It's all class- the food, the wine, the service and the view
We went on the hunt for this particular restaurant because it had been recommended to us by a friend of my mothers who advised that the restaurant itself was lovely, the food terrific and the noise level not too bad. Mum wears hearing aids now so finding a place that doesn't have too much background sound is important for a pleasant meal.
However getting there is somewhat of a challenge if you are not familiar with the area. The Harbour View Restaurant is literally hidden away in plain sight in a labyrinth of car-park terraces and winding roads. It is part of the Sandringham Yacht Club.
The view from the first carpark of the Harbour View Restaurant below
The restaurant is on Jetty Rd, the beach side of Beach Rd, just near Trevor Barker Beach Oval home of Sandringham Football Club. Turing into Jetty Rd is quite an experience, and be careful of the cyclist travelling along the bike track at breakneck speed, as you have to cross the bike track and as anyone will tell you a cyclist wont/can't stop, so it would be very easy to collect one of them on the way through, which would not only put a dent in your car, but also your lunch plans.
We pulled into the first car-park and surveyed the surrounding area, trying to work out where the restaurant was - there were several buildings and lots of boats and a sign talking about water rats - actually not rats, but the Rakali, an Australia amphibious mammal.
From here we decided to leave this car-park venture further down the road, stopping when we came to the round-about. From here there were a few possibilities, so I rang the restaurant from what turned out to be their front gate, there's no real signage but we were told to drive in and park if there was any parking available.
Standing out the front of the Harbour View Restaurant
Later talking to the receptionist of the club she explained that car parking is free in the yacht club car-park if the chains were down, which thank goodness they were today, as I don't think mum would have been able to make the uneven and sometimes steep terrain to the front of the restaurant which was the yacht club's front door.
One of two views from the restaurant this one includes the outside seating section
Comments on the menu - We chose the Sailor Lunch Special for which there two choices of dish for each course. Booking - you need to book, we booked just a half an hour before arriving, but we were lucky, as the restaurant quickly filled up. Getting there - Without a car - there are buses along beach road which possibly stop near by, but there is quite a walk from Beach Rd to the actual restaurant itself, particularly for those not very fit amongst us. With a car - easy as long as you can get parking Parking - Free parking is available when the yacht club doesn't have a regatta or some other event on, when this happens they chain off their car-park for members only. Paid Parking - as far as I could tell all surrounding car parking came at a cost. Kid friendly- there were a couple of kids running around but I didn't see a kids menu.
Disabled Access Assessment - Ramp access- I didn't see one, and getting to the front entrance involved involved a maze of carpark bay curbs and steps, once in reception there was a lift so you could avoid the internal stairs Disabled toilets - I didn't see any Aisle access/width (1 metre) to allow ease of movement - good Proximity to to disabled parking - I didn't see any