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Squids Bar & Restaurant

1 Blacksmith Lane, Shop 15, Whitianga, New Zealand
+64 7-867 1710
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“seafood” (65 reviews)
“mussels” (54 reviews)
“kingfish” (16 reviews)
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Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Blacksmith Lane, Shop 15, Whitianga, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I was both very sick the day after eating here and had to go to the hospital from medication. At first we thought it maybe the water but soon after the medication was in our systems we were better for not going...More

Thank Rebecca C
howieandjo, Owner at Squids Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2017

Hi Rebecca, Please remove this review from Trip Advisor. It is grossly in- accurate and damaging to our business. You have no evidence or proof that it was food that you consumed at Squids that made you ill, it could have been any number of...More

Reviewed March 13, 2017

We have always had excellent service and beautiful meals here. Very friendly staff. Will be returning for another meal

Thank Karyn V
Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

The seafood chowder is very tasty, lovely hint of rosemary, a good consistency in the cream, not too thick, not too thin. The calamari is in a slightly spicey batter and the chili dip with it, perfect. The fish cakes are very very tasty. We...More

Thank Laura J
Reviewed March 4, 2017

We just finished eating at Squids. What a disappointment. This is one of those places that makes us just want to cook for ourselves at home. The man who was serving obviously does not want to be serving. So, stop. You don't like it, and...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2017

We had three meals, a kid one, a main and an entree. They were all good sized ones but the kid one was over salty. Just make sure you will ask for not too much salt for your little one's kidney!

Thank 145marthap
Reviewed March 3, 2017

Nice simple clean small restaurant with fresh seafood. I had the pot of green mussels native to the Coromandel Peninsula and my husband had salmon. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and let me mention that the portions were generous!! Great view of the marina too!

Thank mariannek18360
Reviewed March 3, 2017

A beautiful evening so we ate outside. We found the service very good,attentive and not over the top. We shared a battered squid stater with a chilli dip which was delicious.. To follow one gurnard and chips which was cooked well and a prawn and...More

Thank Chris K
Reviewed March 2, 2017

We enjoyed the food; it was tasty and fresh. However the person in charge wasn't nice at all. Children, drenched don't seem to be very welcome either. It's a pity!

Thank Nimonemo
Reviewed February 27, 2017

Food was fine overall. The restaurant was fairly busy which might have contributed to the average service, although patrons were diminishing. Food was placed on the table towards the edge, not even close to us sitting at the other end of the table. No comments...More

Thank DHC2-Man
Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

We visited Squids on the recommendation of our boat trip guide and we're glad we ate here. We had squid and Louisiana fried fish and both were delicious. Will be back on our next trip to Whitianga

Thank Anna B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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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