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The Pavilion

$$ - $$$
New Zealand, Seafood, Contemporary
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188 Foreshore Road | Colac Bay, Riverton, New Zealand
+64 3-234 8445
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Toronto, Canada
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Beautiful location, casual but smart atmosphere, certainly worth travelling the short distance off the highway. The chowder was a huge helping and we shared a fish of the day and chips. Friendly service and good value. Incredible site.

Thank admitone
United Kingdom
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We stopped off at the Pavilion on our way to Te Anau. We were the first customers to arrive and we were made very welcome even with though we did not want lunch and had muddy boots. Great service and wonderful location.

Thank greentractor
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We popped into The Pavilion in the afternoon of the long weekend for a beer and a coffee and to check the dinner menu. What a great location - not too wild that day but i imagine it could be. The service was great - efficient and friendly. We decided to return for dinner and really enjoyed it. The rack... More 

Thank Cathy W
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40 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

The Pavillion was recommended to us, and we were pleased we left the main highway to check it out. It is positioned directly opposite the beach and right next door to a playground which would be handy if you had kids. The food was very reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. Great service too. Thanks for catering for our large group... More 

Thank VikiM
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Went for a cruise to this lovely wee spot for our wedding anniversary. The staff there were awesome. They were attentive, friendly and were more than happy to assist with personalising my wife's dessert (as a surprise). The food is fairly standard, i.e. fish and chips, burgers, chowder etc, but the price and portion sizes are outstanding. We'll definitely be... More 

Thank Lyndsay_NZ
1 review
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Well what could we complain about our evening at the Pavilion, absolutely nothing... Understanding that this business has recently changed hands I was very impressed with the new chefs approach to his menu. The entrees that we tried were colorful and full of flavor. The duck liver pate and pickled veg with breads was a stunning start to my meal,... More 

Thank sassy-5678
Invercargill, New Zealand
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58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Had a great hot chocolate w/- Marshmallows, huge cheese roll, a southland specialty not to be missed!!!!! for the uninitiated a southland cheese roll, is a thin slice of bread with the crusts cut of 2 sides, filled with this really tasty cheese mixture (some places make them better than others, they are definitely not all equal) some are huge... More 

Thank Memobabe
Perth, Australia
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187 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

A small seaside cafe / restaurant. Sells the usual light meals (eg fish & chips, salads, lasagne, etc.) plus cakes and the like. They don't have a large menu and the prices are rather high.The food is well cooked and plenty of it so from that point of view it's worth it. Staff are friendly and provide fast service. I... More 

Thank arbruse
Dunedin, New Zealand
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341 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

We had a snack lunch here which was very nice. The staff were very attentive and interested in us. The snack menu was very nice I did enjoy my Steak and Mushroom pie.

Thank Bruce M
Dunedin, New Zealand
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

Only stopped for a coffee and nibble. Lovely to sit inside on a wet windy day and enjoy the view of the sea, over a good coffee and yummy cake. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Had a look at a menu and hope to be back for a meal sometime. If the snacks are anything to go by, the... More 

Thank travellingkiwi255119

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Restaurant Details

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New Zealand, Seafood, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 188 Foreshore Road | Colac Bay, Riverton, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Riverton
  • Phone Number: +64 3-234 8445

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