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“Fantastic views AND beautiful food”
Review of The Town House - CLOSED

The Town House
Price range: $11 - $27
Cuisines: Contemporary, International, Cafe
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed March 7, 2011

Loved it so much we came back the next night too!

Unfortunately the building is being sold though so the team are opening a restaurant in Westport instead so look out for that coming soon, I think they said March 2011.

No buyers were forthcoming when we visited in Feb but I hope that whoever they turn out to be that they keep it open to the public as the location is superb.

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Thank Seonaidr
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

Some dining options on the West Coast leave a lot to be desired, thankfully The Bay House is NOT one of those. Food, presentation, staff and location ALL excellent

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Thank Kiwiinoz2010
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Reviewed May 30, 2010

One couldn't fault anything at this place. Loved the food. Enjoyed the service with the "extra miles". .... and the location ........ more than stunning.

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Thank Silvia_G_NZ
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Reviewed May 1, 2010

We had an absolutely amazing dinner here on Saturday 24th April 2010. The service & food were outstanding. I am a cordon bleu chef & tend to be picky!! - but I couldn't fault this restaurant. Food delivered on hot plates, beautifully presented, exactly as stated on the menu, perfectly cooked - 5*'s all round. We rarely eat dessert but were so tempted by the menu that the 5 of us shared 3 desserts - and they were to die for also!
Do not miss out on this little piece of heaven - !!!

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Thank TealyPuff
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

Recommended by our motel. Couldn't be better, we had 2 mains, duck and fish, 1 dessert (best chocolate fondant I have ever tasted) would have had another but they had run out of what we wanted, 2 coffees and a bottle of wine a local Savvy, under $110.50 great value for the standard of cooking and great views. Service was casual and friendly no rush considering they were fully booked. Would go to Westport again just to go back to this restaurant!!

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Thank linda r
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