Dunkerley’s Restaurant & Hotel

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Come and enjoy our warm hospitality in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Renowned for our fresh, local seafood we are dedicated to serving mouth-watering cuisine, enhanced by an extensive choice of fine wines, from classic French varieties to exciting discoveries from the new world. Dunkerley's now boasts a wonderful terrace where you can soak up the sunshine and take in the sea air. Sit back and let the world go by whilst enjoying a casual beer, coffee, a glass of wine, maybe even an afternoon cream tea or some fantastic food from our bistro menu.
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4.4
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RB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

We were recommended to Dunkerley's by a friend - he was right! The meal we enjoyed in the Restaurant was excellent and the two waiters looking after us were knowledgeable and most pleasant. Our accommodation, whilst comfortable was rather tired and in need of some refurbishment. Nonetheless, we will happily return.

S
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Oysters and duck fabulous. However hake overcooked and inedible. Although I left pretty much all of the hake and told the waitress it was over cooked she made no comment and just took my plate of uneaten fish away. Not impressed.

h
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a lovely Sunday lunch with family and friends. Staff very nice, especially Dan. Food very good.
Will be back.

AC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing from start to finish.
Food was delicious... from the homemade bread to amuse bouche to the happy birthday plate written in chocolate with truffles at the end (totally unexpected). The scallops and sea bass were outstanding.
Great service from all staff.
Great value too!

H
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

A good meal very small portions. Loverly Restaurant profession staff.

P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time doing at Dunkerleys and definitely not our last. Despite being rammed on Bank Holiday, the food and service were faultless. Excellent value for money.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

The set meal was cheap and we understand why - extremely poor quality. Scallops were not fresh and it was just basic canteen food.

AB
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We would definitely go to the restaurant here again,
We all really enjoyed it, it was superb!!
We went for my partner's birthday ! Just perfect!
Then went in the bar mext morning for breakfast which was also very nice.

a
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The hotel has a good feel to it. We enjoyed the fish meals, and the wine prices were sensible.
Breakfast system needs looking at. Why take the coffee cups away to fill them? Just give the customer a cafetiere..?
We would still use Dunkerley's again.

n
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience1

The service was ok although we had to wait an unacceptably long time for our cold sweets
My stater of pigeon breast was over cooked and leathery and sat in a dark gloutenous sauce
We both had fish for a main and both were over cooked and mushy
We have eaten here before and enjoyed it so hopefully this was a one-off

GC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

celebrated my partners 80th birthday here. booked into the restaurant specially, got a good table, service was very good, prices good. Additional bonus of a demi tasse of soup prior to our meal,chefs compliments, which was the best we had ever tasted (recipe please) starters good, followed by a sorbet, also free, and main course which was very good. Wine was excellent and a good price. only fault I can find is they asked if we wanted water and we said yes, thinking you should always get a jug of water in a first class restaurant, however it was, I think £3.75 ! as they brought us a bottle. the chap on the next table asked for a jug of tap water with ice (free of course) Silly mistake on our part so look out for this trick future diners. Having said this the whole experience was really nice and we did return a few days later and had a meal in the bistro.

RW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

this ticked all the boxes. A class act. To be recommended.

RP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food, nice ambiance, friendly staff. Good value for a top class meal.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely meal and very nice friendly service. Would definitely go again

n
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Experience fine dining without breaking the bank. Delicious food and attentive friendly staff. Can highly recommend.

MW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We really enjoyed the food at Dunkerleys. Three of chose the same starter and mains. The scallops were perfectly cooked and delicious. The hake was very tasty too with nicely cooked vegetables. We liked the touch of being given a soup and sorbet gratis. The staff were pleasant and overall we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The value was very good as we chose from Chefs choice menu

RP
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attentive service and excellent food, with complimentary amuse bouche and palette cleanser (sorbet)

D
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our party of 6 were very well looked after by the team, making sure that we had a very enjoyable dining experience. The menu covered all options and catered for gluten free, which was very handy. Food quality was exceptional.

DD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food, excellent service and pleasant surroundings.

