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Squids Bar & Restaurant

1 Blacksmith Lane, Shop 15, Whitianga, New Zealand
07 867 1710
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Ranked #9 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
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My partner and I lunch here the staff were nice and friendly . We both had kilo muscle pots the wine / garlic and the wheat beer / mustard with chips. Both were delightful the wine and garlic were the best. Good selection of wine and beverages. This restaurant is down by the marina plenty of parking nearby.

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Had a very enjoyable dinner at Squids. Service was good and the food was excellent. We had a small wait for a seat as we had not booked - but a short walk around the waterfront and back - our table was ready.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Go there just for the seafood chowder. It is the best you will ever have and excellent value at $14. We went for lunch. Friendly service and helpful staff.

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Melbourne
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We wandered into Squids for lunch at the suggestion of staff at our resort. It was a wet and windy Monday and we were warmly greeted by the waitress on duty. She was friendly and interested without being fussy and her attentive service really did make our visit - I just wish I could remember her name! I enjoyed the... More

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Auckland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We enjoyed dinner here with friends on a very quiet Friday night. The service was very good. I enjoyed a lovely chilli squid entree and salmon steak main. Some of the meals were less successful. The Hapuka that two of our party had was dry unfortunately. The seafood chowder excellent

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Hong Kong, China
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71 reviews 71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Had a smashing evening. Good food, good service and great ambience. My wife and I share dishes. We had seafood chowder and squid foe starters and a kilo of mussels and salmon for mains. I had a Coromandel beer also, well done

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Whitianga, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Quick friendly service in a convenient location - the green-lipped mussels were fat and juicy though the cooking liquor too salty to finish off

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Hamilton
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

Dining for my Dad's birthday. We had a vegan in the group and also someone who is gluten free. The staff went out of their way to accommodate us, especially the young English girl who was looking after us. Food was nice. We would definitely go back.

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