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The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar

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62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-835 8815
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 am
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Napier, New Zealand
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2017

The Thirsty Whale has regular pub food menu, Filet Mignon was nice but expensive. Beer range is okay but they don't stock any local beers. Pick seats on the deck out the front or upstairs to dine for the best views of the port.

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Thank Webmagic
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Yes nice views on the deck and mezzanine Webmagic glad you enjoyed your meal More 

Lagos, Portugal
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3 reviews
Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

Went for early dinner before the new year entertainment. Highly recommended. Excellent service, great food, good choices on the menu and wonderful location.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Heather much appreciated More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

Always a winner...consistently great food and service.Staff always go the extra mile.Would definitely recommend.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit Henry99johnathon call back again when you are back in Napier More 

Napier, New Zealand
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

Arrived on Boxing Day and had forgotten to book. Staff were very accommodating and let us know how long the wait would be. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals, had spare ribs which were super tasty. Great service, happy and very helpful.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

A lot of customers enjoy our spare ribs leighp59 More 

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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

We tried this place as it was rated #7 on Trip Advisor. Sadly the chips, prawns and fish bites were all overcooked and dry which made for unpleasant eating with the whale platter we ordered. Puny salad was plated and could have been more generous. And we asked for aioli and got tartare. Won't be back and we were so... More 

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

I'm surprised you didn't enjoy the Whale Platter AngelineFaith it is a very popular dish in the restaurant and we receive many compliments from customers in the restaurant and by reviews on here about it More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Popular place. Nice family restaurant. Go in early to avoid the 1 hour ques for main dishes. Lottie was amazing.

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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Lovely food we sat up the top watched an amazing sunset! Really enjoyed the view thanks to Kat for fitting us in! And our food was great the steak was the best my husband had ever had!

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Thank drinksonme79
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

We receive a lot of requests for a table on the mezzanine drinksonme79 nice gviews up there. Glad your husband liked the steak More 

Settle, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2016

Not a place for a quiet dinner but a great place for a group or family to eat. The food and service was very good particularly considering how busy it was. Good selection of beers.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks Ewood2014 for your review yes we do have a great selection of beers More 

Napier, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 28, 2016

I have dined here a number of times and have always found the staff very pleasant and helpful. The food is reasonably priced when compared to other places on the same street. The furniture has been recently updated. There is also an upstairs part if you prefer a bit more privacy when dining. This used to be a very popular... More 

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Thank Sher577
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

We are delighted you enjoy your many visits to the Thirsty Sher577 yes we still have a very popular nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights More 

Queanbeyan, Australia
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2016

We booked to go to dinner at The Thirsty Whale because website & Trip Advisor reviews were very good - booked weeks in advance as we did not know if being a holiday in NZ they would be open. Were really looking forward to this evening as had spent the day in the car travelling from Wellington - started well... More 

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Thank Ris W
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the food Ris W sorry about the wait usually this isn't a problem but for about three days a year at Christmas we are very popular with a lot of visitors in the Bay. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Napier
  • Phone Number: +64 6-835 8815

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