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Only Seafood

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40 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
09 402 6066
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
good meal , average price, snapper recommended

good meal, average price, recommend the snapper if it is fish of the day, prawns messy to eat, platter ok too but don't get an entrée or get entrée sized meals if you want room left for desert

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Catherine H
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

good meal, average price, recommend the snapper if it is fish of the day, prawns messy to eat, platter ok too but don't get an entrée or get entrée sized meals if you want room left for desert

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went here for dinner. We shared a seafood platter for our entree and both had the fish of the day which was gurnard, all were delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant! The meals were decent and prices are pretty normal in comparison to the rest of NZ. The staff were extremely friendly and warm, an experience to... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We shared the seafood platter and it was terrific. Definitely would return. Our table was very good, inside facing the bay.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Chef special that day on the second week of April was Gunnard fish with an awesome cream sauce. What you call a chef special was definitely way more outstanding than the appetizer I had. I enjoyed it as the cream sauce didn't over power the fish and the dish wasn't dry. The raspberry creme brûlée was nice as it wasn't... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Restaurant is very quaint with nice view. Food was average but pleasant. However the waitress was cranky and very abrupt when I asked to have the outdoor heater turned down. Also was very argumentative when another diner asked about the water in the jug. Would I return.... No

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Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the seafood. Service was fast and friendly. They were very attentive and playful with our toddler which we loved. We enjoyed so much we even stayed for dessert yum!!! Highly recommend this place- great value for money and good quality.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The owner of the B & B where we stayed recommended 3 restaurants in town and we went back for a second night after trying this one. The name is very accurate so if you don't like seafood, it's not your place. We do and found the choices to be fresh and well prepared. The first night I had the... More 

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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

As the name implies this restaurant only serves fish but does it really well. We started with a huge fat slice of seeded bread with dips which was wonderful then we ordered the fish of the day which was snapper and salmon stuffed with oysters. They come with a huge salad so we ordered the hot potatoes too. Wow! Fantastic!... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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58 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Our first night in Paihia so we walked around looking for a restaurant with a good seafood menu - Only Seafood had the best menu by a mile. You can have a table outside or in. The restaurant was not particularly busy and our order was quickly taken. The first course, Calamari, was succulent and tasty. We followed with the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Excellent sea food but service not as prompt as I expected given the cost - about $100 per head. All dishes looked excellent and we were not disappointed with our selections. Wine list brief but good quality at reasonable prices.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Paihia
  • Phone Number: 09 402 6066

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions

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