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“good food, good bar, shame about the smoking....” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Lincoln

The Lincoln
501 Port Road, Whangamata, New Zealand
07 865 6338
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Ranked #12 of 22 Restaurants in Whangamata
Cuisines: Bar, Dessert, Family Fare, New Zealand
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Description: The Lincoln is a lively, must-visit café/bar/restaurant when in Whangamata, popular surfing mecca of New Zealand and one of the most popular beach resorts around. The Lincoln specialises in craft beers, often introducing new and exciting craft beers both local and imported. They have Boundary Road, Wild Buck & Bouncing Czech beers to name a few, and have a beer to suit every taste.The Lincoln serve delicious food from varied menus which change seasonally, have fresh seafood daily, and also serve weekend brunch and burgers. Try their massive popular Jack Daniels Pork Ribs, and wide selection of steaks from the Butchers Block menu.The Lincoln has regular DJ’s and live music, so watch or phone for details of what they have on in the coming weeks. The Lincoln is a popular venue for private functions all year round, such as weddings, birthday celebrations, or work functions, so call us and discuss your individual preferences. We can also do out-catering if you prefer to have your celebration at your place.With its great location right in the centre of the main street, indoor and outdoor seating in the sunny climate of Whangamata, The Lincoln is a popular place for all ages to visit, whether it is for coffee or a drink, café snacks, lunch, brunch or dinner
Christchurch, New Zealand
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“good food, good bar, shame about the smoking....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Stopped here to have an evening meal. everything looked good and had quite a few customers in, always a good sign.
Staff welcomed me in and gave me a table promptly along with the menu and a few guiding comments which were really helpful. A drink followed quickly.
I ordered fresh cooked fish which was elegantly presented and nicely cooked.
whilst I was eating, the smell of people smoking was really unpleasant and irritating. The front of the restaurant had fold back doors and they were folded back fully open. There was a large party of diners sitting outside the cafe but they were inside a clear plastic weather type cover to protect them from the wind etc. I suppose technically they were outside the restaurant but with the foldback doors open and the plastic cover closed to the outside, they may as well been inside. One smoker was visibly smoking and exhaling the smoke into the restaurant /bar area so as not to blow it over the table of mostly non smokers she was with which meant it drifted within the restaurant. A lady on the table next to me did make a comment to the staff about it fairly firmly and in a somewhat irritated fashion. once she was out of earshot, the 2 staff commented on how rude she was. I did also make a comment that the smoking was not helpful and it really spoiled the atmosphere of the meal which was a good meal. They seemed to miss the point that smoking is not the best smell to have in a restaurant where non smokers come to enjoy good food. its a shame and I must say I will give The Lincoln a miss when i am next in Whangamata as i prefer to go somewhere where the atmosphere is more enjoyable for both a smoker and a non smoker but they do not interfere with each others enjoyment.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great food and friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Stopped in here twice last weekend - first for a quick garlic bread and drink and then brunch the next day. Friendly staff, awesome food, great location, great prices, will definitely be back on our next trip to Whanga

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Frome, United Kingdom
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“A nice surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We stopped in Whangamata (un-planned) on our tour ofthe N Island, and didn't arrive at the Lincoln until quite late. The service was prompt and friendly, and the chowder I order was delicious (maybe the best I have every eaten). We both choose the Fish of the day which was well cooked, presented and very tasty. It came to nearly $100NZ with a couple of drinks.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fish & chips”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We had lunch in this bar/restaurant on the main street. Good fish & chips, but the menu was very wide & varied. Plenty of outside seating as well as inside.

Visited February 2013
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Best ribs ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This place was a real surprise - the food was just wonderful. We both had ribs which were delicious and good value for money. Staff were great, beer was good - what more could you ask.

Visited February 2013
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