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“Great Food”

Rusty Pelican Restaurant & Pizzeria
Ranked #4 of 27 Restaurants in Matakana
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: In 1998 Daniel and Julie Baturic designed and developed the local service station workshop into Matakana's first- ever restaurant & pizzeria. Some years later the Rusty Pelican was sold. In 2007 Daniel Baturic with business partner Stu Wells repurchased the then fading restaurant to re-establish the original concept of hearty meals and pizzas to die for to make it once again a local iconic pizzeria restaurant. Rusty's famous pizzas appeal to connoisseurs of casual dining and are just the thing to top off a day at the beach. The extensive a la carte menu is sure to please with seafood, pastas, steaks and salads but be sure to leave room for the delicious desserts. The revived success of this Matakana restaurant and bar has reaffirmed Daniel's philosophy that the Rusty Pelican is a venue where people can gather with friends and family over a generous, well priced meal. Good service with old fashioned hospitality is guaranteed. The continued investment in the local community has the Rusty Pelican supporting school fundraisers and sports teams such as the Mahurangi Junior Rugby Club, Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club, and Mahurangi College Sports teams to name a few. "Matakana has a lot of visitors whom we welcome and cater for but focusing on our loyal year round local patrons is paramount" says Daniel. The Rusty Pelican Pizzeria Restaurant understands the importance of catering for families and provides a welcoming well planned family atmosphere. The Tui sports bar is also children friendly. Why not challenge Dad to a game of pool or have your family cheer for their favourite team on the big screen? Check out our unbeatable winter value meal deals which enable the whole family to dine without breaking the bank.
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

My partner and I consistently visit The Rusty Pelican Bar and Pizzeria when visiting Matakana. The service is always fast and efficient, delivered by friendly, professional staff. The fresh beer battered snapper is to die for and the pricing is about what you would expect for the quantity provided, which is more than enough. Will definitely continue dinning here in the future.

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Gorgeous food but very pricey especially the pizzas, for a family of four (2 adults, 1 child aged 3 and a baby) - there wasn't much change out of $100 :( Needs more on the kids menu like nachos, bangers & mash.

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Stopped on the way through for a Pizza when hungry.
What a great thing we did.
- Great taste!
- Great service
- Easy process
Will definitely be going back
BTW Take away or Eat-in

Thank BrentS_NZ
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Had dinner here to finish off a great evening in Matakana. We'd had a few drinks at the Vintry, seen a movie and couldn't get in to the Country Kitchen. So we went here instead. And did not regret it.

The staff were very welcoming, the food excellent ( superb pizza) and the bill very reasonable. I would happily eat here again.

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Thank 284Blatter284
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Me and my family had lunch on a Sunday. It was quiet. Lunch was great. We liked the Pizza most. Staff was friendly, and efficient. The only downside was we had to small plastic cup for water. But overall, it was great. We would go back again.

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Thank Piggy_9
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