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“Absolutely First Class”

The Harbour Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: This restaurant is in Banffshire, Scotland
1 review
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“Absolutely First Class”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

Visited on Saturday the 5th of July for dinner. What a fantastic experience. The Chef Moira came through to greet us and was lovely and friendly. We chose the trio of fish to start with which was very tasty. We both had steak, cooked to perfection (no need for a steak knife), served with lovely vegetables and home made chips. To finish we had a portion of the lemon cheesecake and one of the tiramisu, both were a perfect finish to a perfect meal. Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough, the view on the night was beautiful, will most definitely be returning.

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank Marcia N
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English first
Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Wee Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

Visited yesterday and had a fantastic meal. Halibut about the best I've eaten and the chips! - my husband said they reminded him of the ones his mum used to make. Waitresses and chef were charming and very welcoming. Wish they were open every night. And a beautiful view.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank nicecupoftea12
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Macduff, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

Moira the owner is very welcoming and friendly and the restaurant is spotless and has great views of the harbour. We cannot fault the food at all. One of the best meals we have had. I had the trio of fish starter and my husband had the caramalised onion and goats cheese tart. We then followed by halibat and asparagus in a cream sauce and fillet steak, both were cooked to perfection and utterly delicious. We then finished our meal with the raspeberry cheesecake and coffee with homemade fudge, again absolutely delicious. Have already booked to go again and think we will make this a regular treat.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Lorraine A
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Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Simply stunning!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Thanks to a timely cancellation, and a small amount of begging, we managed to get a reservation in this wonderful restaurant by the Harbour in Gardenstown.

Wonderfully friendly service and sensational food meant that our short stay in this beautiful little town was made into one of the most amazing memories of our trip to Scotland.

A starter of a trio of fish was beautifully presented and the signature creamy smoked haddock was first class.
The 28 days aged steak served with a creamy peppercorn sauce almost didn't require a knife to cut it was so tender. A true star on a small menu full of great dishes!

Best of all, our kids were made to feel welcome and included throughout the ordering process, something missing with the previous management.

I couldn't recommend this place more highly if you are in the area and get the chance to stop by...but try to book in advance because the word is out. :)

  • Visited June 2014
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

My wife and I booked a holiday cottage in the quaint old fishing village of Gardenstown and
found this restaurant on the harbour front just a short distance away.
As we took a walk past the restaurant we spoke to Moira to enquire about booking a table.
Although they were booked up we did manage to get a table because of a cancellation,
which Moira updated us on in the week.
Our meal was superb ,we had the three fish starter & mediterranean tart, followed by the
main course of steak & lemon sole and for sweet it was the creme brulee & trio of chocolate
dessert . The food was cooked to perfection with excellent and attentive friendly service,
with a relaxed atmosphere looking out over the harbour & headland.
We would absolutely recommend this lovely restaurant for anyone if you are in the area
gju&dau
Warwickshire

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank flash142014
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