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“Average food for an expensive price”
Review of Hive Bar & Restaurant - CLOSED

Hive Bar & Restaurant
Price range: $2 - $10
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Average food for an expensive price”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

We went here to eat as it looked nice. The prices are similar to surrounding restaurants in the area. We had the chicken caesar salad and pulled pork with french fries. The décor and setting is nice but that is where it ends. The salad came and looked nice, on closer inspection it was more like a lettuce caesar salad as it had the most minimal amount of chicken, croutons was more like stale bread and the parmesan tasted old. The french fries were wedges and the pulled pork was killed with too much bbq sauce was shoved in a bread roll. It was really disappointing. So much so we decided not to watch the fashion show and hip hop dance. The beer was the same price as everywhere else, but due to the quality of food, I feel it should have been cheaper. The staff were friendly and efficient though.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank SJB161982
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Cristofre, Owner at Hive Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Thank you for your post on Tripadvisor. At hive we prepare all our foods fresh and sourced from local markets. All of our meats are home smoked in hive’s smoker. Smoking meats like those used in our pull pork sandwich and smoked chicken Caesar salad takes about 24 hours and requires us to maintain the smoking process long through the night and early morning. This effort does increase our pricing but our customers seem to think it is worth it for such a unique product. Our pulled pork sandwich is prepared in the classic southern style and is truly one of our best sellers with many customers ordering a second or coming back the next day. We are sorry that this was not suitable to your palate. We always want to make our customers happy and our management would have been happy to replace your order with something else on our diverse menu.
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  • Dutch first
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English first
San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Place of the Ethnic Fashion Show”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

We went there because of the Ethnic Fashion Show. The food was delicious, a bit more expensive as at other places. We got a fashion show and hip hop dancers so it was worth it. We got to sit on benches without back and lower tables so eating was not as comfortable as I would have wished it was. Wonderful garden setting and friendly staff.

Visited February 2013
Helpful?
Thank SFOMUC
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Cristofre, Owner at Hive Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are happy that you found our food delicious. It is slightly more expensive than your regular fair but the meats we serve are really a labor of love. All of our meats are home smoked in our own smoker that takes about 23 hours to complete. All of this means we need to monitor the smoking process all night and early morning so we have great smoked meat products ready for our customers dinner plates. We are glad you thought all this work was worth it. We do have some regular restaurant type seating at hive … but unfortunately these tables do not offer the best views of our fashion and hip hop shows. We hope to see you again at hive.
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“Great restbite”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

At first glance the prices were high, 'back home' prices, but after Thai and Lao food this is food near perfection; a great example of 'you get what you pay for'. The manager Peter is what other restaurants lack, an ultra-welcoming nature that makes you feel like your an old friend soarly missed. Cocktails two-for-one go down a treat and they are done perfectly. If you get the french fries ask for them crispy, you sharnt regret it! The ethnic fashion show makes for interesting viewing, what with the flamboyant and magnificent multicultural outfits juxtaposed with Ibiza music, but an excellent night NOT to be missed! Take the opportunity to speak to the waiters, they enjoy any opportunity to better their English!

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Thank nikkos12345
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Cristofre, Owner at Hive Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for your review of hive. We hope to see again soon. We have have plenty of 2 for 1 hive cocktails waiting to quench your thirst.
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Beijing
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Hip Hop Show”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

I was surprised to find a legitamate hip-hop dance show in Luang Prabang. There is also a fashion show if your into village cloths.

Visited February 2013
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Thank LukeCageBeijng
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Cristofre, Owner at Hive Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We are very proud of the entertainment shows we offer at hive and to be able to support and sponsor the Lao youths that perform them. The hip hop team – EVOLUTION – that we sponsor are very well known nationally for their great performance arts and acrobatic dance moves – and ranked high in a recent national competition. Just like the students that model our ethnic costumes, we pay the hip hop dance troupe a full days wages for the hour long show that they perform at hive. They are all just like family to us.
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Good food, good company, friendly staff and a great show”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

My wife and I went to The Hive with two other couples, one of whom had been there before. They were greeted with enthusiasm by Peter, the manager, who got us seated in the best outdoor location in the garden area to see the upcoming ethnic fashion show. We ordered drinks and food and waited for the show to begin. The fashion show was an unexpected delight: young and enthusiastic Lao men and women modelling authentic traditional clothing of all the Northern Laos hill tribes to a musical background. After the fashion show an even more lively group of young Lao men performed hip-hop dance moves, and they were great too. My wife and I shared an excellent caesar salad and a smoked chicken pizza. There was no cover charge for either of the two shows and our meal was about $20 with drinks. The Canadian owner of The Hive, Troy, came out and talked with us for a while after the show. All the couples agreed that it had been a great evening out.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Donald R
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Cristofre, Owner at Hive Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
We are so happy you enjoyed your evening at hive so much. We hope to see you again!
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