September 8, 2008

Erin's Restaurant Review: Harbor Master Restaurant and Lounge

Two Part Review:
1 out of 5 stars for the first visit.
4 out of 5 stars for the second visit.
Overall avg (the round up seemed justified), 3 out of 5 stars...

07/07/2008
We didn't actually eat here.

To be fair, we walked in at 10:55 looking for breakfast. We stood by the bar for a couple of minutes while 2 people who worked there did everything they could not to make eye contact with us. Finally, we asked if we could seat ourselves. This woman gets right up in our face and says, 'no I'm the hostess.' Then she turns around to have a conversation with a server. We both said, 'well then...' and walked out the door. Another woman did catch us and explained that they switch over to lunch at 11. It was too late to save the experience though.

They've only been reopened a week and it was Fourth of July weekend. You'd think they'd be trying a little harder. We'll probably try to come back and I'll update my review.
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07/21/2008
We finally ate breakfast here. It was great. This past Friday, it stormed really bad and we were the only people in the restaurant. This might have helped the good service. However, they had a hostess stand now and someone is waiting there for you when you walk in the door. They seem much more organized than they were in their first week. The waiter was extremely pleasant and attentive and the manager (owner?) came by the table to make sure we were ok.

I had the eggs benedict with a side of fruit. It was really good. The fruit was fresh and the melon was cut into pieces that you could actually eat. I hate getting a bowl of fruit that you then have to cut up yourself. The hollandaise sauce was really good and fresh. My husband had his normal breakfast - eggs sunny-side up, grits, toast, ham. He had no complaints and ate most all of it.

The dinner menu looks a little pricey, but it might be worth it to sit so close to the water and watch the fishing boats coming and going. They also have a bar area that looks fun and casual. I'm sure we'll be up there for a drink and appetizers one night soon.

Four solid stars this time around. I'm so glad that they redeemed themselves.

Harbor Masters Restaurant & Lounge
315 Canal Dr
Carolina Beach, NC
(910) 458-7013

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