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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Mexican Restaurant
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“Classic Mexican food experience in a funky restaurant setting. Margaritas & imported beers plus more available. An absolutely delicious spot, but get there early for a seat ! ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Relaxed informal Italian food in a quirky restaurant that doesn't take bookings and fills up fast. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A perfect weekend brunch date. Smashed Avo on toast is incredible and large range of delicious danishes to accompany great coffee.”
  • 22 locals recommend
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“Great food and ambience with view of Te Mata Peak over large lawn area. Children's playground and trampoline makes meal times way more enjoyable for families.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Spanish Tapas Bar with great food and wine. Our faves are Bang Bang Cauliflower, Pork Belly and the Aracini Balls. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
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“Open most of the day and night, casual but slightly sophisticated, lovely meals and late night music ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Although this is a great bar on a hot day the food is also good. Steak night on Thursday is recommended!”
  • 8 locals recommend
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“Alessandro's is a little slice of Italy in the centre of Havelock North. They specialise in Woodfired Pizza, combining fresh, authentic ingredients with craft and tradition to create pizza which tastes like Napoli.”
  • 13 locals recommend
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“We enjoy this locally owned and operated spot. They have a variety of meals & deserts at reasonable prices - the fish and chips are amazing ! They offer special value meals over lunchtimes and live music Friday nights where it is absolutely pumping and one of the most popular local spots in Hastings.”
  • 7 locals recommend
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“Fine dining, food with creativity, flavour and flair! Love coming here for our special occasions. You can also pop in for a coffee during the day too”
  • 9 locals recommend
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“Great food and great service at Hawkes Bay's best Indian restaurant, Joll Road, Havelock North.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of our all-time faves. American BBQ. Super tasty food and relaxed eatery.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Winery
“The owner has won NZ Chef of the Year twice and grows his own beautiful vegetables. It is over the road from the Lodge.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“Awesome Japanese/Kiwi fusion eatery in Havelock North about 20 mins drive away. Great food and great service with a neat little cocktail bar tucked away at the back. Very popular and busy, so booking a must. So many good things on the menu but katsu pork and the Japanese risotto are personal faves. Price level $$$”
  • 7 locals recommend
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“Don't waste time with any other Thai food place - this is the best hands down ! These folks also have a takeaway area to collect food pre ordered ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“A bit further afield but well worth popping in if you are out and about sightseeing or doing a wine/beer tiki tour. About 30 mins drive. The oldest craft brewery in Hawkes Bay. Excellent pub food (the dumplings and loaded fries are personal faves) and great staff. Best priced craft beer around and available to take-out. Closes at 7pm so go for lunch or an early dinner. Price level $”
  • 3 locals recommend