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Harbour Lights

Paignton Harbour, Paignton, England
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Ranked #46 of 129 restaurants in Paignton
Price range: $37 - $46
Cuisines: English
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Essex, England
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We were in Paignton for a short break and with not much of a choice walking distance from our B&B, we had dinner at Harbour Lights twice. The service on both evenings was very good and the young staff were very sweet. The food itself was pretty average, nothing I couldn't do at home, but it was ok and filled... More

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We took some friends here this evening (19 July 2014). We live fairly locally but haven't been here for a few years (we used to take our friends from London when they'd come down each year). I booked several days earlier and received quite a gruff reception from the person on the other end. When we turned up, my partner... More

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Luton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The setting and the atmosphere was cosy. Don't be deceived by the outside appearance and the name. It is completely the opposite from the moment you walk in. Then from the moment we ordered our drinks through to the meal and the dessert, the service was very fast. It was as if they knew what we were going to order... More

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

A very good meal, Each course was good, the muscles were excellent, would certainly recommend and would eat there again when in Paignton.

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Torquay
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

From the time we made our reservation till we paid our bill to leave, we have never experienced an atmosphere like it in the restaurant - so unwanted (possibly due to fact we had a eight year old). My starter was something that I could have through together at home, then my steak arrived looked white and was tasteless. Potatoes... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Our biggest issue was with the food, Harbour Lights try to emulate a high-end rated restaurant but with the presentation of pages and pages of food, it lacked creativity and failed to seduce the eye and the palate. The crab starter was watery, and the main dish, fillet steak, was overcooked. The service was erring on Faulty Towers in particular... More

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Paignton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Visited for the second time in last few months and was not impressed. We had the garlic mushrooms for starter and although they looked good and the sauce was delicious, the mushrooms tasted and had the texture of tinned. I had the monk fish for main and, as the last time, the serving was very small. my husband had the... More

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Devon, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Thank you to Jo Andrew and the Staff. The surprise Birthday Lunch on Sunday was excellent as always. We all had a lovely time - There were 42 of us - The service was prompt, the food was hot and delicious - the setting lovely. We will be back soon Thank You. Margaret.

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Don't be put off by the harbour light looking posh. It we'll worth the visit, the food was really good. Myself and partner decided to go all out and have three courses, and each one was a delight to eat, and it not overly expensive, will definitely go again when we're back in Paignton.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Wow, this restaurant is set in a lovely location with views over the cute little harbour of Paignton. However, I found it set in a time warp from the decor to the uniformed serving staff! Even the cooking whilst clearly very fresh produce, from presentation to the sauce or lack off was bland to say the least! A real disappointment... More

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