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“The only place for dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tuti's Restaurant and Bar

Tuti's Restaurant and Bar
35 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 3370
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Ranked #2 of 48 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $49
Cuisines: Seafood, Fusion, New Zealand
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Family owned and operated new build restaurant with a comfortable and attractive interior. One of provincial New Zealand's best equipped and hygienic kitchens serving the freshest of local seafood's and local farm produce to a consistently high standard. All fish served in this restaurant is purchased direct from the fishermen and filleted in house, with preference given to line caught fish.
Cairns, Australia
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“The only place for dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

The yummiest chicken curry, beautiful tender lamb shanks and the best chicken sate's south of Indonesia. You will not be disappointed by a meal from Tuti's kitchen.

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Singapore
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Come here and you know why it's ranked at the top!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Wonderful and immaculately fresh seafood at its best! Expect restaurant-level prices but you can expect restaurant-level standards.

Had the crayfish, fish of the day, seafood chowder, chili mussels and calamari. We found the seafood chowder to be our top pick and the fish of the day to be our second. The crayfish was a close third as well.

Service was great and very friendly. Ambience was also fantastic!

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San Francisco, California
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“great place for dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

we got mussels, indonesian curry shrimp, mango cheesecake.

everything was great, good portions. the cheesecake was incredible.

  • Visited November 2013
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    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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“Very good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Great atmosphere and menu selection. Nothing fancy, pretty straight forward but done very well. Meat + starch + veges. I had the grouper/ fish of the day, mashed potatoes, and veges and it was cooked excellent. Wife had the salmon and same sides but salmon came with a curry sauce. Was very nice as well. Drinks are priced reasonably. Friendly service.

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“Best all around dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Had dinner here with my husband and 17 month old. Fine dining but very child friendly too - high chair, kids menu if you want it (actually nice food not just hamburger or fish n chips).

Food was delicious. Squid starter - delicious. Salad - great. Lamb shank - would order again, moist, well seasoned, nice presentation. Nice wine selection. Dessert was very good - pudding.

Service was very friendly and accommodating. Only critique - and it's knit picking - it would be nice if the servers could give elaboration on menu items. We asked questions on a couple of menu items (ie what is the rich sauce like? Tell me more about the pudding dessert?) and our very sweet server could not share more than "it's really good". We're from quite a foodie city, so expectations of food knowledge are probably too high. Overall, experience was fabulous. Would definitely go back and highly recommend.

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