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Harbour Lights

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Paignton Harbour, Paignton, England
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited on a rainy Friday evening. We had a lovely warm welcome. The food is superb and the service is of a high standard. We had a stunning dinner in a relaxed elegant cosy atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Thank Donna S
Bath, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice meal, good service, relaxing surroundings, views over the bay and the harbour.Booking advisable.

Thank Meg095
Sheldon, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our last night in Paignton before its back home to the grind stone and it was beautiful. Cannot fault the food and the unexpected extras (broccoli and ratatouille) really was something special. There's a couple of funny quirks here such as the lady who insisted she couldn't show us to the table as the phone would start ringing etc so... More 

Thank Lisa D
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite the majority of reviews being very good, we were nearly put off eating at this restaurant, because of the two low rated reviews below but as we didn't expect their complaints to be an issue for us, thankfully we decided to give it a try. Although the owner and his wife couldn't be said to be the most cheerful... More 

Thank Trevor L
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friendly staff and prompt service. Good range of quality dishes available, all of which were served piping hot. Only downside was limited opening hours. Open only in evenings, with exception of Sunday when lunchtime carvery is available.

Thank mbfanshawe
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had a lovely meal here. Staff were very attentive and the food was delicious. My salmon was succulent and tasty and my husband's sirloin steak, which he likes well done, was moist and tender. Lovely deserts too although I couldn't finish the lemon meringue pie as the portion was huge! Highly recommended

Thank Junejef
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely blown away! Amazing food, waitresses were really helpful, one place to return to. Fresh vegetables, beautiful steaks, 10/10

Thank Ma53sey
Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Have been here twice before - the waiters/waitresses are great but don't get me started on the miserable old woman at the top of the stairs - I think she thinks she's running the Savoy,not a fish restaurant in Paignton..we called in on a quiet Sunday evening in early September at 8.02pm to be told that they stop taking food... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

I wasn't going to bother reviewing but upon reading similar issues I thought I should. My mother and tried on the off chance to grab a table at 7pm on a Saturday night. We were told they were full....no surprise there, however the manageress clearly looked me up and down and made it fairly obvious that I was not the... More 

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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Dined in this place so many times over the last twenty years never fails to please, the food is very English but extremely well done lovely owners and delightful waitresses.

Thank Julie M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$37 - $46
Seafood, British
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Paignton Harbour, Paignton, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Paignton

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?