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Review of The Barge Riverside Restaurant - CLOSED

The Barge Riverside Restaurant
Price range: $7 - $77
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We went for a family meal (8 of us) to celebrate my promotion and what a delight. The venue was picturesque and the food was delicious.
A good selection of dishes cooked to perfection with friendly waitress service to boot.
My daughter was poorly and the manager was very attentive.
We will definitely be eating here again.

1  Thank KittyDoll1948
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

After reading mixed, but mainly positive reviews of The Barge we decided to pay it a visit. There can be no argument that the restaurant is in a fantastic location being situated on the river. Unfortunately for us that's where the positives ended.

As mentioned on other reviews, but worth highlighting again, the pricing is deceptive. You pay a standard price, with various surcharges applied on each dish. I can see no benefit to the customer to charge like this and can surely only be done to confuse and ultimately hide the cost of your meal.

We had a long wait for the food to be delivered. I ordered Whitstable mussels for entree and unfortunately these were overcooked and rubbery.

We then waited almost an hour for our main course. We complained to the waitress, as were other customers who were also waiting, and were offered a complimentary drink.

Eventually, a steak was brought to the table and after more time spent waiting we asked where the rest of our food was only for the waitress to realise we had been given someone else's food. By this point, hungry, we had already had some of the chips. The table whose steak we had didn't want it returned to the kitchen for another long wait and took it knowing it was down a few chips.

When our steaks were served each was cooked well done, despite ordering each to be cooked in varying ways (I ordered rare). By this point we were past complaining again and ate it anyway.

In our opinion, taking into account the price and quality of the food, and poor service, this is not a great restaurant and we certainly won't be going back. This is a shame as its in really great location.

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1  Thank Ph1975
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Recently visited the Barge along Maidstone River. Was totally disappointed as the per person per head 2 course and 3 course meals all have add on's . Which were all over priced for the portion size of our meals. The bread between 4 of us was very dry and tasteless and only a few olives to share for £12, we felt unjustified. When the bill came we had also been over charged. The waiter soon took this off but had we not been so SHOCKED at the amount this may have been overlooked. Sorry to say, expensive and not value at all. Felt conned at the way this restaurant is priced. Many better places to eat than the Barge shame as the boat is very nice.

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Thank sara l
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Always a pleasure to eat here.
My girlfriend and I have eaten here quite a few times and it is always excellent.
nice selection of wines and top quality menu, local ingredients and polite friendly staff.

Thank PigPete
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We wanted a special but not too formal wedding anniversary lunch together. Although we have seen the barge many times we had never had a meal there. WHAT A MISTAKE!. It was perfect. A lovely casual but nice environment, very pleasant waitress and beatifully cooked and presented food. Now we have been we are sure that it will not be long before our next visit. Highly recommended.

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Thank CHRISTOFFA
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