Clacton-on-Sea Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Clacton-on-Sea

December 16, 2017 Agatha Simes

Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town in the Tendring peninsula and district in Essex, England, and was founded as an urban district in the year 1871. It is a seaside resort that saw a peak of tourists in the summer months between the 1950s and 1970s.
Things to do in Clacton-on-Sea

1. Daveys

23 Pallister Road | Clacton on Sea, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1PQ, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1255 420409
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 216 reviews

Daveys

Reviewed By Shirley1256 - Colchester, United Kingdom

I have been to this restaurant a couple of times my son was reluctant as he said its for old age pensioners but was pleasantly surprised at the value for money breakfast they provided. More recently I had a Chicken curry which was really nice. This restaurant caters for all but I agree with other reviewers it is a day time restaurant. Staff are friendly and efficient I will continue to visit.

2. Dukes

9 Clacton Road | St Osyth, Clacton-on-Sea CO16 8PA, England Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$330 +44 1255 821191
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Dukes

A family run Restaurant offering local ingredients, cooked to order and made on the Premises.

Reviewed By manjack69 - Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Had a birthday meal here. The food was outstanding. All good quality produce. Well presented and plenty of it. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and I will be returning very soon.Thanks for your very kind comments. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

3. Franco's

4 Colne Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1PX, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 01255-42-66-47
Excellent
83%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 285 reviews

Franco's

A very good Italian restaurant in Clacton. All food prepared and cooked on the premises. Plenty of seafood including lobster and sea bass. Staff extremely friendly and looked after us very well. Highly recommended.

Reviewed By Melanie B - Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom

We started off with a drink at the bar . The restaurant was packed as only 2 weeks until Xmas. We ordered our food and were shown to our table. My husband always has the king prawns and I ordered the hot potted crab. Both were delicious! We then had the lobster/seafood linguini which was outstanding! I don't eat meat so for me there is such an excellent choice of fish dishes. My husband had the banoffee cheesecake which he raved about for days after. This is most definitely the best restaurant in Clacton with happy staff and the most amazing food!!

4. Charnallies Restaurant

1-5 Pier Avenue | Clacton on Sea, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QB, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1255 688655
Excellent
53%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 386 reviews

Charnallies Restaurant

American-themed restaurant and bar.

Reviewed By sarahb4412 - Colchester, United Kingdom

Went here with my partner for an evening meal. Food was good, portions were a good size. The waiter we had was excellent, had a nice conversation with us after our meal when we were paying the bill. All in all, for the price we paid, we can't complain! Will be back

5. The Blue Sari

Chisbon HEATH. WEELEY Heath Heath Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO16 9BS, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$165 - HK$220 +44 1255 830090
Excellent
73%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 345 reviews

The Blue Sari

The Blue Sari wishes to offer you a taste of real Indian cooking and more. Our owner chef Russell has trained in Bangladesh, Paris and Cyprus as well as London. Married to an English wife, he also understands exactly what our standards are in this country. His passion for cooking and new tastes reach out to embrace not only the traditional but the new and modern combination of east meets west. His love of fresh ingredients and locally sourced food will be noticeable in Russell's delicious and inventive dishes.

Reviewed By brian d - Walton on Naze

Went there to eat and the service was really good the food was good but the drinks were overpriced a bit

6. The Golden Fillet

110 Frinton Road | Holland on Sea, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 5UR, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Fast Food, British, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1255 812363
Excellent
69%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

The Golden Fillet

Reviewed By stumpymonkey

Compared to the other chip shop in town this place is significantly upmarket. It’s a much larger operation presumably scaled to deal with a much higher summer demand than what it currently has to deal with.
First things first, this plaice, (see what I did there), isn’t cheap! Large cod small ships & a can of coke is going to cost you the best part of £9 per person which for fish and chips is practically daylight robbery.
One way to keep the cost down could be to sit in their restaurant & just remind yourselves you’re paying for waitress services. This area is ok, but it’s certainly not a high end establishment.
The food is well cooked, all be it my batter was raw in places inside & had the texture of Roe. That said it was good as the batter was slightly “over”, compared to other places in the area which I like. The chips were proper freshly cut chips & were very well cooked & May have actually been twice fried but I can’t be certain.
Buy the food from here, but get the soft drinks from Tesco opposite & save yourselves an absolute fortune.

7. Geos Fish Bar

3 West Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QR, England Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, British, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1255 424497
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 221 reviews

Geos Fish Bar

Reviewed By NickHC - Brightlingsea, United Kingdom

My second visit here. Was not impressed on my first visit - ( food tasted like it had been sat in the fryer warming section too long) but thought I'd give them another try. Popped in at lunchtime. Busy but service was friendly and quick. Chose the £7.60 special. Cod, Chips, Bread & Butter, coffee. Food was good and freshly cooked. Will come again.

8. Greensward Cafe

Marine Parade West, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1XB, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, British, Grill, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$24 - HK$63 +44 1255 474852
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

Greensward Cafe

Situated on the Promenade near the sandy Beaches of Martello Bay, we offer freshly cooked meals to suit all tastes. You can enjoy an English Breakfast, Fish and Chips, a Gammon Steak or choose from various Baked Potatoes and Omelettes. Why not watch the world go by with a cup of coffee or an ice cream on the outside patio?

Reviewed By SarahHen40 - Rye, United Kingdom

Greensward is an absolute favourite of ours and we popped by with some friends yesterday. A varied menu, like a good cafe should. Prompt service, fair prices and always really tasty food. We had a breakfast, piping hot and freshly cooked. My daughter nearly always has cheesy chips, which she did again. The cafe itself is always immaculately clean. I've nearly filled my loyalty card!

9. Aroy Thai

19 Rosemary Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1NZ, England Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1255 435599
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 278 reviews

Aroy Thai

We are open only evening from 5PM to 10PM. But If you like to come by lunch time please give us a call to manage your lunch time booking.

Reviewed By spencefamily2017 - Colchester, United Kingdom

This was our first visit to a Thai restaurant and what have we been missing!
The food was absolutely gorgeous and the service outstanding.
Nothing was too much trouble and as novices to Thai food, we asked lots of questions and each dish was explained.
I didn't realise how fresh and tasty Thai food is. The 5 of us tried different dishes - all were so tasty including ribs, satay chicken, mixed starter platter, green curry, pad thai, lamb shank and noodles. The raw carrot and peanut salad as a side dish is so fresh and wholesome and just yummy.
If you think you are too full for banana fritters for dessert, just try to squeeze one in - you will not be disappointed.
A hidden gem of a restaurant with a warm friendly atmosphere, outstanding service and fantastic food. We will definitely return

10. The Black Boy

Thorpe Road | Weeley, Clacton-on-Sea CO16 9JJ, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1255 830361
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 293 reviews

The Black Boy

Reviewed By Brian T - London, United Kingdom

we have used this restaurant/pub a number of times and find the team there very very helpful, dan is the boss but is supported by a great team, the food is delicious always hot and the beer is always very nice

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