Finbars of West Bay

4.5
82 reviews
£25 and under
British
Finbars Restaurant offers a fantastic dining experience in a spectacular location overlooking the sea at West Bay.

The Executive Head Chef, Jens Folkel, has a wealth of experience in the kitchen and will be offering diners an exciting and modern menu which includes mouth-watering dishes inspired by British and Scandinavian cuisine.

Reserve a table inside the main restaurant and take in the breathtaking sunsets from the dual aspect floor-to-ceiling glass walls. There is also a large outside terrace where tables can be booked from noon until dusk (please note the terrace is not covered).

We are currently offering our A La Carte menu Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner service, and our Roast menu on a Sunday. We hope to reintroduce our other menus very soon.

PLEASE NOTE when booking you will be given the choice to be seated inside the restaurant (Regular) or on the terrace (Outside). You will only be able to reserve one or the other.

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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 82 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BethS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pre lockdown 2.0 dinner. Looking forward to going back when we can

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Suzy
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was a bogof on burgers however we were offered the streak instead which was a nice surprise! Only concern was the trimmings with the meal which lacked plate appeal no mushrooms, Tom's etc... Salad was minimal. So could be improved as usually £24 for a steak meal each. Drinks OK and spectacular setting will be going again once lock down finishes

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Had the tapas which was great value for money and a lovely selection of dishes. However it appeared that there were too many customers for the size of the venue during this pandemic...tables too close together which lost a bit of the intimacy when dining as a couple.

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AliP
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A rare find - superb location right on the sea-front with west-facing views combined with an imaginative menu that's a cut above the norm. Lovely to see (and eat!) smoked meal on a menu.

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Brian
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Thought food would be more flavoursome for such a limited menu, prawns on toast very bland . Also there was not much in the way of social distance between tables and no reminder to do track and trace . Lovely restaurant position for the summer.

JM
JuliaM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The food is consistently excellent.
Only issue is can be a little loud . We had a rowdy table next to us that was swearing very loudly. This is not a venue issue but just watch where you sit .

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MickBuston
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for an anniversary lunch and weren’t disappointed. First visit for us but we’ll definitely be back
Pros: Amazing food - two of us had the chicken dish and one had the ham hock. Both absolutely amazing. Two of us shared a crumble and was one of best ever had - perfect ratios of crumble to fruit.
Negs: most tables full for lunch which was great but did mean noise levels were pretty high.
No decaf coffee option

Definitely need to book to avoid disappointment and we’ll definitely be back.

Moderately priced but the food is more than worth the slightly higher prices you might pay elsewhere for a pub lunch but the quality is more than worth the extra couple of pounds each.

Not sure what else you would need - great service, exceptional food and a breathtaking location.

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LauraF
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t fault our visit. Everything was perfect! The food was amazing and the service was excellent. Really look forward to coming back again soon.

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DoreenP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely cooked fish and chips, children well catered for with goujons and French fries, drink and ice cream for under £8. Very good value for money, staff and ambiance very pleasant.

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, felt safe re Covid, great service. Will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for money and friendly helpful staff!

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VeronicaM
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burgers were delicious, the best I have ever tasted as I would not normally choose a burger, but I had read good reviews and my son enjoys a burger so we chose that option. The staff were friendly and efficient, and the view of the bay was stunning, despite the rain!

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MartinK
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Tapas Tuesday deal is really good value. Great food at a really good price

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Wenmon
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had the Chalk Stream Trout which was delicious. Gypsy Tart for desert which never had before and it was fabulous! Went for late lunch and enjoyed the views immensely and sat out for desert in the winter sun. Great staff and ok prices, probably amazing prices for location but then I have a certain budget hence OK prices for me.!

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markw
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time visit, will be back. Great food and friendly service.

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DebraS
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Sunday roast ever .. staff were amazing.. will definitely be going back 😊

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GNH145
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal as always at Finbars, the katsu scotch egg and burgers were amazing!! We took friends for the first time and they loved their first experience and plan to go back!

