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Espresso Seafood Bar and Grill

1 St. James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9BH, England
+44 1271 855485
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (20 reviews)
“crab” (19 reviews)
“ceviche” (2 reviews)
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Seafood, British
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1 St. James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9BH, England
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Reviewed 26 August 2015

We came here for a (long) Sunday lunch. Seafood was fantastic - mixed oysters and chilli crab were amazing and beautifully presented. We had a late lunch on Sunday (started at 3.30pm) as we went sea fishing in the morning (caught nothing but had fun)....More

Thank Burywood
Reviewed 26 August 2015

You need to book! This is a small restaurant inside but has a large space outside if the weather is good. Food was some of the best seafood I have ever had. We chose the sharing platter of seafood & it was enormous! Not cheap...More

Thank Masonmou
Reviewed 23 August 2015

Lovely lunch with family, sat outside depute the rain the awning kept us dry. Prosecco was fine, and the food was delicious, the oysters in garlic butter were lovely, my lobster was very good, but my Granddaughter's spiced sea bream was definitely the star of...More

Thank SusieBarnstaple
Reviewed 15 August 2015

With just a few tables inside, it's necessary to book, especially if it is a cool or showery evening (we dined outside and I was frozen stiff, despite an overhead heater). Although close to the tiny beach, the view is of Ilfracombe's architecture and passing...More

Thank TimSharrock
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

Run by Chef Harvey and wife Helen Expresso serves exceptional seasonal seafood as well as a selection of dishes for meat lovers. Always excellent, always friendly service. A great selection of wine too. We've been eating at Expresso for over 5 years, it's no1 on...More

Thank BA P
Reviewed 2 August 2015

We booked here following a recommendation from our B&B hosts at Norbury House and enjoyed a fabulous meal. Between the four of us, we ate squid with chilli sauce, mussels and lemon sole goujons, all of which were delicious. The staff were friendly and we...More

Thank MrsWlikesrealfood
Reviewed 31 July 2015

We have dined here many times during the last three years. The quality of food is excellent although it is a bit pricey at times . This is a great place to have wonderful seafood. Highly recommended for lunch or dinner

Thank greenvale2015
Reviewed 28 July 2015

We have eaten at Espresso many times over the last few years and have always thoroughly enjoyed the food served. Whilst many think of this as a seafood restaurant there are other options avaialble - we particularly like the gourmet burgers - but it is...More

Thank JanRS52
Reviewed 28 July 2015

We ate here on 13th July during a family holiday, my wife & I had lobster, our daughter had squid. The food (including starters) was excellent and cooked very well, the staff and the overall atmosphere was good on what was a cold, damp and...More

Thank Gary B
Reviewed 27 July 2015

My wife and I have eaten in the Espresso Bar and Grill many times since it opened a decade ago. We have enjoyed our food very much on every occasion. The fish is always super fresh and of the best quality. We usually try one...More

Thank Antony R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 St. James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9BH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Ilfracombe
  • Phone Number: +44 1271 855485
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