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Only Seafood

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40 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
09 402 6066
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were holidaying in Paihia and really wanted somewhere that catered simply for seafood. We found Only Seafood and it was a tremendous experience both in terms of food and service. The oysters were out of this world and were fresh that day from Russell. They are the best I have ever tasted and the size made eating them a... More 

Thank Noel P
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We asked for a seafood place and the motel recommended Only Seafood. It was a rainy and wintery night and we had to brave the cold rain to get there. We were more than surprised by the quality of set dinner we both had. It was flounder, pan fried and served with a very generous helping of mixed salad with... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This meal was to die for. The scallops were fantastic it was a generous size for an entree. I had the fish of the day (snapper) oven baked. So beautifully cooked and a decent size fillet. My husband had the film parcel and said it was chock full of seafood. Was fairly well priced and the service was great. Would... More 

Thank dlrobins
Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I should have not expected much after being seated on a beach chair at a formica table, however I was hopeful that a seafood restaurant in the Bay of Islands would at least redeem itself with the food. It didn't, my calamari starter tasted more of garlic butter than calamari. Things did not improve with the mains, my Salmon was... More 

Thank Ian M
Stone, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like seafood then a restaurant that does nothing else is a dream, some places have seafood courses, this place specialises in them. Our meals were well presented and tasty, little touches like removing the shells around the body of the prawns while keeping the head and tails on show attention to detail. It was much busier than they... More 

Thank sparky_112358
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a restaurant!! This ace came recommended to us by a local so we decided to try it. We were very pleasantly surprised. Service was impeccable. Dinner was to die for... truly. We shared a seafood platter for entree. Served with garlic bread... more like half a cob loaf.!! Freshly baked and delicious. We had snapper for main. Simply divine.... More 

Thank Keren C
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Working in Whangarei and stayed two nights in Paihia. Went to dinner at Only Seafood. Staff were very efficient even though they were busy, prompt with meal and beautifully cooked. It was that good I went back the following night. Will definitely be back next month. If you love seafood this is a must.

Thank Dion C
Upper Lansdowne, New South Wales, Australia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We all had different meals which were delivered quickly (maybe because we dined early) but were of a high quality. Dessert was excellent Srvice was High Class

Thank lazynomad
Feilding, New Zealand
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went for the "early bird special" but were lured to the main menu. Spoilt for choice. I had fish parcels. Yum. The boss had pan fried snapper, More yum. Service & ambience spot on. To get 5 stars staff need to smile & show some real enjoyment😐

Thank Grant F
Christchurch, New Zealand
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Our second visit and well worth it. Biggest problem choosing what to have. The service was excellent too.

Thank Christine W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Seafood, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Paihia
  • Phone Number: 09 402 6066

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