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9 The Esplanade, Whitianga 2856, New Zealand
07 866 4828
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Raw meat

Long wait for a raw burger and when told staff not much concern given, not even an apology. Can understand the wait but no excuse for raw meat.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
JohnBlanch82
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  • Families with children
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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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497 reviews 497 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
310 helpful votes 310 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This cool bar/restaurant was located across the street from the beach and offered plenty of outside patio seating in which to enjoy the last rays of sunlight each afternoon. We shared a delicious pizza (shrimp, smoked salmon, mussels, garlic aoli, balsamic reduction, red onions). Mmmm!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Long wait for a raw burger and when told staff not much concern given, not even an apology. Can understand the wait but no excuse for raw meat.

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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227 reviews 227 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

Better than 'average' but not 'very good'. GOOD - but read on. It was a special evening for us as a family - end of the hol. Nice setting at what is now 'Grace O'Mallory's Irish Restaurant.' Reasonable menu. Waitress service ought to be operating, in view of the prices. We ordered mussels as starters, and a prawn salad for... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

Food was poor, pizza ok but everything else was undercooked, to the point of being almost raw. So definitely not going back for the food given there are so many choices in whitianga. The staff were very disinterested, especially behind the bar, not rude not plainly had better things to do rather than serve customers

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Wellington, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Went for dinner on a Friday following the drive north to Whitianga, without looking at trip advisor we choose this place. Service from the staff was cheery and we saw no bad tempered chef. Our only issue was that it took over 50mins for our food, which I don't think was worth the wait, normally prefer to be warned if... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We actually read the review about the bad tempered Chef before going and certainly did not encounter any problems. In actual fact we were sent an extra starter pizza as he was not happy with the quality of the 1st one he sent out. Food is great if you have teenagers with appetites.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Stopped in for a drink and some snacks on a Saturday afternoon. The barman was lovely, the food was great and well priced and left feeling relaxed. Would definitely be back and recommend to friends, I can't wait to see what this place is like in summer, it has a wonderful outdoor area but was too cold for us to... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We have been going to whitianga for along time, We have been to this restaurant many times, however the couple of time the service has been terrible the wait for just 2 drinks was half an hour very busy but only 1 waitress. We were there once and the owner was giving the waitress a serious dressing down very embarrassing... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

You'll find good fod and good servive at this restarant. With an extensive menu and a good ranges of drinks there is something for everyone.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

After waiting more than 45 minutes for our main our steaks arrived, supposed to be scotch, but clearly were not. A comment to the head chef led to a angry abusive outburst that silenced the restaurant, waitress apologised for behaviour and understood completely why we did not pay for meal. To our surprise later that nite the chef hunted us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 The Esplanade, Whitianga 2856, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Whitianga
  • Phone Number: 07 866 4828

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pizza, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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