The Engine Room

4.2
90 Reviews
£25 and under
British

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Casual
As part of Exmouth’s status as a Fairtrade town we take pride in sourcing the best local, seasonal and Fairtrade produce and ingredients wherever possible

All our beef is from farms in Devon and the West Country
Our eggs are local and free range
Our fish is mostly landed on Exmouth Pier by local fishermen subject to availability
We are allergen aware - your server will be happy to provide you with the allergen content of individual menu items

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 90 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LorraineT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service by the staff. Seating was good and social distanced from other customers

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David
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Good food poor service didn't really want us to have a drink with our meal and felt rushed

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MoiraB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really like Ocean, as it caters well for children, and is really dog friendly. The staff are very welcoming.

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PeteH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place, great ambience, great service, lovely food

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Teamkenny
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was poor, ordered from app. Asked to change chips for fries told there would be an extra £1.20 cosy plus we'd lose the 5% discount for using the app!!!
Burger had to be sent back as it was burnt.
It was just an overall poor visit sadly not the 1st time but definitely the last.

The Engine Room
Responded on October 19, 2020

Hi Ian, The discount of 5% is only given on the web ordering so we are unsure what happened here, there isn't an option to change the chips to fries on the new web ordering platform perhaps that is what made you so frustrated. We do agree Ocean may not be the place for you and hopefully you will find somewhere you like more.

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a very enjoyable evening and the kids enjoyed it

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PhoebeA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was friendly and very quick. Food was amazing and really good value for money. Will definitely be coming back.

The Engine Room
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you Phoebe, thats a lovely review.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good social distancing and very helpful staff
Food was good value for money

The Engine Room
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thats great to hear, we hope to see you again.

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Weekender
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent staff and service. Friendly and prompt. Food good and tasty.. Monday very quiet which suited us. Great sea views. Covid cleanliness and social distancing all in place.

The Engine Room
Responded on October 19, 2020

What a great review! The Team will be delighted.

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SharonM
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great breakfast, well cooked, very tasty, good price. Just one improvement the coffee could be better tasting then I would have given it 10 out of 10.

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Gregm
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The food was very poor, 2 out of the table of 4 did not eat there's

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LeanneW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxes place the ervice was wonderful and the food was amazing

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Annie
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Enjoyed the food burgers. It was empty sadly. Music was far too loud and because no one there even more so. Service was excellent waiters were very attentive really good. We love the engine room normally when it’s busy but it’s too big when empty. No atmosphere x

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JackieD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fish of the day is my favourite meal here. My husband had a delicious pizza. The staff are friendly and polite. Safety procedures were good.

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Lynn
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Stunning views, very tasty food, great service, will be back

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AJ2B
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience2

This was our 3rd visit but the second meal we'd had in the Engine room during our short holiday, we also had a cream tea during our stay. The first meal was great however when we returned the second time for afternoon tea, we had to wait a long time for our scones & teas. When they did arrive the scones were over heated & hard. The cream tea was less than average, a couple of dats before we'd had cream teas in a small cafe in Torquay which was amazing, fresh scones, lots of cream & jam. The cream teas at Ocean Bar were shop brought & served with a tiny pot of cream and jam (not enough for the 2 small scones). We struggled to book tables due to covid in our holiday camp so returned the day we were heading home for an early dinner however the food portions were extremely small. We ordered 2 large fish & chips which were more like a small in other restaurants we've eaten in & 2 small fish & chips which were child size portions! We complained & nothing was being offered, we then asked for more chips at least as each plate had a handful if that. A small bowl of chips were then brought over to us & that was it. No apologies or acknowledgement of the tiny portion sizes.
Its a shame because the venue is nice & the first meal we had was great.

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DeniseL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a very tasty breakfast here after walking over from Devon Cliffs. It was lovely to be able to take our dog in and she was very happy with her doggy breakfast too. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The doors were wide open and got colder later in the evening. Could only book on-line which meant you could only book using the internet which many holiday makers won’t have.

The Engine Room
Responded on September 17, 2020

Thank you for your review, We keep our bay doors open as long as possible every day (That the weather allows) to ensure a good airflow through the restaurant. Keeping our bookings system online enables us to ensure we have no communication issues in the new ways we now have to operate. Thank you for 5 stars! We cant wait to see you again.

