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Babinka Restaurant & Bar

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62 The Strand, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 7-307 0009
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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333 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were 2 couples and enjoyed our meals, particularly the Sri Larkin curries. It was a pleasant place to be and the staff were fine. The wine list had a couple of pleasing surprises and overall this was a good evening.

Thank Dennis J
Newport, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a meal at Babinka a couple of years ago and enjoyed it so much that we called again this year. It has some delightful Sri Lankan dishes which we are not familiar with. Loving food and different tastes we all order different curries and enjoyed some new flavours. Will go again if we visit the town again. Good... More 

Thank TyMaen
Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very nice dinner, fresh delicious salad, yummy fish, very friendly helpful waiter. Good value for money. We will be back.

Thank otti340
Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having walked past Babinka many times we finally stopped for dinner. Friendly and relaxed, varied menu, and very tasty food. We had lamb and fish, and were talked into dessert - Babinka delight is not to be missed!

Thank ACWarren
Whakatane, New Zealand
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a lovely experience, the staff was friendly and we had so much fun with Sam our waiter. The food was delicious and great flavors and we difinitely will make a return visit to Babinka when we are in Whakatane..

Thank 77capricorn
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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116 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious, friendly excellent value. Food is excellent, the curries not the usual fare, your choice of meats and/or fish, to go with any curry. Lovely staff, unexpected surprise in Whakatane.

Thank Margaret O
Wollongong, Australia
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173 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here one night, after our tour to the volcano. I had a most unusual salad; chicken, banana and bacon and it was delicious! Such unusual flavours, probably the bit of chili made it so special. I also had the fresh mussels, which were the best I had ever eaten! My husband's pork was a bit dry, so he... More 

1 Thank Virginie S
London, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The restaurant has inside and outside seating and gets lively during dinner hours. The staff are very friendly and knowledgable and make good recommendations. The food was indeed very tasty incl their watalappam dessert.

1 Thank Global_Citizen_YK
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4 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

A group of 12 guys all enjoyed our meals. European meals and big range of curries available. I particularly enjoyed my Sri Lankan Black curry. Friendly service.

Thank Andrew P
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Traveling for the past two months thru Australia and the South and North Island of New Zealand And this was one of the best meals we've had both in taste and presentation. Our waitress recommended most items on the lunch menu ( which she recommended over the dinner menu) but her absolute fav was the Jamaican chicken which was fanominal!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, New Zealand, Sri Lankan, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 62 The Strand, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Whakatane
  • Phone Number: +64 7-307 0009

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