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“Great atmosphere, food average” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Rain Bar

Rain Bar
30 Gravatt Road, Tauranga, New Zealand
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Ranked #46 of 218 Restaurants in Tauranga
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Waikanae, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, food average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We went as a group to Rain and as it was raining cocktails were only $7 which were great, although it was not the full cocktail list.

The service was very friendly and good but the meal quality was mixed and inconsistant.

I had the pork belly which was devine and my husband had snapper in an Asian broth which was also delicious. Some of the group ordered the spare ribs and they were awful, overcooked and tasted like cardboard! We did complain and they did apologise and discount the meals which was appreciated. Maybe we just happened to go on a bad night.

Visited April 2013
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Kiwi on tour
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110 reviews 110 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Good Value & Ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Have frequented this restaurant/Tavern bar many a time and hyave never come away disappointed. The ambience and service are of a good quality restaurant but with an upmarket tavern bar. The crowd is mixed with both young and old , and even families . A great place for a sunday lunch - the sun beams in there in the afternoons , has a patio area for dining or just drinking. The food is also of a very high standard - the ribs are always superb and a huge plateful ( more than enough for 2 ) - the food is always fresh and the selection is excellent with something for everyone - even vegetarians - would happily recommend this , in fact have convinced friends to meet their in a couple weeks for a night out, bring on the Rain

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Omokoroa NZ
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“For work or leisure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

This bar and restaurant has been a favourite of ours to have our working lunch meetings at, but this was the 1st time I went there in the evening.The prices are not what you expect from a typical bar menu but then this isn't a typical bar food either. Expect restaurant quality food here with a large menu with everything from light bites to full out beautiful meals. The food is always freshly made and yummy- with good size servings (so even the men felt full). For dinner I had pork belly with kumara and it was lovely - melt in the mouth with crispy crackling. My work colleges had a range of dishes including ceaser salad -crisp and very tasty, fish and chips - crisp light batter and sirloin steak cooked to order and to perfection. Oh and if you want an extra egg or 2 just ask and it will be done. A yummy range of desserts did tempt some of us - chocolate lime baked cheese cake was rich and decant. The staff are friendly and the service excellent. Not a bad atmosphere either.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Enjoyable Meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Four males on a sporting trip went here to have a meal and watch the rugby. Statrters were great and the ribs looked like a main until I saw a table nearby get a main of ribs and man that was huge!!. The other starters were great value as well. We all enjoyed our meals and the waitress who was from the sound of things from Ireland was excellent and made us feel welcome. All the starters came in good time and the mains were timed well as well. It was a Saturday night so the place was fairly busy so the service times were good and gave us plenty of time to talk and watch the rugby. Bar had a great selection of everything you need. The four of us all had starters and a main and at least three drinks and it was arounf $55-$60 each and we were happy with that.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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221 reviews 221 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
“A nice place to go for a cocktail or two”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I used to live not too far away from Rain Bar therefore I was a frequent visitor. It's a spacious sized bar with a restaurant to the side and well placed tables and chairs. The bar has a massive selection of drinks to chose from and there are always plenty of staff on so you never have to wait an age to get served - they've got a yummy selection of cocktails as well! Rain Bar holds a quiz night here (every Tuesday I think it is!) which my old flat used to do together and it's a lot of fun; well hosted and well thought through! When I return to NZ, I'll definitely make a stop at Rain Bar.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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