chips and enjoy the sunny views of Sutton Harbour. Here’s our guide to 10 of the best restaurants this area has to offer.

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1. Platters

Market, Restaurant, Seafood

Platters is one of the best restaurants for fish in this coastal town. The menu is filled with delicious fresh fish dishes like lemon sole, garlic prawns and lobster, but you can’t go wrong with the signature battered haddock, chunky chips and mushy peas served with house-made tartar sauce. Platters sources locally caught fish from the Plymouth Fish Market and the restaurant has some outdoor seating on the Barbican along with a cosy indoor dining area. Enjoy the large portions and scenic harbour views.

2. Chloe’s Restaurant

Restaurant, French

Plymouth Barbican
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Head chef Didier and his team have created a fine French restaurant without a shred of snobbery. Everyone is welcome in this family-run restaurant, ideal for a simple light dish or an extravagant dinner. The ‘Menu Chic’ serves a la carte dishes: try the traditional beef bourguingnon or the moules frites, fresh mussels steamed in herbs and white wine and served with fries. Chloe’s Restaurant strives to support local businesses in Plymouth, so every dish is made with as many fresh, local ingredients as possible.

The Mission

Self-described as ‘the most unique’ place in Plymouth to eat, drink, and relax, The Mission is a cafe, bar and restaurant located in a refurbished, 19th-century chapel complete with high, vaulted ceilings, gorgeous stained glass and wooden floors. The decor gives the restaurant a warm ambience, and there is additional seating outside. The restaurant serves a lunch and dinner menu: at lunch, try the house burger, either with cheddar and bacon or mozzarella and chorizo, topped with Cajun slaw and served on a brioche bun with skinny fries. For dinner, try the Cornish pork shoulder or Brixham mussels.

The Mission, Sir John Hawkins Square, Palace Street, Plymouth, UK, +44 1752 229955

3. Barbican Pasta Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Italian

Pasta all´arrabbiata
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Located in the historic Barbican, this award-winning venue is a family-owned restaurant. The Barbican Pasta Bar has an extensive menu filled with high-quality Italian dishes like fresh pasta, handcrafted pizzas and grilled and pan-fried meat dishes, and each meal is made with the freshest ingredients. Creative pasta dishes include korma pasta, Cajun pasta, and traditional meatballs and spaghetti.

4. Rock Salt Cafe Brasserie

Brasserie, Cafe, Restaurant, Coffee, British

Start your morning right with a coffee and cake at Rock Salt; a relaxed, family-owned restaurant with two AA rosettes and winner of a best restaurant award from Food Magazine readers. With a cafe and restaurant, patrons can enjoy a light lunch or get adventurous with one of the full entrees, like a 10 oz Moorland rump steak or a Rock Salt burger made with mature cheddar, tomato and chorizo chutney served with hand-cut fries. Rock Salt aims to bring something different to the table using quality, local produce (a full list of suppliers is available online), and the result is award-winning, artfully presented, and downright delicious dishes. The interior of the restaurant is rustic and cosy—the perfect place to enjoy a meal with friends.

5. Rockfish Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant, Seafood

Seafood expert, writer, and celebrity chef Mitch Tonks opened his restaurant Rockfish Seafood Restaurant at Sutton Harbour, a scenic location overlooking the water. It is conveniently placed near the fish market and The National Marine Aquarium. The award-winning restaurant is part of a small chain, and it is the largest al fresco dining area in the city. The covered deck is available for customers to sit in the shade and watch the boats come and go. Rockfish is family-friendly and a perfect spot to enjoy the fresh sea air with your meal. The menu includes its staple, fish and chips, along with other options of oysters, crab sandwiches and soft-shell crab.

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