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Tuti's Restaurant and Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Seafood, Fusion, New Zealand
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35 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 3370
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 86
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 2
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  • 2
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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
Lovely seafood curries

Went for dinner at this restaurant with a family atmosphere. We received very good service. We shared a starter as they are very big, for mains we had a prawn curry and a seafood curry. Both were very generous with the amount of seafood in them and tasty.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Alice Springs
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Went for dinner at this restaurant with a family atmosphere. We received very good service. We shared a starter as they are very big, for mains we had a prawn curry and a seafood curry. Both were very generous with the amount of seafood in them and tasty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

I ordered the seafood chowder at Tutis and it was absolutely incredible! I counted 8 prawns (which is rare and very generous!), among an abundance of other seafood including muscles, perfectly cooked calamari, scallops and white fish. Very generous serving; the soup was almost spilling over the top of the bowl! I tried some of my families dishes and was... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My husband and I asked two separate locals where we should eat for our one night in Kaikoura and both people mentioned Tuti's. We were so glad they did! We got the grouper and flouder plates and it was probably the best seafood we've ever eaten. The fish was fresh and tender and the sauces were delicious. The staff was... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

As a Travel Broker I travel on a regular basis and dine out often - but I am never happier than when I am in Kaikoura enjoying the amazing food at Tuti's. I have visited all the restaurants in Kaikoura and this is my absolute favourite - it is hard to go anywhere else. The food is always perfect, the... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Tuti's came highly recommended and the food and service were excellent. Price for crayfish we thought pricey but at that stage had nothing to compare it with. Lovely environment with great local service which was refreshing.

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I am a usual diner at Tuti's.Their food is always up to an incredibly high standard. Never have I been dissapointed with my meal. The yellow chicken curry and the steak are my favourite dishes! If you are ever in Kaikoura you can NOT miss going to Tuti's!!!

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Edmonton, Canada
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141 reviews 141 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Just off the boat after our whale watch excursion and this place was close and came highly recommended. The fish and chips were indeed fresh and excellent and the service was relaxed and friendly. We would eat here again.

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Kiev, Ukraine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

After some days with fantastic lunches and dinners today we went to Tuti's - and I can't agree with the previous reviews. The food is good - yes, but nothing special at all. When I compare to the 'Green Dolphin' in Kaikoura we went yesterday, Tuti's is on a much lower lever - but at the same prices. We had... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Paying for an additional bread roll or other extras is quite normal in New Zealand, the seafood chowder served to you contains quite a bit of fresh seafoods and is not just simply a soup, we do care about giving a nice dining experience to tourists even if they are only passing through and comparing... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

After reading the reviews on Tripadvisor we decided to give this restaurant a visit. We were not disappointed. Both the food and service was excellent. We shared the vegetarian spring roll which was very tasty. For our mains my wife had the chicken curry and I had the seafood curry. Both were excellent. Would recommend a visit to this restaurant

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Cairns, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Enjoyed a lovely dinner here with my girlfriend and my parents. After a poor experience in another bar/restaurant the night before in Kaikoura we really wanted something a bit next level and this didn't disappoint. I had the squid as a starter, my girlfriend usually hates squid but she tried it and loved it here. We all had curries for... More 

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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 14 - 49
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Fusion, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?