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8 Esplanade, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
+64 (0)78664566
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 30
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    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great meal

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
Jeanette R
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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69 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Whitianga, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This has had a name change to No.8 and is also a fantastic place to eat with great views overlooking the Whitianga Estuary and wharf. Both wonderful food and service to boot. Very pleasant atmosphere.

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Te Awamutu
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Formally Blonde now No 8. Four of us dined there last night. It was very busy and all tables occupied or reserved. Person that greeted us went out of her way to find a space for us and we ended up out on the deck in a nice cool shady place which was fantastic as it was a very warm... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We found that No 8 restaurant had taken over from the previous incarnation, Blonde. However the new name means nothing. My fish burger was distinctly average...fried frozen fish on a hard inedible bun, served with bog standard frozen fries. My partners 'crumbed' scallops were similarly deep frozen and fried, and devoid of freshness or taste. Both accompanying salads were weary... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Enjoyed a lovely break from waling around at the Restaurant - even for al coffee and some treats, which were very tasty. It was fantastic to sit outside under the shady umbrella.

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?