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“Amazing view - love the setting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of 35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar

35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar
69 Marsden Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 9-402 6220
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Ranked #19 of 43 Restaurants in Paihia
Price range: $8 - $27
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The perfect spot to watch the Paihia Wharf where boats depart for the islands while you indulge in a meal carefully prepared for you by our fantastic team of chefs while being looked after by our front of house team who just love to make you feel at home. Whether you are after a coffee, a naughty dessert or cake or a full meal pop in and say HI. We are a team who enjoy sharing both their love of food and the Bay of Islands.
VICTORIA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Amazing view - love the setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

Great food, well presented, liked the atmosphere, great staff

  • Visited January 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Lovely atmoshphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

Beautiful location and the indoor aqaurium was awesome. We dined there with our 2 children. The food was lovely to eat, but typical of many a la carte styles - not much of it. I chose the Lamb Rib(S) as a starter - with the idea of sharing with the children - well, there was only 1 single rib. My husband chose the salt & pepper calamari, and received 5 tiny pieces on a plate. For main, we chose the 1kg prawns to share - this was a fantastic choice and they were beautifully cooked, with dipping sauces on the side. For dessert, I really would have loved one of the kids ones (chocolate cake/pudding) which was huge and beautiful, and half the price of our less appealing adult choices. It really was a beautiful place, with good food, but not quite on target for family dining.

  • Visited November 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
“Loved the Crayfish in the aquarium”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2010

This res taurant was a disappointment. My wife was a vegetarian and was given a mediocre meal. My oysters were good and the fish and chips I ordered were OK. We were given a table beside a screaming baby who happily the parents were considerable and took it outside when it began to cry. The strange thing was there were tables free where we could have sat but were not offered. The best thing in the restaurant was the cool aquarium with the huge crayfish walking along the bottom and bullying the other smaller crayfish. If you do go get a window seat and you will have a nice view of the harbour and wharf.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“To high quoted”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2010

Steamed Mussels were cold, taste was lousy
Evening addition swordfish with sauce hollandaise, not so a complex dish, but once again the cook failed, the dish was cold, and really flavourless.
The wine and the cheese trio were good.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Tasmania
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“watch dinner while eating it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2010

Had dinner here on our first night in the bay of islands and we were impressed! Don’t worry about a window seat - especially at night - get an aquarium view table. Service was pretty good but perhaps a bit of the level we found in Auckland. However it was excellent for a regional area in the off season. The duty manager/wine expert (sorry forgot your name) was excellent. The food was also very good and the ambiance was spot on. If you’re after an excellent night out in Paihia you won’t go wrong here. We had a drink on the outside when we first arrived in town and that was very pleasant also.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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