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“great food, great atmosphere, great service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Amphora On The Strand

Amphora On The Strand
43 The Strand, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
+64 7-578 1616
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Ranked #79 of 218 Restaurants in Tauranga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $22
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Amphora embodies all that's great about The Strand in Tauranga. Outdoor dining in the courtyard looking out over the water, or in the colourful, warm, Italian-inspired interior which is the perfect spot for a long, intimate candlelight dinner for two or a large party of friends having a celebration meal. There is a warm ambiance creating a relaxed atmosphere here - perfect to enjoy a glass or two of wine before dinner and take your time choosing which of the delicious dishes you will order. The Italian/Mediterranean-inspired food is wholesome and the chefs at Amphora buy in-season from local suppliers, with a focus on freshness and quality of ingredients. We have a good range of gluten free on offer and if you have a special request due to dietary requirements just ask and we will do our best to cater to your requirements. Amphora On The Strand is family owned and run, with more than 30 years restaurant experience, giving personalised service. Amphora is fully licensed as well as B.Y.O. If you would like to make a group booking for lunch we will open specially for groups of 10 or more. Call us to help arrange all sorts of celebrations such as birthday parties, work do's or small weddings at Amphora. We will help you celebrate at the restaurant catering to your individual needs, or we can arrange out-catering for your party if you wish, in your own home or venue.
Tauranga, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“great food, great atmosphere, great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We had a lovely meal here and the service was friendly and attentive. it was a full restaurant and there were no delays with the meals and all served within reasonable time. My duck main fell off the bone it was so tender and the brulee perfect. They even gave my husband a free mud cake with candle for his birthday, which was so lovely and unexpected. I would recommend highly

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newport, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Had dinner here on two occasions now. Amazing both times!great service and meals were cooked to perfection!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Bad food and took forever”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Went there on a Monday night. Was not particularly busy, maybe one-third full, but the food -- a seafood soup and pasta with vegetables -- took about an hour. Asked the waitress what the status of the order was after 35-40 mins and she walked off and never provided an update. One of the few places I have ever considered leaving, the wait was so long. Would never go back.

Visited April 2013
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Papamoa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Always been good...now even better!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Been here several times over 13 years, but havent been for about 3 years. It was always an old favourite of ours but this place is much better than it was when run by the previous owner. The menu is smaller, which is a good thing as there was just too much to choose from before. Excellent food. Had 2 entrees each, mussels, calomari and chicken livers. All excellent and sticky date pudding and my husband had cheesecake which were both very tasty. The waiter was one of the best we have come across for sometime, did everything right in an unobtrusive manner, which can be rare in some establishments. We will certainly come back soon to this old fav of ours. Keep up the high standard!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland, NZ
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120 reviews 120 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Pleasant Meal But Nothing Special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Dropped by this place on a Friday evening after walking the length of the restaurant strip on the Strand to see what was available. Despite the name there is little if anything that is Greek or Roman about the place and we chose to eat here largely because we were too hungry to walk back, so decided to give it a try.

The food was perfectly good. We had a salad and confit of duck with a bottle of Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris which replenished us well. The salad was mountainous. The duck was very well prepared and presented, tender and moist.

No complaints either about the service which was brisk and efficient.

Nothing, however, to make you sit up and say this is somewhere to come back to.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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