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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Bar, Barbecue, Street Food, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Bar Scene
About
We believe in casual done right! Harbar Beachbar and Kitchen offers Akaroa's closest and most unobstructed sea-front views of the exspansive Akaroa Harbour and Dalys Wharf. The water comes up underneath the bar and restaurant, almost close enough to touch! Relax with Akaroa's largest selection of NZ Gins, a fine selection of NZ wines, craft beers sourced from all corners of NZ and outstanding housemade cocktails. Enjoy regular live music whilst indulging in our wholesome easy eats food menu. Whilst you are in Akaroa, why not come down and soak up the good vibes and energetic atmosphere, you won't find a place like it or at least we don't believe so!
PRICE RANGE
$3 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Barbecue, Street Food
FEATURES
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Digital Payments, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Previously HarBar, sadly this was not an enjoyable experience. The outlook to the harbour was great, but that’s where the good news ends. Lots of service staff, but have to order at counter and pay first, while staff appeared to be standing around and socialising...rather than doing much else. They had enough staff to do table service imo. Garlic bread was still raw dough in places, would have been ok if uniformly cooked. Pizza was awful. Cardboard base, overcooked and tasteless toppings. Dirty Martini was over salty (too much olive water?). Sorry but won’t be back. Maybe ok as a bar, but even as bar snacks I’d avoid the food.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 July 2023 via mobile

Great place with a great view of akaroa deffent be back in the summer time to seat back and relax with friends and family great to see the fire going

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 4 July 2023

This is a really friendly bar. The staff are very welcoming and the cocktails are fun and interesting and mad with care :) Only had a bowl of chips but they were crispy, chunky and perfect. the location is fabulous, looking out over the water....but what made is special was the professionalism, friendliness and efficiency of the staffMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 29 June 2023

Delicious taco - I had the pulled pork. I really enjoyed the mulled wine by the fire. Lovely staff.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 5 June 2023

Relaxed, simple bar with good service. Limited menu - tacos only with variety of fillings but very tasty!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 5 May 2023

Enjoyed late afternoon beer and wine with tacos and stunning views over the water. a great spot and highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 28 April 2023

Fun and beautiful spot for an end of day drink. Relaxing, good atmosphere, friendly staff. Small but lovely

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 8 April 2023

This bar is a bit quirky, great location overlooking the bay. Great selection of beers available. Staff extremely friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The only downside was the toilet, the toilet pan was cracked/broken in several places and had been glued together with...what appeared to be white silicon, not at all hygienic. The washbasin has the hot and cold taps the wrong way around, which could result in patrons using the hot tap instead of the cold, the hot water was at a very high temperature which appeared to be set well above the recommended temperature. Being a plumber these issues were unacceptable. Overall I will certainly revisit the bar next time I’m in Akaroa, hopefully the plumbing will be sorted out by thenMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 21 February 2023 via mobile

Great little taco & beer venue right on the water. Friendly and professional barman let us know straight away a potential delay in getting lunch (which wasn't much delay at all). Tasty food enjoyed with a nice cold beer right by the water. Couldn't ask...for much else. Keep it up Har Bar.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 8 January 2023 via mobile

Overall the bar is cool but we had to wait pretty long time to top up our drinks and service . Will give it a go next time

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 7 January 2023

What could have been a lovely lunch in a great setting was spoiled by very slow, lackluster service. The wait staff seem disorganized and inadequately trained and nary a smile was to be found amongst them. The food however was delicious.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2022 via mobile

We had very tasty fish tacos in a friendly atmosphere. Great views over the harbour. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 29 November 2022 via mobile

Best chips ever. Great views next to beach. Big selection of drinks, including gins. I'll definitely recommend.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 24 November 2022 via mobile

Amazing spot over the water with great vibe. Good wine/beer list & very extensive gin menu. The food was tasty, recommend the ribs! Staff were friendly & service was great.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 8 August 2022 via mobile

Great location on the harbour and awesome views. But it ends there. They advertise as Mexican vegetarian, however we were told that there was nothing vegetarian, so one of our group was going to be left with no alternative to any meal, we ended up...being able to get the fish taco with the fish on the rim of the plate, thanks to one of our party explaining anything meatless would do. Our lovely waitress was doing her best, but seems like she was stuck between a rock and a hard place. The other bar staff, were very inhospitable, and snarky. We were there for a great night out, and that didn’t happen. This place is not efficient, the menu is tiny, and there are some staff there in the job that do not suit their personalityMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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HarBar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5