Harry's Restaurant

4.8
1705 Reviews
£25 and under
Comfort Food
Harry’s Restaurant in Exeter is set in the heart of the city and has been gratifying appetites for 26 years. Rated as one of the best restaurants in Exeter on TripAdvisor, Harry’s has established itself to become the go-to dining den on the neighbourhood food scene.

Founded in 1993 by the Pounds family, Harry’s is still independently owned and run today. The eclectic restaurant, bar and private dining room all sit within the iconic gothic style building, formerly Harry Hems’ 19th century architectural sculptors workshop.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1705 people are saying
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MiriamC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The staff were mainly young and all had lovey characters and manners, they were always at hand but not hanging around.
Hand gel was on the table but not labelled, a small Christmas label marking this would be helpful.

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Robert
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening and I’m very thankful for the experience.

My girlfriend and I had a lovely evening celebrating her birthday and I’m very grateful for the gift of a desert with a candle - we’re both very grateful and will be back soon.

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KenL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, great service. Best lunch I have had in ages -will definitely be back

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JayC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit to Harry's and will certainly go again and recommend to others.

The staff were so helpful even managing to salvage bottle of wine I’d brought myself where the cork had disintegrated.

Great food, helpful, friendly staff. Give it a try.

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SarahW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

What a lovely find...
I don't normally write reviews, however when after the first course my husband and I both said "we'll come here again" Harry's Restaurant deserves one.
It's a short 10-15 minute walk from the high street and town centre. Inside is cosy and welcoming, we had a little booth to the left of the bar which was intimate but not at all cramped. Front of house staff were attentive immediately offering water for the table whilst we looked at the menu and the extensive selection of wines on offer.
First courses arrived, all was clearly home-made and the portion sizes were very generous giving good value for money. Husband had the smoked Salmon which we would say was cut fresh from a side not bought in pre-cut. I had the Calamari which was coated in a light batter. Both were delicious and served with homemade dips.
Main courses, we both had Steak options and it's so nice to go somewhere that knows how to cook a steak properly. Husband asked for medium-rare and got medium-rare. Side of creamed spinach was also delicious. My only criticism here, and it’s a very small one, was that the side dishes of creamed Spinach and 2 fried eggs were served first, whilst we waited a few minutes for the mains to come. These could have been kept on the hot plate and then all served to the table together at the same time or immediately after each other, but the food was served on hot plates so it wasn't an issue and I'm being really picky here. Again portion sizes were very generous so we didn't opt for dessert, instead coffee and a Brandy Alexander made by the very friendly bartender, who was happy to chat to us about the ingredients in the drink and we took away a recommendation for a Chocolate liqueur. It was my husband’s birthday so they even went the extra mile and served him a complimentary chocolate brownie with a candle and happy birthday written on the plate. It was a small gesture but made the visit so much more special. A lovely meal and great staff.

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Gordon
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting steaks, really good value bottle of wine, and fab service (we had an hour to get the rugby and got served really quickly and they kindly kept our bag for the afternoon too!). Highly recommend, shame we live in London!

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EmilyK
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Harry’s and this was the first time we came for brunch. It was fantastic and would definitely go back again!

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DawnB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place with really great food. Brilliant service

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LizR
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was very good. This is a real gem in the heart fo Exeter

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PennyW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic eating experience. Food was gorgeous, ambience delightful and Ben our waiter was just a delight. He was keen, very genuine and utterly lovely. He even brought me a free dessert with a candle in it when he knew it was my birthday and retirement day! Would definitely recommend this eatery and I will be going back next time I am shopping in Exeter. Well done Harry's!!!

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PaulineK
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always excellent quality food. One suggestion is to give more than one vegan option as one member of our family always has to have the same.

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Polly
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food & service - thoroughly recommend going!

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Fred
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Espresso martinis went down well
Good food and good service but a bit pricey.

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RuthB
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch. Great staff. Thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. Thank you for making the Birthday Girl feel special

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Rocky
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Table is a bit sticky and unstable, I don't know why such a popular restaurant couldn't buy some better tables.
And a tray of sweat cake is a bit broken.
Please change that tray unless you think it's OK for your brand.

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Gabrielle
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Harry's for a romantic birthday dinner. Great for, wine, service, and we had plenty of space between patrons.
If we were to nitpick, the music seemed an odd choice, but it wasn't too loud and want offensive to my ears. It just didn't write fit the ambience of the venue.
Our food really was stupendous and good portion size. Good value for what you get.
Staff were friendly and relaxed, efficient and capable.
We'll be back soon for sure.

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GillH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously good food and excellent wine. Friendly and helpful staff.
Would like to see vegan meals on the menu too.

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AlisonW
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal out with a friend, everything was top notch

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HeatherP
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere. Service was attentive and friendly. Good range of menu options very nicely presented. Will return!

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JeremyE
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasant ambiance to enjoy an excellent meal. We travelled over 150 miles to dine at Harry 's as we have done before and will do again. Outstanding.

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Lizzy
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited Harry’s for a family dinner with our Exeter Uni son. We had tomahawk steaks, and as you would expect in a steak restaurant, they were delicious and perfectly cooked. The meat is locally sourced as well which is a bonus. The accompaniments were lovely with lemon dressed watercress, that even my vegetable avoiding son ate, and super crispy chips. The decor, ambience and great music made for a very enjoyable evening. The service was prompt without being overbearing. Harry’s deserves it’s top rating.

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DanielP
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t fault service or food at all… wow wow wow

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BarbaraG
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Many thanks to the staff for fitting us in when I made a mistake in the booking. The food was cooked well and with attention to detail.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful time spent celebrating my husband’s belated birthday 🥳 amazing food & the cocktails were delicious too 🍸 excellent ambiance & lovely staff, will definitely be visiting again soon.

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Maxine
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to meet with friends. Food fabulous and lovely atmosphere

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AmandaL
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, a great atmosphere and fantastic service! What’s not to love…?

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GD19
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food...every time! Definitely worth visiting.

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JulieP
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner, friendly and attentive service, delighted from first to last. We will be back.

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ACHio
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from beginning to end. Food was great and the atmosphere is always very welcoming

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PatrickC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super steaks cooked to perfection
Great service.
Lovely restaurant

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Badger
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The Menu has changed, sadly not for the better. No Fajita's which was the signature dish not only for eating, but listening to them sizzling as they were being delivered to punters.
Had Fillet Stake(Medium) which was nothing special, never seem to be able to get
it right. My wife had Crab Linguine but sadly there was hardly any crab present which was disappointing, offered to cook another portion but she declined as we had already started eating and didn't want to end up eating on her own. They didn't
charge us for it.
At the present time wouldn't recommend to a friend and won't be going back any time soon.

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NickyE
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal at Harry’s after wanting to visit for a while!
The food was amazing, staff were polite and the atmosphere was nice.
We look forward to visiting again soon.

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LeamM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, our 2nd visit as we enjoyed the first one so much.

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Losi
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were extremely attentive and friendly and the food was wonderful!

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DianaB
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food very fresh and tasty. A very enjoyable meal

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RobertC
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food as always! First tim to choose a Harry's special burger and it was not dissapointing best burger in many years!

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VikkiS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great food and will come again in the future.

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vipsooty026
Buckinghamshire
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not eaten here since before lockdown 2020. Lovely reception from the staff and great to see the standards across the board are tip-top. Best steak in the Southwest!

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Harry’s has some of the best food in exeter and it’s always a pleasure to go there. The staff are attentive and polite, the overall experience is flawless every time

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making last evening so special for my partner’s birthday. Everything was perfect!

FAQs

Harry's Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1705 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.