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The Bay House

Certificate of Excellence
New Zealand, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options
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Tauranga Bay Rd | Tauranga Bay, Westport 7892, New Zealand
+64 3-789 4151
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is situated right by Tauranga Bay not far from Cape Foulwind and about 15kms from Westport. Scenery is to amazingas you look out over the Bay. It's approximately 5 minutes drive from the seal colony or about a twenty minute walk. Cafe is a beautiful place to relax with friends and have a excellent lunch or just grab... More 

Thank Brenda S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Have been here a couple of times with friends and family, such a beautiful spot. Lovely food, helpful staff and a great surrounding.

Thank Helen1467
Washington DC
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133 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I was with a group of 10 (with reservation, so there was no surprise to the restaurant). Every step took what seemed like hours: We waited a while until they took our order, but then starters and mains took unexcusably long to arrive. We wanted desserts but walked out because we didn't have another two hours to wait: dinner had... More 

Thank TechTraveller
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Having previously lived on the Coast, I've had the privileged of seeing T Bay at it's wildest/windiest/wettest but also on cloudless sunny days from the deck of the Bay House. The view from the deck and the restaurant keep me coming back every time I'm in town to visit old friends, or to show new friends around. The Bay House... More 

Thank Cara M
Guelph, Canada
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

The setting for this restaurant overlooking the sea is stunningly beautiful. We sat outside for cocktails, but the cool autumn evening drove us indoors for dinner. We had a birthday celebration dinner here, and the food was deliciously flavourful. It was one of the more memorable meals of our trip to New Zealand.

Thank jazzguelph
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

Over 10 years since I've been in the area, and I was so happy to see the cafe still successful. Once again I've visited on a beautiful sunny day, a stunning view, friendly staff, and a delicious meal, calamari with seaweed and salad, yummy! A little spot of heaven here.

Thank D0rzy
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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64 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Stopped here for lunch and were very pleased with the quantity and quality of the food. Staff were excellent, and it was great value for money. Definitely recommend.

Thank David S
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66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to have lunch at the Bay House once again. Despite a gloomy weather forecast we decided to head for the Bay House for lunch only to find clear skies and warm temperatures . The place was quite busy as usual . The service was prompt, our meals were delicious and the view... More 

Thank Ron L
Westport, New Zealand
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

As usual amazing meal and service. The views are exceptional and the staff so courteous and attentive to every detail. Only problem on this visit were 3 very obnoxious customers who obviously have mental health problems. It was quite disturbing listening to them and the poor waitress serving must have been appalled. Think if it was me they would have... More 

Thank 313Maggie
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

We have since turned into regular dinner customers as everytime the food is cooked beautiful and it's something different that you just wouldn't cook at home which is what we like when we go out . the staff are very welcoming and we have had a great time everytime we have been out .

Thank Jolene M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $26
New Zealand, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tauranga Bay Rd | Tauranga Bay, Westport 7892, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westport
  • Phone Number: +64 3-789 4151
Nestled into the native bush clad peninsula of Tauranga Bay (Maori for 'sheltered bay'), The Bay House has a unique coastal location giving a sense of escape to somewhere close to paradise. Overlooking the Tasman surf, The Bay House is one of New Zealand's most picturesque dining environments offering a range of options for guests depending on their mood, the time of day and the weather: we offer casual lunches from 11.30am to 3pm and A la Carte Dining in the evening from 5.30pm in the summer months. With stunning waterfront views from almost all tables on the premises and seasonal New Zealand style cuisine, the iconic Bay House is a true destination for all in search of a memorable dining experience in a world class location.

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