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The Bay House

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Tauranga Bay Rd | Tauranga Bay, Westport 7892, New Zealand
+64 3-789 4151
11:00 - 22:00
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Tue 18:00 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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258 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We ate both lunch and supper here whilst staying at nearby Carters beach. The restaurant has lovely views over Tauranga Bay, but is sheltered from the prevailing winds, so sitting on the deck is a real sun trap. There were two menus one for lunch and the other for supper. Both were fairly laid back and some of the dishes... More 

Thank lagomaggiore2013
New York City, New York
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The restaurant is in foulwind , on a rocky oceanside. We had dinner on a stormy night. The atmosphere is charming, service is very attentive and the food was divine. It was the best meal we had in the south island. Every single dish we had was creative and tasty. The seared lamb was excellent, the falafel was excellent. The... More 

Thank Eli282
Seville, Spain
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very special view overlooking the bay from an olde worlde building. Attentive friendly staff, excellent food although the choice was a bit limited. Definitely my No.1 choice out of all the restaurants I have tried so far in Westport.

Thank PeterM123
London, England
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just wonderful - everyone should eat here. The setting is extraordinary and the food matches it. Nothing too much trouble even for someone who is lactose intolerant like me. We booked a table for 7.45pm and got the full sunset over the bay experience. Also do the walk to the seal colony just along the road, well worth it.

Thank BarcaFan
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stumbled upon this cafe while looking for the Seal Colony. What a lovely setting, having a yummy chicken salad while looking over the bay.

1 Thank Karen C
Nelson, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Party of 4, right at sunset. Spectacular views. Exceptional food...Calimari and snapper...Fine service. Not the cheapest West Coast restaurant, but possibly the best. We will definitely be back.

Thank 888lindsayf
Cocoa Beach, Florida
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My first taste spoiled me for the remainder of my trip. Excellent! Scenic location, even on a rainy afternoon.

Thank Terry P
Christchurch, New Zealand
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here on the way to the seal colony. Nice location looking over towards the bay. I ordered the pizza - a lot for one person but very tasty! My only complaint is that it isn't very easy to find. Perhaps another signpost directing weary travellers would be a good idea.

Thank Kiwi344
Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely food and service and the views are great, however the service charge for using a MasterCard took the shine off the visit.

Thank Hughessj
London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are staying nearby this is a real gem of a place. The views from the terrace are fabulous. We arrived at 6pm and had a glass of wine in the sunshine overlooking Tauranga Bay. The surfers were out and the place started to fill up for dinner. We had delicious squid - they have a very good team... More 

Thank Dorothy S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 25
Seafood, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tauranga Bay Rd | Tauranga Bay, Westport 7892, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westport
  • Phone Number: +64 3-789 4151
Nestled into the native bush clad peninsula of Tauranga Bay (Maori for 'sheltered bay'), The Bay House has a unique coastal location giving a sense of escape to somewhere close to paradise. Overlooking the Tasman surf, The Bay House is one of New Zealand's most picturesque dining environments offering a range of options for guests depending on their mood, the time of day and the weather: we offer casual lunches from 11.30am to 3pm and A la Carte Dining in the evening from 5.30pm in the summer months. With stunning waterfront views from almost all tables on the premises and seasonal New Zealand style cuisine, the iconic Bay House is a true destination for all in search of a memorable dining experience in a world class location. PARKING NOTE: Please note we are situated at the edge of Tauranga Bay at the end of a one lane No exit road. (there is a turnaround bay at the end of this road however.) We have 5 carparks then there is the lane to park on however is narrow for large vehicles. Then there is the pubic car park 80 metres before you arrive at the restaurant. This is suitable for larger camper vans etc.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?