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The Penguin Cafe & Bar Pohara

££ - £££, Pizza, Cafe
822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
+64 3-525 6126
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good41%
  • Average16%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (31 reviews)
“chowder” (12 reviews)
“seafood” (6 reviews)
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Bar, Pizza, Cafe, Pub, New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The penguin cafe is in a good location across the road from the beach. The service and food was satisfactory but not outstanding.

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

I was skeptical after reading reviews but decided to give it a go. First time I was told they weren't serving food anymore at 7:30pm, the second time I was told I should go to Plan B down the road because they were too busy...More

Thank Alexandra R
Reviewed 11 April 2018

We were staying next door and decided to book as it was Easter, thankfully we did as very busy. Went early to avoid the rush and both enjoyed our meals. Friend had the fish of the day and not disapointed and I had the famous...More

2  Thank turtle63
Reviewed 5 April 2018

We called in for lunch after visiting local attractions and saw this place on the main road. We doubled back and saw it had a great location across from the motor camp. The staff were friendly and the food was great. Looking around this place...More

Thank clive h
Reviewed 2 April 2018

A group of about 13 of us came in for coffees. About 10 coffees were ordered. it took an hour and a half for us all to be served. Had to cut short other parts of our trip that day because of the wait.

Thank melcur
Reviewed 29 March 2018

Hadn't been to the Penguin for years, but we just had a feed there and it was better than ever. The barman was super friendly and funny as, the serving lady was too and the tucker was top notch. So good to see a restaurant...More

Thank alyinsanfran
penguinpohara, Owner at The Penguin Cafe & Bar Pohara, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Thank you so very much we needed that inspiration appreciated:) Owner Darryn & Melissa

Reviewed 26 March 2018

We walked across from the Top 10 to The Penguin cafe during our stay in Pohara. The service was great, with friendly staff. Had the seafood chowder which was as good as I have ever had anywhere. Reasonably priced and a decent selection of wines...More

2  Thank Malferg
Reviewed 24 March 2018

We had a good lunch here one day and decided to come back again for an evening meal Good range of food - very good baked gurnard and also lovely light batter on blue cod dish.

Reviewed 6 March 2018

We recently visited The Penguin cafe a couple of times during our stay in Pohara. The service was great, staff were friendly, reasonably priced meals and the pizzas were so yummy! Will definitely be back on our next visit!

Thank MyKidsClothingNZ
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Nice venue, enjoyed a cold drink followed by coffee and cake. Pleasant spot with sunshine drenched balcony, clean toilets and a nice laid back atmosphere. Menu has pizza offered which will need to go try next. I think the cake may have been a commercially...More

Thank PauleLec
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
07:00 - 13:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Golden Bay  >  Pohara
  • Phone Number: +64 3-525 6126
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Sunny courtyard dining amongst native bush or on our decks with sea views. Cosy open fire in the winter. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, delicious local Tuatara coffee. Outdoor bar. New Boundary Road craft beer range plus regional wines. Menus to suit all tastes, steaks, NZ lamb, delicious seafood chowder and local Golden Bay crab cakes. Range of gourmet pizzas and Friday night burger specials. Sky TV, Happy Hour Thursdays 4 - 6pm complimentary nibbles.
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