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Only Seafood

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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40 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
09 402 6066
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Paihia, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Only Seafood is a great place to eat. Location is good. Staff are good. Wine selection comprehensive menu very good. Salads huge! Restaurant surroundings very very nice. Sit outside if the weather is fine

Thank lasassa2016
Jerrabomberra, Australia
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202 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our hotelier recommended Only Seafood...there was a wine festival in Paihia so we thought we might struggle to get in but they don't take bookings so all good. We had mussels and chowder for starters then flounder and yellowfin tuna for mains. All the dishes were delicious and the sauces (butter and almond for the flounder and soy-based for the... More 

Thank Jerraquaffers
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only seafood is what is says, only seafood. Had my best Tuna ever here last year. Was not on the meny on this visit but still enjoyed our dinner.

Thank Paul B
Tauranga, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here twice last week and it was a delightful experience. The reception, service and food was all that you could ask for. It was reasonably priced, well presented and we found some good wines to go with it. The waitress was welcoming and had a good Kiwi smile!

Thank julie_dainty
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went early at 5pm because of our 16 month old. They had a 3 course set menu for $45 which sounded great! A raw fish salad (type of ceviche perhaps), oven baked whole Flounder with salad and a pavlova. Because the food was so tasty we couldn't resist trying their King Prawns in chili and garlic. Served as 4... More 

Thank 679audreyh
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

We recently dined at this establishment. Entrées.....served in long rectangular plates on a small circular table forced a balancing trick from the outset. The king prawns which were supposed to be shelled. ..acc the menu...were not shelled properly. They were also tough. A request was made to the waitrss for us to see the manager so that we could make... More 

Thank donjuangraham
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 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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57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

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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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?