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Salt Bar and Restaurant

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Whitianga Hotel | 1 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
07 866 5818
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 172
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    Very good
  • 33
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  • 10
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  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely location and good food

Plus points: + Waterside view and delightful location + blue-lipped mussels + inventive presentation of food Minus points - None really, but in season, you must book or strike lucky to get a table

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
michael47
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France
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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322 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Zurich, Switzerland
Top Contributor
185 reviews 185 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We have eaten a number of times at this well located and generally excellent restaurant and we were looking forward to a repeat performance. A fish dish with a weak sauce which in texture and quantity was a soup, and not a flavoursom one at that. A dollop of salad on top made eating this dish complicated. The lamb was... More 

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France
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Plus points: + Waterside view and delightful location + blue-lipped mussels + inventive presentation of food Minus points - None really, but in season, you must book or strike lucky to get a table

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Sydney, Australia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I ate here with my father. Good service, friendly staff and very nice food - we had a fish and a lamb main. Both were delicious. Pricey place but good food so it is money well spent. Would recommend.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Found parking close to this restaurant - the main street was very busy and after checking other cafes we were happy with the lunch selection. Plenty of fish dishes in Whitianga with all types on offer. Good service and adequate wine/beer selections.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We had dinner here on March 14th,and cannot recommend this place highly enough, absolutely amazing food and really good service, entree and Mains were so good that we couldn't manage dessert!

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Coromandel, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Celebrating a special Birthday this was a perfect place. Sitting at our table overlooking a beautiful harbour and marina, on a perfect warm and balmy evening in our beautiful town of Whitianga. The service was very attentive, friendly and made our evening special. The food was wonderful, Coromandel Mussels a must have, fantastic NZ Lamb cooked to perfection. Portions are... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We're not big eaters and both vegetarian so we chose to share a haloumi and beetroot salad with hand cut chips & aioli - with a strong hot black coffee while we waited - what a great place to sit outside and enjoy the views of the marina and the native bush clad cliffs beyond - both the salad and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

I first went to salt restaurant 3 years ago and had a good lovely meal. I was in whitianga with some friends and decided to try it again. I am a chef in the UK, So enjoy my food and seeing the running of restaurants. The staff were excellent, very much on the ball, being able to see the chefs... More 

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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We were a group of 4 friends touring North and South Island for 4 weeks. This was our 26th evening meal during our stay. We had an awkward start as we were kept waiting and a queue was forming before the Front of House person realised that this was unacceptable. Otherwise this was a top notch experience. The quality of... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Salt is perfectly located right by the marina in the heart of Whitianga. The food and service were totally on par with the stunning location. Although the food and drinks weren't the cheapest, the quality of the food and the portions totally made up for it and the wine was to die for. Highly recommend this place!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Whitianga Hotel | 1 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Whitianga
  • Phone Number: 07 866 5818

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 24
  • Cuisine: Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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