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Reviewed 18 January 2024 via mobile

We dined here for dinner. We had zucchini flowers , duck and steak. All were delicious but at a price. With 3 drinks our meal came to$160. The waitstaff were friendly, helpful and efficient.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

Great atmosphere and attentive, attractive staff brings all the Northern Beaches crowd into this place. Parking is no problem and because it’s located on a busy street you can park behind. The service is quick and the dishes were on the small side and some...of us left still feeling hungry. My oysters could have been a bit fresher. The Wagu was quite chewy but cooked nicely. It got very busy as the evening wore on, with lots of local blonds dining in.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 May 2023

The worst fish and chips meal I have in 60 + years of eating a favoured dish. Batter oozing with fat, fish barely located. Never again and we will never eat at their restaurant just down the road from us in Mona Vale . Never...have I felt the need to comment in spaces like this. $28 who are they kidding?More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 6 May 2023

Surprisingly very good to excellent food - quality chef demonstrated in each dish - only comment some meals slightly undersized but quality of dish was without question , not that cheap but not over the top either / will be back

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 30 April 2023

Lovat has a curious location wedged into a tight corner at the start of the Newport shops, which due to traffic noise doesn't really lend itself to views or outside dining. But the setting inside is very nice, service is excellent, and the food superb....The fish, the mussels, the curry - it's all good, and they cater for dietaries, and keep long hours on the weekend. There's plenty of parking nearby around the Bowls Club, and it's not too far from the beach if you fancy a swim or a walk.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 22 April 2023

If there was a category for oustanding, That's what I would have selected. For starters, my wife had the Baked Camembert and Honey and I had the Barbecued Octopus, which could have done with a bit more barbecueing for my taste. We then both had...the Steamed Mussels, but my wife went for the Cream Sauce and I for the Tomato and Chilli. Both were outstanding and the quantity was such that we couldn't finish all the sauce and bread. The mussels were large and fresh and simply delightfu. I finished the meal with my usual Affagato, but with an Italian liquer suggested my the Matre'd which I had never tasted before. Yummo. Although it was a Friday lunch the restaurant was almost empty and the service was also outstanding. Helpful and friendly. At a price of just over $200 for lunch , it isn't the cheapest resaurant on the block, but as they say you pay for quality. We were told that they have a mussel night on a Wednesday, which is very tempting.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 17 December 2022

Still hungry. The service and style was good but when the main meal was bought out I actually thought it was some sort of practical joke it was the smallest piece of pork belly I’ve ever seen and one skinny anorexic carrot on a plate...with a little bit of gravy over the top. It’s the first time I’ve ever left the restaurant still hungry the pork belly was gone in four mouthfuls.So unless you’re in extreme diet and like paying good money for a small amount of food I wouldn’t bother going to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 10 October 2022

WEnt there with my daughter for a special dinner but have to say the Gnocci were oversalted and the duck ragu was drowning the pasta. The service and atmosphere is nice, the drinks are great but no a place for me to return.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 8 August 2022

Had a great group lunch, food was pretty good, all happy with their choices but when it came to the coffee something went wrong. Bad almond milk and bitter grainy coffee, the replacement was mildly better but no apologies at all! Maybe saturdays are not...the best day for lunch if you want coffee too.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 20 May 2022

My wife and I went to Lovat for Friday lunch on a grey, overcast and drizzly day in Newport. We used to go to their predecessor Sotto Sopra up to when it closed, so, like it or not, we did make a comparison. We started...with the Prosecco, which was so good I had a second glass. Then for starters, the warm Camembert with a honey sauce, which was a knockout. Then the mussels with tomato, crunchy bread and chilli sauce, plus a small bowl of chips. The mussels were great. Big and tasty. My only protest was the lack of chilli taste in the sauce. It must have been left out of the delivery that day as I could not see any sign of it, visually or in taste and it isn't something that you would usually miss. The chips were great and very generous and we could have got by with one bowl. For the wine with our meal we had the Cote de Rhone GSM, which at $14 a glass was good value and superb. We finished with an affogato each as we had always thought that Sotto Sopra had the best in Sydney and I'm afraid this one was not in the same class. The ice cream had icicles in it whereas SS was smooth as, and generous. The service was good, but slow, although there were only two wait persons for the entire restaurant for lunch service and I was told that next time I should remind them that I like chilli. I am not sure that is the best way to go about it as I think I would probably finish up with a meal that would need a fire extinguisher to control it.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 11 May 2022

Took the wife here for her birthday. We enjoyed the zucchini flowers & BBQ occy for entree, followed by the Sri Lankan barramundi & steak + chips with the green side salad. The octopus dish was full of flavours. The zucchinis delightful, as was the...barra. Steak was cooked perfectly.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 26 February 2022 via mobile

We always enjoy Lovat and wanted to acknowledge this as they have consistently maintained their high standards . Last night the service was personable and all the staff were cheery. The food portions were generous and the flavours full and well balanced. Standouts were the...handmade pasta with burrata and tomato, and the silky crème brûlée. So good to have you in Newport , Lovat.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 27 January 2022 via mobile

Have to say we didn’t ‘Lovat’. We sincerely wanted to. It was a gift dinner from our son/DIL and we were excited to go out for an indulgent dinner based on their (credible) recommendation. Maybe a different chef? Anyhow the kingfish carpaccio entree was excellent,...but there’s the full stop. Crab pasta (which came with big wrap) was oily and indiscernible as fresh seafood/ home made pasta dish. Worse (sadly) was my seafood marinara. It was some weird combo of fish bits, spaghetti (not homemade) and bolognese sauce ??? No fresh juicy prawns, mussels or scallops??? The Mornington peninsula Pinot was a saving grace. Such a disappointment . No return for us.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 15 January 2022 via mobile

Lovely good simple food done well. Great variety on the menu so everyone in the party ordering a favourite. Nice size with roomy tables. Great wine list and alcohol selection. We will be back

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 25 October 2021 via mobile

Great to have this pearl in Newport Beach and out of lockdown. Visited again last week and food and service were excellent. Casually elegant atmosphere and the steaks pasta and pork belly were outstanding. You would not be disappointed as it is one of the...best on the beaches and now our favourite.Being able to walk there is our special bonus but it worth a good drive too.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Hi, I think you will find that this restaurant is fully licensed so byo is not available. Unfortunately, we did not look at the drinks menu thoroughly as we decided just to order Prosecco which was $9.00 a glass.
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5