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Main road, Tairua, New Zealand
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Ranked #3 of 12 Restaurants in Tairua
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations

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English first
Taupo, New Zealand
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The restaurant looks like an Australian pub inside, but the service was excellent and the meals did not disappoint. We had fish and chicken mains and both were very good. Be prepared to wait if you have not made a booking.

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Coromandel, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Last night I attended our work Xmas dinner at Shells. A warm atmosphere and friendly attentive staff. The meals were tasty, thoroughly enjoyed my shared duck pate, and then the lamb rump with kumera galette and ratatouille - a very generous serving (required a doggy bag for our spoilt dog!!!). There were 10 in our group and everyone seemed to... More 

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North Queensland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Tonight we went to Shells for dinner. Firstly we were greeted by a very friendly waitress who served us all night and provided excellent, personable service. We started with a garlic bread entree, which was extremely tasty and excellent portion size. For mains I had kumara and vegetables which was very tasty, while my husband had pan fried mahi mahi... More 

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Gold Coast, Queensland
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We waited for what seemed forever for someone to take our orders and then waited another eternity to get our meals. Yes the wait was worth every minute as the food delivered to the table was absolutely impeccable in relation to presentation and taste. The great food almost erased the long wait - almost.

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Tairua, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We have dined here on quite a few occasions, and have always found it to be a good experience. Good choice of food, with attentive service from friendly staff. Cost is reasonable, so well worth a visit. Pays to make a reservation on holiday weekends and particularly over the festive season as this restaurant is quite popular with visitors and... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Best meal we experienced in North Island. Fabulous service plus selection of meals was extensive. Roomy and wonderful and warm hospitality of an A! restaurant

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Hamilton, New Zealand
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

OMG! where do I even start!?! I've been there for numerous times that I can't even remember for how many times. I just love the food there! everything is just awesome! by everything, I mean everything! not even exaggerating. When you are in Tairua, make sure you stop by for a meal, you will never be disappointed.

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We arrived late and were the last diners. Service was friendly but slow. Limited menu. Atmosphere was more liek a bar than a restaurant.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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124 reviews 124 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We were at an event dinner and not a regular evening at Shells. For our large group, the food was perfectly fine but it's not fine dining by any means. It's tasty food and the chef obviously likes putting some spice in his dishes as two of the dishes were quite hot and spicy. I think it's probably the right... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Came in out of the rain to be greeted by a warm smile and a warm fire. Choice was plentiful and Friday night specials tempting. We settled on entrees of squid and mussels and shared massive portions. Creme brûlée and banana crepes with chocolate sauce completed our meals. Great decor and enough space so you could enjoy your dinner.

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Address: Main road, Tairua, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
Cuisine: International

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