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Tuti's Restaurant and Bar

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$$$
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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
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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    Very good
  • 21
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  • 3
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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
Excellent food

We called in without a booking and were able to get a table for two.I had Acaroa salmon as a main and my wife had sate king prawns.both meals were excellent and are suitable For people with large appetites. Most of the meals have touches of Asian spices. The staff are friendly and helpful. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Paul c
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Niort, France
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Niort, France
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We called in without a booking and were able to get a table for two.I had Acaroa salmon as a main and my wife had sate king prawns.both meals were excellent and are suitable For people with large appetites. Most of the meals have touches of Asian spices. The staff are friendly and helpful. The restaurant is nice place to... More 

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Thank Paul c
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Recommended to us by B&b we were staying at and a good call. Nice varied menu with some great fish dishes. Grooper and sea food curry were very good. More of a bistro than an up market restaurant but did seem to stand out from local competition. Very much enjoyed it and reasonably priced. Best to book although we didn't... More 

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Thank IanFiona
Montpezat de Quercy, France
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just had a very nice meal served by staff who could not have been more attentive. We both had the fish of the day which was delicious and cooked to perfection followed by cheesecake and chocolate mud cake, absolutely stuffed now, keep up the good work.

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Thank Sally W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

LOVE this restaurant! We visit here every single time we come to our Bach in Kaikoura. Every time, without exception, the food is faultless and the service excellent! We love bringing friends here to share our brilliant piece of Kaikoura. TUTI'S - don't change a thing!

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Thank Robyn2589751
London, United Kingdom
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222 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere in this restaurant is good. The night we went was not full but we had booked well in advance. We had fish (salmon) which was well cooked and tasty with mash potatoes.

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Thank VioletJ
Swavesey, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Looking forward to a lovely dinner on the recommendation of our camp site. Very poor value for money - 8 tiny bits of squid for $15, overcooked and overseasoned fish served with tepid chips for $35. On the plus side the milkshake was great!

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Thank Sarah L
Tutisrestaurant, Owner at Tuti's Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

We are not very happy about your review that was obviously written as pay back for declining your request for a 10% discount that you thought you should get as a guest of the Alpine View Holiday Park. We had an arrangement with them to provide their guests a discount last holiday season but did not renew the deal, unfortunately... More 

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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called Tuti's for takeaway - delicious food! Sad they were out of a few things we had planned on (and the green curry on the menu isn't a green curry - it's all yellow curry). Our landlord said the lamb curry is fantastic but we didn't try it.

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Thank SharonCO5
Tutisrestaurant, Manager at Tuti's Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review, I would like to let readers of the review know that we are not a takeaway establishment but we do provide quite a lot of takeaway meals to local residents and surprisingly this consists mainly of steaks and pan fried groper, satays lamb shanks and some curries. We do not want to encourage takeaway customers as... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here so many times and am never disappointed. Food is amazing and the service is exceptional. Definitely recommend coming

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Thank Hana M
Brisbane
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We tried Tuti's on a recommendation. The service was good and food came out fairly quickly. Salt and pepper squid as an entree was a hit. The lamb curry was tender. We also had chicken curry n seafood curry. However both the chicken and seafood curries tasted very alike which should not be the case. All curries were mild and... More 

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Thank Arthur_Martha
Tutisrestaurant, Owner at Tuti's Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review, Our restaurant provides mainly fresh local seafoods, Kiwi and fusion cusine and does not advertise authentic Indonesian curries, but we always use authentic ingredients from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in our curries and fusion dishes. People from South East Asia have curry dishes that vary from country to country and town to town some are sweet... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you care about seafood, then this is THE place to go in Kaikoura. There are two top restaurants in Kaikoura, and we ate in both. Tuti's deserves the top position and the other, in our opinion does not. If you want great food, then it has to be Tuti's Tip - try their seafood curry, it is stupendous.

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Thank Alan R

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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 12 - 43
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Fusion, Indonesian, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, 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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