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“High Quality Small Town Restaurant”
Review of The Town House - CLOSED

The Town House
Price range: $11 - $27
Cuisines: New Zealand, Cafe, International, European, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Housed in the distinctive Art Deco ‘Waterside Workers Union Hall’ The Town House (formally The Bay House) is a ‘must do’ on your coastal itinerary. Reminiscent of a European café The Town House is the ‘go to’ place whatever you’re dining needs, whether it be a meal at anytime during the day or evening, a coffee and croissant in the morning, an afternoon wine or cocktail or a late evening drink and dessert. This is the place where you will find the locals sipping espresso at the bar on a Saturday morning reading the paper while others dine in the restaurant and enjoy the a la carte menu on offer. Located towards the port end of town near the picturesque fishing wharf on the corner of Palmerston and Cobden Streets, The Town House’ cosy interior is in keeping with its art deco history featuring original wooden floors, be-spoke wallpaper and wood paneled walls throughout with a deco sunburst theme behind the bar, the freestanding fireplace and in the original art deco glass and rimu doors that lead to the north facing terrace. The dining room is cosy despite its open design and high ceilings. The room warms up as it fills up with diners and comes alive with the enjoyable buzz of dinner conversations and as the warm weather comes to an end a spot by the fireplace is desirable and will see you settle in for a very comfortable dining experience. The Terrace has seating for 40 diners and on a sunny day is the best spot in town for alfresco wining and dining.
Westport, New Zealand
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“High Quality Small Town Restaurant”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

I live in Westport and have had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant on several occasions. The service is excellent and the food is of a very high quality. The menu caters for a variety of different tastes. Value for money it is excellent. If I was to offer any criticism it would be on the location. It is at the top end of town and away from the general shopping/tourist public. It is easy to find but is not in a location where many of the towns many visitors would normally go. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone

  • Visited September 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great food & friendly service”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

We just dining at The Town House & chanced upon the Friday night fish special.

The service was great, fish very fresh & perfectly cooked and amazing value for money.

Don't hesitate to dine here.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Kiwiboyz
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Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Gastrnomic Surprise”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Not a lot of ambiance but if you order the venison and the lamb you will honestly eat as well as at any fine restaurant. Those two food dishes were absolutely outstanding and an unexpected surprise.

Visited January 2014
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Thank Warren D
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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92 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A lovely meal.”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Great food but there was quite a wait so check they don't have too many bookings around the time you book.

Visited January 2014
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Thank Liz N
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San Diego, California
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20 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best meal on west coast”
Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

As beautiful as New Zealand is we really weren't impressed with the food options with a handful of exceptions. This restaurant was one of the exceptions. Atmosphere and service was mediocre but the food really hit the spot after 6 hours of driving. This was the best meal we had in several days and I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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Thank TravelingOnPoints
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