The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar

4.3
562 reviews
£25 and under
English
The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar (formerly the Hythe Bay Bar and Grill) is an exciting new restaurant opening on the Hythe Seafront, serving fresh, seasonal, local dishes.

Come and see why people are making us the top restaurant destination on the Kent Coast!

Whilst we try our hardest to accommodate seating request's it is not guaranteed.

Please note our inside restaurant is only accessible via stairs, our toilets are located on the ground floor. Please note the public toilets located adjacent to our building have full disabled access.

Our outside lower terrace is fully accessible.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 562 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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4.4
Ambience
4.1
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MarieB
Surrey
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Cosmopolitan cocktails reasonable although tad on expensive side, plenty of staff and very good service, fish and chips good, seafood sharing platter looked fantastic but mainly consisted of nice shell on prawns and tasteless muscles just 4 oysters and a small dressed crab to break up the monotony and some salty mackerel mousse, the half pint of prawns would be better, somewhat disappointed with the menu which doesn’t seem to have changed when the name did, all in all a reasonable evening though expensive would go back some time in the summer

MR
MaarikaR
Kent
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely great restaurant, delicious food and fantastic service!

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RobinB
London
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Great food but we were kept waiting for hours for our food and the music was so loud you couldn’t hear each other across the table.

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JeffG
Kent
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

I have eaten several times before service was slow for seaweed course had to remind waitress several times before it arrived we were the verge of leaving when it arrived 1st and second choice not available 3rd choice not worth the wait

MR
MartinRC
Kent
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff throughoutvthe restaurant - friendly and attentive. The food was good as were the G&Ts and the wine. Really enjoyed the evening

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ChrisS
Kent
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Having had a nice experience a few months ago my wife and I returned for lunch after a 60 mile drive from Bromley. What a disappointment
I had asked for a window table 3 days in advance but this was not be the case. There is a good wine list but sods law, the Sauvignon Blanc that I chose was not in stock.
The starters were fine but if you are a lover of fish-pie this is not the place to go. It was very bland and lacked fish thought the potato was very good. It required some smoked fish to give it some taste.
My serving of vegetables didn’t arrive at all so I shared my wife’s. We were given a complimentary coffee as compensation but we had returned there for a nice lunch. I could have got a coffee in Bromley.
Will we return? Probably not.

JA
JoannaA
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5

Very disappointed with the mussels and fish pie sadly. Mussels were over cooked and fish pie was dry and just full of potatoes! Maybe Tuesday evening isn’t the best night to go? Such a shame as we love the waterfront.

DL
DavidL
Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food
Good cocktails
Very friendly staff
Very nice experience

JA
JAYNEG
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience5

Fish and chips looked generous. Linguine portion very small for the money and not worth it

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2dine4
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent from beginning to finish when emailing David with enquiries - spot on top service from all staff from moment walked through the restaurant - very friendly team - was really impressed with the whole experience especially the delicious food, wine, ambience and spotlessly clean - then the view of the beach - absolutely fantastic - highly recommend.

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SerenaZ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service, everything! Go here often and would highly recommend to anyone. A true gem to Hythe!

MM
MikeM
London
18 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Warm welcome at the end of a busy lunchtime. Fabulous day in Hythe with bright winter sun made the Waterfront the ideal venue for a late lunch. We were seated swiftly at a very nice table by David the efficient and exuberant maitre ‘d’. The view over the Channel was great and the ambiance of the Waterfront greatly enhanced by the smooth and rich singing of Victoria, who is there each Sunday.

The menu is quite extensive, some would say too extensive, and in my view more focus on good quality fish would greatly improve the offering. However, the prices are very well pitched and represent good value for money.

My only quibble really is that I feel at a place like the Waterfront one should expect to get the very freshest of fish with a focus on that rather than the mounds of chips or other accompaniments. Sadly that is not the case and resulted in us feeling rather let down.

Maybe this was just one of those days because everything else about the Waterfront was very good indeed. Attentive and well trained staff, great loos, lovely outdoor seating.

I look forward to returning later in the year

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Biggsy
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Great seafront location, incredible views outside on the upper terrace - very accommodating for families with dogs, great atmosphere, busy, vibrant and where able to move our table from inside to outside.

The food was really good (all 3 courses!), we mainly had seafood/fish which was all delicious!

Will definitely be coming back and would highly recommend to others...

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Bythesea
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

Very disappointed with the main course and dessert. My partner asked for medium steak and came out well done, I had the lamb shank which should melt off the bone, it certainly did not it was hard and tough, left most of it on the bone as would have needed an industrial chainsaw to get the meat off the bone. It was dry and the lack of jus didn’t help. As for the lemon meringue pie it was like rubber.
Overall poor quality food which lacked flare and overinflated prices for what was a moderate meal, real shame as the ambience and decor was lovely, service was good although one of the waiters could have done with using deodorant

SB
SteveB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

We were unhappy with the quality of (some of) the food. Some was undercooked and some was burnt. The crayfish cocktail was described as "prawn cocktail" by the waiter and it was short on fish and far too much salad.

