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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%
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“pizza” (23 reviews)
“chowder” (11 reviews)
“seafood” (6 reviews)
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Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Pizza, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As part of a nice long weekend away our first dinner stop on Friday night was at the Penguin.After previously being here about a year ago we were looking forward to having a nice pub meal. My partner ordered a chicken burger and I ordered...More

Thank Anthony A
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had ribs and chips which were yummy and a nice glass of wine. The outdoor seating area is nice, the staff were friendly and I had a relaxed pleasant lunch

Thank Tavuk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had two meals at the Penguin. Good sound Kai (food) and good selection of craft beers and wine. Prices were good, with rural pub type atmosphere

Thank Scott R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I tried the mussels and the seafood chowder which were both superb. Not only is the food tasty but the presentation is very well done by the young crew here. Try the sticky toffee pudding for dessert!

Thank f16addict
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had just come back from the Wainui Falls and didn't want a large meal so we had BLTE (bacon lettuce tomato and egg burger, and eggs benedict with bacon, was very good and the service was really quick want to go back and try...More

Thank Toscanini6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant today. While the service and food was ok we, we were absolutely shocked when the owners father decided to do DIY 20ft from us whilst we are in the mid-lunch. The saw dust and other clay like particles went everywhere in...More

Thank Noah F
Reviewed October 14, 2017

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 October 13, 2017

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 October 6, 2017 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 September 30, 2017

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
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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
Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
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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