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The Penguin Cafe & Bar Pohara

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822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
+64 3-525 6126
06:30 - 14:30
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 13:30
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely setting, great company and nice cold beer, although thought $25 for 3 drinks a bit rich! Staff were helpful and patient whilst we made our drink choices

Thank 56rachaelw
New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

In fairness, I only had a bar snack with drink, so rating only based on a very simple order. Snack seemed like a standard frozen seafood mix deep fried. Was hungry so ate it all. Nice friendly bar staff though.

Thank HeyLittleHen
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Very yummy 😁 Good prices. Great view. Went a couple of times and would certainly go back. We had the Prawn cocktail with garlic bread and it was big enough we didnt need a main course 😁

Thank rosieandken
Paphos District, Cyprus
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Feeling very hungry after a long walk, the Penguin was a great choice for a lunch break, the choices for food were numerous and we decided on fish and chips which tasted delicious. The staff were very sociable and the food was served in quick time. Well worth a visit.

Thank Michael H
Hamilton, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Seafood chowder excellent. Huge variety - fresh and tasty. Surely to be recommended. Good service and friendliness

Thank PeterCecile
Ilkley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

We called in here last month with some friends and were very impressed by the entire place. Interesting building, great food and extremely pleasant staff. Not expensive either - overall a really good place that I'm happy to recommend.

Thank chrisatobm
Spokane, Washington
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236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

The bar may be average, but the staff are very friendly. Beer on tap selection has most of the local favorites plus a couple of specials. Menu is quite diverse, something for everyone. About average beach prices with reasonable presentation. Nice outside seating. But beware smokers are outside so be sure to be downwind.

Thank MiguelitoyCat
Mapua, Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

hi, we have eaten here a few times over the years but the last experience put us off returning. Average food and the staff didn't seem to know what they were doing. When a kid at the neighbouring table asked for a doggy bag for his pizza one of the staff just dumped a box on the table and the... More 

1 Thank Nikki H
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

The Large Blue Penguin at the entrance is somewhat of a myth, as we have been hoping to see one for the last eight years we have been visiting the 'Bay'. The Penguin has a wide choice and is clean and friendly for a stop at any time pf the day.

Thank Jean O
Nelson, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Our two meals from the bar-style menu were acceptable, but not good enough to draw us back for a second meal.

1 Thank Boggawalla

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, New Zealand, Pizza, Cafe, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
07:00 - 13:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Golden Bay  >  Pohara
  • Phone Number: +64 3-525 6126
Sunny courtyard dining amongst native bush or on our decks with sea views. Cosy open fire in the winter. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, delicious local Tuatara coffee. Outdoor bar. New Boundary Road craft beer range plus regional wines. Menus to suit all tastes, steaks, NZ lamb, delicious seafood chowder and local Golden Bay crab cakes. Range of gourmet pizzas and Friday night burger specials. Sky TV, Happy Hour Thursdays 4 - 6pm complimentary nibbles.

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