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Squids Bar & Restaurant

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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: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 158
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  • 147
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 11
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Spare of the moment decision pays off.

Newly renovated, the atmosphere suits the nearby marina location. Great fresh fish lunch menu option - service was quick and friendly. A perfect casual setting and reasonably priced.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
2Matas
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Whitianga, New Zealand
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Whitianga, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Newly renovated, the atmosphere suits the nearby marina location. Great fresh fish lunch menu option - service was quick and friendly. A perfect casual setting and reasonably priced.

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Thank 2Matas
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Staff were nice but we weren't sure if we go up to order or they come to you!! Oysters were delux , fish was over cooked and salad was killed by being trenched in Mayo , double cooked fries were more like rocks 😁

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Thank kizzyBryers
Seeshaupt, Germany
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79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

While the restaurant looks rather simple, food quality is fresh and very good, service friendly and fast, price-value relation fits. During our six day stay we ate there twice and rate Squids as second best in town. We had tuna, blackend terakihi and terakihi with Asian ginger/wasabi vinaigrette on salad as well as fish&chips. Very delicate tastes.

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Thank Lustsee
Devon, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Arrived in this town quite late so all tables occupied and waiting time was 45 mins. We decided to wait. Usually we get seated quicker than estimate but luck not with us tonight. However our food was very good and we were glad we waited. Would recommend that you ring ahead and book a table. You are hurried as the... More 

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Thank 351joyce
Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There's not a lot of choice of restaurants at Whiting, especially for families. Squids Restaurant was clean and friendly when we visited for dinner. The food came out really quickly. The menu was small so there's not a lot of choice.I ate the Blackened Fish and my husband had the Fish and Chips. I liked that the fish was pan... More 

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Thank Kelly B
Winnipeg, Canada
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We both love seafood so went to this restaurant after seeing it when we walked by. Had to ask to be seated. Decor is very plain, could use some help in decorating a coastal fishing theme. Prices seemed high. We both ordered, my husband a blackened dish and I ordered fish and chips. The food came out quickly but my... More 

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Thank Joanne12397
Gordon's Bay, South Africa
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61 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was recommended we visit this restaurant by others. The food selection was great and the squid dish is really good. As we were a group of 6 people the seating arrangement was somewhat cramped and made it somewhat uncomfortable.

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Thank Johann J
Perthshire Scotland
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a lovely meal at this restaurant this evening. We arrived without having made a booking, the very pleasant gentleman at the bar mentioned there was a table available, however they had a booking in an hours time. As we only wanted a main course, we said we'd be finished in plenty of time. The staff were very pleasant, our... More 

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Thank dormiegal
Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Local hotel owner strongly recommended. Food was very good; squid, salmon en papillotte and banana fritters plus gurnard and cheesecake pot. The location was good but the plainly decorated restaurant could have been enhanced with more enthusiasm and customer service from the 'owner' and the two girls. Other restaurants have been more welcoming, enquiring where we were from and generally... More 

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Thank PeterRand
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to be seated on a very busy night due to a cancellation and found ourselves seated right at the front looking out to the harbour, gorgeous evening. The service was practical and not overbearing which is my preference, wine was great and the oysters were delicious, fat and creamy oooh more please. The mains were good, not... 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: 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?