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Harbour Garden Cafe

South Quay Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable CT5 1AB, England
+44 1227 271199
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible17%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (50 reviews)
“cod and chips” (15 reviews)
“moules” (7 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
South Quay Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable CT5 1AB, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stopped for a late lunch as so many places offered seafood we were glad we chose here, beautiful oysters, staff were helpful, delay with main courses but staff were great with apologies due to a busy period.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank LorraineF908
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had such a great meal here with lovely atmosphere. Friendly staff going above and beyond to make our afternoon amazing. Fresh oysters followed by lobster mac and cheese and garlic bread. Huge chunks of lobster and lovely boozy hot chocs after! Definitely want to come...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank RachMcBach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely winter afternoon spent under the cosy heaters in this cafe overlooking the harbour. Shared a plate of lovely fresh oysters followed by lobster mac and cheese. Really tasty with large pieces of lobster. Dessert was a scrumptious hot chocolate with liqueur. Not cheap but...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mmb2018
Reviewed 28 September 2018

This was a very pleasant surprise on a drizzly afternoon. We were seated in their enclosed covered dining area. We had the best mussels that we have ever eaten anywhere. Hubby and I split that as a starter and then had the special which was...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank MargoSpencer
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

We just popped in for a coffee and tea- the latter more expensive at £4! - this price included a biscuit which my husband didn’t particularly want— Wished we’d seen prices first — bit of a rip off!

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank Jenwre
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Very polite and friendly people. Presentation was poor though, no shallot vinegar and had to ask for Tabasco, would have been nice to have the oysters served on ice too. Lovely location and the food was very good.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank foodiefanaticsguide
Reviewed 8 September 2018

A simple no-frills seafood menu which is fine for mains, but short on starters/snacks. As a café, it is ok to have drinks only, so a decent variety of snack-sized food should also be available. I would have liked a small crab snack like a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank lilyvictoria59
Reviewed 7 September 2018

We had lunch just after 1 pm. The staff were friendly, welcoming and obliging. We were asked our table preference and nothing was too much trouble. Wonderful warm atmosphere. The food was excellent. The weather was the cherry on the cake. Delightful sunny autumn afternoon....More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank 525quercus
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Visited yesterday for an end of school holiday day out, which is a shame as we normally spend longer in Whitstable as it's our favourite town in the UK. We love this restaurant and have spent many an afternoon eating and chilling in the summer...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Jet156461
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Nice place. Had lobster tails with garlic butter, beautiful. Heat lamps out in the back of the restaurant overlooking the harbour. Bit of a wait for food so 4 stars.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Michelle O
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$31
Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: South Quay Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable CT5 1AB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Whitstable
  • Phone Number: +44 1227 271199
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The Harbour Garden Café is the only open air venue in Whitstable where every weekend from Easter to end October you can see & hear some of the best in live entertainment & music.Situated just 10 metres from the waters edge, we enjoy some of the best views across estuary. Romantic sunset dinners are our speciality.Fresh local caught fish & seafood are amongst the delights offered in our light snack and extensive a-la-carte menu. Open also for just refreshments, we serve the best freshly ground coffee in town with also the best selection of breakfast choices around to start the day.
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