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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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You can't beat the fish and chips but the lamb, chowder, calamari and other menu offerings are all excellent. Really and truly, The Bay House Cafe offers the best food, service and setting that I have found on the west coast. Doc and Chris are both excellent chefs. Sandra and her team really do want their clients to have a... More 

Thank LazDownUnder
Nelson, New Zealand
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Exceptionally good food in an amazing location. Attentive service that was not overbearing. Just the right mix of casual and quality for a lovely evening on the coast! Thank you!

Thank gisela p
westport new zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

great service great food would definitely go again about 20 minute wait until food served by friendly waitress.

Thank mac r
Sevierville, Tennessee
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499 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here as it is pretty much the only place around. The view is simply amazing. You can sit and watch the surf while you dine. Amazing. the food was very good, prices surprisingly not outrageous. The service was a little slow but we did not care as it gave us more time to relax and enjoy the view.... More 

Thank Gary M
Melbourne, Australia
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40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a view! This place is right on the water with views across Tauranga Bay. Sunset was stunning, but the bonus was the nearly full moon lighting up the breakers. Add to that the great food and very friendly service, and you have an excellent restaurant.

Thank BoBoDU
Blenheim, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a stunning meal. I had duck, my husband had beef. Presented absolutely beautifully. Staff very accommodating and friendly. Another delightful gem in this region. Views over the bay are spectacular, we particularly enjoyed watching the surfers. We caught a stunning Sunset to top it off on our way home. Just do it.

Thank treatyourselfwell
Bavaria, Germany
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38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here and the food was excellent. The view over the bay and sundown light was great. A restaurant that we recommend to anyone any time.

Thank Johan W
Westport, New Zealand
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful meal with super friendly staff and a great atmosphere. Lunch menu with loads of seafood options along with chicken, vegetarian and GF options there is something for everyone. Lovely selection of cakes too! The location is just perfect and even on a grey day with rough seas the view is wonderful. Was very busy so would recommend booking!

Thank Kadgirl
Shropshire, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great restaurant overlooking my favourite beach. Lovely lunch of fish chowder. Wonderful spot. Do go

Thank Jane6714
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The restaurant has a short but interesting menu card. Everything we ordered was delicious. During the meal, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the bay. In good weather you can sit at tables outside. Helpful and friendly service. Before you come there, check the opening times, as the restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner.

Thank jakkolwiek

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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 24
Seafood, European, 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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups
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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