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Squids Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 59 Restaurants in Whitianga
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Being the overflow from the Easter Break with people still on holidays we were offered a drink in the lounge bar with an adequate supply of magazines to pass the time rather quickly as it turned out.

Well worth the slight wait, very friendly staff, lovely location and importantly wonderful food. The special of the day Kingfish was very tasty, as recommended more like a fish 'steak' and well described. My wife ordered the steak which also was 'top shelf' perfectly cooked and well consumed.

Needless to say being a seafood restaurant the seafood chowder sure didn't disappoint and had a lovely smoked flavour.

If all the above wasn't enough the truffles were extremely tasty and highly recommended if you enjoy chocololate and rum and possibly a few other goodies.

If you enjoy good service, friendly but certainly not overbearing, wonderful food and a good location Squids is the go.

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Thank johnw097
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

We were looking for fresh seafood around where we were staying in tairua. This place had mixed reviews on TA but we thought we would give it a go. We were really glad we did.fresh oysters on the half shell were a little small but tasty with a nice dipping sauce. The mains were exceptional. Kingfish with steamed veg for me. The fish cooked perfectly and nicely seasoned. The veg also perfect. My friend had the fish n Asian broth and it was delightful. Big chunks of hakupa and a beautiful and fragrant broth. Will definitely be back. Service was polished.

Thank SusanWellington
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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.....

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1  Thank cookiedave
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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

Thank carol o
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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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