Harry's Restaurant

4.8
1493 Reviews
£25 and under
Comfort Food
Harry’s Restaurant in Exeter is set in the heart of the city and has been gratifying appetites for 26 years. Rated as one of the best restaurants in Exeter on TripAdvisor, Harry’s has established itself to become the go-to dining den on the neighbourhood food scene.

Founded in 1993 by the Pounds family, Harry’s is still independently owned and run today. The eclectic restaurant, bar and private dining room all sit within the iconic gothic style building, formerly Harry Hems’ 19th century architectural sculptors workshop.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1493 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ade257
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Harry's based on online reviews for our anniversary meal. We were not disappointed. The venue, service, and food were all excellent. Would definitely visit again for a special occasion.

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Olivia
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect evening - the best calamari I’ve ever had, wonderful mains (tuna (catch of the day) and crab linguine), loved the spinach and rock fries, amazing cookie dessert. 10/10 service too loved it!!!

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RJ22
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was lovely, service was good although very pricey

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SimonM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As per usual, best steak in Exeter. Brilliant service and food. Tomahawk superb

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Happy
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The service was brilliant and so we had a great time.

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LindaW
Bristol
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food. Risotto was amazing. Great friendly staff. Will be returning.

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BethM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, caring staff and excellent food

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FayeP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food! Brilliant service! Would recommend.

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JedF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You know Harry's is very, very good because we tried and tried for a dinner reservation in late July but No-Go! Every dinner time booked solid.
So we booked for Lunch instead.
Greeted by a masked -but friendly - staff we were led to a beautiful window table.
Seduced by the friendly reception we went for the cocktail starters before the starters.
Beef caraccio - beautiful! Crab linquini - beautiful! Sourdough bread - olive oil and
Zinfidel Rose as a suitably summer companion to all that good stuff.
It's hard to write a meaningful review when our time there was such a good experience and we don't want any eventual reader to think we own the joint - No. Just two very happy customers (who can't get back in for dinner with those competitive reservations)
Jed and Janice Falby

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ChrisF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great little place, the seafood was amazing, and the staff very attentive. A good selection of drinks to go with the food too. Nicely laid out restaurant with a cosy feel.

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Phoebe
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and welcoming and friendly staff who were very accommodating and allowed a 5-year-old to have an adult starter item as their main course.

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GemmaC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t recommend enough! Food, atmosphere & service 5*

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RosW
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve visited Harry’s many times in the 4 happy years our daughter has spent at Exeter Uni. She’s now heading home to start work. Great restaurant with excellent food, friendly and attentive staff. We’ve had many great evenings at Harry’s. Thank you and we’ll miss you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very pleasant lunch.
Nice food well presented and seasoned, and served by cheerful and professional staff.
Crab starter and lobster roll portions were delicious & pleasantly ‘realistic’ (unlike at many London fancy eateries)..
At £45/head a little on high side for 2-course lunch & coffee, but all round well worth the experience, and
will certainly come again when next visiting Exeter

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BeverlyC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to eat. Staff are friendly.
Our steaks were cooked to perfection! Really enjoyed our food 😊
Will definitely return.

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MarkR
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service in a lovely surrounding. Fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Favourite restaurant in Devon!

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EasyFred
London
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely decor, and great service, but the food was just a little disappointing for a restaurant suggesting they could be the best in Devon - the food was actually quite nice, but underwhelming. ~Not fine dining but more high end Pub grub

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Elise
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails. Great atmosphere and wonderful service from all staff, especially Jess who was looking after us. Thank you for a fantastic evening

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sallyp
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic family meal, warm welcome and great food. Would definitely vosit again

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MiriamC
London
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great place to dine out. The food was good and the cocktails too

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IsabellS
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harrys is always our chosen place to dine for birthdays or celebrations. The team there are always super friendly and the food is spot on every time!

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GrahamS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't fault this trip to Harry's. Food was excellent: My T-bone steak and partner's sirloin cooked as requested to perfection. Side dishes of provencal vegetables and mushrooms complemented well. Good to see that they offer Utopian lager as a choice in addition to usual brands. Staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive and my thanks for packing up the "marrowbone" bones to be enjoyed by our very happy dog.
Would definitely recommend and we will no doubt return in the not too distant future.

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TrevorM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality, tasty food with friendly and attentive service in a relaxed but smart environment... great. Highly recommended !

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JoeW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Best meal my partner and I have ever had. Couldn’t fault the service at all, were very attentive and helpful. An all round wonderful experience

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DavidC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience4

Disappointed. Having not been for a while due to covid we were very surprised at the greatly changed menu and the increase in prices with smaller portions.

We have been visiting your restaurant for several years but sadly we will not be doing so in the near future.

You obviously have your reasons for the changes and we wish you success.

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AidenK
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to eat, menu not as big as it used to be, but what the do have on the menu, they do very well.

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CharlotteW
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, food was delicious and the service was great

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class venue with attentive service. The food was excellent and range of drinks superb. Definitely a place to dine when in Exeter. Highly recommended.

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Chenxi
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really nice food, especially fries and steaks. It's pleasure to enjoy a dinner with some friends in a cool summer night :)

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Frankie343
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to Exeter regularly for the last 6 years, but this was our first visit - wish we hadn’t left it so long! Very friendly staff, food is was great and the restaurant had a really nice atmosphere. Not the cheapest place to eat but definitely worth a visit for special occasions.

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angelaH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and always dine here when I'm in Exeter. Excellent staff, service and delicious food. Staff extremely accommodating when requested adaptations to menu options.
Highly recommend!

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StefanM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit. I’m a regular at my #1 The Seahorse in Dartmouth and #2Oyster Shack but at Harry’s I Very impressed and will definitely visit again. The sea bass for partner and I was stunning. food service was professional and appropriate. My GF intolerance was catered for and a sympathetic menu to suit.
There were a couple of minor niggles
Increase GF options for starter and deserts please, would have been much appreciated, and would enable the restaurant to take more of my money. You could be losing out as more dining patrons have gluten intolerance these days. I paid for my meal by card at the table. There was Not an option for the patron to leave a service tip electronically. This option I would have been beneficial as I was so absorbed with my partners conversation and my focus that I think that I forgot to leave tip. SO SORRY. I’ll make it up next time.
A wonderful lunch I will return for more. Thank you Stephano

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JeremyE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drink and service with full compliance to covid regulations. Lovely atmosphere until the arrival of a hen party which may have been better positioned away from the centre of the main room.

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LesleyP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

This is the first time we have been to this restaurant after recently moving to Exeter.
The reason for 3 stars is that when I booked they asked was it an occasion. I told them a birthday (my sons). I guessed they must mark this in some way even if just saying ‘happy Birthday’ . Nothing was mentioned. To add to the disappointment, the man on the next table was brought a small bun with a single candle and wished a happy birthday! I was very upset and disappointed.
The food was good but apart from the birthday thing, I didn’t think the service was good. We had to ask for plates for our nibbles and waited a long time for drinks.
All in all a birthday meal spoiled!

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NAP42
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, good value. Would eat there again.

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MaryW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The whole plaice we ordered was delicious as were the accompanying vegetables. Along with a glass of wine, good service and relaxing ambience the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

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LucyT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great for a special occasion! Great atmosphere and delicious food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another good night in Harry's

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JasonL
Cornwall
1 review