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“Great food, noisy atmosphere”

Haro's Rest. & Bar In Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa
Ranked #8 of 84 Restaurants in Sidney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, Seafood, Canadian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
North Vancouver, Canada
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great food, noisy atmosphere”
Reviewed 5 October 2013

With 2 other couples we had dinner here on a Friday night. We had eaten there a few times previously but never on a Friday night. At other times it was busy but not noisy. This night the lounge bar which adjoins the restaurant was busy as was the main restaurant.It was difficult to have a conversation with our friends due to the racket going on around us. Also being busy the staff seemed somewhat harassed.
The actual menu is not that easy to navigate as it is a mix of bistro,bar food and high end dining.
While the food was OK, beware of Friday nights

  • Visited October 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not up to its price”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

We went with a party of 8 to the Haro's dining room at the Pier at Sidney the other night. The menu is poor, and not at all up to any decent hotel standard.

Food was not at all pleasing, and quite over priced.

Service was OK.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank LJALEXBC
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Slo-mo Haro”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

It was busy night when we went to Haro before the Sidney Thursday night market. Luckily, there was entertainment (pianist) to keep us entertained. Unfortunately, that was the high point of the evening and the restaurant struggled to keep it together. Our waitress was friendly and welcoming but couldn't handle the orders with so many people.

Our daughter enjoyed her pasta and ice cream, but she was in the minority. My mother and I ordered the steak sandwich which were supposed to be medium rare, but were actually well-done and served with really spicy fries. My husband had the fish tacos. The fish might have been nicely cooked but he couldn't actually taste anything because the sauce was so spicy. Again the fries were so spicy that we couldn't eat them. Also, we noticed that our dishes sat under the heat lamp for a while before they were brought to the table. Since the dishes were so spicy we couldn't tell if they were cold.

Maybe we'll try Haro again on a quiet night when the staff might be more able to cope and serve good food.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank victoriafoody
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful atmosphere but pricy”
Reviewed 12 September 2013

A setting top notch setting looking out at the ocean and gulf islands, staff very professional, food great but the food is expensive. The lounge area is small and the patio is shaded so cool but you look out at the most wonderful view.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank TJ J
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london Ontario Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Quality slipping”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

This is a nice resraurant for Sidney. However this visit was somewhat chaotic. They appeared to have too few staff, kitchen overwhelmed and problems handling their orders. We had to flag down the hostess to finally get taken to the table, server did not bring bread and main course more than 50mins after the starter was done.

That said the grilled tuna app was great, fresh perfectly done. The mains were salmon poached in olive oil and while this is BCwith the best salmon the restaurant fish was not as fresh tasting as we hoped. The vegetables were cooked expertly but the meal had no starch.

We hope this was simply a management error not a sigh of decline.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Karen W
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