John's of Dawlish

We go the extra mile!

Family run, friendly cafe.

Situated in the heart of beautiful Dawlish, overlooking the iconic lawn where the black swans in Dawlish live on the stream and have been a major tourist attraction for decades, being used as the town’s emblem.

John’s offers outside covers for 29 with a further 30 inside covers. We are a family run café, that prides ourselves on offering and sourcing high quality local ingredients and exceptionally welcoming friendly customer service to all of our customers.

In the Summer we open from 08.00, 7 days a week with our menu consisting of delicious, freshly cooked breakfasts, lunches, afternoons teas, freshly baked homemade cakes on the premises and much more at very reasonable prices. We are also fully licenced.

Here at John’s we look forward to welcoming everyone, young, old and inbetween, and our furry friends are also welcome inside. We are fully disabled accessible with a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.

We are fully committed to supporting local farmers, producers and suppliers here in the South West and enjoy supporting all of the local events and activities.

What we do

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Our Breakfasts

If we have a reputation for anything, its our breakfasts. Rated on Tripadvisor as number 1 in Dawlish. 


Smooth locally roasted coffee

Voyager Coffee based in Buckfastleigh, Devon blends coffee from Brazil, Colombia & Peru for a superb coffee called “Road Trip”


Locally sourced ingredients

We actively use locally sourced ingredients where possible leading us to win Gold for the two years running from Taste of the West.

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We host regular events including quizzes and games as well as themed nights. Keep up to date with What’s On and John’s.

Friendly customer service

We will go that extra mile with a smile on our faces. We pride ourselves in being friendly and very customer focused.

Our business in numbers

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Numbers up to date as of 28th of March 2024.

What our customers think

  • star rating  Great food and service - Arrived at a very busy John’s cafe for breakfast. We were (5 of us) shown to a table quickly and our order was taken. Despite being busy our breakfast arrived... read more

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    16th March 2024
  • star rating  A little treasure  - I should of wrote this some time ago. John's is one of our go to places when visiting Dawlish. The menu has all you could want with alternatives for vegans... read more

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    26th February 2024
  • star rating  Very enjoyable - 1st time I visited mid-week for a coffee and a ciggy. Sat outside watching the world go by - decided I'd have a small breakfast as well as coffee. Lovely... read more

    avatar thumb avril h
    15th October 2023
  • star rating  Highly recommend - Great food, lovely staff, clean and fresh setting. In our party: 1 vegetarian, 2 carnivores and 1 fussy teenager, all left very satisfied customers. Will comeback again. Best bacon, brie... read more

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    13th August 2023
  • star rating  Amazing amazing amazing!! - Brilliant place for breakfast massive portions and no grease! Service was amazing and so friendly with children and dogs. Highly recommend.

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    9th August 2023
  • star rating  Loved it! - We walked here from Dawlish Warren on a very rainy day. This restaurant is the best place we have eaten in, in Devon. It was clean, the staff were very... read more

    avatar thumb Sonia S
    4th August 2023
  • star rating  Food and experience  - Food was amazing best food we have ever eaten and it’s an actual place my 5 year old autistic son will eat from and excellence customer service we was made... read more

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    20th July 2023
  • star rating  Full English  - Great breakfast , highly recommend , full English x 2 , with a latte , service was quick & efficient

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    1st June 2023
  • star rating  Breakfast on the strand dawlish - Smashing big breakfast and lovely chips but you’ll struggle to eat both at the same time and trust me I’ve tried Nice atmosphere and my daughter loves sausage and chips... read more

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    23rd May 2023
  • star rating  Great Place.  - Yet again a great visit to Johns, Friendly owners and staff, Service wonderful and most important the locally sourced food absolutely delicious. which great portion sizes. Would highly recommend to... read more

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    20th May 2023