Harbour Lights

★★★☆☆

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  • Traditional American Restaurants
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  • $$$$
  • Private Rooms
  • View Dining

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My boyfriend took me here for Valentine's Day. Great views, worst food I have ever had. He had the salmon, which was obviously frozen and majorly overcooked. I had the lobster ravioli, also frozen..with no sauce (except for tomato paste from a can on the side). Our waiter was inept and didn't even ask if everything was alright when neither of us touched our food. The calamari was the only thing that was close to edible. This place is a terrible tourist trap. Super expensive for terrible food. Walk to the end of the pier if you want to see the view and skip this horrible dining experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend took me here for Valentine's Day. Great views, worst food I have ever had. He had the salmon, which was obviously frozen and majorly overcooked. I had the lobster ravioli, also frozen..with no sauce (except for tomato paste from a can on the side). Our waiter was inept and didn't even ask if everything was alright when neither of us touched our food. The calamari was the only thing that was close to edible. This place is a terrible tourist trap. Super expensive for terrible food. Walk to the end of the pier if you want to see the view and skip this horrible dining experience.

Pros: The view

Cons: Bad food and service

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TWO OF US WENT ON A SATURDAY FOR BRUNCH. THE WAITRESS WAS SWEET, BUT DIDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH. (THIS IS NOT HER FAULT, BUT THE MANAGEMENT FOR HIRING NON SPEAKING ENGLISH EMPLOYESS.) I WROTE WHAT I WANTED ON HER CHECK PAD TO HELP HER OUT. THE FOOD WAS TASTELESS. MY FOOD ARRIVED ABOUT 10 MINUTES BEFORE MY GUEST, OUR BILL WAS ABOUT $80.00, WHICH FOR BREAKFAST WAS A TOTAL RIPOFF. THEY WERE DOING CONSTRUCTION RIGHT BELOW OUR SEATING AREA ON THE FLOOR DOWN BELOW. I WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED AND OUT OF A TEN I'D GIVE IT A TWO.

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★☆☆☆☆

TWO OF US WENT ON A SATURDAY FOR BRUNCH. THE WAITRESS WAS SWEET, BUT DIDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH. (THIS IS NOT HER FAULT, BUT THE MANAGEMENT FOR HIRING NON SPEAKING ENGLISH EMPLOYESS.) I WROTE WHAT I WANTED ON HER CHECK PAD TO HELP HER OUT. THE FOOD WAS TASTELESS. MY FOOD ARRIVED ABOUT 10 MINUTES BEFORE MY GUEST, OUR BILL WAS ABOUT $80.00, WHICH FOR BREAKFAST WAS A TOTAL RIPOFF. THEY WERE DOING CONSTRUCTION RIGHT BELOW OUR SEATING AREA ON THE FLOOR DOWN BELOW. I WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED AND OUT OF A TEN I'D GIVE IT A TWO.

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An expensive tourist trap with hostile staff. The food was crappy! A $16 chicken pie was made with consrved chicken! Manager insisted on charging for it because less than half of it was eaten.
Enter at your own risk! Be smart - learn from the experience of others. Apperantly I am not the only one who was disspointed...

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★☆☆☆☆

An expensive tourist trap with hostile staff. The food was crappy! A $16 chicken pie was made with consrved chicken! Manager insisted on charging for it because less than half of it was eaten.
Enter at your own risk! Be smart - learn from the experience of others. Apperantly I am not the only one who was disspointed...

Pros: view

Cons: It's not worth it!

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I live in the UK and had booked Harbour lights for my Wedding reception and after reading the reviews on Citysearch, i was frankly quite horrified as to what to expect. However, i had a wonderful experience and cannot fault this restaurant in any way - the service was excellent, the food was expertly cooked and served and the view across the river issimply stunning when the sun goes down.

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★★★★★

I live in the UK and had booked Harbour lights for my Wedding reception and after reading the reviews on Citysearch, i was frankly quite horrified as to what to expect. However, i had a wonderful experience and cannot fault this restaurant in any way - the service was excellent, the food was expertly cooked and served and the view across the river issimply stunning when the sun goes down.

