Breakwater Bistro, Brixham

Fiona Griffiths enjoys wholesome, home-cooked food at this popular eatery

Restaurant Review

View of Breakwater Bistro and beach from the breakwater, Brixham

Sitting beside the town’s Breakwater Beach, this casual, family-run bistro offers panoramic views across Torbay. From our window-side table on the upper level, we watched the comings and goings in Brixham Harbour, divers wading into the water to swim around the coral reef, and ships out in the open sea with the Devon and Dorset coastline beyond. 

The Breakwater has a friendly vibe and welcomes all-comers, from families with young children to people with dogs, solo diners and groups. What’s more, you can call in for anything from coffee and a home-made cake, to a simple jacket potato, or a full-blown meal. 

The latter is what we were after, so I started with the calamari, while my husband chose the crab cocktail, and we ordered some bread (home-made and wonderfully fresh) to keep our two-year-old happy. 

My calamari were excellent: four big, fat, juicy rings in a light panko breadcrumb coating, served with a chilli dip that had just the right amount of sweetness. The restaurant sources practically all its produce locally, evident in the freshness of my husband’s crab dish, which was served with a light Marie Rose sauce. 

My main was the pan-fried sea bass from the fish specials board, while Richard tried the burger and Jamie had sausages from the children’s menu. 

My fish had a perfectly crisp skin and came with vegetables and some lovely cheesy Dauphinoise potatoes (my glass of Sharpham Vineyard white was the ideal accompaniment), while the burger was clearly home-made and had a satisfyingly beefy flavour, alongside very good home-made chips. 

The meal ended on a high, with a not-too-sweet apple and winter berry crumble with clotted cream, and a light and fluffy warm lemon sponge with superb Yarde Farm vanilla ice cream.

Fiona loves: the mini binoculars provided, and quiz games to play while waiting for your food

Sample Menu

(taken from the lunch menu) 


  • Seeded Jack Sprats fillets, home-made tartare sauce
  • Home-made soup of the day, crusty bread 


  • Traditional seafood paella
  • Baked crab thermidor, Dauphinoise potatoes, mixed salad


  • Melting chocolate fudge cake
  • Mango and passion fruit ice cream cheesecake


  • Starters from £5
  • Mains from £10
  • Desserts from £5.50
Breakwater Bistro
Berry Head Road
01803 856738

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