The Harbour Cafe

Elie Harbour, Leven KY9 1DT
$$ English

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: Elie Harbour, Leven KY9 1DT
  • Cross Street: The Toft
  • Cuisine: English | Seafood |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Required
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Car Park |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Cash | Apple Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: -
  • Features: Ocean View, Catering Services, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Special Occasion, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
This is because we are a seasonal restaurant and are open May-Sept. We are closed mon-wed in May, June and September. If you select a day we are open you will see the all day hours drop down for you to select.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.65 out of 5 stars based on 743 votes

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Sep 15, 2021
Emma M.
Beautiful setting, delicious food and great service. A true culinary experience highly recommended!

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Sep 13, 2021
Simon C.
Had the most amazing lunch with friends, can't wait to go again next season

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Sep 12, 2021
Claire J.
Wonderful food in a fabulous setting with the friendliest staff

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Sep 12, 2021
Margaret M.
Amazing place. Great food & drink. Brilliant ambience

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Sep 12, 2021
Fiona B.
Loved our lunch. Food fantastic - everything was delicious & yet with no fuss. The local produce allowed to shine. Can’t fault the setting, what great views over a totally flat calm sea. The service amazing & the way they looked after the dog he felt like royalty. Such a shame closing for season due to staffing issues, you have a wonderful team. Hope to return soon.

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Sep 11, 2021
Natalie F.
What a view!!! Fantastic food and service.

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Sep 11, 2021
Lyn S.
Loved my lunch. Personally I had a problem with seating due to hip issues and was surprised- as a place serving food - that you did not have toilets or hand sanitizer on tables.

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Sep 09, 2021
John H.
Outstanding service; food and wine first rate; although we drank them out of rose!!!

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Sep 08, 2021
Craig N.
Great staff and always have a fabulous time, we have a chow chow dog called custard and the staff always love it when he goes lol

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Sep 07, 2021
Melanie O.
Such lovely staff and quaint rustic venue with amazing views, perfect for a day out by the sea. Our lunch was delicious, they cook it in a way that lets the seafood speak for itself. Would have loved the option of getting traditional fish and chips as well because I think they would highlight a very traditional dish brilliantly!

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Sep 07, 2021
Wendy K.
Lively friendly staff , very tasty food - recommend the mackerel if offered. So nice to sit right on the beach and look out to sea

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Sep 04, 2021
Sandra F.
Fantastic food ,lovely staff

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Sep 04, 2021
John B.
Great experience but was not happy seeing dogs in restaurants and on seats

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Aug 31, 2021
Ruth B.
The whole experience fully lived up to our very high expectations! We were blessed with glorious sunshine too. Between us we had all the main course options and each one was utterly delicious.

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Aug 31, 2021
Jane A.
Definitely 10 out of 10 for everything. Loved the setting, the food was incredibly tasty and everyone was so helpful. Looking forward to going back as soon as we can.

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Aug 25, 2021
helen k.
I think this might have been the best lunch Ive ever had in the UK?! The food and wine were absolutely amazing and the staff really looked after us despite it being tricky times. Beautiful warm sunny day, windows open, lobster in garlic butter and a bottle of picpoul, happy days.

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Aug 22, 2021
Gillian K.
Amazing place ! I have been dreaming of coming here and it has lived up to all expectations ! Being a lobster fan I loved it and also my husband enjoyed the crab toast and Arbroath smokie ….. Our dog Louis was also happy to be given water and treats !! Thanks to all the staff , they were all so friendly

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Aug 21, 2021
Andrew C.
We had a lovely time. It was a beautiful day and we sat in the bear garden. It was so tranquil and relaxing. The staff were very attentive and friendly. All in all a very nice experience here.

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Aug 21, 2021
Fiona M.
Fantastic first visit to The Harbour Cafe. Food, service and location is fantastic however a spare plate for shellfish shells and some hand wipes or a finger bowl at the end would be good.

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Aug 20, 2021
Chris M.
Super. Great food, friendly staff. Loved it!!!

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Aug 20, 2021
Debbie T.
They were fab with my daughter and provided me with a gf df lobster option. Fabulous meal. Fabulous view. It was £100 for four of us to eat, not bad for three 1/2 Lobsters!

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Aug 16, 2021
Heather C.
Amazing setting and wonderful food. Limited drinks menu, served in tiny cups but it’s not a big deal! Would return 100%

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Aug 09, 2021
Sarah H.
Excellent food and friendly service in a lovely setting. The strawberry and tomato gazpacho was a revelation.

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Jul 25, 2021
Jane S.
Fabulous setting and well worth the visit

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Jul 18, 2021
SALLY W.
Loved every minute of it. Blessed by the Mediterranean weather which helped make this an amazing experience. Lobster fresh and delicious. Thank you

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Jul 18, 2021
Alexander D.
Caribbean weather to match the Caribbean vibe and soundtrack. A great experience.

