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“Overpriced, cold and unwelcoming restaurant” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cove

Cove
Gilruth Avenue | SkyCity Darwin, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 8 8943 8940
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Ranked #86 of 255 Restaurants in Darwin
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Cairns, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Overpriced, cold and unwelcoming restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the casino hotel and unfortunately were unable to book a table at Dragoncourt. We assumed this restaurant would be above average - so wrong! Meals are very overpriced and servings are small. I ordered chicken wasn't anything special looked like something I could've got from the corner store takeaway.
The waitstaff were anxious to push extras with mains (chips, salad etc) which was surprising until the mains came out. Our parties mains were overall small the entree bread wasn't anything special.
We left as soon as we could. The restaurant is freezing!! I realize Darwin is hot but the air con was fierce!! Not much atmosphere which is a shame change the music!!

Save your money try somewhere else.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Katherine
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fabulous food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

Was a quiet night but waitstaff were very good. Had salt and pepper calamari and Moroccan spatchcock for entrees, great start. Followed that up with reef and beef and salmon, again no complaints. Having just come back from 5 nights in Melbourne,some would sAy food capital, found cove food to be far superior. If you are looking for good food and good service you cannot go past this place.

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Barcelona, Spain
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25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great food but restaurant sadly lacking in atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We have been twice to this restaurant. The food is great but the ambience is so disappointing. Bright flood lights and dance music - expect hits from Bowie to Brittany, with a cafeteria atmosphere.

These two complaints appear in a few reviews already and I would have thought they are both easily fixed with minimal effort or expense.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Darwin, Australia
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“Disappointing on what supposed to be a special night.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Went here for my birthday dinner and was looking forward to a really special night. It was very busy (and bright!) inside. Some mood lighting wouldn't go astray.

We were seated quickly and offered drinks. Both my partner and I ordered cocktails and an entree. Our entree arrived before the drinks!! We had the rosemary panini which was ok.

Next was mains. I had the porterhouse and my partner had the chicken breast. We also ordered the pear salad and roasted potatoes as sides. After waiting about 50 mins out meals finally arrived... And what a disappointment. My steak which I ordered medium rare came out med well! Seemed to be a mixup with our waitress. We were offered a new one, but after waiting almost an hour for meals we were starving. Flavours were nice, but steak very tough. Then my partner started on his chicken ready, and it was raw in the middle! We pretty much lost our appetites after that.

The manager offered to take the steak and some of our drinks off the bill which was generous, but after such a disappointing night we cut out losses and left.

Probably wont be back. Too expensive to risk these sort of mistakes, especially on special nights or corporate dinners.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Don't waste your time”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Where to begin... one of the cocktails which was ordered never arrived, the wait staff would listen to half of what we were ordering then walk away, the breads were pretty average, the calamari was terrible, the rest of the mains were alright, our table was right beside the cutlery drawers and there were constantly wait staff trying to squeeze around behind us, the first time we asked for the bill it never came and the music was completely out of place in the atmosphere they are trying to create. Overall a pretty average experience and certainly not worth what they charged.

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