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“Amazing View and Good Food”
Review of Golden Coral

Golden Coral
Ranked #104 of 379 Restaurants in Haifa
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed our dinner last night at Golden Coral. The mezze was fairly standard with a few stars like the cherry tomato salad and the cabbage salad.

Fish was excellent. I had the fried borbunia.

The restaurant also has an interesting wine menu with a nice assortment of Israeli boutique wineries.

The view of the harbor and Mediterranean coastline is priceless. Really adds a lot to the dining experience.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Located in the upper Cable Car of Haifa which employs 3 restaurants, 1 in each floor. this one is located in the lowest floor. great view of the Haifa Bay to the north and on the lower neighborhoods and the port, beautiful. the service is nice and friendly but not really professional. we were 4, had a free salad bar which was under average, not even one of the salads was good. than we had 4 main dishes. the ravioli was mediocre, so was the Denis fish. the seafood trio was poor (frozen shrimps and mussels, uneatable calamari) and a reasonable Code fish. a terrible dessert and espresso and a high check wrapped up a big disappointment.

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Thank hannoch
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

I usually rate restaurants entirely on food quality, but will need to make an exception for Golden Coral, because the place has a view out of this world, not matched in Haifa and one of the best anywhere. It is located at a high point, in the upper terminal of Haifa cable car (along with a few other restaurants). Come in the evening and enjoy an endless view of city lights down below and Mediterranean sea all the way to the horizon. That definitely adds a star.

The restaurant purports to specialize in Mediterranean style food and seafood. With that in mind, they serve a decent selection of traditional salads and appetizers, a few types of fish (mostly grilled), and shrimp and calamari dishes. Most appetizers were pretty good, though all salads had a generous amount of vinegar - perhaps a bit much if this is not your "thing". Hummus, tahini, labneh and other such things were pretty good too.

A single fresh local fish on the menu is only available deep-fried. It was good, but not spectacular - especially considering a price (NIS 27 per 100 gram). The rest of their fish doesnt' seem to be locally caught.

Shrimp courses are cooked with giant shrimp, the size I have not encountered before. It was, however, somewhat bland and a bit too "meaty".

The restaurant is "family run" - I had a feeling that the sole "waiter" was one of the family. We received efficient service, familiar and ostensibly friendly, but borderline brusque. I had a distinct feeling that as long as we were going along with what was suggested - things would be fine, but perhaps it was safer to stay on our waiter's good side :)

Prices were on the high side but not unusually so, at least by local standards.

Overall, Golden Coral, while not a perfect culinary experience, would be a good place to go to enjoy the view and a good company while having decent food.

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Thank bork3000
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

if you r visiting haifa you have to go eat in this restaurant... its food is so delicious - the view is amazing- great service - the salades are so good and tasty

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2  Thank giovanna277
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

This is everything you'd want as a visitor or as a local in a restaurant. A lovely view with boats dotting the harbor, city buildings below, and the lovely feeling of owning it all as you look down on it. The best time to go is just before sunset so you can watch the sun on the water as it goes down and then watch the boats and city light up.

The service was great and the personnel friendly and informative. They were happy to suggest a regional dessert, and even show me a preview of it. The chicken was done to perfection. Nobody wants undercooked chicken, but neither does anyone want chicken that is dried out from overcooking. This one had the perfect balance as well as perfect seasoning. The potatoes had a spicy coating, with a little bit of sweetness that I could have done without, but the texture was perfect.

The owner would make you catch your breath as he explains (if you ask) that of course he goes outside on that tiny ledge to wash the windows high above the harbor.

The atmosphere is perfect, for either a lovely dinner party or a romantic evening or a tourist wanting to get a taste of the beauty and culture.

The price is excellent for what you get, particularly in comparison to other eating establishments. I didn't find anywhere particularly cheap to eat, but in this place I felt like it was worth what I was spending on it.

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Thank JG7_11
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