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“Very Average - Left Hungry!”
Review of Hali's Bistro - CLOSED

Hali's Bistro
Cuisines: Albanian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We went to Hali's Bistro several times last summer and found it to be an acceptable experience, albeit on the expensive side. However, when we went again recently, we found that the food has significantly declined in both quality and quantity. I ordered the fresh lake trout, fully expecting to be served a whole fish. Unfortunately, all I got was two very small (i.e. just bigger than a loonie) individual pieces of trout. Definitely not a full serving. The trout was accompanied by a couple of pieces of broccoli that were grossly overcooked and discoloured. The menu claimed that the fish was served with the "feature rice of the day." Well, the featured rice of the day was apparently plain white rice.

It is really unfortunate that so many restaurants in Haliburton routinely open with great fanfare and then rapidly go out of business. There is a strong demand for decent restaurants, particularly in the summer months when the town is overflowing with cottagers and tourists. However, for whatever reasons, the operators of these restaurants simply cannot provide a reasonable dining experience (food, service and price) on a consistent basis. They seem to operate on the assumption that they have a "captive audience" and that they are only competing against the other sub-par restaurants nearby. They're not! Cottagers and visitors will either go to other resort towns (e.g. Muskoka) with hugely better dining experiences or simply wait until they go back to Toronto and spend their money there.

Based on our recent experience, combined with the many other similarly negative reviews on Tripadvisor, it looks like Hali's Bistro is about to go on the "critical care" list.

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Thank Carlos154996
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

I tried this resto with an old friend and liked the feel of the place. The disappointment came when the food didn't match the way overpriced food. $10 for a Caesar salad consisting of (no exaggeration) 3 tiny romaine leaves topped with a slice of bacon & toast. The calamari was all chewy and not well battered so it all fell off as you ate it. The sauce tasted like watered down tzatziki. My friend had an OK burger that was $15!!!!

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Thank Perriloulou
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The waitress was super friendly.There were a couple choices on the menu that "they didn't make anymore". They let us sit on the patio with our dog,waitress brought him bowl of water--odd for a restaurant,but we were happy.Why are there so few veg options in haliburton restaurants?Had fish special-well prepared with rice and veg. Brushetta-half was cold.Fried calamari-soggy batter,and a little rubbery--guessing it had been in the freezer for a while.Friend had mac&cheese-served in a small bowl,made it look like a tiny portion for a main. Too bad looks like it is a classy type joint. I think they need to hire a better chef and should update menu or let guests know what is or isn't available at the start. Not really original at all.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We were looking forward to enjoying a great meal, however our experience proved otherwise. Starting with our arrival, we waited 10 minutes to be seated (there were plenty of available tables, and no line-up in front of us). Another 10 minute wait to receive our menus. One menu was missing pages out of it, so we had to share. One of us ordered fish and chips which was supposed to come with coleslaw, lemon wedges and tartar sauce. When the food arrived, all that was on the plate were the fish and the chips. The fish was greasy and the fries were too salty to eat. I ordered a Caesar Salad, which was a hunk of Romaine lettuce with dressing drizzled over top. Our bill came to $30 - very overpriced (we ordered no alcoholic drinks). We would not recommend this place to anyone.

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Thank Margaret S
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

We had a great meal with family in Hali's. Menu selections were a good variety, the portions were huge and very tasty. I split the prime rib with my mother and we both had plenty. Beef was tender and cooked as we ordered, rare. I liked the upper floor space for dining and the service was excellent.

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Thank Janice G
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