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The Dolphin

7 The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
+44 1271 879297
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible8%
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Open Now
10:30 - 22:00All hours
Seafood, Fast food, British, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7 The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Second visit here this year, love the food, staff are great! attentive and very pleasant, vegetable lasagne and chips for me, Hubby had Cod, chips and mushy peas, couldn't fault any of it, we will be back next year!

Thank Wendy S
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm not a lover of fish and chips if I'm honest. Batter is always too hard and fish has no taste and chips can be greasy. However, we had plaice and hadock cooked to order and it really was the best fish and chips I...More

Thank Mrs_A733
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Just had some of the most perfectly cooked whitebait I have ever tasted - cooked to perfection by the take away chef, apparently it was her first time, but they were gorgeous! Highly recommend. Service is exemplary.

Thank Matthew H
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited The Dolphin during our stay in Ilfracombe and iIt was by far the best fish & chip restaurant that we found there. The interior was nicely furnished and the tables cleared and cleaned very quickly. The staff were very attentive and friendly and...More

Thank Jackwil123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had lovely fish and chips here eating in. The chips were delicious and the fish was perfectly cooked. The portions were generous. The staff were very friendly and efficient. It's definitely worth dropping in if you're walking past

Thank Lesley B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small take away fish and chips - huge portion! Wouldn't want to order a large one! Very nice though.

Thank WorcesterSue
Reviewed 1 week ago

I do love a sit-down fish and chip supper. This one is also licenced so you can enjoy a bottle of beer or glass of wine to wash it down, not overpriced either. Ok, don't expect it to be as high class as other 'proper'...More

Thank CotswoldsMidge
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to the Dolphin fish restaurant on Thursday dinner with my wife we were shown a table and we ordered fish chips and mushy peas tea bread and butter waited twenty minutes then the tea came after another 9 minutes the meals came looked ok...More

Thank blue7161
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really good fish and chips, and a bar ! the staff were friendly and efficient, the service was excellent, and the chef even sings along while he's cooking!

Thank Diane R
TheDolphinIlfracombe, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review - we are glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came in earlier the week and we waited while the fish was fried and although we both had the fish and chip see meal , one normal and 1 small cod chips and peas with a cup of tea each (in a pot) - it...More

Thank Mrs2rs
TheDolphinIlfracombe, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review we are sorry your second visit did not live up to your first visit. We strive for 100% at all times and we are sorry we did not meet it this time unlike your first visit. We take on board...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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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