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Harbour Lights

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Paignton Harbour, Paignton, England
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Delightful

Delightful restaurant, good food, friendly staff. Lovely views across the bay of Torquay. When down in South Devon again, will hopefully visit again. If ever that way, pay a visit, book in advance, to avoid disappointment.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
Janis T
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Food was very nice, really great choice of food, very clean and super service, I think this would get very busy at weekends as we went in the week and all the window seats were reserved, would go again

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A lovely restaurant, not too big and beautifully decorated. Waitresses were on the go constantly but still very attentive and friendly. Food was lovely and we'll presented and service was quite quick. Would go back again.

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Aylesbury
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Had been looking forward to this meal, but what a disappointment. Not even very busy but had to wait ages. Was not offered dessert or another drink. The staff seemed to look after the locals more than the holidaymakers. The food was nice enough but needs better descriptions as to what dish is being served.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Delightful restaurant, good food, friendly staff. Lovely views across the bay of Torquay. When down in South Devon again, will hopefully visit again. If ever that way, pay a visit, book in advance, to avoid disappointment.

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UK
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Unlike the last 2 reviews I enjoyed returning to 1985 which is what it is like when dining at harbour lights. The menu is pure vintage enhanced by the mock Tudor decor. The food was great and plentiful. The service was young, attentive and polite. The experience of paying a man behind a boat shaped kiosk was pure theatre!

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We had a nice meal here, the food was well cooked, good size portions and arrived steaming hot. Lovely location. If you want to take a step back in time to a very traditional English restaurant then you could do a lot worse. The service was friendly and attentive from two waitresses who clearly knew the menu and standards expected... More 

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glasgow
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88 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Decided to visit here, more to do with the prime position of this restaurant on the harbour. Whilst the eating area is very pleasant and the waiting staff super sweet, the menu lets the place down a little. A little reminiscent of upmarket pub grub from the 90s, edible but nothing special. No latte's and after eights , gives you... More 

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ledbury
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Brilliant meal, well cooked and presented and the quality and freshness of the fish dishes we both had was first class

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newton abbot
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This was my first visit to this excellent restaurant ( we have lived here for many years and had not realised it existed) superb food, particularly fish items and superb service. Do try it you will not be disappointed.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

If you're on holiday in Torbay, you need to go here. The food isexceptional, good selection of fish and other dishes and the puddings are also very very nice. If you are looking for fine dining, look no further than Harbour Lights.

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Additional Information about Harbour Lights

Address: Paignton Harbour, Paignton, England
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Paignton
Average Prices: USD 37 - 46
Cuisine: British

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Paignton Harbour, Paignton, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Paignton

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 37 - 46
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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