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Poolside Cafe Bar & Restaurant

At the Puataukanave International Hotel | Vava'u, Neiafu, Tonga
+676 70-249
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible0%
Jun 4, 2016
“Give it a miss”
Jan 6, 2015
“Tasty food choices”
Open Now
All hours
Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
At the Puataukanave International Hotel | Vava'u, Neiafu, Tonga
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Reviewed June 4, 2016

Ordered simple breakfast option but got fried instead of poached eggs. Coffee and tea were undrinkable and service was slow and poor

Thank Donal D
Reviewed January 6, 2015

Mary and her staff do a fabulous job with fantastic food choices and friendly service. A wonderful place to hang out and chat with locals and tourist about fun activities to do around Vava'u!

Thank EndangeredE
Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

This poolside bar serves simple but good food. The swordfish was off (kudos for not serving off food). Instead I had the taco basket with fresh Italian sausage which was delicious. The place has a great vibe with regulars who make you welcome. Good eating.

Thank DocBrown55
Reviewed August 31, 2014

Only ate here once. The pizza was pretty good considering the location. Menu was limited and unusual (Tex-Mex) included. I was with a group or I would have left for a place with more extensive options. Again ex-pat run

1  Thank John A
Reviewed August 6, 2014

The best tasting food in Vava'u. Everything that is cooked and served here is made by Mary the mega-cook and tastes divine. I ate their many a time during my visit and honestly didn't have a bad meal, my favourite was the shepherds pie I...More

Thank cocococo888
Reviewed July 28, 2014

We called in for a meal at about 7.30 PM. The place is nicely decorated, the furniture rather grand looking but comfortable, the menu limited. The flesh of the fish in my fish and chips was brown and chewy. My colleague's curry was so so....More

Thank MickB53
PoolsideCafe, Owner at Poolside Cafe Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2014

Good morning, I think you must have visited the Beach House Vava'u which is also located in the Puataukanave Hotel complex, or perhaps even the Lobster House restaurant. The Poolside Cafe is not affiliated with the hotel other than leasing the space. We close before...More

Reviewed May 8, 2014

Great food great service with a constantly changing black board menu. Every week a new country is featured. Italian, Indian ,Mexican, Vietnamese and Thai and of course the very best of good British pies just great for yacht provisioning. Locals can eat here nearly every...More

Thank mebbsa
Reviewed December 7, 2013

I would choose Poolside to dine over Mangoes. Wished you were open on the weekend but understand that you guys had a busy season. Food - brilliant, service - great , Mixing and mingling with locals and visitors alike - great

Thank Katene P
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Loved the options of food, actually had Mexican food! Loved the conversations with patrons. Owners are wonderful!

Thank savytravelz
Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

Food was great - went there just once for lunch and had an Aussie burger, which I can recommend! The staff are very friendly and it seemed like a great place, but for somewhere that sells itself on having a pool it needs a clean...More

Thank Alex S
PoolsideCafe, Owner at Poolside Cafe Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

The pool is the property and responsibility of the Puataukanve International Hotel. During the months of August and September 2013 the pool was affected by both pump and filtration issues. This resulted in the pool going green. These issues have since been resolved and the...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: At the Puataukanave International Hotel | Vava'u, Neiafu, Tonga
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Tonga  >  Vava'u Islands  >  Neiafu
  • Phone Number: +676 70-249
  • E-mail
Simply Italian - Uniquely Canadian. Situated in the heart of town at the Puataukanave Int Hotel by the pool. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner, on Sunday for brunch from 11am. Full menu, daily and weekly specials, including "poutine" - a Canadian favourite!
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