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AU$13 - AU$40
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Cafe, Australian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews burger bruschetta prawn tacos toast across the road outside seating friendly service a couple of times fabulous food lunch time central coast at lunchtime table service bay water hardys coffee
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Reviewed 28 January 2024 via mobile

Amazing view ,quickbservice and friendly staff highly recommended for breakfast. Visited this coffeehouse with family and friends prior to our boat trip ❤️🇦🇺

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 13 December 2023

This is the perfect cafe with an amazing view. Very welcoming and accommodating staff. Exceptional food and coffee. I definitely highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 April 2023

We enjoy our dining experiences at this venue. The food is always consistently good, drinks menu is varied and the table service is quite efficient. Outside seating is preferable, although on a reasonably hot day, this can be a little uncomfortable. Can recommend Hardy’s Bistro...- friendly, not expensive, great location in Hardy’s Bay.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 11 March 2023 via mobile

Food, service and price excellent. This coupled with a great location give you a really good experience. Oysters were my absolute highlight but everything was just great.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 9 March 2023 via mobile

For years, through its various identities, I’ve been a happy customer. No more. I gave it another go this morning. Walked in, walked out. Music WAY too high (clearly for the pleasure of staff, not customers) and the lighting WAY too low - Hardys Bay...is a cheery seaside suburb so why go for a look that is dim Sydney basement? So I went next door to the peace and light of Fat Goose. Only didn’t go I’ve a rating of 1 because I’m sure the staff are pleasant - though it would be good to train them to say “You’re welcome” instead of “That’s alright”.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 24 January 2023 via mobile

Takeaway cups Generally the food is very good However I do object to drinks being served inside in takeaway cups It totally spoils the experience If I had realised I would have waited until I got home We did check and were told at the...moment only using takeawayMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 27 December 2022 via mobile

Having secured a table on a very, very busy public holiday at lunchtime, in a very busy venue, we considered ourselves lucky. THAT soon changed! Great menu, we ordered and paid for what promised to be 2 delicious meals from 'All day menu'. We waited...for water, and we waited over 45mins for our meals. I think they must have been waiting on the side for at least 20mins, cos when they arrived, my bacon was lukewarm, looked hardly cooked! After returning it twice, the meal came out, having supposedly been totally recooked: the bacon was now hot and crispy .. but the poached eggs on the same plate were cold, the toast with bruschetta was soggy....so I doubt the whole meal had been fully recooked! I was hungry! So yes, I gave up and ate it!!! We weren't the only tables having issues with long wait times ...not sure about the quality of their mealsMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 22 July 2022

Every Saturday Morning, I enjoy a pot of tea at the Old Killcare Store. The staff are really friendly, very welcoming and are always interested in a great chat. Despite my regular appearance here, the girls always ensure that they provide top quality service -...particularly Whitney, Daisy and Amy. These girls a extremely genuine, always smiling and ensuring thay my experience was the best it could be.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 14 May 2022

We just happened to be in the area around lunch time and as we had our dog with us, opted for take-away to have at a bench across the road. Service at the take-away window was fast, friendly and helpful, and the food and coffee...came out in about 10-15 minutes. Coffee was excellent, and I don't think I've had a better burger and chips, ever! Burger was grilled to perfection, real cheese as opposed to the usual orange plastic substance and best of all, a proper bun, not brioche. Chips were twice-cooked and seasoned well. Really impressed, would certainly make a beeline for this place next time we're in the area.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 24 March 2022

Being a local we used to go there at least once a week for lunch and a couple of times per week for coffee, since under new management food has really gone downhill and coffee is terrible. Worst of all they have taken my favorite...dish off the menu, Moroccan prawn Tacos. Unfortunately we have had to find a new coffee and lunch cafe.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 6 March 2022

Attended here for dinner and food was great quality at a reasonable price. Would recommend the grilled salmon and the risotto as both were great! Will definitely be back!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 5 March 2022

Never expected fine dinning but did expect reasonable service and reasonable food - neither happened. Of the 4 mains options, by 630pm they’d run out of 2. Replacement option for one was Rump steak - when it finally came out it was over cooked, tuff...and tasteless. Risotto was dry as well. The head waiter seemed to busy tending ONE table to help guide the less experienced waitresses which ultimately meant our table and the couple beside us were pretty much forgotten. I was going to give feedback when settling the bill but I wasn’t asked how everything was so I just didn’t bother. Previously know as Hardy’s Bay bistro, we’ve always had a nice experience when dinning there - the new name has unfortunately taken away the good food and good service. Never againMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 20 February 2022 via mobile

