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Rusty Pelican Restaurant & Pizzeria

) #4 of 20 Restaurants in Matakana $$ - $$$ , Pizza,
1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, New Zealand
+64 4229122
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible8%
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“pizza” (95 reviews)
“nachos” (10 reviews)
“ribeye” (3 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, Pizza, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 221 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Never disappoints, I've added a few photos of my visits there, the place is even better now with the recent renovations!

1  Thank Alf_stewart123
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great service, delicious food and friendly atmosphere my personal favourite is the Mexican pizza as it's full of flavour and tastes amazing not to mention the recent renovations making it feel awesome :)

1  Thank Connor N
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My family and I have been dining at the Rusty for over ten years and the reason we have continued to go to the Rusty is because of the quality of the food and the friendly service! My favourite meal is the Red Rooster Pizza!...More

1  Thank reondoggy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go here on many occasions and the food is always good. They have special nights eg steak nights and a cheap meal. Atmosphere is good and often restaurant crowded so you have to eat next door in bar which is just as good, especially when...More

2  Thank Kathryn P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with family on a. Saturday afternoon when market was open. Excellent menu with a very good variety and a separate Kids AND Pizza menu. Pizza was excellent thin crust and well cooked! Decent size as well in fact a takeaway box was needed! Also...More

2  Thank Robert T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had lunch here , shared a pizza and it was very yummy, nice base etc. Plently of seating and casual area

4  Thank Jeanette R
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Our big group of 23 visited this place on the way back from Goat island. They had a good offer that day 1+1 on pizza, which was good and perfect for a large group. Pizza's were decent but I mostly loved the outdoor ambiance watching...More

2  Thank Merlin M
Reviewed 11 June 2017

we visited on a busy evening. The pizza was very average and the "recently upgraded" bar was a little sterile. The staff tried hard to cope with all of the customersMore

Thank kiwi572014
antica1, Owner at Rusty Pelican Restaurant & Pizzeria, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Hi could you please give me an idea when you visited,what date and day as the bar is still undergoing renovations,also if it's not to much trouble were you in a small group or a large group and wat pizza did you order and was...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Warm, friendly and food for everyone. Family love pizzas and I always get fish. Recommend it. We pretty much eat there or get takeaways every week. Usually same staff which is good, I think they know us now.

1  Thank sandy88_13
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Eat there regularly. Was fantastic but went down hill after head of house Magda left but now with young man Luke in charge it is back to what it was. Great relaxed dining and something for everyone. If you like sea food pizza the Pelicans...More

3  Thank Jeff B
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17 September 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pizza, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Matakana
  • Phone Number: +64 4229122
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In 1998 Daniel and Julie Baturic designed and developed the local service station workshop into Matakana's first- ever restaurant & pizzeria. Some years later the Rusty Pelican was sold. In 2007 Daniel Baturic with business partner Stu Wells repurchased the then fading restaurant to re-establish the original concept of hearty meals and pizzas to die for to make it once again a local iconic pizzeria restaurant. Rusty's famous pizzas appeal to connoisseurs of casual dining and are just the thing to top off a day at the beach. The extensive a la carte menu is sure to please with seafood, pastas, steaks and salads but be sure to leave room for the delicious desserts. The revived success of this Matakana restaurant and bar has reaffirmed Daniel's philosophy that the Rusty Pelican is a venue where people can gather with friends and family over a generous, well priced meal. Good service with old fashioned hospitality is guaranteed. The continued investment in the local community has the Rusty Pelican supporting school fundraisers and sports teams such as the Mahurangi Junior Rugby Club, Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club, and Mahurangi College Sports teams to name a few. "Matakana has a lot of visitors whom we welcome and cater for but focusing on our loyal year round local patrons is paramount" says Daniel. The Rusty Pelican Pizzeria Restaurant understands the importance of catering for families and provides a welcoming well planned family atmosphere. The Tui sports bar is also children friendly. Why not challenge Dad to a game of pool or have your family cheer for their favourite team on the big screen? Check out our unbeatable winter value meal deals which enable the whole family to dine without breaking the bank.
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