In South Devon, we are blessed with a vast array of wonderful eateries. All offering delectable food grown, nurtured...
There’s nothing better when you are on holiday than treating yourself to a delicious meal in one of the superb Salcombe restaurants on offer. This cosmopolitan harbour town has a wide range of impressive eateries serving famous Salcombe crab, delicious Sunday lunches, dishes made using locally-grown and foraged foods and so much more, not to mention popular Salcombe Gin tipples for adults.
In no particular order, we’ve compiled a selection of 5 must-visit Salcombe restaurants for you to try. Use the quick links below to find out about a particular eatery, or continue reading for our complete foodie guide:
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This is a fun and family-friendly restaurant in Salcombe that’s open seasonally, boasting a fantastic pirate theme, popular for delicious pizzas and pastas, as well as cocktails for grown ups! Captain Flints is a must-visit eatery for those looking for a casual dining experience that will entertain little ones – enhancing the pirate theme, the menu features ‘Billy Bones’, ‘Treasure Island’ and ‘Jolly Roger’ pizzas to name a few…. enjoy browsing the menu as the exciting atmosphere transports you aboard your imaginary ship on the estuary…. Ahoy!
View their menu on the Captain Flints website.
Salcombe Crab can be found on the most luxury of menus, but where better to try it than on Salcombe’s waterfront, close to the local crabbing boats? This laid-back eatery offers diners the option to sit on the balcony in the sunshine or indoors on cooler days, all while indulging on succulent fresh, local crab. The town itself boasts it’s very own “Crabfest” each May, so if you enjoy shellfish and seafood, this really is a must-try when visiting this beautiful harbour town.
View their menu on the Crab Shed website.
Enjoy refined food in an informal, smart-casual setting overlooking Salcombe Estuary – ideal for those who like to eat alfresco, whilst also having the option to dine inside. The simple menu downplays the elaborate food that comes out of the kitchen; locally caught seafood is the showcase but there’s plenty to choose from for meat eaters and vegetarians too. The restaurant staff are helpful and knowledgeable about the dishes and produce, so you can be sure you’re getting delicious food and great service.
Visit the Dick and Wills Waterside Brasserie and Bar website.
Located in the heart of Salcombe’s vibrant and bustling town centre, in a spectacular position overlooking the scenic harbour, sits The Jetty Restaurant. Commanding one of the best water views in the town, this unmissable seafood bar and grill serves some of the finest food in the region. A dining experience not to be missed, a visit here is a wonderful way to celebrate that special occasion – whether you dine in the plush surrounding of the restaurant or out on the terrace, dishes include Salcombe crab, and local, aged steak. You can also head to the freshly-caught seafood bar, where you can select your own seafood prior to cooking! For a lighter bite, the afternoon tea is a must… add a glass of champagne for a real treat to remember.
Download The Jetty menu here.
When you think of summer, often you imagine, sunshine, sand, sea and… barbecues! The Winking Prawn can offer you all this and more. A beachside eatery just metres from the water’s edge at North Sands, diners at this white washed, maritime themed café can expect daily evening barbecues throughout the summer (subject to the weather), as well as Winking Prawn classics like a pint of shell on prawns, or the Fruits De Mer seafood platter for two. And with chicken, duck, goats cheese and steak options too, there are plenty of meal options for those less keen on fishy dishes. Why not wash all of this down whilst watching the sunset, with a nice ‘Prawn Juice’ beer, a specially brewed, bespoke ale for The Winking Prawn!
Visit The Winking Prawn website.
These are just five of the many superb restaurants in the popular town of Salcombe where you can enjoy a delectable meal. If you are looking to venture a little further afield during your stay, there are countless more exceptional places to eat in the South Hams – why not head along the Start Bay coastline and discover The best Dartmouth cafés, or perhaps you would rather have a nice traditional takeaway instead – read our guide The Best Fish and Chips in Devon for some inspiration!
If you’re looking for an indulgent getaway in Salcombe, expect lashings of cream and jam on fluffy scones, locally made ice creams and distilled beverages, and of course, succulent fresh seafood. Whether you’re looking to ‘pick your own’ ingredients to cook up feasts made from locally foraged delights in your self-catering cottage, enjoy a private catering experience overlooking a stunning South Devon sunset, or enjoy dining in a fantastic array of eateries both off and on the water, we have over 450 holiday cottages in Salcombe and throughout South Devon to make your home from home for your foodie holiday or short break.
Please note, the restaurants mentioned in this blog are very popular and we highly recommend booking in advance. Some restaurants may offer takeaway options instead of, or in addition to, seated dining during the Coronavirus pandemic.