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“Great food, great staff.”

Squids Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 58 Restaurants in Whitianga
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Very nice location. Staff very friendly and helpful - we arrived on a busy Saturday night without a reservation but the manageress found us a table within 10 minutes. The fish of the day (kingfish) was beautiful as was the steak dish. Menu is very limited for non-fish eaters. Reasonably priced. Nice ambience.

Thank pgmflanagan
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

We arrived a bit travel worn having driven from Rotorua, and if you are not used to right hand drive and North island road curves, a few kilometers is longer than it seems. We were greeted by a charming waitress who immediately served our cocktails, and soon we had our great seafood dinner. I had the mussels. I don't believe i have ever has mussels that size before. MY!

A lovely spot near the water. We were able to be fully relaxed before moving on

Thank Ojairc
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

We were really looking forward to seafood on the Coramandel Peninsula and as Whitianga was our first stay here we went looking for a seafood restaurant. One would think something called Squids would have more than one seafood/fish dish on their limited menu but alas, no. Not knowing the names of New Zealand fish we asked the waitress what it was like. "Its kind of big. Thick and chunky you know? And not much taste. But some people like it". Er, visualising a hunk of tasteless fish plopped on the plate we thought maybe not but there were no other choices apart from mussels. So we opted for pasta which was overcooked, limp, watery and tasteless, rather like the fish she had described. It was very hot and airless on that February night and there is no air conditioning, only one useless fan on low. The decor is dreadful. Definitely the worst restaurant we went to in four weeks in New Zealand. Even the pub was much better!

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Reviewed March 13, 2014

A great seafood restaurant. We dined there last evening. Arrived with out a prior booking. It was very busy but we were made most welcome and squeezed in. In spite of being very busy wait time was very short for first course and between main and desert.
Their 1 kg mussel pot is fantastic with a generous hunk of bread to soak up the juices. My wife loved the fish of the day which was Bluenose.Staff and service could not be faulted.

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Thank TeAwamutuJones_s
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Squids is my favourite resturant in Whitianga. Howard and Joe the owners of this marvellous resturant run an awesome place to have a meal predominately seafood but you can get a steak there as well as other options for those that dont particulary like seafood. I have never had a bad meal there & rate it highly to everyone.

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Thank Lonely1Whtianga
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