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The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar

$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, New Zealand
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62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-835 8815
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11:00 - 03:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 03:00
Sat 09:00 - 03:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I came in here today & also come here every Friday 7 Saturday night. Nicole is the best waitress ever! she is always so lovely and makes amazing drinks! came in today with a friend and she served our table. love her to bits, she is truly the best waitress at the whale xx

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Thank Tayla P
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Delighted you are enjoying your many visits to the Thirsty Tayla hope to see you back again this weekend More 

Marton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great lunch sitting outside with excellent view over the harbour, service was excellent & the food was very well presented, with attentive staff Great place, will visit again

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Yes it's nice on the deck with great views baza502016 call back again soon More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Just want to say that whenever we come in, it's always awesome service! We were served by Nicole, she's so nice! See yas Friday night!!! 🎉🎉

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Great that you are enjoying your many visits to the Thirsty Rachel see ya Friday night More 

Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had Xmas lunch at the Thirsty, Just Mum and I. Had a delicious buffet with some seriously good desert. Thanks very much to the great staff working on Xmas day, couldn't have had a better experience.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Its great that you enjoyed our Christmas lunch Trent1208 More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great food, beautifully served. Friendly, attentive staff. Nice ambience and great to sit at the window or outside to enjoy a great view of the harbour.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and meal Mary thanks for your review More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great meal at The Thirsty Whale on a Saturday night. Even though they were busy the staff were accommodating & supplied great service. They gave us a great table to watch the sunset from. Great area that will become very popular.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks Mike for the great review glad you enjoyed your visit More 

Pluederhausen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

fantastic! excellent service from Lottie! delicious and great atmosphere! meals were presented beautifully and we did not have a long wait.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your review ishlaeb much appreciated and glad you enjoyed your meal More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to the restaurant over the festive season and had a fantastic experience. We were sesved by Rayana and she was outstanding with her service. Thank you Rayana. The food was very tasty and well precented. The decor was fantastic to look at and most of all the music volume was low so one could talk without having to... More 

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Thirsty Dieter and Birgit More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First visit to Napier and friends took us to this place it has very nice ambience and the food suppose to be good. I had fish it was nicely cooked but my wilted spinach was just fresh leaves under my fish we had lamb shanks and everybody was happy they were well cooked but it was quite plain on taste... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely place to eat and enjoy the marina view. Staff are attentive and entertaining too and we had house social burgers which were generous and delicious! Good choice of beers and we'll definitely revisit as the location and service were great.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

The burgers are very popular SallyMarlborough do come back and visit soon More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, New Zealand
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 03:00
Saturday
09:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Napier
  • Phone Number: +64 6-835 8815

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?