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Squids Bar & Restaurant

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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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

How do you rate this rest. The food was a shocker and the prices, unbelievable. Food is not fresh at all. Stay away from the Malaysian Laksa.

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Thank John D
Wellington, New Zealand
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436 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The decor is lovely, very nautical. It was hot but they have fans and large sliding windows so the breeze comes in. Fabulous food. Fish and huge chips were fresh and crisp, steak cooked to perfection, the squid laksa could have had more noodles and was a little too spicy but lots of squid and fresh veges in it. Desserts... More 

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Thank Ah62
Whitianga, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have my favourites but I've been many times with many people and everyone had loved their meal! Dianna Hansen

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Thank Dianna H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To start off with, our reservation for a table was deleted so we had to rebook before heading for dinner. Service was very poor with one, overwhelmed, Waiter. After about 3/4 hours wait, food finally arrived at the table. Food was fairly tasty, but value for money was pretty bad. Received 2 small fish cakes for $16, which was fairly... More 

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Thank Dominic P
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3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was told to come here by a friend, food was somewhat lacking. Partner ordered the organic beef - tasted like it was cooked in a dirty pan with burnt butter! I ordered the salmon with potato salad, salmon was no bigger then my palm - for $28 you'd expect a bigger piece and the potato salad tasted as though it... More 

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Thank Erin G
Hamilton, New Zealand
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We aimed to eat lots of seafood when we visited Whitianga and found less of it in other restaurants than we had hoped for. Though there are some well-reviewed "fish and chips" places, we were looking for something more sophisticated. Squids was the exception, however, with a range of delicious fish and seafood entrees and mains, briskly and efficiently served,... More 

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Thank Simon L
Winnipeg, Canada
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has a limited menu but what they have is good. The decor could use some freshening up but the food is good and the service was excellent. We had calamari which was cooked perfectly, and the Coromandel mussels which are very tasty and plentiful.

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Thank Tee-em240
Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Lovely seafood restaurant. We both had the mussels and they were delicious and reasonably priced. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Good range of seafood and while not adventurous the taste and quality was pretty nice. Prompt service and reasonable prices too.

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Thank R R
Coromandel, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Wedding anniversary & I picked up hubby from work for a quick lunch. We wanted to go somewhere a bit more special than a cafe. We were seated quickly & water brought to the table. Orders were taken and drinks came to the table promptly. The meals were delicious and a generous size for lunch. The premises is clean and... More 

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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, European, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?