The moules were absolutely superb.

Overall, it was not poor enough to complain but much worse than previous visits before the rebranding.

Our impression was that food quality had gone down and prices gone up.

Somewhat disappointing and below expectations.

Steve and Jackie B

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Tolputt
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Came here yesterday for a meal with family. It was busy as expected for a bank holiday. Food was lovely however my whole meal was cold but thankfully cooked. The dauphinois potato’s felt like they wasn’t heated up at all. However it still was disappointing. Everyone’s else’s meals were pretty hot. However I would of let staff know but no one came to table check our table. I did mention it when they got cleared but the lady didn’t seem to fazed.
Pudding was lovely. We had sticky toffee pudding and it was massive however a tiny, tiny scoop of ice cream to go with it.
Was lovely despite the minor issues. Hopefully will be better if we return again

MK
MargaretK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The restaurant has been well updated in the last few years and the menu is better balanced. The tables were clean and neatly presented and the service was pleasant and helpful. We both thought that the starters and main courses were very good made from fresh produce and well cooked. One dessert was not available but generally we felt that this course was not up to scratch. If I have people over for a meal I usually provide some choice with dessert and try to balance it with the main course. All the items available were run of the mill items bought from the wholesalers!

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SarahR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely anniversary dinner & first time going to The Waterfront Restaurant & Bar. Really pleased with atmosphere, friendliness of staff, quirky place, food was very good. We look forward to going back again some day.

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JOJOG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow what a treat we had on New Years Day. Amazing restaurant- fantastic atmosphere. Great food and absolutely fantastic service from a super lovely team. Meant a lot as it was our belated Xmas lunch due to covid! Thank you to all the team.

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Rowan
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great seafront views, good food (from a varied menu) and good, classy service. The restaurant had a real buzz inside and out with some creative seasonal decorations. We'll be going back next time we're in Hythe.

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Jackada
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Extremely long wait for our food over 1 1/2 hrs for food

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lorim
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Was not expecting it to be this good
Great food, great service

Will be going back soon

DC
DavidC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Building is akin to Fisherman’s hut, or boat house, internal bling decor is not in keeping, modern but not in keeping,
Service was excellent

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AnnieD
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply the best!!
Setting, ambience, amazing fresh foods, staff courteous and friendly.
A cut above.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time being here, we loved it perfect for our date night , the food was amazing staff were fab, atmosphere was lovely too, bit disapointed that there was several things unavailble which is why i choose to come here and how amazing it was, having said that i cant wait to come back.

DE
DEBORAHH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and atmosphere even in current circumstances - thoroughly recommended

AB
AlisonB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely evening, couldn’t fault anything. Have booked for New Year’s Eve as so impressed

JJ
JJLondon
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant full of atmosphere and great decor. Sweet packages for the kids went down very well! Thank you a lovely meal

JC
JoCee
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After trying its predecessor on and off for years (Hythe Bay) and it not being good we were a tad reluctant and slow to try...
However, that was an error as it was a great night out.
The decorations for Xmas were stunning and the staff were welcoming and very professional.
The food was delicious and the mar Crackers were great! Wooden decorations inside rather than plastic
Would recommend and we will definitely be going back.

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Crissy
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Another enjoyable visit. Festive atmosphere and seasonal touches made our experience. Enjoyed the singer’s repertoire. Slightly loud for my elderly relative to follow our tables conversation. Staff attentive as always.

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B3tar
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal with our friends at The Waterfront and we loved the singer too

MM
MichelleM
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food ,nice Christmas feeling , service is great and friendly .

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ians
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Very good meal no complaints about any thing much improved from last time.

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Fenlander
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great restaurant, so much better with the new owners

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stephen
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Altogether a very pleasant evening and I would recommend the restaurant to others, the only thing that I would like just a few more gluten-free options particularly with the starters. I’m a coeliac and don’t particularly enjoy shellfish there weren’t many other options otherwise everything excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A special family lunch. Food, staff and setting were perfect. Thank you

JR
JamesR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went out for a anniversary meal which was excellent. Food was cooked to perfection and the decor was amazing.

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AmandaR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came on a Mon night so it was super quiet - however we had a great time! The restaurant looks gorgeous (the party were suitably impressed) - service was great and the food was really good - particularly the Rib of Beef Sous Vide!! Feel like I want to book again soon just to have this particular dish again!!

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amandaj
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant experience food was delish , service was spot on and the effort put in to the decorations was amazing. Really gave you a Christmas feel and took you out of the woes of the world even if it was only for a few hours . Can’t recommend highly enough . Left feeling full and happy . Well done

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Stace
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another lovely meal with friends, service was excellent as usual and food was delicious!
Drinks are well made and tasty but can be quite pricey.

FAQs

The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01303 233844.

The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 562 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.