Excellent service from start to finish. Very friendly staff. Food was delicious, fresh and fast. Will definitely be back.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 19 February 2022 via mobile

This place used to be our go to coffee shop and restaurant. Since it was sold it has gone severely down hill. Such a shame! The service deteriorated and the coffee brand changed and, frankly, that was a mistake, I don’t like drinking dishwater. Waiting...for 40 minutes for coffee when there are only three customers in the queue is, frankly, disappointing. Come on, Craig, pay some attention to your business. Please. MMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 16 February 2022

While my husband and I were on a short break we visited Hardys Bay. Just a small place on the Central Coast and there we came across the Hardys Bistro. We decided to stop and have lunch and were very impressed with the food and...the service. Fine dining it is not nor does it pretend to be but the place is spotless and very well patronised and the food is superb and well presented. I would recommend a visit for lunch if you are near that area. My husband and I went there every day for the rest of our stay. Oh and it's licensed.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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binupr
Not sure why the Hardy's Bistro staff has to abuse every reviewer who gives not such a positive review. That seems very unprofessional. Firstly, my first review got deleted as I didn't respond to TripAdvisor's confirmation email at right time. Also that was my first review. So I put the wrong salutation. I have the "common sense" and humility to admit that mistake of mine. It seems like you guys don't like to admit any wrong doings from your side. it is a simple fact that on the day we attended your venue the tables near us were left unclean and not wiped after clients left. You may be Covid safe in paper but clearly did not make us feel safe. And I know what you will be saying next- don't come to your bistro next. You can be happy that we will not be visiting there and feel bad that we wasted our money in dining at your place in the past. Obviously you have only lived in Hardy's bay and eaten around Kilcare with your neighbours who give you positive reviews. When people who was traveled and lived internationally and dined in well reputed places raise flags about your quality you will not have the common sense to understand that. And obviously not the humility and dignity to admit mistake and think of improving. Instead you abuse your clients. If you are not interested in online feedback, then get your listing off from tripadvisor and make your staff wait outside to get customer feedback. Because you REALLY NEED AN IMPROVEMENT. Now don't bother responding to this as no body is interested in anything to do with your bistro and your long winded explanation. Enjoy the glory of your wrongdoings.
23 August 2020|
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Response from 786melaniew | Property representative |
Binu I will not apologise for defending my business or its reputation. See my response to your review. I am not unprofessional at all, the above is not a question at all but a personal "rant" at me. You arrogantly... More
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Martin R
Dear BeardedAussie, Were you at all aware that there were other people in the restaurant at the time you entered, messed around, came back, had luck with a leaving table and got into the queue with the rest of us who know Hardy's Bistro to be one of the finest eating spots in Australia? We heard your approach, your whinging, your mumbling. No one left your table to go to the counter to ask about food delivery - they were too busy ignoring the screaming kid! I suggest you never come back to Killcare. We don't need people like you who complain, after the event, and try to undermine a fabulous eatery. Mate, if you're reasonable, you'll retract your review and apologise to the hard working staff and, indeed, the owner of this establishment. The reason there was a 45 minute wait for food is that everyone knows the wait is worth it! Mel and her staff are full of integrity. If something is wrong, they put it right, every time. In five years of using Hardys Bistro I've made two, hopefully helpful, suggestions. They immediately implemented both. I didn't post it on social media, I didn't need to. I simply told them I had an issue and they rectified the problem there and then. Take a look at the vast majority of reviews for this place and you'll see that you are out of synch' with them. There must be a reason. Try being nice, open and honest. The results are awesome! Have a great day! M
10 May 2018|
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Response from 255060Victoria | Reviewed this property |
Hi Martin, I couldn't help but read your answer to this horrid sounding Bearded Aussie! I totally agree with you, it is easily a fabulous restaurant. My family and I have been a few times and have ALWAYS had fantastic... More
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Response from lyndellpp | Reviewed this property |
Best to call the Restuarant to see what type of menu they can do for a large group
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Hardy's Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4