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7 The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
+44 1271 879297
10:30 - 22:00
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Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very good fish and chips on the harbour; nice to have the option to sit in. Really nice chips, good peas and crispy batter.

Thank Cluffyclooz
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is our second time we've been to Devon on holiday, and the second time we visited this restaurant for Fish and Chips! The last time we came was 7 years ago, and the food is still great!!!

Thank melleelulu
TheDolphinIlfracombe, Manager at The Dolphin, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again the next time your staying in the area. Regards More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to go here as we were in Ilfracombe and I thought it would be nice to get fish and chips from the harbour. I don't usually like fish and chips but this meal changed my mind completely! Was lovely food. Only issue is that we ordered a second drink and it never came.

Thank Sophia R
TheDolphinIlfracombe, Manager at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for your review we are glad you enjoyed your food, and can only apologise for the absent drinks. If you pop in with this review next time you are in ilfracombe there will be a drink on the house waiting for you. Regards More 

West Yorkshire
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102 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here at lunch time cus I like to have fish & chips whenever I come to the Seaside. I was surprised to see some negative reviews. I consider myself somewhat of an expert on fish & chips having grown up at the seaside. The fish here was very fresh and we enjoyed it. OK the surroundings are not great... More 

Thank Cath26
TheDolphinIlfracombe, Manager at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments we glad you enjoyed your meal and hope,to see you I. The future. More 

Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don't know of a single local person who ever eats here, and now I know why! My family came to visit and chose this place themselves, I didn't bother to tell them that it isn't recommended but I wish I had now?!! The portions were pitiful compared to local competitors and all of our food was dry and luke... More 

Thank lucyilf
TheDolphinIlfracombe, Manager at The Dolphin, responded to this review

We are very sorry your family did not enjoy their meal here, and if they had mentioned at the time their complaints we could have tried to rectify any problems. However to say no locals eat here is not true and we are often get comments regarding how generous our positions are. We will however look into the problem with... More 

Crawley, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate in and had cod & chips with soft drinks followed by Victoria sponge cake and pots of tea. The fish & chips were cooked to perfection and the cake was definitely home made and delicious. Although we didn't order an alcoholic beverage they have plenty on offer. The staff and service were excellent. The restaurant is spotlessly clean,... More 

Thank dancer662015
TheDolphinIlfracombe, Manager at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, we are glad you enjoyed your meal and look forward to seeing you in the future. More 

Llantwit Major, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely fish and chips shop with restaurant attached. We ordered fish and chips with a pot of tea from their meals deals, at £9.25 a bargain! The cod was delicious in a nice crispy batter that was not at all greasy. The chips were also lovely, as was the tea. The restaurant is situated on the quayside so has... More 

Thank lesleyy
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit of a family tradition to pop along to The Dolphin on our first night of holidays- definitely recommend, good selection, decent price and of course most importantly delicious!

Thank Anwoire
Swindon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Bought a takeaway portion of chips and they were so tasty that we went back later to eat lunch in the restaurant. We were welcomed and seated at a table with a great view of ilfracombe harbour. We both ordered small fish, chips and mushy peas, the portions were good and all the meal was excellent, the batter on the... More 

1 Thank sheila H
Bideford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

fish chips coffee soft drink curry rice good for the family very good price just right will go to this fish shop every time

1 Thank Harry C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Fast food, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Ilfracombe
  • Phone Number: +44 1271 879297
Situated right on the harbour side here in Ilfracombe, The Dolphin provides delicious food and drinks from our wide-ranging menu for you to enjoy while taking a seat in our spacious restaurant, which has many interesting items on show, such as model boats, a fish tank and numerous other naval memorabilia - as well as the view of the harbour of course. We also have the take-away for you to enjoy on the move or while gazing across the harbour outside. Having been newly refurbished, changes have been made to make your dining experience even more enjoyable. We have high chairs for children, Free Wifi, are fully licensed, welcome Dogs and accept cash as well as all major cards. So if you are looking for a great place to relax and enjoy delicious food and drink in Ilfracombe, we hope to welcome you soon!

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