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Rusty Pelican Bar & Pizzeria

Bar, Pizza, Mexican, Steakhouse, Seafood, New Zealand
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1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, New Zealand
+64 4229122
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Auckland, New Zealand
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83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sat outside as we had our dog. A bowl of water was brought over for the dog. Our drinks arrived promptly. Ordered gluten free base, chicken and sweet chilli sauce pizza. Arrived piping hot, generous, delicious toppings. Crispy base, Wonderful pizza.

Thank Nihonihoohura
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is excellent if you want to pop in for a pizza before a movie, or a full dinner experience. Great for families, functions or just an intimate dinner. Awesome service & good food. There is a lot of history in the restaurant to look at too. Service can take a while if you're off to a movie, so... More 

Thank Sheryl M
York, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Watched the Warriors play. Had a couple of games of pool. Drank the local Omaha Bay Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, very nice. Ribs were divine. Atmosphere was good. Large space with separate eating restaurant if desired. Out door space.

Thank Tracie433
Whangarei, New Zealand
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Four friends out for dinner on a cold night. The Rusty Pelican had a lovely fire roaring away. Service was quick and efficient. All our meals were very nice. A bit on the large side. Certainly a good deal. You only needed one course.

Thank Sharon1157
Warkworth, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Pleasant dining atmosphere in front of the open fireplace on a wet windy night. I had bangers & mash & peas before heading off to the cinema across the road

Thank h8bnl82016
Olivos, Argentina
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

When visiting Matakana Village, do not miss Rusty Pelican BAr. They offer an array of pizza flavours, with an excellent selection of drinks, which you cannot reject. Try Margherita pizza, chicken tenders and fries.... and let us know your experience

Thank Lincoln T
Whangarei, New Zealand
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Went here for lunch, was seated by a friendly enough guy but the female waitress who came to take our order was less than friendly. We were told before we ordered that food would be a while. I asked how long was a while... Received a sigh and was told we are very busy in the restaurant it won't be... More 

Thank Alyayde
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79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

We were slated to reach Matakana for lunch but overshot the place and managed to find our way back after a longish detour. This made for a late lunch, which also meant we were all quite famished, which may not make reviewing the food in an unbiased manner, so to speak. Nevertheless, the place had good ambience - we chose... More 

Thank Vs N
Snells Beach, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

we go here 3 or 4 times a year and it is consistently good. Very large servings of well cooked food. We had a family birthday so a group of us went last night and service and food was all good . Good atmosphere and nice big fire roaring to keep us warm

Thank DaveAnita2016
Mahurangi East, New Zealand
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Being locals, we have been to the Rusty Pelican a few times, mainly for pizzas, both on normal days and also on the "buy one, get one free" on Thursdays. Pizzas are very good and big enough to share if you are moderately hungry, but if you are really hungry, you buy two for a couple and have a lunch... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Bar, Pizza, Mexican, Steakhouse, Seafood, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Matakana
  • Phone Number: +64 4229122
In 1998 Daniel and Julie Baturic designed and developed the local service station workshop into Matakana's first- ever pizzeria restaurant.
Some years later the Rusty Pelican was sold.
In 2007 Daniel Baturic with business partner Stu Wells repurchased the then fading restaurant to re-establish the original concept of hearty meals and pizzas to die for to make it once again a local iconic pizzeria restaurant.
Rusty's famous pizzas appeal to connoisseurs of casual dining and are just the thing to top off a day at the beach.
The extensive a la carte menu is sure to please with seafood, pastas, steaks and salads but be sure to leave room for the delicious desserts.
The revived success of this Matakana restaurant and bar has reaffirmed Daniel's philosophy that the Rusty Pelican is a venue where people can gather with friends and family over a generous, well priced meal. Good service with old fashioned hospitality is guaranteed.
The continued investment in the local community has the Rusty Pelican supporting school
fundraisers and sports teams such as the Mahurangi Junior Rugby Club, Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club, and Mahurangi College Sports teams to name a few.
"Matakana has a lot of visitors whom we welcome and cater for but focusing on our loyal year round local patrons is paramount" says Daniel.
The Rusty Pelican Pizzeria Restaurant understands the importance of catering for families and provides a welcoming well planned family atmosphere.
The Tui sports bar is also children friendly. Why not challenge Dad to a game of pool or have your family cheer for their favourite team on the big screen?
Check out our unbeatable winter value meal deals which enable the whole family to dine without breaking the bank.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?