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“Food was nice but service was disappointing.”

Amphora On The Strand
Ranked #42 of 422 Restaurants in Tauranga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $29
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, New Zealand
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Amphora embodies all that's great about The Strand in Tauranga. Outdoor dining in the courtyard looking out over the water, or in the colourful, warm, Italian-inspired interior which is the perfect spot for a long, intimate candlelight dinner for two or a large party of friends having a celebration meal. There is a warm ambiance creating a relaxed atmosphere here - perfect to enjoy a glass or two of wine before dinner and take your time choosing which of the delicious dishes you will order. The Italian/Mediterranean-inspired food is wholesome and the chefs at Amphora buy in-season from local suppliers, with a focus on freshness and quality of ingredients. We have a good range of gluten free on offer and if you have a special request due to dietary requirements just ask and we will do our best to cater to your requirements. Amphora On The Strand is family owned and run, with more than 30 years restaurant experience, giving personalised service. Amphora is fully licensed as well as B.Y.O. If you would like to make a group booking for lunch we will open specially for groups of 10 or more. Call us to help arrange all sorts of celebrations such as birthday parties, work do's or small weddings at Amphora. We will help you celebrate at the restaurant catering to your individual needs, or we can arrange out-catering for your party if you wish, in your own home or venue.
Reviewed October 12, 2012

We have been to Amphora for an evening meal many times before (although this was the first time in quite a while) and mostly have had an enjoyable meal with very good, friendly service. This time however, they were off their game. The food was very nice but the service was not good.

It started off ok. There are several tempting options on the menu and really something for everyone. When our order was taken we weren't told about the specials (more on that later). Our mains arrived and they were very nice and we enjoyed them.

After we had finished and our plates had been cleared we waited for a while until the dessert menus arrived. We were left to decide if we wanted anything which we did. We asked for the Banofie Pie only to be told that the item had been permanently removed from the menu and the "blackout" must have rubbed off. There wasn't anything else that took our fancy so we paid up and left. On the way out we noticed a specials board which had a few more main & dessert specials which our waiter neglected to tell us about and one of our favorite desserts was on as a special that night. We would have spent more money but unfortunately the service didn't deliver. Shame really. Hopefully this was just an off night for them.

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Lisa D, Manager at Amphora On The Strand, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2012

Our apologies that we did not look after you in our usual 'Amphora' way. Your experience was disappointing and not how we like to take care of our guests. On your next visit we assure you of total enjoyment of food and attentive service.

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Reviewed August 23, 2012

Went there on a Tuesday night on a GrabOne voucher with 2 friends and have to say the restaurant did everything perfectly. The Mini-meize platter was scrumptious and large enough for all 4 to eat from it. Excellent bread and good feta.

My DH had a chicken Caesar salad and rated it the best she had ever tasted. I had a bouillabaisse and it was made perfectly with fresh seafood.

Very attentive wait staff who were faultless.

We will return

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Thank Kotuku123
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

We have dined at this restaurant twice in the past few months and returned this past weekend. It was packed with diners on the saturday evening - was very noisy with a few un-supervised children and was also quite stuffy. The meals and the service were great and if you can stand a noisy dining place, then you will enjoy yourself. The menu is extensive so there would be food to suit anyone. There was a crowd of us so we made our own noise as we had to almost shout to be heard. In summer the doors are open and you can dine outside if you wish.

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Thank Lita-Tauranga
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Good honest food with very good service. Gastropub style of menu with good choices and regular specials. Worth a visit

Thank PedroNP
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Would highly recommend have been going there regularly, never had a bad meal and the service is excellent.

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