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Squids Bar & Restaurant

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Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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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
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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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  • 136
    Excellent
  • 117
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A restaurant that you should try out

The staffs were so nice and the food is really delicious. I ordered a special food of the day and it was really nice. The seafood was so fresh.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
Lu J
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Napier, West Virginia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Lovely staff, superb food, and a welcoming, comfortable restaurant. couldn't fault this place, and they were more than willing to make changes to the menu to suit their customers.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed eating here! The decor isn't super fancy but the food is delicious for a great price. The whitebait fritter was great as was the mussels. We loved that they were locally sourced as well!

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Gladstone, Australia
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71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A great place to sit down for lunch a gorge on seafood. Fresh fish on an extensive menu washed down with your favourite wine overlooking the water. Lovely atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The staffs were so nice and the food is really delicious. I ordered a special food of the day and it was really nice. The seafood was so fresh.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
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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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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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, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?