Pros: Views, great food, great service

Cons: none

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Went there with collegues for lunch since there were queues in other nearby restaurants. Should have been an indication but hey, we were hungry. Waited 8 minutes for them to set up the table, another 10 to take our orders and 1 hr plus later for the waitress to say the food is coming in 2 minutes. 10 minutes later and no food, we tell them we are leaving. No apologies offered whatsover and they even dared charge us for the drinks. No way we are returning to the place.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there with collegues for lunch since there were queues in other nearby restaurants. Should have been an indication but hey, we were hungry. Waited 8 minutes for them to set up the table, another 10 to take our orders and 1 hr plus later for the waitress to say the food is coming in 2 minutes. 10 minutes later and no food, we tell them we are leaving. No apologies offered whatsover and they even dared charge us for the drinks. No way we are returning to the place.

Pros: none whatsoever

Cons: Lousy service, Extremely Expensive, Crappy service

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Blech. This place was positively horrible. A lot of people talk about the restaurant's view, which is okay, but the horrible food and service don't even come close to making up for it. Plus the river is tad smelly, so sitting outside isn't necessarily all that pleasant. Avoid at all costs. A complete and total waste of money.

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★☆☆☆☆

Blech. This place was positively horrible. A lot of people talk about the restaurant's view, which is okay, but the horrible food and service don't even come close to making up for it. Plus the river is tad smelly, so sitting outside isn't necessarily all that pleasant. Avoid at all costs. A complete and total waste of money.

Pros: Never going there, stomach pump

Cons: too many

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The only thing this restaurtant has going for it is the views, which are excellent.

The food was so over priced and bad, that I was inspired to write my first ever review of a restaurant to forewarn others.

Buy a drink and enjoy the views, then go elsewhere to eat. That's the only way you'll get any value for your money.

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★★★☆☆

The only thing this restaurtant has going for it is the views, which are excellent.

The food was so over priced and bad, that I was inspired to write my first ever review of a restaurant to forewarn others.

Buy a drink and enjoy the views, then go elsewhere to eat. That's the only way you'll get any value for your money.

Pros: View, Empty

Cons: , Food very overpriced

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The "Downtown for Dinner" prix-fixe menu had merely two options for each course, appetizer, main, and desert. Nonetheless, one of the options, the striped bass, was not available; instead catfish was served. One dining companion, a vegetarian, was told that no concessions for her kind would be made for the prix-fixe menu. Our entrees and appetizers were brought without us asking; everything else, bread, coffee, water, the check, we had to beg for from our rarely available waiter. The food was the minimum of quality you would demand from a four star restaurant. The coffee was scorched and the mashed potatoes tasted instant. In summing up, the service was some of the worst I've ever received, the food was merely passable, and the atmosphere was bordering on institutional. Harbor Lights is a sorry excuse for a restaurant; Seaport patrons would fare better dining in the food court just next door.

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★☆☆☆☆

The "Downtown for Dinner" prix-fixe menu had merely two options for each course, appetizer, main, and desert. Nonetheless, one of the options, the striped bass, was not available; instead catfish was served. One dining companion, a vegetarian, was told that no concessions for her kind would be made for the prix-fixe menu. Our entrees and appetizers were brought without us asking; everything else, bread, coffee, water, the check, we had to beg for from our rarely available waiter. The food was the minimum of quality you would demand from a four star restaurant. The coffee was scorched and the mashed potatoes tasted instant. In summing up, the service was some of the worst I've ever received, the food was merely passable, and the atmosphere was bordering on institutional. Harbor Lights is a sorry excuse for a restaurant; Seaport patrons would fare better dining in the food court just next door.

Pros: Not on Fire, Smelled Fine, Pleasant Hostess

Cons: Bad Service, Disappointing Food, Tables from Wendy's

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Went for lunch since it's near my office and don't be fooled b/c it's located inside a mall. The view is amazing & the service impeccable. The food was pretty good tho obviously overshadowed by the view of the bridge. Highly recommended for a sunny day.

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★★★★★

Went for lunch since it's near my office and don't be fooled b/c it's located inside a mall. The view is amazing & the service impeccable. The food was pretty good tho obviously overshadowed by the view of the bridge. Highly recommended for a sunny day.