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LinB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were surprised that we did not have to wear our masks to come in, when we walked around the open areas to get to our table and when we went to the bar to order our food. This was slightly disconcerting along with the fact that although the tables were socially distant, this did not stop the public or staff from walking very close to where we were sitting. Food and service were good.

The Engine Room
Responded on September 17, 2020

Hi Lin, Thanks for your review, you don't need face coverings to enter our restaurant. Some guests do keep them on and others don't. We only enforce our face coverings where absolutely necessary in the building. We are delighted you enjoyed our food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good quality food and prompt service.

The Engine Room
Responded on September 17, 2020

Thank you for a lovely review.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I unfortunately live in Connecticut in the USA and accidentally booked this restaurant instead of The Engine Room in Mystic, CT!!
Sorry about that !

The Engine Room
Responded on September 17, 2020

Thank you, we appreciate the great review, We hope you managed to get in to the restaurant you were booking and if you ever head to the UK we will see you then!

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RachelS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The engine room food was absolutely beautiful however I made a booking for another time and then they decided to shut early and change there hours without telling us until an hour before and then left a message saying they had put us in another part of the diner?? It was abit noisy and alot of dogs in there which I don't think dogs should be let in a restaurant or maybe have a section away from the other diners. Lovley food but booking system badly run!!!

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RussellG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great service as always at Oceans, positive staff, local ingredients and always well cooked we are so lucky to have such a quality relaxed place in Exmouth.

The Engine Room
Responded on September 17, 2020

Thank you very much Russell!

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KathrynC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, social distancing good. Food excellent.

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DavidP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food. Was the best eating out experience of our week's holiday.

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AlistairM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We didn’t feel COVID safe as the 2 tables next to us had a large party of young people who were drinking and being very loud.

The Engine Room
Responded on September 17, 2020

Hi Alistair, Were sorry to hear that, did you make any of the team aware? When you say COVID safe, were not sure what you mean, did they come within the 2m the tables are spaced apart? We always want our guests to feel safe and secure. Hopefully if you experience this again in another restaurant you will let the team know before writing your review.

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HelenL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak I have ever had. Everyone in my party really enjoyed their meal and staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend!

The Engine Room
Responded on September 17, 2020

Thank you Helen!!

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice food, lovely relaxing atmosphere and the service was great!

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TinaG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Couldn't fault anything. So relaxed and welcoming. Always a really good dining experience.

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LauraT
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great value and prompt service. Very happy with our visit.

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Average food. Had 50% off with the eat out to help out scheme and I wouldn’t visit and pay full price.

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KateC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised at home lovely the food was, service was quick and the over experience was fab 😊

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ShirleyW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food excellent service and very friendly staff, we had some barking dog's in the restaurant this time that was very loud and annoying.

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SWill
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was great but felt that diners should be asked to wear masks when moving around the restaurant and at the counter. A number if people passed by our table very close by without face coverings.

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Alip
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, with 5 adults, everyone was really impressed with the size of the meals, very good value for money! The staff as always, delivered great customer service.

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ChristopherM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lovely food. Staff friendly. It’s clean and safe. Reasonably priced.

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DavidM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place to eat, all that stopped me giving 5* was my wife's steak was supposed to come with chips but because she is a Ceoliac and the chips have wheat in, it was agreed that they would do jacket potato instead. When the meal arrived at the table, all that the steak was served with was broccoli. When questioned they apologized and said it would be about 10 minutes for the jacket, literally 1 minute later the spud arrived, luke warm.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good value. Attentive staff who were polite and welcoming.

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SusanJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place to eat but not great for gluten free - woman behind the till really not knowledgeable about coeliacs and was quite rude. Shame as it should be something that all restaurants are aware of by now & you shouldn’t be made to feel awkward for asking about the food choices for a genuine medical condition. Apart from that it was a great place to eat and the rest of the staff were lovely.

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DeborahF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time eating at Ocean, food was fabulous and all safety measures in place. We will be back.

FAQs

The Engine Room offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01395 266500.

The Engine Room is rated 4.2 stars by 90 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.