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“great local watering hole”

Rusty Pelican Restaurant & Pizzeria
Ranked #6 of 31 Restaurants in Matakana
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: In 1998 Daniel and Julie Baturic designed and developed the local service station workshop into Matakana's first- ever restaurant & pizzeria. Some years later the Rusty Pelican was sold. In 2007 Daniel Baturic with business partner Stu Wells repurchased the then fading restaurant to re-establish the original concept of hearty meals and pizzas to die for to make it once again a local iconic pizzeria restaurant. Rusty's famous pizzas appeal to connoisseurs of casual dining and are just the thing to top off a day at the beach. The extensive a la carte menu is sure to please with seafood, pastas, steaks and salads but be sure to leave room for the delicious desserts. The revived success of this Matakana restaurant and bar has reaffirmed Daniel's philosophy that the Rusty Pelican is a venue where people can gather with friends and family over a generous, well priced meal. Good service with old fashioned hospitality is guaranteed. The continued investment in the local community has the Rusty Pelican supporting school fundraisers and sports teams such as the Mahurangi Junior Rugby Club, Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club, and Mahurangi College Sports teams to name a few. "Matakana has a lot of visitors whom we welcome and cater for but focusing on our loyal year round local patrons is paramount" says Daniel. The Rusty Pelican Pizzeria Restaurant understands the importance of catering for families and provides a welcoming well planned family atmosphere. The Tui sports bar is also children friendly. Why not challenge Dad to a game of pool or have your family cheer for their favourite team on the big screen? Check out our unbeatable winter value meal deals which enable the whole family to dine without breaking the bank.
Reviewed 20 August 2018

sports bar on a Friday night is wonderful. great service from happy and helpful staff.
sticky pork ribs shared and still struggling to finish them. AAA+++

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Thank sivlerwire
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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

A fantastic chicken salad. The best I’ve ever had. My husband did find his chicken dish a bit dry though.

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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Have been there a few times.

Their organic chicken burger is my favourite. They also have solid pizzas, super tender slow cooked ribs and their desert portions are massive.

Staff are always friendly and attentive.

Always look forward to coming here and recommend this place to anyone.

Thank Vincent R
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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Huge Nacho fan!! best so far yummy salsa and full of flavour... Big serving always leftovers .. everyone else enjoyed there meals aswell thank you keep it up

Thank LouiseT2496
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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Reliable dishes every time. You certainly won’t leave hungry. Service was poor. Waitresses didn’t know who was doing what (we were asked if we were ready to order twice after we’d already ordered). Two mains came much later than the other two. Not the relaxing family meal
It was meant to be.

Thank Tabatha1998
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