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Soulsa Restaurant

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14 Richardson Street, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 7-307 8689
17:30 - 21:00
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Whakatane N.Z
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Jono and his team at Soulsa have to be commended on the quality of food and service they provide, better than most big city restaurants but in a smalltown, If you info about the town fron where to go or the local surf conditions ask Jono

Thank Nigel H
Tauranga, New Zealand
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190 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There were good reviews about this restaurant. We finally got to try it. The entrees of calamari and Indian rolls were definitely overpriced for what they were. The mains of duck, steak and chicken were delicious. However the chicken dish was well overpriced for the two small pieces in the middle of the plate. The service was not that great,... More 

Thank feipo
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked in with a group of 7 for friends wedding anniversary. Dinner was really good, I had the twice cooked duck. We missed a friendly visit from the chef, but it was a busy night.

Thank AWL-Womble-1
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I booked using Facebook Messenger - it was so easy and the response so quick. I took my wife there for her birthday dinner. Food was good, the venison was yummy. We felt the deserts were a little small for the price. We were seated in a cosy corner of the restaurant which was busy with a few large groups... More 

Thank donhF1469WZ
Level Contributor
15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

This place had the most amazing fresh fish and venison. At first glance it doesn't look like much but it was by far some of the best food we've had in New Zealand.

Thank Erika W
Whakatane, New Zealand
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Great service and a lovely meal, if you want a unique meal, this is the place to come. The duck main is exceptional and the seafood fish is packed with flavour. Nice quiet atmosphere. If you are into wild foods this is the place to come, very well presented. Left nice and full

Thank timboandlisa
Hamilton, New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We have dined at Soulsa restaurant on several occasions, both at the old and new premises. The service is always outstanding with the Chef often coming out of the kitchen to make sure his customers are happy, a lovely touch. The food is to die for, we have never had a bad or even a mediocre meal - always 5*!... More 

1 Thank ShelleyB272015
Taupo, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We searched for a very special restaurant in Whakatane and found it. Soulsa is spacious and airy. We found the staff to be attentive but not obtrusive. The specialist items on the menu were explained in detail, drinks and extras arrived in good time as one would expect of a quality restaurant. All the food was well presented, the scallops... More 

Thank Ivan R
Vancouver, Washington
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133 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Went with a group of 15 people. Getting drinks and ordering our meal took an hour. Would be another hour and a half before the meal was served and finished. The food is excellent and the chief is very creative, just don't be in a hurry to eat if you go here.

Thank greekmermaid13
Hastings, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Dessert nice. Main-beetroot Risotto tasteless. Nice atmosphere. slightly clumsy waitresses. Private function, plenty of room for all.

Thank Gail P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Richardson Street, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Whakatane
  • Phone Number: +64 7-307 8689
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?