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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of beers to chose from Food plentiful and good. Definitely worth a visit if only for a beer or two

Date of visit: February 2024
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Dan Nielsen, Owner at Finlay's Kalbarri, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave your review 323HELE! Glad you enjoyed your visit, see you again next time. Cheers

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booked online, easy to use. Arrived and made to feel comfortable and welcome. Ordered Seafood Linguine and Calamari, salad & chips. 50 mins later our meals arrived. We could not believe the size of the meals, more an entree than a main. There was a...garnish not a salad on the Calamari dish and the Calamari was scarce, 6 small pieces. The seafood Linguine being small had 5 prawns, 2 cockles and some bits of fish, really small wedge of lemon, it was disappointing on presentation, size and flavour. Have had these meals at this restuarant before and have been great. They really need to take a good look at what they are serving.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Dan Nielsen, Owner at Finlay's Kalbarri, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us. We appreciate your feedback and apologise for the inconsistency in the quality and presentation of your meals during your recent visit. Your comments are invaluable to us as we strive to maintain high standards of service...More

Reviewed 4 January 2024

Came here with two families for New Year’s Eve atmosphere was great however the buffet food was terrible for what you pay. Wouldn’t recommend coming for New Year’s Eve Function again. Visited couple days before and the food was average to good, oysters were delicious....Overall the kids had fun and danced the night away on New Years Eve.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Dan Nielsen, Owner at Finlay's Kalbarri, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2024

Thanks for choosing to celebrate New Year's Eve with us at Finlay's. We appreciate your feedback and are pleased to hear that the atmosphere contributed to an enjoyable evening, especially with the kids having fun and dancing the night away. We apologise for the disappointment...More

Reviewed 24 December 2023 via mobile

We were there on the 24th of December when a lot of other restaurants were closed. We checked the posted reviews and decided to visit. We were positive, surprised. The ambient is special in a good way. It's not fancy, but it's a cool beach...vibe. The service is OK and food was mouthwatering. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Dan Nielsen, Owner at Finlay's Kalbarri, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Hi Sebastjan. Thankyou for leaving a lovely review. Hopefully see you again soon!

Reviewed 18 December 2023 via mobile

Was a bit undecided after reading the previous reviews but thought let’s give it a go. Warm friendly welcome from the staff. Great rustic vibe. Enjoyed the beer, we had fish & chips and pulled pork burger and both dishes came out in good time...and were well presented. Food was delicious too. Would highly recommendMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Dan Nielsen, Owner at Finlay's Kalbarri, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Thank you so much for your positive recommendation. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 8 November 2023 via mobile

This place has terrible food but one good beer. The rest are basically water at 4% or so. Waste of money. Self catering is the only good option in kalbarri but people don’t come for the food. Don’t waste time on this pathetic restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Dan Nielsen, Owner at Finlay's Kalbarri, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Hi Domino. We appreciate your feedback and regret that our food offerings didn't meet your expectations. While we take all comments seriously, we're proud of our award-winning beer and are disappointed to hear it wasn't the focus of your experience. We understand that preferences vary,...More

Reviewed 2 November 2023

Horrible pasta. WAYYY OVER COOKED! No excuses guys as I’ve worked many years in the restaurant industry from Italian, meat restaurants, fish & even macrobiotic. Please take the pasta dish off the menu, it’s Bad! And what restaurant doesn’t have chilli flakes. However loved the...staff and kitchen crew. Just have an Italian show you how to precook pasta for later reheating it and still have it Al dente. (To the tooth). Thanks👍More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Dan Nielsen, Owner at Finlay's Kalbarri, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

G'day Natureboyt. Thank you for taking the time to provide some feedback on your visit. We appreciate your honesty and apologise for the disappointment with the pasta. We take all customer comments seriously and will review our pasta preparation process to ensure it meets the...More

Reviewed 31 October 2023 via mobile

Dined at a Sunday around 19:00 music stopped directly after arrival which was pity. Staff friendly but ordering at the bar. Place was 1/2 full but has nice vibe.The food is very basic and simple with average flat taste, beer was better and tasteful. Overall...overpriced for offering. Would we return NoMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, friendly service, we enjoyed our meal selections and I would recommend the fish tacos. Delicious. My husband enjoyed his beer tasting board. Four generous serves for $20. Great value. For families there is a play area and colouring in activities. Quirky decor...makes it interesting. Wide range of seating options.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Dan Nielsen, Owner at Finlay's Kalbarri, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Hi Lyn. Thank you so much for your positive review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, friendly service, and meal selections. It's great to know that the fish tacos were a hit and that your husband enjoyed the beer tasting board....More

Reviewed 25 September 2023 via mobile

We booked in advance for family/friend group of 14 people. We discussed it with the server at the time. Cockle's had sand in them, chilli mussels had no chilli and poor sauce and a lot of empty shells.  Whitebait was inedible and only 1’tentacle of...Ocky for $25. Food was average at best with an extremely high price.   The pub feed was better for every meal only 2 days before. Most of the group were disappointed with their meals, and some left hungry. Also our window was from 1-3pm for 14 people and we ordered within 15 mins and the food came out from 1h-1.5hr after ordering. We understood the method of staggered delivery of food but we were told there was a 45min wait for food, which we thought was reasonable. First meal to be ordered was last to arrive and less then 1/2 hour passed before being asked if finished. Once the last person finished we were asked to leave the table as another group was due to be seated at 3pm. Overall a 1 out of 10 and most of group was repeat customers.  None of the group would book to eat there again.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 21 September 2023

Great food, service and atmosphere. We had a variety of starters, mains and kids meals, all were delicious and a good serving size. Make sure you book as it gets busy. Highly recommend

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 16 September 2023 via mobile

3 out of 4 meals were average. The mushroom salad being the worst. It was basically a plate of rocket with seriously 1 mushroom chopped into quarters and was $18!!!! The $26 entree cockles in garlic cream sauce didn’t have any flavour. $23 Hamburger had...a pattie that tasted super processed. Fish burger was only ok - again, rocket must have been on sale as it was loaded. Staff were nice and the place itself is kinda quirky & cool but don’t eat thereMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 5 September 2023

A great atmosphere with rustic charm. The staff are great and very helpful. Mostly outdoors. However having experienced Finlay's in it's early days, our experience was a let down. The menu is now very limited although we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. It runs on its...old reputation.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 29 August 2023

Finlay’s is delightfully quirky but the food was ordinary and overpriced. The calamari ordered by 2 of our friends was tough and scarce for a main. The other meals were okay but not special. I was hoping for a delicious fresh fish salad at a...seafood restaurant but choices for gluten free were lacking. I chose the fresh Exmouth prawn with a side of Mediterranean salad and my meal was definitely the best choice out of the 8 of us. I had no complaints, other than having to order it as 2 meal choices, making a simple meal pricy. I quite like Scan menus currently being used, but asking for a tip when you haven’t had any service or food at this point is insulting and presumptuous. The only service we received was delivery of our staggered meals and the staff asking to take my plate 3 times whilst I was still eating.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023

We decided to try Finlays even with the mixed revues. We both had the fish and chips, mine was battered and my wife had hers grilled both meals were great in fact my wife said they were the best that she had , the staff...were very friendly, Finlays is in what seems to be the industrial area but dont let put you off, it has a quite rustic feel to it .More

Date of visit: August 2023
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4