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BrBo
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely dinner experience - we missed the sunset as it was grey but the warm, friendly atmosphere made up for it. I had the best hake I’ve ever eaten, fresh and tender, and the trout looked lovely too - could only have wished for some similar quality food on the kids menu (and I know that’s not what most customers want)
The waiting staff went above and beyond - first by coming up to fetch us as we had a hard time finding the restaurant (hint: it’s in the cliff, look for Westbrook cafe sign, and the restaurant is right below!) Everyone was friendly and chatty but the service was quick and efficient! Definitely worth a visit...

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SandraG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had this place recommended to us. We had dinner there. Slightly difficult to find as it is located below the cliff line and we went at night in the rain! A real find with delicious food and lovely friendly staff. Will definitely be going again when next in the area.

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ChiaraT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with a fantastic view.
Already planning our next visit

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AnneT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Finbars on a Friday and enjoyed the offer on the cod, with chips, tartare sauce and mushy peas. It was all beautiful, the fish and batter was melt in the mouth and the tartare sauce and mushy peas were homemade and very tasty. Beautiful views from the windows. We will go back again soon to try Tapas Tuesday or the a la carte menu, but we will be back as soon as the evenings are warmer and sit outside on the terrace.

Finbars is above the West Bay Cafe and has the most amazing views across the sea,

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HenrysCat
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a lovely meal at Finbars, been highly recommended and didn't disappoint.

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NikiC
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the burger and sea salt chunky chips! And two for the price of one great value.

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fatboybrench
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

it was lovely & will be going again, had the burgers on the deal & was very pleased.

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JohnM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 people for lunch. 1 vegan burger. 1 veg burger. 2 beef burger. 1 chicken dinner 1 celeriac dinner.
And 1 strawberry cheesecake 2 winter mess

All delicious. Weather was overcast but still great to watch the tide roll in

Will be going again soon

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Firefly
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was good but a little over priced for the amount. Chairs are hard&uncomfortable. I took a cushion to sit on. Floor corners by windows not clean! Waiters a little aloof for a seaside restaurant. Its not the Westend. Need to be more chatty.

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TracyLeigh
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, food was lovely. Felt a little rushed but I don’t think that was intentional.

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Jacknbell
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there three times, love it, first rate food and service. Love the location outside on a lovely sunny day is like being on holiday.

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SaraL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Will defiantely come back but maybe in the summer to appreciate the views.x

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ValerieL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Had a lovely meal however felt it was over priced and we were conscious that the next table sitting was quite close to us. The service however was fantastic.

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SaraA
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely evening with a friend
We enjoyed great food and all safety measures in place To give confidence
Staff lovely and helpful
Thank you

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AnneL
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a nice meal good service. Good off BOGOF on the burgers. Just on criticism the chairs were too hard and very uncomfortable which was a great shame as it spoilt the experience. Would visit again in the summer for the grat viewz of the bay while eating. Hopefully by then they will change the chairs or add cushions. They definately need to do something

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Beck
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was nice, however for the cost I expected better. The service was great and I would return.

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lynd77
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food , lovely views , just a nice place to be.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Will definitely return! So much meat with the roast!

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CDB1234
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to Finbars. Amazing view at low tide. The tables seemed far enough apart. The roast beef was excellent, as was the service. Will definitely return.

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GeoffW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Second time at Finbars as good as first, visited with friends this time and had great evening.

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SamG
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our first time at Finbars, and I'd been put off by hearing that the service wasn't too good in the first week of opening. Well, all I can say is they have made up for it! Really friendly and efficient service, and the food was delicious - my hake was just beautifully cooked, my husband said the same of his chicken. We sat at a table away from the window, but even in the dark of evening we could see it was a lovely view out to sea and the lights of Westgate and Margate. Now we can't wait to try it on a summer's evening when we can sit out on the balcony overlooking the sea!

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PhillipM
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and friendly service i would definitely recommend visiting

FAQs

Finbars of West Bay is rated 4.5 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

Finbars of West Bay does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.finbars.net/.

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 bookings at the moment.