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“Absolutely awesome”

Verandah Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 73 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Australian, Spanish
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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“Absolutely awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2011

Having had the privilege of experiencing fine dining in sydney, i only have fantastic things to say about the verandah at pokolbin. I am writing this review and havnt even left yet....that should speak volumes.
My partner and i were greeted by three extraordinary helpful staff that make you feel comfortable from the very first second you arrive. Theyre personalised service is second to none and really adds to the atmosphere which i would describe at vibrant but chilled.
Then there is the tapas menu which is to die for. Must try almost everything but in particular the chilli pesto potato, the peking duck and calamari. They are all absolutely divine.
Nothing was too much even when my partner requested the pannacotta on its own when it was actually part of an item on the desert menu.
Hats off to the owner matt who took it upon himself to come over and have a chat and make us feel welcome.
Second hats off to belinda and her two apprentices who were awesome.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic Restaurant. Favourite with the locals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

I live in Pokolbin and regularly visit The Verandah restaurant. I've lost count over the years but it would be over 20 times, including their locals nights. The food is exceptional! The guys are great and always deliver fresh, delicious tapas meals. I own a Guest House and send all our guests there. Everyone loves it. Keep up the good work Matt and your team. P.S the prawn and crab cakes and calamari are the best.

  • Visited September 2011
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3 Thank James M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Woeful service!!! The worst in the region!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2011

By all accounts open for lunch until 4pm, including on the sign at the foot of the stairs leading to the restaurant which states "tapas tower 12-4 Thursday to Sunday". Went there at 2:50 today (Thursday) to be told they finish at 2:30, and asked by the waitress "why would we keep four floor and two kitchen staff here on the off chance that two people will walk in?" Well ignoramus, that's called customer service. The one bad experience in a week of honeymoon bliss in the hunter. Won't bother with this place again!!!!

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6 Thank PMJ1971
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Matthew D, Owner at Verandah Restaurant, responded to this review, November 13, 2011
Not a great experience at all. My apologies and thank you very much for making me aware on Trip Advisor, just a shame that this message stays on our review sight and you didnt get to try our restaurant out. This issue has been addressed and will NOT happen again.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“KEEPS GETTING BETTER EVERY TIME”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2011

We have been going to this restaurant for the last 4 years, their new menu is fantastic and I can say the best yet.

A definite must for anyone visiting the Hunter!

P.S Can't wait to try their new Tapas Tower!

  • Visited August 2011
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1 Thank Debbie C
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Sydney, Australia
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“Thought it was so good, we went back the next night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2011

It was our first try of modern Aus tapas. Everything sounded so good it was tough to decide what to have. Food was great, BYO, atmosphere was good, and not overly expensive. Unfortunately we couldn't try everything we wanted to in one night, so we went back the next night to try the rest. 2 good nights, well worth it.

  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank Stuart L
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