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Shells

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Main road, Tairua, New Zealand
07-86-48811
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice food but at a price...

We have been eating at Shells on many occasions these last few years and have seen a variety of fares with the changes of ownerships (or chefs..?). Things seem to have settled down somewhat lately and the quality is now pleasantly constant. Imaginative food combinations and interesting flavours... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
JohnPaul1950
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Katikati, New Zealand
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Canberra, Australia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Although the restaurant was not overly busy on this Saturday evening we did not feel particularly welcome. We (3 adults) were tucked into a corner table and although meals orders were taken promptly we felt the wait between courses was too long and we were not approached with a dessert menu - so eventually we left. However, the food was... More 

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Katikati, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We have been eating at Shells on many occasions these last few years and have seen a variety of fares with the changes of ownerships (or chefs..?). Things seem to have settled down somewhat lately and the quality is now pleasantly constant. Imaginative food combinations and interesting flavours are served in this cosy setting. The prices however are a bit... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Nathanial the owner and Chef at Shells Tairua produces consistent and high quality meals. His talent for flavour layering is brilliant and one never leaves hungry with great sized meals of top quality.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Couldn't believe this place wasn't packed out, maybe it's on the wrong side of the road, I don't know. Yummy mouth watering menu to accommodate everyone's needs. I had the perfect steak after sharing a great entree of King prawns with my husband. My husband raved about this meal of tuna. The beautiful waitress Eleanor had a welcoming smile that... More 

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Good local choice, reliable food with great service. Recommend the home made pate, gorgeous! Had duck for main with green beans and a bean mash. The confit duck was gorgeous but I could have done with a bit less of the bean theme, it got a bit much having green beans and also bean mash. A nice roast spud or... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Lovely spacious restaurant with great decor including the shell tables. Staff were friendly and professional and the food was superb. No Oysters that night so had to settle for Prawns to start - delicious and properly messy! We had a huge main as well and even shared a pudding - too good to miss. Another good reason to return to... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Have been there a few times now and it was always good. Meals were tasty and well presented. Service was friendly and efficient.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Food was outstanding in casual atmosphere. I had chicken and risotto. Probably best chicken I've had in a long time! Friendly wait staff. Reasonable prices.

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Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Dined recemtly here in a group Garlic bread huge slabs only partially heated , top with garlic butter was warm the rest of it cold Chicken main atop rissotto was crying out for some seasoning , rather bland chicken , rissotto was a little salty Bean side dish never came until after i had finished my main course , so... More 

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Silicon Valley
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126 reviews 126 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

We ate here for dinner on the way back from hot water beach. My husband had the fish special and I had the duck dinner option. We thought the food was very good and that the menu had a lot of nice options for dinner. We arrived without a booking and were easily able to get a table outside. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main road, Tairua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
  • Phone Number: 07-86-48811

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International

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