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8 Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
+64 (0)78664566
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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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My friend decided I needed a night out, so took me to No 8 restaurant (formerly Blonde) We made reservations even though it was mid week, just as well, the restaurant was almost full when we arrived. Shared a huge entree of scallops, followed by the beautiful fish of the day. Unfortunately no room... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
Soloshena
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Whitianga, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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73 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Decided to go as the Head Chef was in Cuisine Magazine with an award winning beef dish. All tables full so a good start as it obviously attracts a crowd. Good service for pre-dinner drinks and orders. Calamari starter was good and well priced for the amount, nice squid not overcooked with a light batter. The soup was clumsily handled,... More 

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Whitianga, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

My friend decided I needed a night out, so took me to No 8 restaurant (formerly Blonde) We made reservations even though it was mid week, just as well, the restaurant was almost full when we arrived. Shared a huge entree of scallops, followed by the beautiful fish of the day. Unfortunately no room for anything else, but next time... More 

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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
290 reviews 290 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I stumbled upon this restaurant, and simply could not ignore the tempting menu it offered, and then almost immediately found out the place was founded by the cook who created the menu at the Peppertree restaurant I had just eaten at the previous night (and also positively reviewed). But this place was FAR more elegant, and on the Whitiangi waterfront,... More 

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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I was a little put off by a couple of the previous reviews but decided to give it a try as the negative comments didn't really seem to be the fault of the restaurant. My wife and I were glad we did. We both had the stonegrill eye fillet with hand cut fries and salad for $33. The fillet was... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This restaurant now under a new name. This would be right up there for one of the best meals we have ever had. Partner had eye fillet and was cooked just right and I had duck which was yum. Ended meal with lemon meringue pie and oh boy was that good just so light and yummy. and overall price was... More 

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I am a frequent customer of no8 restaurant and I have to say it is always a pleasure dining here. I was dining here when this rude couple decided to come and cause trouble, this is the review below, for starters they were rude right away because they wanted other tables that were already reserved, a lovely staff member greeted... More 

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Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Reservations were made by our lodge owner of Aoteareo Lodge, at the restaurant now named No. 8 (formerly Blonde)and is now under new ownership. It has a great location near the waterfront, looks upscale and trendy. Upon entering we were not initially greeted until we approached the bar. There was confusion. We asked if we could sit near the opened... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We arrived with 3 kids after a rather stressful day and felt instantly relaxed the moment the bottle of Rose was delivered to our table. The staff were fantastic, the wine brilliant (and well priced) and the food was amazing!! We all (including the kids) finished everything on our plates. The mushroom pate was great and the eye fillet AMAZING!... More 

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Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We experienced both lunch and evening meal at this restaurant, not through choice, it was the only restaurant with seating available on that particular day, every other was extremely busy. Sometimes you can draw a lucky card and this was one of those occasions. Modern and slightly retro the food and wine were delicious, the service very friendly and professional.... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Great food and service; but spoiled by the two sets of screaming kids, who should had been home in bed or taken out of the restaurant by a parent. I suppose management doesn't want to make a fuss but it spoiled what would have been an excellent evening out.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Whitianga
  • Phone Number: +64 (0)78664566

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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