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Chef Andrew and all the Staff look forward to welcoming you back to TJ’s. TJ’s boasts an outside terrace and dining room with one of the best views in The Bay. Customers and friends can sit outside and encompass the most wonderful views of picturesque Paignton Harbour and along the stunning coastline to Torquay, Thatcher Rock and beyond! Panfried Fresh Fish from Brixham Market, Local Shellfish and High Quality Succulent Meats. We always use suppliers of local produce and thereby ensure the quality and flavours maintaining the standards we feel proud to serve you, whilst supporting our local economy. We hope to see you all very soon!
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Steakhouse
FEATURES
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked this restaurant at late notice the night before D-Day 80 and surprisingly got a table. Nice restaurant, very friendly service - nothing was too much trouble. Food was well cooked, especially the scallop starters and the crusted bass was lovely. Reasonably priced for a...sea view restaurant right on the harbour and the views from the balcony whilst the sun was setting were spectacular. Very happy evening.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love dining at TJ's. It's in a gorgeous spot on the harbour, so you can sit outside if the weather is good or just enjoy the view when cooler. Our fish, haddock for me and sea bass for my husband, was cooked to perfection....The menu is varied with a lovely choice of wines to accompany the delicious food. Thank you for making our anniversary meal extra special!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 16 May 2024

The restaurant has great views over the harbour. It has a no-frills decor but the food and service were great. For starters, the 3 of us had Paignton mussels, scallops and chicken liver pate. For mains, bass, sirloin steak and lamb shank. The food appeared...to have been made from scratch, except the shank and everything was fresh and delicious. The menu was pleasantly small. The fish in particular is simply whatever comes s to market on the day, with a choice of 3 ways of serving. We wouldn't hesitate to return the next time we're in Devon.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 14 April 2024

Beautiful spot with fabulous views over the harbour. Food was exceptional service excellent. Would recommend this lovely restaurant to anyone looking for fresh fish or seafood. The desserts were lovely too. Well done Tj,s perfect in every way.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 April 2024 via mobile

We had seen the reviews on here and decided to give it a go as we both love fish, hoping it would live up to the reviews, we were not disappointed, we had different starters, one scallops and one calamari, both super tasty and I...think my calamari was the best I have eaten, we both went for Hake, mine on a bed of cauliflower puree with lyonnaise potato, green veg, roast vine toms and chimichuri sauce,my husband had his on risotto, it came with pan seared prawns and mussels, well worth a visit, the service was attentive and friendly, and the wine was fab tooMore

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

Wanted to surprise our daughter for her 16th with a lobster. It was slightly out of season but TJ’s went the extra mile to source a fresh lobster as her surprise meal and kept the surprise going until they presented it to her. Being a...foodie herself and being spoilt with choice from travelling and having parent’s & grandparents that grew up on the South African coast and are seafood lovers it was always going to take something special to make the evening memorable. The lobster meal was exquisitely prepared with all flavours from the sources & sides perfectly complementing the lobster. We had a very happy daughter who devoured every morsel without giving us a taste ! We had mussels & youngest had fish & chips which was all fresh & excellent. We loved the concept behind the desert menu which allowed us to try a combination of deserts as each portion was made up of 2 mini deserts. All were delicious and we struggled to decide on our favourite. Thank you to everyone at TJ’s for such a wonderful experience. Next trip to Paignton you will definitely be our first point of call.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 March 2024 via mobile

We had a lovely meal here last night. Good views, delicious food and friendly staff. Would definitely recommend. The cheese and chorizo bread was particularly yummy!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 6 March 2024

Excellent food. The location is beautiful. Staff are very friendly. Good value for money. Excellent service. Laid back atmosphere

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 December 2023 via mobile

The menu was varied with some nice dishes. We had starters and main. The children really enjoyed their steak, it was well presented and great flavour. I had slow cooked beef dish, which was delicious and beautifully presented. The team were helpful and friendly.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 14 October 2023

Staff were friendly and extremely helpful with my mushroom and gluten allergy. The food was absolutely delicious. We had a lovely evening. All topped with a stunning view of the sunset over the harbour.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023

Wonderful view from the outside terrace. Staff were extremely friendly and service was good. The food was delicious and we would not hesitated to recommend. Booking is advised to get outside seating.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023 via mobile

We chose TJs for my wife’s birthday meal after a lot of deliberation on where we would eat. On the 15th September we were very disappointed with the service. Our meals were very nice on the whole but my port & stilton mushroom starter was...served on soft slices of baguette (like you buy part baked) and surprised me to not be on sourdough toast or crusty toasted bread. My wife’s pate starter was generous but with the same barely toasted bread and only 3 small pieces, we had to ask for more bread. My friends ordered duck which we were told had sold out, but this hadn’t been mentioned as the menu’s had been passed to us, with the lady saying, “Oh, I should have told you that” Overall the service was very, very slow. We were having a nice evening but sat without drinks for about 15 minutes before I asked a passing waitress for some wine for two of us. I also asked for a jug of water which I was surprised not to have been offered. We were disappointed with this too, I would normally expect filtered water or some lemon slices to remove the chlorine flavour but it was room temperature tap water and quite distasteful. We would have stayed for dessert but after 2 hours we decided to leave to enjoy the rest of my wife’s birthday at home. I don’t know what has happened here, we’ve had some lovely meals and evenings here but there has been a sad drop in service with a few simple tweaks needed to restore the usually excellent food quality. Sorry TJs but I’m hoping my critique is constructive and helps you recover.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 14 September 2023

The food was great the main fish courses we had were delicious. Unfortunately on the evening we visited they were short staffed and service was very slow.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 12 September 2023

Great friendly restaurant, we had the hake it was amazing. Only open for evening meal. It has a balcony but you may need to book early.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 7 September 2023

We had such a wonderful evening at TJ's whilst on holiday with friends. The food was absolutely delicious (we all had fish options) and the staff very friendly and helpful. We started off on the harbour side of the balcony but given the intermittent drizzle,...moved further in to be under the cover. The view was still stunning! It took a while for our dinner to be cooked and brought to us, but I'd much rather that and know it was cooked to order rather than have quicker service. And with good friends, fine wine and a stunning location, there's no need to rush!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Not sure where travelodge is in Paignton but TJs is on the harbour to the west of the seafront.
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TJ's Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5