CL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

If you dine at this restaurant, I strongly suggest you ask for a quiet table on the lower level. The upper level dining space is very noisy and detracts significantly from the enjoyment of the meal.

BP
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I booked a table to celebrate my investiture with my family and friend and all I can say the experience was a perfect ending to a perfect day . My heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Dunkerlys for your excellent food and first rate service.

j
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been to Dunkerley's a while ago, the food, ambiance, staff were excellent. It was the same on Sunday, the restaurant was packed, the staff were very good, attentive at all times. Will come again.

DS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our visit to Dunkerleys on Sunday. The weather and the view from our table were magnificent, and the service was exemplary. The roast lamb was delicious too. We shall certainly be back! Thank you Dunkerleys.

RW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Review of restsurant- Amazing food (and I am picky) and very reasonable price for type food served. Service was amazing- not rushed, lovely and quiet I would definately go again and reccomend. Didnt stay at hotel so can not review

S
London
21 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was delicious. Great to eat fresh fish at the coast. Have eaten in the past from bar menu in the summer. Chose to eat in the restaurant. Staff very friendly. Food cooked well.

MB
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The meal and service was excellent, as always.

The choices on the Valentines menu was very good and the food was great.

Our request for a window table was no problem.

PM
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s night ❤️

NM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and great staff we would happily recommend to others. We will be eating here more often!

AP
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely food, but quite expensive. House white sadly could have been colder and crisper to compliment the fish. Hotel very comfortable , breakfast excellent.

TM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed a great family lunch with drinks at the bar first. Relatively quiet (we went on a Friday). I was pleased that we were given a lovely table by the window. Friendly staff. Enjoyed a delicious well-portioned mussel starter and fresh, generous main course for a decent price (£15) for a 2 course set menu. On the sea front so can be followed by a walk on the pier. Great to revisit on our holiday and impressed with it again a decade later!

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always fantastic food. Fish is the best but if you prefer white or red meat I'd definitely recommend Service is great and meals are not hurried on the table so you are able to spend your time enjoying the food

NT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

A very enjoyable meal, excellent Dover sole & lamb. Scallops could have been bigger ! Not sure about the Apple & celeriac intercourse soup & the frozen apple palate clearer. But pleasant service on a very busy night. Enjoyed drinks in the bar afterwards & would certainly recommend & will be back soon.

AB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a must visit, the food is fabulous, the service outstanding, and the atmosphere just perfect.

S
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Waitress forgot to offer bread and also forgot to bring bread with cheese board. Just cheese no crackers or bread offered. Lack of vegetables and we tried to order more but they had used the last. Seems like they were used to a much older clientele with tiny appetites .

KK
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Just really good value very pleasant cheerful staff and good food.

L
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Really enjoyable lunch with friends. Have not been to the restaurant for many years but standard still as good.

r
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Just so nice to have a place to enjoy a meal .or special do"s in fact since 1998s hols But now we lived here
since Sept 1999! We still miss the French style bar that was always packed out .Bistro meal s wines just WOW see all your fab family soon chef......Regards....R.G.Clark
PS .Always an excellent meal over 20 years and many more God willing!Ian egh!

PM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, well cooked and presented. Local oysters beautifully fresh, local fish wonderfully done to a turn. Great desserts. Terrific wine list. Would we recommend? Already have!

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Beautiful well cooked food. Too much time between courses but a great place if you are not in a rush

m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

not the experience we was expecting , although i booked well in advance the table we were given was tight and in a walkway from the kitchen to the main restaurant area. Ok.. it was a Saturday and evening there were at least 2 big parties in the house . so a bit noisy.
so, onto the food . we are in maybe one of the best seafood restaurants in Deal. We both ordered the oysters to start , Irish not local . we waited a while for them ,and when they finally arrived they were sitting in a dish of melted ice water. when i told the waiter he said he would tell the chef. I can only assume that they were prepared left on the pass. and not brought out . the thing that is disappointing me is that someone picked them up and brought them to the table without checking presentation ,all it needed was a fresh plate of ice . we also had to ask for the red onion vinegar.
the rest of the food was good . we would come back but not on a busy period .