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“Location great - let down by food and service” 2 of 5 stars
Review of wharf restaurant and bar

wharf restaurant and bar
2/5 lee wharf | honeysuckle, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
02 49293507
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Ranked #28 of 339 restaurants in Newcastle
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
alibl
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Location great - let down by food and service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

I had breakfast here around a year ago and received such terrible service that I had not returned. However a friend had a birthday dinner booked here so I thought maybe I'd judged too quickly and vowed to give it another chance. Alas, the same woeful service as last time, with the waitresses here not really seeming to care. Maybe they're going for the 'laid back' vibe, but it just doesn't cut it. Food is also a letdown with a menu that doesn't seem to know what it is and some strange flavour combinations. My partner and I shared the pork spring rolls and lamb pasta, which were ok, but there was not a lot on the menu we would have chosen. Almost impossible to get anyone to take a dessert order. Desserts were ordinary, nothing terribly wrong but nothing special. For such a great location, it's a pity this restaurant doesn't try a little harder, I'd love to see something great here one day

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“Coffee that tastes like cat urine.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

The food was amazing but the whole experience was ruined by the loud, obnoxious, rude, foul mouthed staff members.
There was a girl behind the bar that kept running out to talk to someone she knew outside and they were swapping sexual stories about their encounters. My partner ordered a juice which came out quickly and then about 10 minutes later my Coffee came.
I ordered a latte which came out looking like a flat white and didn't look presentable at all!!!! It tasted like cat urine and as if the coffee beans were out of date years ago!
Get some new staff &learn how to make coffee or the extra effort and finishing touches with the food is pointless.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Staff, Great Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

This week i have had the opportunity of lunching twice at this restaurant - and both experiences were outstanding. The staff are friendly, fun and welcoming , the food excellent and very reasonably priced and the view over the working harbour of Newcastle is a treat.
I had a thai beef salad one day and a roast vegetable salad with lamb on the other - and would recommend both.The menu prices kick off at $12 for lunch - and my meals were about $20.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hunter Valley, NSW
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Great location, Great staff!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We had a most enjoyable pre-theatre dinner here last night. It was a lovely, balmy night and the restaurant progressively filled up inside and out. It's obviously popular, even mid-week. The staff make you feel very welcome - they are friendly and accommodating. Our trio of dips with warm turkish bread was wonderful!!!!! (Some delicious, different ones - not just the usual fare!!!!). We enjoyed our meal and the coffee was good. We don't usually tip in Australia but we did pop some money in their tip jar, and we'll definitely go back soon!!!!!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great location, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Have been here a few times for dinner. When it first opened, the food seemed more upmarket with mains around $28, which was good for what you got. Six months later, the mains had gone up in price to $32, and the meals were less upmarket. The 3rd time, the mains had gone down again in price, with the meals more pub style food. The food is tasty, and the restaurant is in a great location, overlooking the harbour. Just not sure about the prices and style of food going up and down.

Visited May 2012
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