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Travellers' Choice2023
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, British, Scottish, Bar, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, View, Business meetings
About
Bar & Bistro with harbour views & an outdoor terrace. Open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunches & evening meals. Fully licensed bar serving beer, wine, gins, cocktails & more. Please see our website for menus & to book online.
PRICE RANGE
£2 - £16
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
British, Scottish, Bar, European
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 11 December 2023

Food and service was just amazing. Prices reasonable we were going to the Geeza Break panto in the Harbour Arts which was fantastic and the restaurant is brilliant you can even pre order drinks for the break Decor is lovely and out look on to...harbour at night in December was beautiful 10 out of 10 for everythingMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2023

Thank you for leaving us a review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit & hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 3 December 2023

Definitely not a good experience. Very keen to hover over you on arrival before we even sat down, to “get our drinks order and tell us the soup of the day”…..let people sit down first! My crispy Korean burger was sent back. Not at all...crispy, just a chicken fillet dusted in cornflour…..the Koreans would’ve been horrified at the description. Minimal horrid coleslaw with big pieces of red cabbage only fit for the bin and a tiny portion. Small portion of frozen chips. Got the fish cakes instead which were not bad, but served on a bed of rocket, whereas spinach would have been much better. My partner’s fish n chips was just weird. Fish automatically done in a gluten free batter, it was not traditional fish n chips, and again chips were frozen and skimpy, mushy peas incredibly small portion and consistency of wood filler, and about as appetising. Huge, hard, inedible pickled onion. We ordered strong coffee and charged for extra shot…..most places don’t charge for extra shot. My chocolate torte (bought in) was delicious but the empire biscuit my partner ordered was as dry as a bone. A couple of waitresses were pleasant enough but one other grumpy one who told me “we don’t have a cloakroom you’ll just need to hang your coat on the back of your chair”…..they could invest in a coat stand for winter especially. I had a similar experience a few years ago, I will never returnMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2023

Thank you for leaving a review, I very rarely reply to reviews personally, I have much nicer people who normally do it. However, this review definitely needs some context. I am the first to admit that we don't always get everything perfect. Unfortunately, I was...More

Reviewed 27 November 2023

Nice small restaurant. We had late breakfast / brunch. Apart from my daughter finding the eggs benedict to have a slightly unusual taste, but not unpalatable, the experience was very positive

Date of visit: November 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2023

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, I will pass your feedback to our chef, hope to see you soon

Reviewed 18 November 2023

Booked in for lunch before an event at the HAC, friendly courteous staff and the food was fresh, delicious and cooked to perfection. Great team. It was so good had to nip back in and take home a few cannolis! See you soon hopefully after...a beach walk!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2023

Thank you, we're glad you enjoyed your visit & hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 15 November 2023

I was there for two visits duncan’s was recommended to me by a friend My first visit was with my wife I opted for the macaroni cheese my favourite was very disappointed the dish looked like it had been under a heat lamp The top...layer of macaroni was very dry and the cheese sauce was nonexistent my wife had the scampi which she enjoyed lucky her ,not to dismiss the other meals on the menu I noticed a table close buy had opted For the ciabatta and minute steak and onions looked nice a week later we Retuned to sample the aforementioned steak sandwich and was verydisappointed with it the meat was dry and tough the onions were rationed the bread was dry I requested some butter to soften the bread but It was tasteless I made my comment to the waitress who discounted the Price of our meals needless to say we will not return to this restaurant I have had better lunch from a burger vanMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023

Excellent carbonara best I’ve had for a long time will be back for more staff were excellent looked after us well

Date of visit: October 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2023

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Reviewed 9 October 2023

Friendly warm welcome. Excellent choice of menu to suit everyone s taste. Reasonably priced, great food and great service. Will definitely be making more visits. Thank you

Date of visit: October 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2023

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit & looking forward to seeing you soon.

Reviewed 27 August 2023

We came up from london, an experience as clean and efficient as this would have been considerably more expensive and we would have been made to wait. This place is fantastic. Despite the fact that it was quite busy the service was rapid and outstanding.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2023

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Reviewed 11 August 2023 via mobile

Really tasty food, efficient, polite and friendly service. I ate the goats cheese main meal and it was absolutely delicious. The desserts sounded really nice, but we were so full from dinner we didn’t order any this time, but we’ll definitely be back. All fabulous!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2023

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Reviewed 6 August 2023

This was the second time we have visited and we were not disappointed. The first time was with friends for dinner, excellent. This time lunch with a family member. The food is excellent and the staff courteous and friendly

Date of visit: July 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2023

Thank you, we're glad you enjoyed your visit, hope to see you soon

Reviewed 23 July 2023

Were out for breakfast for a family breakfast. Food was outstanding, cannot recommend that enough. However, the attitude of the manager really lets this place down, so much so that I don't think we would return. From the moment we arrived it felt like we...were an inconvenience to her.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023 via mobile

Arrived early for our table but were accommodated without issue. Staff were polite and friendly. Very knowledgeable about dishes. Our order taken promptly. Food arrived, not only was the presentation outstanding the taste was even better. Would absolutely 100% recommend Duncan’s to anyone.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2023

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Reviewed 29 June 2023

As always … lovely food served with a smile! Staff are great in here and the food served quickly and is always delicious. A favourite for us!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2023

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Reviewed 17 June 2023

Visited for a birthday meal. Very quiet when we arrived which meant our order was taken without any delay by a friendly and chatty girl. Food and drinks were delivered really quickly , with portion sizes just about perfect. The standard of the food was...exceptional, very tasty and piping hot. Would definitely recommend booking as by the time we were leaving it was becoming busier.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Duncans Irvine, General Manager at Duncans Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2023

Thank you for leaving us a review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit & hope your friend had a very happy birthday

Reviewed 17 June 2023 via mobile

We visited for a late lunch with our wee grandson this week. The service and food were excellent. The staff were really lovely. Thank you!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Hi Yvonne, sorry for the late reply, we just got the msg. We only allow guide dogs within our restaurant. But we do have a beer garden we allow all dogs in
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5