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Tuti's Restaurant and Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Seafood, Fusion, Indonesian, New Zealand
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35 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 3370
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Family owned and operated new build restaurant with a comfortable and...
Family owned and operated new build restaurant with a comfortable and attractive interior. One of provincial New Zealand's best equipped and hygienic kitchens serving the freshest of local seafood's and local farm produce to a consistently high standard. All fish served in this restaurant is purchased direct from the fishermen and filleted in house, with preference given to line caught fish.
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  • 242
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
My favourite restaurant

Delicious food with wonderful Indonesian/Thai flavours, comfortable, warm atmosphere, friendly service. It doesn't get better than this.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Sheryl P
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Delicious food with wonderful Indonesian/Thai flavours, comfortable, warm atmosphere, friendly service. It doesn't get better than this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Have been to this restaurant regularly over the years and never had a bad experince. Great food and very friendly service always.

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This place is THE restaurant of Kaikoura : - The atmosphere inside is very nice, warm & relax - The service is great : all the staff (kitchen & Front of house) are completely customer focused and want you to have a good experience there. This is a lovely family business and all the family is so friendly and welcoming.... More 

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Queensland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Wow, what a gorgeous restaurant! Amazing food, great service (Amanda was our waitress) and a lovely interior. We stayed at the Lobster Inn 800m away and they recommended Tuti's - we're so pleased they did. I had the Chilli Mussels for entree. The mussels were great - but the sauce was amazing. Amazing. I then had the Fish of the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Spending a weekend in Kaikoura we chose this restaurant as it was rated the number one restaurant in Kaikoura on Trip Advisor. Checked out the website and liked the look of the menu (but why restaurants don't feel confident putting their prices on their website is beyiond me). Checked the menu out (with prices) outside the restaurant the day before,... More 

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Tutisrestaurant, Manager at Tuti's Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thankyou for the review, we are sorry that you felt cold, the central heating was turned down after a few tables felt it was too hot. More 

Kansas CIty, MO
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103 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We ate here based on Tripadvisor reviews, and we were not disappointed.I had a steak and my husband had fish, and it was spectacular. The prices are a little high, but it is worth it. I recommend this place if you want a quiet, romantic dinner in Kaikoura. We were not dresse up at all and felt fine going in,... More 

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We dropped into Tuti's on the off chance whilst driving through Kaikoura looking for somewhere to have dinner, and we're glad we chose here! The food was delicious, hot, and nicely presented. I had salmon, which just melted in your mouth it was so tender, and my partner had mussels, which were beautifully fresh. Some of the best seafood we've... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

On our camper travels we were quite late getting back from Christchurch having got lost around Diamond Harbour taking the wrong road to Akaroa! Anyway by the time we got back to Kaikoura we thought that we would be out of luck as most places in NZ close at about 9 pm. Anyway, Tuti's is directly opposite the Top 10... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I went there with my girlfriend. We had the seafood chowder, tomato soup and a piece of their mud cake. The seafood chowder was the best that we had so far and we have been to several places where they serve it (Boston, San Francisco...) . Tomato soup was good as well and we liked the mud cake. Staff was... More 

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Jervis Bay, Australia
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

After the restaurant we wanted to go to had closed down this was next door. The decor is a little confusing but the staff were great and I have to say the meal we ordered which was fish of the day was brilliant.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 3370

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 41
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Fusion, Indonesian, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

Family owned and operated new build restaurant with a comfortable and attractive interior. One of provincial New Zealand's best equipped and hygienic kitchens serving the freshest of local seafood's and local farm produce to a consistently high standard. All fish served in this restaurant is purchased direct from the fishermen and filleted in house, with preference given to line caught fish.
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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