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Smitty's Sports Bar and Grill

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37 Albert Street, Whitianga 2856, New Zealand
(07) 866-4647
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good local pub food - now Frankie's Sports Bar

Ate here during a one-night stay in the area. We were looking for casual dining with a local feel. This place fit the bill perfectly. We ordered Greek salads and crumb chicken and a chicken burger with fries. We also got the spring roll appetizer. The food was tasty, and the order of spring... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
Marian K
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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104 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Went with a group for lunch & a beer. 1st problem ordered a "mid-strength" beer was charged the same price as "normal" strength, owner tried to tell me they pay more for a keg of "mid-strength" than they do "normal", well it is time for him to either inform the brewery that mid-strength beer has a lower excise tax on... More 

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NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Ate here during a one-night stay in the area. We were looking for casual dining with a local feel. This place fit the bill perfectly. We ordered Greek salads and crumb chicken and a chicken burger with fries. We also got the spring roll appetizer. The food was tasty, and the order of spring rolls was generous (16!). We ordered... More 

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Rotorua District, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Stumbled on the locals quiz night. Amazing fun, great food and awesome service. Highly recommended. Easy parking and although it was the middle of winter the bar is warm and cosy.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We enjoyed our meals here, a late lunch. Had the garlic bread (only lukewarm unfortunately) but my husband had the pork belly and said it was delicious, and my chicken burger was good too.

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Gladstone, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Didn't like the fact that if we wanted to eat outside and watch the world go by we had to endure sitting amongst the smokers, surely there is an alternative to this. Meal was basic pub food really, nothing too good/bad. Service also average, expect more from NZ as they usually provide excellent friendly service, didn't get many smiles or... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Just a good old fashioned watering hole. Good food, always someone to talk to, and is bright and open. Good service and cold beer

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Excellent food (The best scallops) Great local atmosphere. Staff friendly and right in the heart of Whitianga.

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Norfolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We ate at Frankies a few times during our stay in Whitianga. Breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Breakfast for me was a big omelette excellent. My wife had poached eggs on toast. This is the second time the toast was stone cold and at two different places. Maybe cold toast is a local delicacy. Evening meals/Lunch included: Steaks = excellent.... More 

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We each had a meal and the lamb shanks were large with a yummy kumara mash. I had pork belly which was tender and crispy, so really enjoyed it, too. Venue can get a bit noisy so no good for a romantic meal, but it was very good value and great for our group.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

The bar and restaurant and smoking area are all linked, so we had to endure cigerette smoke while coming out for an evening meal. Moved tables also to not be right where smoke was coming in door. Maybe you should close the ranchslider doors when the restaurant is open.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 37 Albert Street, Whitianga 2856, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Whitianga
  • Phone Number: (07) 866-4647

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  • Cuisine: Pub

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