We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Only Seafood

Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, New Zealand, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
40 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
09 402 6066
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

574 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 528: English reviews
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Christine W
Dunedin, New Zealand
Level Contributor
34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely relaxed ambience and high quality seafood. I had the $45, 3 course special served before 7pm. On both occasions it was absolutely delicious.

Thank anthony19482014
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a New Year's Eve dinner with family and friends. Great food and great service. Have eaten here a few times and it has always been excellent.

Thank Dr_T_Buds
Chester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lured in by attractive interior and the name. We both had awful meals, mine was inedible. When we politely and quietly pointed out the errors in the food we treated very rudely. The lady who seemed to be in charge couldn't even make eye contact.

Thank jmarmite
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They advertise an early bird set menu for $45's for 3 courses. The time we went before, they actually had a "set menu" with at least a couple of choices per serving. This time we asked for the set menu and the waitress simply points to one choice per serving on the main menu, and that was it. If you... More 

Thank Douglas O
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dined in winter and restaurant was cosy and warm. Chilli prawn entree very nicely spiced with a good amount of heat, scallops with bacon in cream sauce suitably decadent without overwhelming the scallop flavour and seafood chowder superb. Most entrees can be had as mains but partner had the mussels as a main and decided it was a mistake as... More 

Thank Sandra T
Hastings, New Zealand
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The meal was expensive and the customer service was average even though there were only 3 tables of people there.

Thank Kiwichick506
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

There were 7 of us that went there for dinner. We did make reservations. The lady that seated and took our order seemed to be put out. She was very unfriendly. The food was good, a little expensive.

Thank outoftowners2
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Me and my girlfriend wanted to go to a nice restaurant where we can eat fish or seafood. We where already at 5:45 in the restaurant and the (we guess) owner was alone in the restaurant. we wanted oysters as the starter. She told us that there where running out of oysters. They didn't have a better choice,because they had... More 

Thank Felix K
Level Contributor
32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Only night in Paihia and decided to come here for dinner (based on numerous good reviews of late). Lovely building. Food came out surprisingly quick, and it was done well. Main problem with this place is the service. Young lady (Mathilde I believe) was okay, but the lady (?owner) was not the least bit interested when she brought the wine... More 

Thank Joseph C

Travelers who viewed Only Seafood also viewed

Paihia, Bay of Islands
Paihia, Bay of Islands

Been to Only Seafood? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Only Seafood staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?