Pros: Great Service, Amazing View, Killer desserts

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This is the "worst" experience I've ever had with a restaurant. AFter going to the hassle of making reservations 24 hours in advance, getting up early in the morning & taking the very long drive into Manhattan to eat at Harbour Lights, we were rebuffed immediately. No one phoned us to tell us there was a private party (24 hours in advance no ONE KNEW THIS!!!!!!) I would fire the entire service staff & especially the MANAGER!!! This is a HIGH ZERO place in my book & I would never receommend this place to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is the "worst" experience I've ever had with a restaurant. AFter going to the hassle of making reservations 24 hours in advance, getting up early in the morning & taking the very long drive into Manhattan to eat at Harbour Lights, we were rebuffed immediately. No one phoned us to tell us there was a private party (24 hours in advance no ONE KNEW THIS!!!!!!) I would fire the entire service staff & especially the MANAGER!!! This is a HIGH ZERO place in my book & I would never receommend this place to anyone.

Cons: SERVICE STaff lousy

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Neither the food nor the service equalled the fantastic view of the water and the Brooklyn Bridge. The portions were large but the flavors were not interesting or particularly tasty. The dessert was very uninspiring (especially if you are a chocolate lover). Go only if you are not too interested in the cuisine.

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★★★☆☆

Neither the food nor the service equalled the fantastic view of the water and the Brooklyn Bridge. The portions were large but the flavors were not interesting or particularly tasty. The dessert was very uninspiring (especially if you are a chocolate lover). Go only if you are not too interested in the cuisine.

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My husband and I dined here with two of our friends this past weekend, and we all agreed it is a unique restaurant, that you just got to experience for yourself. Everything was perfect, from the host, to the waiters, who were attentive and courteous, and most importantly the food was amazing, and elegantly presented, they had a great seafood selection as well as steaks. The wine list was extensive, we had a California wine, Opus 1, which is my husbands favorite, and also, they had some fine wines by the glass. The view is just spectacular with its constant changing scenery and overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. We are looking forward to going back, we found a very special place.

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★★★★★

My husband and I dined here with two of our friends this past weekend, and we all agreed it is a unique restaurant, that you just got to experience for yourself. Everything was perfect, from the host, to the waiters, who were attentive and courteous, and most importantly the food was amazing, and elegantly presented, they had a great seafood selection as well as steaks. The wine list was extensive, we had a California wine, Opus 1, which is my husbands favorite, and also, they had some fine wines by the glass. The view is just spectacular with its constant changing scenery and overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. We are looking forward to going back, we found a very special place.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

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Went here for the "Downtown for Dinner" promo. We were 15 minutes late for our reservation but still seated promptly. The food from the pre-set menu was good but not stellar. I would definately come back on a nice nice to try the regular menu. Friendly waitstaff.

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★★★★☆

Went here for the "Downtown for Dinner" promo. We were 15 minutes late for our reservation but still seated promptly. The food from the pre-set menu was good but not stellar. I would definately come back on a nice nice to try the regular menu. Friendly waitstaff.

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My best friend and I went to dinner on Friday, November 8, 2002 and we both enjoyed our meals. We arrived half an hour late for our 8:00 reservation but we were accomodated within 5-10 minutes on a busy Friday night. The staff was very attentive and helpful. I had pasta with sauteed chicken and roasted vegetables, while my friend had strip steak with sauteed spinach and whipped potatoes. My pasta came in a light tomato broth-like sauce and it was mouth watering. My friend's steak was tender and juicy. The portions weren't bite size either. We both left with full stomaches and a bit of food left in our plates. And by the way, the view is wonderful. Definitely go at night.

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★★★★☆

My best friend and I went to dinner on Friday, November 8, 2002 and we both enjoyed our meals. We arrived half an hour late for our 8:00 reservation but we were accomodated within 5-10 minutes on a busy Friday night. The staff was very attentive and helpful. I had pasta with sauteed chicken and roasted vegetables, while my friend had strip steak with sauteed spinach and whipped potatoes. My pasta came in a light tomato broth-like sauce and it was mouth watering. My friend's steak was tender and juicy. The portions weren't bite size either. We both left with full stomaches and a bit of food left in our plates. And by the way, the view is wonderful. Definitely go at night.

 

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