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Squids Bar & Restaurant

1 Blacksmith Lane, Shop 15, Whitianga, New Zealand
07 867 1710
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Ranked #10 of 34 Restaurants in Whitianga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Otorohanga, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Extremely disappointed by the quality of the food. My husband is obsessed by squid, so he ordered both an entree and main of squid..... The salt and pepper squid was the worst version I have ever tasted. And the squid succotash- YUCK. Described poorly by waitress and it looked and tasted disgusting. Then at 3am the following morning my husband... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We dined their this evening based on good reviews on trip advisor and many others not being opened. We were very impressed with the service provided. Meals were awesome and great fresh seafood.

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Martinborough, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

Great food, service pleasant , not a place for a romantic dinner, lights very bright, nice music. Food very tasty

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Whitianga, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Nice location. Joe and her staff are very friendly and helpful. For my self and my husband we found a great menu choice of fresh sea food which I like and my husband enjoyed a good steak. We found this to be great value and very tasty.

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Hong Kong, China
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

Tried mussels pots and brownie which were great! All dishes were served nicely and presentable. Nice place for couples and families. And the portion is large and filling. Lunch and dinner both available.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Wonderful place to have some good seafood. Service was very warm and helpful with the staff helping to get us the best deals and the best food! The kids menu is good as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Would have been nice to have a view of the harbour out the front door, but the all glass front is frosted. Food was nice, especially the clams, but the menu didn't suggest it would be a lot of fresh fish and seafood as most dishes were crumbed or pan fried. But a reasonable place for lunch.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This restaurant was amazing for food. There was a lovely atmosphere, as well as a cheery chef and waitress. The mussels and the Steak were perfectly cooked. Do not order too much food at this restaurant as you will sure be full after the first course. Main courses are around $30.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We had a lovely meal here whilst on holiday in NZ. I had fish of the day (Kingfish) which was served with roasted vegetables and my husband had mussels. We both really enjoyed our meals which were well cooked and very tasty, for a reasonable price. I would recommend this restaurant.

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west midlands
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76 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Whitianga is only a small place and there are limited places to eat. Squids is very popular & as it was a Friday night we booked-if not we wouldn't have got in. We both had the Kingfish ( like tuna) with potato wedges & steamed veg ($29). Fabulous fish beautifully presented. Our puds of panna cotta with chopped nuts ($10)... More

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