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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

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“The closest dining establishment to Flaxmill. Open for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Often hosts local music events for a great night out (and only 200m from our gates). Closes in low season May - Sept.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Despite many ownership changes in the last year, the food still does not live up to the setting. We consider it a tourist trap. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you like wine tasting there is a local Vineyard on the hill overlooking Cooks Beach with incredible views. They also offer pizza and antipasto platters but we suggest you double-check their opening hours on their website before visiting.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Quality innovative dining on your doorstep. A unique dining experience that you can even walk to if you like to enjoy a drink without worrying about driving.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Pub
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“This is a favourite of ours. Great pub grub with some of the best views in Whitianga and right next to the Ferry. Get a decent feed at a decent price and enjoy a Guinness or two at the same time.”
  • 12 locals recommend
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“Fresh seafood which is divine. Friendly staff and casual atmosphere. One of our favourites”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A choice of Indian and Thai food that will tantalize your tastebuds. The food is delicious and the hospitality is fabulous. Family friendly. One of favourite places to dine.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food, live bands, awesome vibe when there is a big game on. Happy hour between 5pm and 6pm. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great view from the restaurant, across the road from the beach and reasonable prices”
  • 7 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“A French Fusion Fine dining experience - definitely one for a special occasion. They change the menu regularly and use only fresh and local ingredients. Bookings required - 07 866 00 53”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The space can be hot in summer and cold in winter, but the smiles of the authentic Thai owners will warm your heart. Great Thai meals for a very reasonable price. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Enjoy the relaxed open air atmosphere whilst enjoying some food, just a drink or both.”
  • 5 locals recommend
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“If you want to be drooling over your burger - go here! Big meals for a little price + GF buns are only 50 cents! Delicious burgers, desert specials weekly. Decent size burgers for $10 and the chips are double fried.... Must visit if you're into a good burger.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Now named 'Hula' This is a great stop off for those in need of a late morning breakfast. Catering for all those Gluten Free, Dairy Free and vegetarian, they really do make a great breakfast. Within 45 Minutes drive of your accommodation. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
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“A fusion of Mediterranean, Italian and Greek flavours. Talk to Mary or Emmanuel and tell them we say hi! This is one of our favorites stops on the way through town. With their great section of food and drinks and extensive seating this is a great place to take large groups or the family. Ask for the Al Camino special pizza (Dave's favorite!) and I'm sure you will struggle to finish it! With a beautiful water front setting of the Mercury Bay this place is only 41 minutes drive from your accommodation. ”
  • 3 locals recommend