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Only Seafood

40 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
09 402 6066
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Ranked #8 of 40 restaurants in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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West Sussex
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414 reviews 414 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were recommended to eat here since we really enjoy seafood, and were pleased at our choice. The fish was cooked fairly well but was not the best that we had during our five weeks in New Zealand. Staff were pleasant enough but did not go out of their way to ensure that we were the focus of their attention.... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

My partner and I went here for our anniversary dinner tonight. It was clearly understaffed. It was almost a full house but only two wait staff. We waited for almost an hour for our food. Then we went to pay, we had a entertainment book gold card which entitles you to a complimentary meal when another meal of equal value... More

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australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Not sure what type of operation they run here but it wasn't a nice restaurant with matching service. Wait staff seemed to be in bistro mode, clearing plates and rushing customers, not trying to provide a dining experience. Food is not bistro price but definitely bistro quality. Flavours are a mix of Asian and French which don't seem to work.... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Waited over an hour before being served, when asked to order the lady walked straight past and mumbled beneath her breath. Not an inviting enviroment

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Northland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We have now visited Only Seafood 3 times over the last month and each time the food has been consistently good. The seafood is fresh and cooked to perfection. The menu is not vast but gives the option for entree and main sizes for various dishes. The setting is very cosy and welcoming. Will be going back soon!

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by our travelling companions who had eaten here numerous times before. We walked up without a reservation and had a choice of tables. We ate off the a la carte menu, the food was tasty and of good quality. The special was a New Zealand (forgot the name) fish in a banana sauce, brilliant. Two courses... More

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Portland, Oregon
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129 reviews 129 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

It's sad to see a restaurant fade. We came here in the late 1990s and loved it. In fact, we thought that the clam chowder was some of the best we'd had anywhere in the world, and the rest of the food was very good, too. Regrettably, both the food and the service have gone downhill since then. We were... More

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Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Had a pretty good meal. Not really for families. No kids menu but i do really like what they do by offering the kids a half size portion of adult menu. Luckily our kids ages 4,7,9 enjoy those flavors, but might not be for everyone. My tuna and wives flounder were very good. If there was a decent kid menu... More

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Fife, Scotland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

On our four nights in Paihia we ate at Only Seafood twice, and on both occasions enjoyed our evening immensely. If you love seafood, then this is the place to dine in Paihia – they only do seafood, and they do it very well. We found the waiting staff to be very efficient and friendly, working well with an excellent... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Dined here with high hopes of an excellent meal of seafood, unfortunately this didn't transpire. The restaurant is very much aimed at the tourist dollar and not repeat business. Fish was overcooked and the seafood platter was just ok, nothing special at all. And as for the huge heap of lettuce leaves dumped on the plate with no dressing which... More

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