Tartar Frigate

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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
The historic Tartar Frigate is one of the only 18th century flint restaurants in Kent.

Widely renowned as one of the best seafood restaurants in Kent, the Harbour restaurant boasts stunning panoramic views over Viking Bay in Broadstairs.

If seafood isn't for you then you can take advantage of the extensive menu, which also includes mouth-watering traditional dishes from around the world.



In the bar there is a welcoming fire roaring for you to warm up on.

During Broadstairs Folk week the Tartar Frigate is a focal point of the festivities with live bands during the day and evening and during the summer you can even take your beer on the beach.

Entertainment: Live Music Wed, Fri and Sundays in the Bar Area.

Please note - No Disabled Toilets and No Disabled access to Top floor Restaurant Due to age of building.
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CK
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch at the Tartar Frigate. We had excellent service it was Monday lunch and not terribly busy. We would definitely go there again

PJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food service.the staff very friendly and helpful. Great place to celebrate occasions.

A
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely setting, great food, fair price, wonderful service

BS
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great choice on the menu. Wonderful service! Beautiful view over Viking Bay.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

If your under 60 dont go here. Musty smell and the food not worth the price

TD
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose the set menu and the rump steak was cooked perfectly whilst the cod was equally tasty. A good choice of wines and prompt and attentive service.

JW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and varied menu. Staff very friendly.

GT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Very attentive. Food excellent. Perfect position and great views.

g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

steak and kidney pie was great. worth going from London to Broadstairs just for that.staff friendly and helpful. 4 courses on Sunday for great price. really popular with locals and tourists. would book again anytime . generous portions . nice sea views . very pleased. thanks for a great meal.

z
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The starter was lovely the main was mediocre

c
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Odd set-up where only one server could take the order for each table in the entire restaurant on a Saturday night which created a bottleneck. Sold out of the main course dish we wanted (after we ordered so had to change our selection). Nice starters, one massive portion size ( prawns) one not large (squid). Large desert selection. Limited wine selection. Rather rustic (!) atmosphere downstairs, upstairs completely different. Won’t be hurrying back, had heard good things but found other pubs nearby more consistent and more efficient, attentive and friendly service.

P
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meal out. Enjoyed all of it. Will definitely return

LK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and three friends really enjoyed our evening meal at TF. It was friendly. The menu was very varied and something for everyone. The food was hot. Personnel very pleasant. We were not rushed and were able to enjoy our monthly get together in really nice circumstances. Website easy to use. Would definitely book again.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice room above a characterful pub on the harbour. Very busy but there was a festival on in the town. Plenty of choice on the menu that wasn't exclusively fish or seafood. Service was efficient and friendly without being too obtrusive. The food was excellent with a tasty crab to start and Lemon Sole perfectly cooked to follow. I would definitely recommend it, if you are in the area.

KK
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Enjoyed everything! A lovely way to start Folk Week!

M
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Three out of six fish dishes were unavailable. The starter was not fresh and the main course was very average. From the prices and reputation I would have expected a really good dining experience.

SN
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to this restaurant for the last few years when I can get in! Staff are very attentive and there is a great range of starters and mains and the food is exceptional. Would highly reccomend this place and to use open table as it's hard to get a reservation which denotes that this restaurant speaks for itself.

JA
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always

GT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely welcome. Friendly service and fabulous food.

GS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent but u do have to book early especially at the weekend

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 2 August 2019

Thank you so much for your compliments. We do get very busy, especially at the weekend, so it is preferred to book a table in advance! We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and very welcoming. Superb food

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable meal. Good quality and good value for money. Have booked again.

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 31 July 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words. We're so glad you enjoyed yourselves, and have planned a return visit to see us again! Looking forward to it! Warmest regards.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the night. Quality food, lovely wine and service were excellent in a perfect location. We didn't want to leave. Enjoy

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 29 July 2019

Good morning Mark. We thank you for you review and can't wait to see you again !! Folk week is coming the 10th of August , if you like live music its a great week to be here in Broadstairs. Please feel free to follow us on social media and keep up with the weekly bands playing . Warmest regards Team Tartar Frigate

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AB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and service is excellent. There were six of us and we all loved it! Can't say more than that. Nothing was too much trouble for the team at the Tartar Frigate.

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 29 July 2019

Good morning Amanda Our Chefs have been working super hard in this hot weather, to produce some amazing food, we are so happy you enjoyed your time with us. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to #TeamTartar Have an amazing day. Warmest Regards Lemini

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RD
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The service was excellent, the food was lovely and the view perfect.

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 29 July 2019

Good morning Ray Thank you for taking the time to write this review. we will be sure to pass on your very kind words to all the team.

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SM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We brought a member of our family from Yorkshire, who was very pleased with the food and the price, we have been here several times and enjoyed the meal, lovely atmosphere and lovely staff.

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 29 July 2019

Good morning. Always nice to welcome guests from Gods own Yorkshire. I will be sure to pass on your compliments to all at the Tartar Looking forward to seeing you soon Lemini Restaurant Manager

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T
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual thank you Lemoni and co for looking after us so well. The fireworks were an added bonus 👍 x

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 19 July 2019

We're so happy to hear you enjoyed you evening meal with us on Wednesday! I have passed on your compliments to the chefs and front of house team here! We're looking forward to next firework night! Kind regards

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great customer service, lovely fresh fish and chips, vegetables cooked just right and beautifully presented dessert. Wine very good quality and value ( merlot ). Only minor criticism is I prefer not see whole fish on a plate and would have like to have been offered sea bream off the bone - had to send back to have tail and head removed. (our server did advise me it was the whole fish but I did not realise it meant head and tail).
Overall thoroughly enjoyed our meal and would return if back in Broadstairs. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 29 July 2019

Good morning, We are so pleased you enjoyed your Whole Bream, we thank you for your feed back. Tom our head chef has popped the Sea Bass fillet on to our special board this week, Maybe a trip back to the Tartar to join us again. Warmest Regards Tartar Frigate

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GR
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Portion size a little on the large side. Not suitable for disabled dinners.

