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Squids Bar & Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, Soups, New Zealand
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1 Blacksmith Lane, Shop 15, Whitianga, New Zealand
+64 7-867 1710
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited while on holiday and were impressed with the simple but stylish menu on display. We ate there later in the day and were not disappointed. Each dish was quite distinctive and a great example of what great cafe food is about, showcasing local food but using a wide range of styles to satisfy almost everyone. Squid had a... More 

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Fremont, CA
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was expecting more on the food. Nice beer and wine list. I would consider this place for a quick dinner.

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Thank hsoof
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tasty mussel pot .. Great beers .. Friendly service. Chocolate mousse to die for!! Nice setting ... Easy going, accommodating wait staff

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Thank Karen S
Teddington, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was excellent and the service was great, really friendly. A great location and great value, would definitely come back if we visited again.

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Thank SueO9
Hong Kong, China
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant in the late December. We ordered the smoked seafood platter, mussel pot and kids fish & chips. All were tasty especially the mussels as they were fresh. As specified in the menu, the smoked seafood platter is suitable for 2 to share, but actually it's not large enough. Normally fish & chips dish is provided... More 

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Thank 447connie
Whitianga, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I like this place for the lunch, a big choice squids, the squids with coconut is delicious the price is correct

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Thank Arlette G
Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is incredible and service was great. We asked for an entree of mussels which were delicious and had fish as a main. The Kingfish tasted like fish steak and the twice cooked chips were perfectly crispy on the outside. Even the salad was amazing. Just wish I had room for dessert! Highly recommend.

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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't bother. This place is a waste of time and money. Food is horrible and a ripoff. $26 for a small laksa which barely came with any noodles or other ingredients. Bowl came only half full. Saw other reviews on trip advisor and gave the restaurant the benefit of the doubt. But I totally agree with other reviewers. Other dishes... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was ok. But woman server was unfriendly and rude. Make a guest uncomfortable. I will not visit again.

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Tucson
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was fabulous. I had the "fish and chips" which was really seared tuna and chips. Boyfriend had Malaysian squid. Both were incredible. They also have a nice variety of craft beer available. Everything is reasonably priced. Didn't try the dessert cause we did not have enough room. Can get busy, so call ahead for a booking.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Soups, New Zealand
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Blacksmith Lane, Shop 15, Whitianga, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Whitianga
  • Phone Number: +64 7-867 1710

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?