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The Dock, North York Moors National Park, Robin Hood's Bay YO22 4SJ, England
+44 1947 880099
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“surf and turf” (62 reviews)
“mussels” (75 reviews)
“seafood” (53 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, British, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Dock, North York Moors National Park, Robin Hood's Bay YO22 4SJ, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We've been to Smugglers once a year for 3 or 4 years and it never disappoints. The seafood is fantastic. A bowlful of mussels or the seafood linguini, equally delicious. Would absolutely recommend this place. This year, Mary, our waitress, was brilliant. Can't wait to...More

2  Thank N2121JVnicolar
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and superb food. Staff very friendly and food well cooked but loads of fresh fish - good size portions at very reasonable prices. Highly recommended and must pre book. Eve meals only weds - Sundays. Bar open other times too. Based at the...More

1  Thank Torquil M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We choose the Smugglers because we had received some weird comments from staff in other establishments when we asked for lunch. We were welcomed at the Smugglers and explained that we wanted a light lunch. NO PROBLEM! Two of us had the mussels and two...More

1  Thank davidparkin2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in for a drink and which was nice although I found it very selective with which type of customer got a warm welcome or not, maybe it was my South Yorkshire accent that said I wasn't the type of customer welcome at this place....More

7  Thank mrdonnyred
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a WONDERFUL establishment, encapsulating all the quirky charm of Robin Hood's Bay! We had a LOVELY evening meal! We got a WARM WELCOME and the waitress was knowledgeable, attentive and very pleasant. The food was good - (a couple of improvements, perhaps). The steak...More

2  Thank Martine B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I booked a table at the Smugglers during our stay in Robin Hoods Bay. The food was delicous and the staff and chef was extremley friendly and accomodating for my partner who doesnt like mussels, he was given extra prawns with his...More

1  Thank ClarkyJB2988
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked exclusive use of the restaurant for our wedding reception a couple of months in advance, and negotiated a package with the owner, who went way above our expectations and handled all the decorations, extra dietary requirements and specific drinks. Nothing was too much...More

2  Thank vjrekrab1980
lisa W, Owner at Smugglers, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Congratulations again to you both. A lovley review and may I say thank you to you and all your family and friends that made that night so enjoyable to all of us working that night. This is a new string to our bow and hopefully...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to eat but was told no under 18s in robin hoods bay I think with families all around was disappointing.

5  Thank seacat80
lisa W, Owner at Smugglers, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for reminding future guests that yes we are an adult only environment. Cosy , candle lit and romantic. I am sure it will help in there choice of venue in the bay.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having just finished the Wainwright Coast to Coast walk (192 miles) I chose to stay at the Smugglers self catering apartments with continental breakfast included. Firstly these comments are based on my stay and not the restaurant as we were unable to use due to...More

5  Thank JohnBuckley2595
lisa W, Owner at Smugglers, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Well I new this was coming as like you say you emailed me to to say you were unhappy at not been able to use the bistro and expected a refund or you would put a negative review on. In fact you were quite rude...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was tempted by the board outside with a very inviting gin menu on and hand pulled cask ales. Sadly the person serving the gin emptied a whole tin of tonic into it without asking. Drown the taste totally and I ended up with tonic water...More

5  Thank denqua
lisa W, Owner at Smugglers, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sorry you were so offended by a member of staff putting too much Fever Tree tonic into your glass. We have a few new trainees. How ever should you have asked I am sure they would of changed it for you.

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12 April 2017|
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Response from lisa W | Property representative |
Hello we don't take dogs into the bistro Bar whilst serving food. Hope that helps
julie B
14 July 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$47
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Dock, North York Moors National Park, Robin Hood's Bay YO22 4SJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  North York Moors National Park  >  Robin Hood's Bay
  • Phone Number: +44 1947 880099
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Smugglers Bistro and Bar is a candle-lit Bistro and bar. Situated just meters from the dock the smuggling history of the bay is brought to life in our wonderfully romantic restaurant. Specialising in fresh seafood and locally sourced meats we offer a range of dishes. Our cosy Bistro and wine bar offers a range on Gins and fine wines in an adult only area.
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