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Jul 18, 2021
John M.
I honestly cannot think of anything that I would change, it was perfect, plus the view and the weather were incredible . Put it on your bucket list.

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Jul 16, 2021
Pamela F.
Fresh food cooked perfectly! Amazing gazpacho and lobster and side dishes complimented each other. Views stunning and staff very pleasant.

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Jul 10, 2021
Vicky C.
Superb lunch and also the addition of gorgeous sunshine looking onto the sea just finished a perfect day!

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Jul 09, 2021
Alison A.
The weather was gorgeous and we took the opportunity to sit outside. Couldn’t ask for a better view. Food was good and service great. Only downside is paying for an expensive wine and having to drink it in plastic glasses!

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Jul 08, 2021
Sherri T.
It was such a fantastic experience. The staff, the food and the setting were superb. Go there! It’s a must.

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Jul 05, 2021
Rosanne W.
Fantastic atmosphere and food although fish comes whole or in shell so requires a bit of work. All local produce. Relaxed atmosphere and shutters available if weather turns wet or windy. Amazing beach location and we’d love to go again if we can get a table this summer.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 04, 2021
David R.
Excellent service with a great wine recommendation. We had Bar Snacks for starters. Pickled herring, padron peppers and anchovy hummus were a great start to our meal. Mackerel, the fish of the day, was delicious. Simply bbqd and very fresh. Green salad with a tangy dressing and lots of potato salad were the accompliments. We sat outside on a glorious day looking at the Bass Rock. We felt the strawberries and toblerone sauce was overpriced for the portion size. However, overall it was fabulous and we will be back!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 04, 2021
Pam O.
Lovely spot and great fresh food, Would definitely recommend and will be back x

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Jun 29, 2021
Catriona B.
We loved it all

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Jun 23, 2021
Susan J.
We had a lovely family lunch , staff very helpful, limited menu , langoustines we’re finished , no mussels or prawns , narrow choices , lobster was beautifully cooked ✅

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Jun 21, 2021
lesley P.
Had a wonderful time and will be back during our summer holidays. It is an hour's drive from here or we would be back more often. Only thing that could be better would be toilets closer to the venue especially with an elderly semi- disabled 86yr old in tow but not sure how feasible that would be?

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
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Value: 6/10
Jun 19, 2021
David E.
Sitting outside was a lovely change. Food generally was very good, however we ordered lobster in addition to our starters and mains and to say it was disappointing would be an understatement. Lobster appeared to be undercooked and lacked flavour. Staff attentive and friendly - really enjoyed the experience.

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Jun 19, 2021
Christine P.
Fantastic location

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Nov 01, 2020
Vicki I.
Fantastic unique dining experience with a sea view in front of you. Relaxed and chilled atmosphere with amazing fresh, beautifully presented food. A real treat and can’t wait to return!!

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Oct 24, 2020
HARRY B.
This is foodie paradise - lobsters and prawns caught in the morning and served for lunch al fresco. Monumental. The setting is almost in the sea and you sit spying weather fronts hunting their way down the Forth. Then there’s the wine. Clearly specially chosen by mien hosts to complement the fish. Delicious. This is what Scotland and the UK needs - a local cafe showcasing local produce but with flair, panache and the excellence of a Michelin star but at good pub prices. The Harbour Cafe will make Elie a must-staycation destination. Superb. We will be back. Thank you.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 29, 2020
Beth H.
Lovely lunch, thank you so much. Best lobster and langoustines we’ve had. Beautiful setting and so relaxing.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 25, 2020
Caroline I.
Fantastic! Felt like being on holiday. Loved it.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 23, 2020
Morgan G.
The food was delicious and the view stunning. So hard to choose, I could have eaten it all! Would highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 21, 2020
Sheila H.
We enjoyed a lovely lunch with a perfect view. The staff were very friendly and efficient.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 18, 2020
Jennifer L.
We loved it but it helped that it was a stunning day and the dolphins were jumping for us.It was a lovely experience and a reward to us for cycling from St Andrews. We will be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 13, 2020
Peter A.
Great food, great service, awesome view

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Sep 05, 2020
Liz Q.
Sept 4th. Pretty chilly, rain, sun and wind. Shared a smokie starter. Fab. Then the best langoustine we’ve ever eaten with aioli sourdough new potatoes and leaves. All clearly prepared cooked and served by some spiritual being because it was out of this world. Washed down with a bottle of Picpoul. Flipping heck. Fabulous food, fabulous view, great staff.

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Aug 28, 2020
Elizabeth B.
Excellent setting right next to sea. Food amazing and service first class. Will definately be back

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Aug 28, 2020
Ken O.
Despite it being a cold, wet and windy day, the food and service were excellent. And the location, even on such a day is wonderful.