Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Exeter

4.2
633 Reviews
£26 to £40
Bistro
Bill's Exeter restaurant is a real hidden gem. Packed full of colour and charm, it's ideal for a cosy dinner for two or catching up with friends and family. Both impressive and intimate, with little booths, nooks and crannies, including further seating outside. Relax on a comfortable sofa or grab a seat at the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. Bill's Exeter is open all day and into the night.
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TheoR
Bath
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a afternoon!! Had a lovely long afternoon lunch!! Staters amazing. And the steak was lovely. Cooked perfectly and very tasty. Paired with some amazing Italian wine. Perfect!! Can’t wait to go back!! Thank you bills team!!

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CarlaS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We usually love Bill's but unfortunately we were not very satisfied with this visit!
Our main meals came out luke warm bar my daughters which was piping hot. I ordered the flower pot desert which was described as having "cheesecake" in the pot. It was more like full fat yoghurt that had been left out for a while and the chocolate of the flowerpot tasted cheap.
Also the music was a bit too loud and because it was busy it meant we really had to shout to hear each other.
On the plus side, the staff were really efficient and friendly.
We won't be returning in a hurry unfortunately.

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AnnaA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointing. We were looking forward to Bill's and the meal was a gift from work colleagues for semi retirement so a celebration. We were sat opposite the doors which we appreciate with the virus the restaurant need to be ventilated.I ended up eating my meal with my coat on it was so cold !!! Staff were attentive and very pleasant. However , they ran out of cider , the bottle beer was £4.50 for 1/2 pint and the chips when they arrived were cold. Replaced with no problem, but surely the kitchen chiefs are more professional than that !! My husband ordered the Hallomi burger, which for £12.45 arrived with 4 chip size pieces of Halloumi only and lettuce!!The food that we did have was presented well and very tasty , but portion size was small . We would not pay the optional service charge as the meal was grossly over priced for what we had.
We had a 3 course meal and left the restaurant still hungry . Sadly we will not be recommended Bill's to anyone and we will not be returning. My celebratory meal was spoilt.

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SarahC
Wales
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Discretionary 12.5% service charge added to the bill

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OliM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

3 out of 4 of our meals were very dry and flavourless. Cheese on my burger was clearly thrown on at last minute. Not entirely sure if the (vegan) burger patti had actually been cooked. Fairly sure the table hadn’t been cleaned properly before sitting down. Slightly sticky table and a random toothpick on the table. Service wasn’t great surprised the waiter didn’t wear a mask. The famous chocolate flowerpot was a massive disappointment. Would’ve gotten a better meal and standard of service at McDonald's. won’t be rushing back.

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KateW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and ambience. I’d definitely recommend Bills, Exeter.

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KateN
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely meal, very helpful staff. Great place

JM
JoMcD
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very enjoyable visit with tasty food and good service.

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SianG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a meal last night and the service and food was absolutely amazing x all the staff were so kind and helpful we will definitely be back x

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SophieH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Really lovely staff, really lovely atmosphere! Cocktails were delicious!

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PeterB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunchtime booking. Good ambience. Situated just off Exeter town centre. Our second visit. We'll certainly return

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CathM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very good staff and the restaurant very well presented with no sticky table or dirty crockery which seems to happen a lot these days. Was catching up with a friend and we love Bills. I'm vegetarian and there's good choice.

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HazelE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place, we first had breakfast here around a year ago and between now and then they have maintained excellent quality. Staff are friendly, polite, professional and efficient. The atmosphere is amazing we love the decor and the breakfasts are even better, how do you even get pancakes that fluffy? We always recommend Bill's for breakfast and we will always come back when in Exeter. We need to try it in the evening next as we think it will be fantastic!

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VikkiW
London
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time here and the food was lovely, great service

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vipLindaC
London
11 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great evening at Bill’s. Good quality food at reasonable prices. Love the atmosphere and our server was first class. Highly recommend

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MartinA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt super safe and the food was excellent. Service was attentive without being invasive. Deserts were yummy and generous. A very enjoyable experience all round.

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Abip2774
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, staff are outstanding and food is incredible

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HelenK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good service, checked food allergies for us, the food was good but not very hot, could have been hotter but I think the waiter was a bit slow in bringing it to the table. Excellent service from our waitress but we did object to the 12.5% service charge. This was removed from our bill and we gave our waitress cash. Restaurants really shouldn’t do this! You charge a fair price that we’ve agreed to pay, it should be up to us whether we tip or not. It did slightly sour my experience.

