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Travellers' Choice2023
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Local cuisine, British, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
About
City centre cellar wine bar and restaurant with gardens
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
British, Wine Bar
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 19 February 2024

We took a chance on Rendevous, even though the website is pretty poor and only showed the valentine's day menu. We'd spotted the wine bar on a wander around Exeter, and had hoped it would, at the very least, have a lovely glass of wine....It didn't disappoint. We ate expertly cooked scallops with crushed peas, and a smoked salmon starter, followed by the pork dish and a lamb dish. It was all very beautiful to look at and to taste. Finally, banana tarte tatin was enjoyed by two of us, and a very generous glass of sweet dessert wine (black muscat). The wine list was good, and we thoroughly enjoyed our shiraz, and the beer was also cold and appreciated. We'd like to return, and enquired about bringing a vegan diner with us - which the restaurant would be happy to accommodate if we mention it at booking. I'd be willing to take a punt on them making our vegan feel just as delighted with the food as we were. Really lovely atmosphere, nice size tables, and while it was busy it was still easy to enjoy our own conversation easily. The staff were also very welcoming and took care of us very well, and we look forward to returning. 10/10More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 14 February 2024

So last year we attended for our first date nite food was always amazing and also had been before with friends. On the 13 th of February myself and my partner went for out anniversary dinner and personally felt the food wasn't up to the...usual standard. The lamb advertisted as broadclyst lamb was clearly not as I know the farmers in broadclyst it was from mackro . The scallops were not cooked very well .only thing I actually enjoyed was being with my partner and the wine.. definitely changed from what it was before left dissatisfied and I'm not one too complain but sorry standard's have massively droppedMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 6 February 2024 via mobile

Been going to rendezvous for some time now. Great for all occasions. Great food, great wine and Gemma and the team are fab. Do go and visit.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 22 December 2023 via mobile

Had a lovely work Christmas party at Rendezvous, you really do get what you pay for, really high quality, delicious and well thought out food. The flavours were just incredible- highly recommend!!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 December 2023

We were booked for 1.15, we came a little early and expected to sit and drink for a while but…..no-one came to take our food order until 1.40. The meze plate was good, but only a small amount (about one tablespoonful) of hummus. I had...salmon, turned out to be a very small piece (less than 100gms I’d estimate). Also a miserly amount of sauce. The vegetables were very good and nicely cooked. The desserts were great. So altogether not as good as last time I ate here.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2023

Excellent ! We went there for lunch and the food was truly amazing. We had the fish for main an a delicious chocolate ganache to follow. Service was excellent as well.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023 via mobile

Our time at Rendezvous was amazing. The place feels cosy and is very welcoming. The staff were really nice and helped us pick great wines for our meal. The steak was super tasty, and the cheese board was a treat. They know how to make...things special, even the music and decor. If you want a really lovely meal out that feels cosy with really good food and wine, this is the spot. Totally recommend it for a great time with delicious eats and drinks!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023

Amazing food and amazing staff . Highly attentive . Food came out quickly . Can’t fault the evening . Would highly recommend

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023

It was my first visit to Exeter and I went to this restaurant with an old friend. The owner was very welcoming and friendly from the outset. We had a really nice table under the window, an excellent champagne, and three courses each. The food...was of a high standard and coupled with the warmth of the owner, it made for an exceptional experience.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 4 October 2023

RENDEZVOUS Wine Bar is somewhat hard to find, but well worth the effort....upmarket, expensive and certainly NOT a casual tourist venue It has an extensive selection of quality wines and spirits and the food is excellent too The staff are professional, knowledgeable and interested to...talk about wine selection This is a fine establishment and has become one of my absolute favourite barsMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 9 September 2023

The service was very good, but that's as far as it goes. Warm prosecco which we didn't finish even asked for some orange juice to make it taste better but didn't help. Starters where okay, main course was dreadful. Asked for my steak blue and...it was basically medium. My partner's duck was basically ice cold in the middle. It's a shame this used to be one of the best places to eat in Exeter but sadly won't be returning. 150 pound bill and we got McDonald's on the way home. Garden is lovely and it's a beautiful place but the food is really not good.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 12 August 2023

Ambience and setting is lovely, and the front of house staff are very nice - personable and amusing as well as efficient. Food is truly excellent, all 3 courses and we tried a fair few different dishes. Particularly enjoyed the lamb but honestly even the...simpler dishes like arancini were surprisingly good. Wine was also excellent, and the grappa. Not a cheap night but you won't regret it!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 26 July 2023

Rendezvous is a restaurant that has it all; ambience and character combined with exceptional food with a great wine list. I have to make myself use other great Exeter restaurants to vary the experience. 3rd time this month.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 24 June 2023

Very good food, superb presentation, very bad atmosphere. We found the food really good and the presentation Michelin-star-worthy. Sadly this was spoilt by a total lack of attention to detail in small easily-fixed things. For example: put some rubber feet on the (incidentally extraordinarily hard...and uncomfortable) chairs to avoid the really loud noises every time someone pulls their chair; add a few soft furnishings (carpets, cushions...) to dampen the ambient noise; neatly tie the wifi cables along the walls instead of letting them dangle down on the wall next to guests' tables! ; hide or put away the broken furniture in the outside yard that one can see through the little window next to our table; don't put the years next to the wines on the wine list if you don't care at all about them. When I order a 45 or 50£ bottle of wine of a certain vintage because I know it well, I don't enjoy getting a different, younger vintage and being told "Oh when they are cold they all taste the same" Really??? I am afraid I cannot highly recommend this place until they fix a few details.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 9 June 2023

A few years since I have visited and I felt the food is not so good, attention to detail was lacking and it has become quite expensive. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Response from Michael W | Reviewed this property |
It’s one of the best restaurants in exeter and you wouldn’t look out of place if you dressed up. Equally, it’s chilled and so smart casual is also fine. The food and wine is worthy of dressing up though...
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They have a small quiet room if needed but the noise levels were fine
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I would advise to book for any day and they have arranged a special dessert for me in the past with advance notice
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Rendezvous Wine Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5