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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 2013
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
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I am a chef in London(Kiwi Born) and was taking my wife round nz for her to see the beautiful country/coromandel.... I love whitianga as i use to work down the rd many moons back in puka park lodge... So you can imagine my great disappointment after being recommended ''squid bar & restarant'' to be served such dated food that... More

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Whitianga, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Lots to choose from and excellent fresh seafood and the steak was cooked perfectly.The atmosphere and the views are beautiful too.Staff very friendly

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N.Ireland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Very nice location. Staff very friendly and helpful - we arrived on a busy Saturday night without a reservation but the manageress found us a table within 10 minutes. The fish of the day (kingfish) was beautiful as was the steak dish. Menu is very limited for non-fish eaters. Reasonably priced. Nice ambience.

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We arrived a bit travel worn having driven from Rotorua, and if you are not used to right hand drive and North island road curves, a few kilometers is longer than it seems. We were greeted by a charming waitress who immediately served our cocktails, and soon we had our great seafood dinner. I had the mussels. I don't believe... More

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Sydney, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We were really looking forward to seafood on the Coramandel Peninsula and as Whitianga was our first stay here we went looking for a seafood restaurant. One would think something called Squids would have more than one seafood/fish dish on their limited menu but alas, no. Not knowing the names of New Zealand fish we asked the waitress what it... More

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Te Awamutu
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

A great seafood restaurant. We dined there last evening. Arrived with out a prior booking. It was very busy but we were made most welcome and squeezed in. In spite of being very busy wait time was very short for first course and between main and desert. Their 1 kg mussel pot is fantastic with a generous hunk of bread... More

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Whtianga
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Squids is my favourite resturant in Whitianga. Howard and Joe the owners of this marvellous resturant run an awesome place to have a meal predominately seafood but you can get a steak there as well as other options for those that dont particulary like seafood. I have never had a bad meal there & rate it highly to everyone.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Walked past this place one summer evening and was encouaged to see an inviting menu and the place fullly booked. Made a reservation for the following evening and was called back to confirm the booking - so a nice touch up front. It's a while ago now, but I remember the chowder being really good. Nice and thick and full... More

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SE England
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130 reviews 130 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We had lunch here on a Monday, in part because many other places were closed. We were glad we did, both our main courses (a cold mixed smoked fish dish and calamari) and the panna cotta with roasted almonds were very good.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

For the first time in many years I had to send back some food. I had mussels - a feature of NZ. These were very large - meant to be a benefit? However they were tough, several were not open (debatable if this indicates danger or not) and the juice they were cooked in was tasteless. My rejection was not... More

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