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Kary
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiting staff were welcoming and helpful and made us feel at home.

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Elle
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food okay, service okay - slow but friendly. They 'ran out' of gin twists - not sure how they managed to run out of G&T, just think they didn't want to do the offer anymore?

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jonplym
Bath
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Downstairs was noisier than upstairs and looked a lot more crowded, however the social distancing didn’t seem to be in place as much as it could be. We sat at a smaller table for two which was away from others so had no specific complaint

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JamieE
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very lovely restaurant! Kind and helpful staff and great food!

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CyndiT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Calamari was more crumb than calamari. The whole sharing platter was a bit low average except for the chicken skewers.

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CharlesG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bill’s has a winning formula - delicious food, great service and great decor - and on this trip (first food out since lockdown) an offer on a cocktail - what more could you ask.

All staff attentive and friendly - excellent!

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johnw
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Well worth a visit.
Clean & tidy restaurant,attentive waiting staff with a lovely ambience whilst dining.
Will definitely visit again on my next trip to Exeter.

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Queenie
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Food cold on serving but We weren’t charged for that . However good ambience with special price on gin cocktail and deserts were fab

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KellyD
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I took my son out for lunch and we both had a lovely experience. The staff were efficient and we weren't kept waiting for our courses. We each had 3 courses which were delicious and the staff were close by and a step ahead if we required anything.

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TillyP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service as usual. One of my favourite restaurants to dine in Exeter

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AndrewB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had a coronation chicken burgers with rosemary fries , I Think the fries had been sat for a while as they were luke warm to cold, but the service was good . We ate at 4pm but no matter what Time the food should be hot .

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EmmaA
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice on menus and great discount on daily special cocktail. Comfortable seating and amazing service.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All good, will return, good service an good food, nice to get back to eating out.

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CharlotteA
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Very very busy lunch time, booked table for 13:30 and glad we did as was a line outside. Nice table for two by the window, good space around it. Waiting took our order in good time... Then it went down hill... Took 20 minutes to get some table water, 30 minutes for our cocktails to arrive... We were chatting away and then realized the drinks were empty and our food hasn't arrived yet. My partner ordered a beef burger but they told us quickly they sold out, chicken instead, fine... and I ordered two starters soup and chicken skewers to have as a main... We were sat at the table for an hour with no food and no waiter service... After getting the waiters attention to enquire and order another drink each, the Host came over and said our meal and drinks will be on the house due to a problem in the kitchen. He was polite and offered our meal for free yes, but this was an hour into being seated.
When we finally got the food, it was luke warm and the soup was dishwater. My partner was okay with his cold burger and we were hungry so we didn't complain. At the end of meal we were debating offering to cover at least part of the bill but there was no staff around and overall it was a poor experience so we left.

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SarahM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

On arrival we ordered passion fruit spritzers but were soon told that they did not have the ingredients. We then ordered hedgerow fizz’s, however instead of a frozen blackberry we had very soft raspberries in them.
Our halloumi and avocado burgers arrived minutes after ordering but the halloumi fries in the burger were cold. The waitress did ask how our food was but as I replied ‘it’s ok but...’ she replied ‘great’ and walked away.
Despite there being a lively atmosphere, our visit was not a positive one due to the standard of the food and drinks. Such a shame as it was a one off girls weekend that had been planned for a year.

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AaronR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Music was a little too loud as we were sat by the speaker, couldn’t hear the person across the table unless they raised their voice considerably. Waiter was very nice and friendly, but took a while to come back to the table and get his attention, probably could do with another member of staff at busier periods. Still lovely food and would come back though.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is great, relaxing, funky and colourful. We had great food and service.

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Jules
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great atmosphere would definitely recommend.

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SueC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From booking through to on the day - everything spot on. Had asked for a “special” table at booking and they delivered. Staff lovely from front of house to table. Nothing was too much trouble. Food was lovely, setting was great. Really added to making a great day out for us all. Thank you all, we will be back 🙂

LB
LindaB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I meet in Exeter a few times a year and Bills quickly became our usual haunt for food. Great variety of food, great quality, great service.
We will be back.

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PaulC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely breakfast.. Good service and nice atmosphere

PB
PeaB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal last night. Service was fantastic. Very friendly staff. Food was delicious & fresh tasting. Relaxing ambience with great decor. It was great to find a veggie/vegan dish on the specials menu.

FAQs

Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Exeter does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Exeter is rated 4.2 stars by 633 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.