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 29 July 2019

Good morning Gwen. Please ask your server as we can make the meals smaller where possible. Yes we do have a older building , which makes to hard to access the first floor restaurant. We recommend maybe a lighter luncheon in the bar area. Please feel free to call me directly, so i can explain our bar food menu. Warmest regards and i look forward to speaking with you soon. 01843 862013 Lemini Whiteley

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NG
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good choice of good quality fresh fish dishes and friendly efficient service

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 2 August 2019

The whole team here are passionate to make sure our customers receive a service we take pride in, and we're so happy to hear you think so too! We get our fish delivered daily from our local fish monger, Fruits De Mer, whom we're very lucky to have a good relationship which assures we get fresh quality produce. We do hope you join us again soon!

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JP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and excellent service.
Really had a great evening.
Will definitely be returning

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 15 July 2019

The team here at The Tartar Frigate work very hard to make sure our customers experiences are enjoyable, from the fresh local produce we get delivered in daily to the smiles that greet you as you walk in the door! I will pass on your kind compliments to the team. We hope to see you soon!

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B
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always prebook Tarter when staying in Broadstairs as we know how busy it can get. Been on a number of occasions down and have never been let down. From the hosting (one of our own from Yorkshire) through all staff to the excellent food everything is spot on. Would recommend to anyone visiting Broadstairs.

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 8 July 2019

So nice to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us at The Tartar Frigate recently. I will make sure to pass on your compliments to my front and back of house team. They do work really hard and it's nice to hear how happy you were with your experience with us. We're very lucky to have such amazing local suppliers around us! We look forward to seeing you guys again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely welcoming, great food and excellent value

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 8 July 2019

Our customers dining experience is our top priority from the moment you walk into the door to the moment you depart. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your dining experience here with us at The Tartar Frigate. We hope to see you soon!

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CR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot fault this restaurant, had a drink many times, never ventured up to the restaurant, but now I have will certainly be back, greeting from staff was very warning and friendly, then the food, amazing, my Japanese colleague thought the fish was the best he has tasted in the UK, and believe me he is a very well travelled man! Will be back, thank you.

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 8 July 2019

Thank you so much for your compliments. I will pass them onto the team here at The Tartar Frigate. We are very lucky to have a good relationship with Jason, our local fish monger up at Fruits De Mer who delivers to us daily! We do hope we see you again soon!

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S
London
57 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tartar Frigate is a great fish restaurant situated across from the beach at Broadstairs. The Oysters were very good, our starters of Crab & Avocado Stack and Prawns with Calamari were also very good and our mains of Skate and Cod were excellent, the Skate was cooked to perfection. Have been before and will certainly go again.

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 8 July 2019

We are very lucky to have such a lovely view which overlooks Viking Bay! We get the oysters from Whitstable which is what they are famous for! Everything here at The Tartar Frigate is cooked to order - we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to us! We hope to see you again soon!

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AH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lovely staff. Food was excellent. Sevice very good. Food price good. Drinks a bit expensive.. Will be back..

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 4 July 2019

Our customers dining experience is our top priority from the moment you walk into the door to the moment you depart. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your dining experience here with us at The Tartar Frigate. We hope to see you soon!

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SG
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

We came here to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We had visited previously 27 years ago and was keen to see how the restaurant had changed. I had messaged before to say we had a 3 yr old with us and needed a high chair and that it was a birthday but no one seemed to have been alerted to that and it went unnoticed. So, when we arrived we had to ask for a baby seat which we got. No problem but no birthday mention which was a shame. However, the wine was lovely and the food was nice but my favourite scallops with pea purée and bacon was sadly really bland. This was annoying as I had not gone with the set menu because of the scallops. Disappointing but as another reviewer had said this already I should have listened. The staff were so lovely and offered a child portion of fish and chips for my granddaughter which was enormous and delicious. I had cod which was lovely and the veg and sauté potatoes were cooked to perfection. My son who is vegetarian, in spite of having a limited choice, said his meal of Stilton and tomato tart was exceptional. Very disappointed in the ice cream selection which was a bit boring. Overall a lovely meal but a few things were not perfect.

P
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food,Service and Ambiance were excellent as usual. Always the same, whenever you eat. Can recommend to anyone wanting a great dining experience.

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 26 June 2019

So nice to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us at The Tartar Frigate recently. I will make sure to pass on your compliments to my front and back of house team. They do work really hard and it's nice to hear how happy you were with your experience with us. We're very lucky to have such amazing local suppliers around us! Hope to see you again in the future!

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RB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual. We love this place and enjoy everytime.

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 26 June 2019

Our customers dining experience is our top priority from the moment you walk into the door to the moment you depart. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your dining experience here with us at The Tartar Frigate. We are very lucky with our views overlooking the Bay. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your return visit to us again! We hope to see you soon!

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CS
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food brilliant service can't fault
It will be going back again with family and friends.

Tartar Frigate
Responded on 24 June 2019

Thank you so much for your compliments - I have passed them onto the whole team here at The Tartar Frigate! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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