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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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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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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
Good value seafood

We had smoked fish risotto cakes with salad, and the squid tagine with roti. So you can see that this place serves seafood in some slightly different versions from the usual. People nearby were enjoying the mussels. We shared the rice pudding with Apple, which was unexpectedly delicious. A glass of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Dianne C
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Wellington, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We had smoked fish risotto cakes with salad, and the squid tagine with roti. So you can see that this place serves seafood in some slightly different versions from the usual. People nearby were enjoying the mussels. We shared the rice pudding with Apple, which was unexpectedly delicious. A glass of wine and a beer. $73 for two all up.... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This place is across the road from Salt (which is deemed to be the best restaurant in town) and is a more reasonably priced alternative. All the menu choices are seafood except for a steak option. The food was good and my family enjoyed their dishes, however the kitchen seemed to be short staffed on this night and the waiting... More 

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New York City, New York
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

we went in this resto the other night coz we always go to great resto based on food reviews. also our host said try this resto coz we are seafood lovers & (unfortunately) its the only seafood resto in whitianga. of course we always check menu online so when we get there we already know what to order to save... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Not a lot of atmosphere inside but over all the fish dishes were plentiful and well prepared. The mussels were particularly good and the staff very helpful and accommodating.

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wiltshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

lovely place to eat, good service, fantastic squid - only to be expected! Ate outside, a good place to watch the world go by. friendly kiwi hospitality. wish we were local so we could go regularly.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We wanted to go to 'Salt" restaurant but a glance at the menu didn't grab us, so we went across the road to Squids. It's a bit sparse inside but good friendly service and an excellent meal followed. It's a seafood specailty place so... Fish N Chups times two please. Fish of the day was a beautiful Kingfish with twice... More 

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

My wife and I had a lovely dinner here. Mussels highly recommended. Fresh and good value. My wife had the fish which was nice too. Cooked with an Asian flavour.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I love mussels and have been disappointed lately at a number of restaurants with overcooked mussels but not here. They were perfect! Plump and juicy and only lightly sauced. To top it off the bananas in spring g rolls with homemade icecream was delicious. Would highly recommend Squids and will definitely be back next time we're in the bay.

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Whitianga, New Zealand
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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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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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Additional Information about Squids Bar & Restaurant

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

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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: Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine
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?