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The Penguin Cafe & Bar Pohara

$$ - $$$, Cafe,
822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
+64 3-525 6126
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good44%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“pizza” (22 reviews)
“chowder” (11 reviews)
“seafood” (8 reviews)
Closes in 19 min
6:30 AM - 2:30 PMAll hours
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Pizza, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 197 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

2 minutes walk from the beach and very close to the street you'll find this little restaurant, cafe. As usual in NZ the staff was so nice and friendly, quick and happy. That's important. The menu had a lot to offer and we tried bluecod...More

Thank Ulf S
Reviewed 3 days ago

We drove from Nelson to have lunch in the sun, having last had a meal there 12 months earlier….Nothing had changed…..the service was still attentive and the food tasty. This time I had an open steak sandwich which came with chips……full marks to the cook...More

Thank mbslk230
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Plenty of choice on menu. Hostess -Melissa is fantastic and very helpful. Food is always lovely and the restaurant is ideally situated on the waterfront at Pohara.

Thank Carmel F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice ambiance, good food, local craft beers and wine, friendly locals plus they let us watch the AFL Grand Final! Staff were really helpful. I recommend the Penguin if you want to drop in for a drink or a meal in or around Takaka/Pohara.

Thank Keith A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first experience of this place was for a take-away coffee and to check out whether they did vegetarian. While they didn't have anything on the menu they were happy to whip me up something nice. when we arrived for our dinner booking we were...More

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed August 16, 2017

Had dinner here as we were staying in the camp and were not in the mood for cooking. Had a delicious and filling seafood chowder.

Thank Karin C
Reviewed August 2, 2017

This well situated pub offers a great selection of beers, wine and food. The quality of the food far exceeded any expections. Delicious mussels and fresh fish, along with all time menu favourites. Great hospitality.

Thank 71Double_H
Reviewed May 22, 2017

fish and chips were OK, a bit greasy but good. The ice cream was awful. Service is friendly and prices are reasonable.

Thank DANI24
Reviewed May 1, 2017

While visiting Golden Bay area on our way from Pupu Springs to Wainui Falls we stopped for lunch at The Penguin Cafe. It was 3 of us. We were seated outside. It was not very busy. Service was very nice, it didn’t take long time...More

1  Thank RItraveler512
Reviewed April 24, 2017

I feel a bit guilty writing this poor review because the staff were lovely and welcoming but there was just something a little odd with the food! My nachos had hardly any cheese 0 or even nachos really but absolutely mountains of sweet chilli sauce...More

Thank Rachel E
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Golden Bay  >  Pohara
  • Phone Number: +64 3-525 6126
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Sunny courtyard dining amongst native bush or on our decks with sea views. Cosy open fire in the winter. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, delicious local Tuatara coffee. Outdoor bar. New Boundary Road craft beer range plus regional wines. Menus to suit all tastes, steaks, NZ lamb, delicious seafood chowder and local Golden Bay crab cakes. Range of gourmet pizzas and Friday night burger specials. Sky TV, Happy Hour Thursdays 4 - 6pm complimentary nibbles.
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