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“Beautiful Location shame about everything else.”

35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #26 of 58 Restaurants in Paihia
Price range: $7 - $25
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The perfect spot to watch the Paihia Wharf where boats depart for the islands while you indulge in a meal carefully prepared for you by our fantastic team of chefs while being looked after by our front of house team who just love to make you feel at home. Whether you are after a coffee, a naughty dessert or cake or a full meal pop in and say HI. We are a team who enjoy sharing both their love of food and the Bay of Islands.
Paihia, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful Location shame about everything else.”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

A great shame that the food and service doesn't equal the decor and location. Situated over the water adjacent to the jetty in Paihia looking out to the beautiful Bay of Islands. You pay a premium price for below average food. The service was slow and impersonal, if you ask for something a little different to the menu due to a dietary requirements the answer is we only do what is on the menu. I am a local and will never return to this venue.

  • Visited January 2012
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Thank Rod H
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Laer11, Owner at 35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Wow, what a review, please accept my apologies, we at 35 Degrees are very proud of our great Northland service and our fabulous food, our staff go out of their way to cater for various diets. Accept our apologies that you did not experience this. Please give us the opportunity to treat you, we have many locals and tourists pass through our doors, having wonderful experiences, we would like you to share this.
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Lee-Ann
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent location, excellent service”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Located on the wharf, 35 Degree South has prime location in Paihia and a really interesting aquarium that is the centre piece of the restaurant. From the moment we walked in, the service was excellent, our waitress was engaging, gave us choice of seats and was very attentive. The food was good. The oysters are enormous! The biggest we have ever seen so unless are a really huge oyster fan (and big eater.....) 6 is more than enough. The calamari starter was tender and the sauce was lovely, just the right amount of spice. For mains, the seafood linguine was great. It was loaded with mussels, fish, prawns, scallops and calamari and the sauce was light and laced with garlic - yum. Our other main was fish and chips which was not bad. Fish was crispy, chips were good. Well worth a visit and the service will not disappoint!

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Thank AMandCP
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Laer11, Owner at 35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Thank you, thank you, thank you, what an awesome review, this is exactly what we at 35 Degrees strive to provide. We look forward to treating you once again.
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Lee-Ann
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Auckland New Zealand
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Oysters to die for!”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

This restaurant has the BIGGEST, fattest, creamiest oysters I have had for a very long time. Thank goodness we only had half a dozen for the appetiser/entree. Anymore and we would not have coped! The fish was cooked beautifully as well. My only quibble with dinner was that the bucket of fries as an extra were rather "fatty" in taste from the lard(?) they were cooked in. That was disappointing as the rest of the meal was excellent. The staff were friendly as well. We had an interesting spot by the aquarium wall and near the kitchen so we were entertained by the fish and by the wait staff coming and going.
We returned the next day for brunch which was also very good. Maybe not quite as good as dinner, but still good. The eggs benedict with smoked salmon was lovely. You have to order at the bar for lunch so it is a lot more casual during the day. One thing to be aware of is that it can be a little cold in the restaurant so make sure you take a wrap or jacket if you tend to feel the cold. Would we go back again? YES!

Visited October 2012
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Thank isiscatnz
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Laer11, Owner at 35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Thank you for this wonderful review, our oysters are farmed locally and we are always proud to serve them , they are hugely popular . I am delighted that you enjoyed yourselves so much that returned for brunch. We look forward to providing you with excellent service and decadent food on your return.
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Lee-Ann
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Napier, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Relaxing”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Great place to relax and have something to eat and drink after touring around. The waitresses need some knowledge about the food. I asked the waitress a question about something on our platter and she said,I don't know.She did not even say would you like me to ask the chef.The platter was lovely but not very much on it.Great views out over the harbour.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Kay K
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Laer11, Owner at 35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Thank you for your review, 35 Degrees is a wonderful spot to relax, Our manager has followed up with the staff member in question and she is well schooled on the seafood platter. We look forward to being of service to you in the near future.
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Lee-Ann
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not as expected...”
Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

Nice view but quality of the food wasn't here, plus very limited sélection. Would not recommend to anyone unfortunately

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Thank OlivierNZ
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Laer11, Owner at 35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Thank you for your review, I am sorry that you did not feel that the quality of our food was not there, we are incredibly proud of 35 Degrees and our food, our menus are ever changing with a list of daily additions with fresh fish caught off our own boat. We would love to be of service to you in the near future.
Kind regards
Lee-Ann
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