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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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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations

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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
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Two people had two glasses of wine, and a main course each. The bill came to $97 which is top end of the price bracket almost anywhere in NZ. As you would expect for $38, my lamb rack was beautifully cooked; I asked for it to be medium rather than the usual rare. I would have preferred a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Dianne C
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Wellington, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Wellington, New Zealand
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72 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Two people had two glasses of wine, and a main course each. The bill came to $97 which is top end of the price bracket almost anywhere in NZ. As you would expect for $38, my lamb rack was beautifully cooked; I asked for it to be medium rather than the usual rare. I would have preferred a little more... More 

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Whitianga, New Zealand
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A good restaurant, well located. The fish was well cooked. We just wait a little bit, even if we were few to order

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Went here for dinner on Sunday night with wife and two young children. Kids loved the pasta, and we were very impressed with the attitude and attentiveness from the staff towards the kids (seeing as some fine dining places are not at all family friendly). Had the best pork belly I've yet eaten. Lovely experience. Definitely be going back on... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Love stopping here for lunch in the weekends. Great spot sitting outside on a sunny day. Battered fish is good value, and the mussels always tasty.

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Whitianga, New Zealand
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This restaurant has an owner that insists on providing one of the best dining experiences in Whitianga. The menu changes regularly and the food always great. Add to this the venue overlooking the marina plus the outdoor eating opportunity in warmer weather and you can be assured of a great culinary experience. Well worth a visit

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wiltshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We first visited in 2010, when it was more of a hotel restaurant. Really gone up in the world, its a restaurant in its own right now. Great terrace, with views and lots of tables BUT my only gripe is that it seems anyone can smoke outside, which can spoilt the terrace experience for any non smokers. Great wine list... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Spent a long weekend away in beautiful Whitianga. We dined at Salt twice, the first time was pretty good. Nice oysters etc. 2nd time not so good. Really tough and fatty meat and wait staff didn't know what to do when I made a comment. Would not dine here again.

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Phoenix36, Guest Relations Manager at Salt Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Tony P, Thank you for your feedback on your experience at Salt Restaurant during your holiday in Whitianga. I am certainly glad to hear that you enjoyed your first night with us so much that you came in for a second night. My apologies that you did not have such a pleasant experience on your second evening with us.... More 

Elanora, Australia
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I dined at Salt without a booking on a Friday night and had fresh oysters and a devine dessert. It was a little noisy in the main bar so ensure you get a table by the fireplace and you'll have a great meal and nice atmosphere.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Salt was a wonderful surprise! After a long drive and not expecting much we were suggested to go to Salt. Little did we know we would have the best meal of our vacation. The service was great and the food was even better. I highly recommend making an effort to make it here.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The food was lovely and the service was excellent. Good choice of wines. A little overpriced but very enjoyable. Great for a special occasion!

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Additional Information about Salt Bar and Restaurant

Address: Whitianga Hotel | 1 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 866 5818
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Whitianga
Average Prices: USD 10 - 24
Cuisine: Pacific Rim

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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: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children

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