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All 44 Paihia Restaurants

Lip's Cafe

Selwyn Rd, Paihia, New Zealand
(09) 402 7185
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Ranked #28 of 44 Restaurants in Paihia
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Great little town, restaurant not so great. In- fighting between staff. No interest taken when placing order, felt like I was rushed. No manners or skills when order was brought out just thrust on table with no comment. Very dark interior not welcoming atmosphere. Needed to finish and get out in a hurry. However it would appear locals are treated... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Lips does not have the front street location of others, but they make up for this in the excellent food they produce, great meals.

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New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

After a hard day's graft my folks (who live in Paihia) were looking forward to a meal they didn't cook themselves. Sadly this one didn't stack up ... the greeting was warm and the hosting attentive - but it all went downhill from there. They could forgive having to send a dirty knife back, and a waitperson not 100% familiar... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

there were 6 of us for the meal. All our starters, main courses and sweets were great. We would recommend this as the best eatery in Paihia. Don't be put off by it's ordinary appearance from the road.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

Grumpy, rude lady. If u can't smile and make people feel welcome in your cafe don't have one. I was paying customer

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Delicious food served promptly by very helpful staff. In good location just off main road in Paihia.

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This cafe is furnished in a basic style so don't expect anything much in the way of ambience. Having said that, the lamb shank was well priced and very enjoyable. Service was friendly and had to be efficient as we were the only ones there!

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St.Austell
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We were recommended by friends who had visited some years previous. Excellent service good food and superb specials menu. Don't be put off by the motorway café style of furniture.This café allows byo wine.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We were returners, we had been here three years ago and we sought it out again - the food is still great, lovely service.

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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The service couldn't be questioned, and the eggs were cooked nicely but $5 for apple juice out of a bottle and iced chocolate that was more like chocolate powder, water and ice threw us off a bit. $8 for a bacon sandwich that was literally bacon in bread. Very average, and a little on the expensive side for what it's... More 

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Address: Selwyn Rd, Paihia, New Zealand
Phone Number: (09) 402 7185
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Paihia
Cuisine: Seafood

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