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“Expensive dinner but worth it!”
Review of Harbar Bistro

Harbar Bistro
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Ranked #155 of 362 Restaurants in Poole
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: To compliment its panoramic view of Poole Harbour, we've developed two AA Rosette awarded cuisine and one of the finest wine cellars in the area. When the weather's welcoming, bask in the sunshine with a glass of champagne or light lunch on the terrace overlooking the magical harbour islands. As the sun disappears behind Brownsea Island, Harbar Bistro's sophisticated surroundings provide an intimate setting to dine. Our Head Chef, Loic Gratadoux and his team are dedicated to fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Inventing a daily changing a la carte menu, designed around the area's fine produce. Matching the right wine to a dish enhances the culinary experience, that's why we take grapes so seriously. Head Sommelier Charles Van Wyk takes pride in personally ensuring that the cellar is stocked with a worldly collection of vintages. You'll stumble across varieties that are rarely seen outside their own local markets. And because we're lovers of local, there is pick of Dorset wines.
Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Expensive dinner but worth it!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

With, as it turned out, a bottle of one of the least expensive wines on the menu (French Viognier) our 3-course a la carte meal nevertheless came to £130 for two including tip. Not perhaps London prices but not everyday prices either. But sitting outside the views were extraordinary over Poole harbour and the service impeccable. Our waitress (Jessica), the sommelier (Charles), and the night manager (Alex) were professional, attentive, knowledgeable and all had that rare to find "can-do" attitude. The food was beautifully cooked and presented. So, overall the whole experience was excellent. I shall definitely go back.

  • Visited June 2014
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“Great views, enjoyable food”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Views are superb over Poole Harbour - especially on a sunny day.
Lunch menu is quite good - lovely runny eggs.
Not so keen on the bar menu - the burgers are ok.

Visited June 2014
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Limited dinner menu, too expensive (scallops £12.50 for 2, yes 2 and lobster £59) no fresh fish counter as advertised and a rather unpleasant restaurant manager. Don't waste your time or money, there are better places to eat in the area who are grateful for your custom.

  • Visited April 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful Meal”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Delicious supper in wonderful surroundings and fantastic view. All the staff were very attentive and made us feel really welcome.

Visited April 2014
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Amazing lunch with spectacular views!”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

I went on a day trip with my friend to Poole. After our original plans were ruined we decided to treat ourselves in a restaurant. We chose Harbar Bistro after seeing it in a booklet. After we arrived we were presented with 2 menus - a set lunch menu and a regular. Set menu represented a very good value for money - 3 courses for £20.50 so we decided to go with it. We sat on the terrace as it was very sunny and the views were fantastic. I had soft shell crab tempura (+£2.50 to the price) and my friend had a duck pancake, both delicious. Then rib-eye steak (£5.50 supplement) cooked to perfection and sea bream, and ice cream and brownie for dessert. The staff were very polite and helpful, food was delicious and scenery absolutely gorgeous! It really saved our day. The only thing the wait between the dishes was a bit longer than I would normally expect. But nothing too bad. Thoroughly recommended!

  • Visited April 2014
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