Exeter restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Exeter

Exploding Bakery

Excellent news: one of Exeter's hippest little bakeries has now added half-a-dozen tables, meaning there's even more room to sample superb flat whites, macchiato and inventive cakes – the lemon, polenta and pistachi…
Bistro in Exeter

Lloyd's Kitchen

Squeezed in among the city-centre chains is this independent diner run by energetic owner Lloyd. With its sliding-glass frontage, bare bulbs, tiles and banquettes, it's a lovely space, and food-wise, it's classic an…
Burgers in Exeter

Hub Box

This rapidly expanding southwest burger business now has an Exeter outlet, in a studiously hip space with brick walls, vintage-style signs and plywood seats. All the ingredients are there: soft brioche buns, fresh s…
Modern British in Exeter


Run by the same family for 15 years, the Rodean serves inventive cuisine that has built a loyal following and notched up a string of awards. Classic, often local, ingredients are given a contemporary twist: seared h…
Thai in Exeter

Jasmine Thai

A spicy addition to Exeter, this Thai restaurant has proved very popular. You can play safe with the classics – red, green, Penang or jungle curries – or go for something special, such as whole sea bass with Thai he…
Modern British in Exeter


One of the most well-known of Exeter's fine-dining restaurants, good for formal, French-inspired dishes served in a starchy, white-tablecloth setting. Expect rich things like roast duck, aged Aberdeen Angus beef and…
Middle Eastern in Exeter

Dinosaur Cafe

In this cheery Turkish mezze bar, lemon-yellow walls and chunky wooden furniture set the scene for tasty couscous, kofta and spicy mücver fritters. The Turkish breakfasts (eggs, pepperoni and feta) are a welcome cha…
Bistro in Exeter


An old staple in central Exeter, Harry's is a good bet for solid, no-fuss dining. The decor is all wooden chairs, blackboard menus and gilt mirrors; comfort food includes sizzling fajitas, burgers, salads and lots o…
Cafe in Exeter

Museum Cafe

This is the kind of museum cafe that England does so well. Set inside the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, its bright, galleried space opens out into exhibition halls. The cakes and light meals are tasty and homemade.
Vegetarian in Exeter

Plant Cafe

Seats are at a premium at this casually cool wholefood cafe. That'll be down to its prime spot overlooking Cathedral Green and its imaginative frittata, pies and salads. When it's sunny you can sit outside.