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“Come home to this food... :-(”

Squids Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 55 Restaurants in Whitianga
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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219 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Come home to this food... :-(”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

I am a chef in London(Kiwi Born) and was taking my wife round nz for her to see the beautiful country/coromandel.... I love whitianga as i use to work down the rd many moons back in puka park lodge...
So you can imagine my great disappointment after being recommended ''squid bar & restarant'' to be served such dated food that was very bland...
On a positive, The service was great, a young English girl was very helpful... Although a french waitress we saw at the end of the evening sitting on the bar drinking beer and eating her dinner i imagine.... (quite unprofessional), the owner didn't seem to mind, even though there were 2 tables left in restaurant....
Now the fish of the day i had was dry & tasteless, the vegetables over cooked and brussel sprouts arn't seasonal(as described on menu).... My wife's fish again dry and tasteless...
Thx god the wine was local and nice...
Our bill was over $100:00 and were were very disappointed....
We ended up going somewhere else for desserts.....

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Whitianga, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“excellent fresh food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2014

Lots to choose from and excellent fresh seafood and the steak was cooked perfectly.The atmosphere and the views are beautiful too.Staff very friendly

Visited February 2014
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Thank carol o
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great food, great staff.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited March 2014
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Thank pgmflanagan
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91 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“outstanding service”
5 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited March 2014
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Thank Ojairc
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Sydney, Australia
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100 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“So Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles 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!

  • Visited February 2014
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