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Squids Bar & Restaurant

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Chowder, Seafood
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1 Blacksmith Lane, Shop 15, Whitianga, New Zealand
07 867 1710
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Today
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 31
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
very good seafood restaurant

This a very good restaurant that specialises in seafood that is well cooked and a reasonable price. The mussels are particularly good. You have a good view of the marina. The menu is varied and we had five courses between us and the food was delicious. The chairs are a little hard and it was a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
beachwalkers
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hamilton
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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English first
Whitianga, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I have dined here a few times as a local. As a B&B owner we highly recommend this restaurant to guests. In fact one lot of guests enjoyed Squids so much they went back the following night! Jo is a lovely hostess and her husband a great chef. I cannot recommend Squids highly enough to all.

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hamilton
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This a very good restaurant that specialises in seafood that is well cooked and a reasonable price. The mussels are particularly good. You have a good view of the marina. The menu is varied and we had five courses between us and the food was delicious. The chairs are a little hard and it was a bit chilly .

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We are just visiting for four days and have looked around Whitianga for a decent restaurant, we thought we had found one and ate there last night, oh what a disappointment so thought we would try SQUIDS and what a pleasure, the food was cooked to perfection, well presented in a very acceptable time by a most attentive host, we... More 

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Ardmore
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Great fish! Atmosphere is good but not great. Friendly waiter. Near the water but no direct view. Came during shoulder season and live the lack if crowds. Extremely charming fishing village and tourist town.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Yummy oysters and hand cut chips. Friendly host and a cosy restaurant. Salt and pepper squid was average.

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43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We had mussels and fish and chips here. The portions were just right but the taste was not that great. The price was ok but service was below par. The person who served never really welcomed us, never asked us if the food was good and even when we were leaving she did not ask if we enjoyed the food... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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259 reviews 259 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This restaurant wasn't our first choice of somewhere to eat because a lot of eating places in Whitianga are closed on Mondays when we were there. Squids ‘specialises' in seafood. I had ‘Posh fish and chips’ from the menu. The fish was cooked perfectly with a tangy flavour. The 5, twice-cooked chips were average (my husband cooks them better). One... More 

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Sydney
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35 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Wonderful food, staff and the chefs specialty dishes are amazing. The atmosphere is great too, as Squids is located overlooking the marina and upper reaches of the harbour. The seafood is just divine, cooked to perfection, the chefs name is Bridget, she introduced herself to all of us and encouraged us to try the mussel fritters which were divine. Everything... More 

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Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Informal cafe with outstanding seafood. Sesame encrusted gurnard was tasty. Huge portions, so arrive hungry. Reservations important during busy season.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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109 reviews 109 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We had dinner there with the two of us and enjoyed the food and wine. Started with fresh oysters and they really tasted great. Lebanes flatbread with hummus also. Main courses: we had salmon and bluenose: Wow! Also fine sav's. A place to remember!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Blacksmith Lane, Shop 15, Whitianga, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Whitianga
  • Phone Number: 07 867 1710

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?