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The Penguin Cafe & Bar Pohara

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822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
+64 3-525 6126
07:00 - 13:30
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 13:30
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61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

fish and chips were OK, a bit greasy but good. The ice cream was awful. Service is friendly and prices are reasonable.

Thank DANI24
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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237 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 439 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While visiting Golden Bay area on our way from Pupu Springs to Wainui Falls we stopped for lunch at The Penguin Cafe. It was 3 of us. We were seated outside. It was not very busy. Service was very nice, it didn’t take long time to order and get our food. We ordered Green Lip mussels chowder, Lamb salad and... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I feel a bit guilty writing this poor review because the staff were lovely and welcoming but there was just something a little odd with the food! My nachos had hardly any cheese 0 or even nachos really but absolutely mountains of sweet chilli sauce which wasn't really to my taste. Normally I could have just scraped it off but... More 

Thank Rachel E
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Waited a long time for Seafood Pizza to arrive, however it was nice when it did show up - had ham on it ??? The waitress very uninterested and needs to sort her wardrobe out - T-Shirt with many holes in it - so unprofessional - we were staying in the campground for a few days and did not eat... More 

Thank peteexfox
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Nice food and plenty of it. The chips were: great very crisp. The vegetarian option was good but could have done with a bit more subtle flavouring. Nice admosphere and the service was personable.

Thank Simonette B
1 review
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Worst cafe experience ever. Ordered 2 flat whites one trim and one in a tulip cup. Got 2 full creams, they were cold and it took over 30 minutes after having ask where they were. Then had to ask for the cake! Would not recommend this place to anyone.

Thank Bryce W
Nelson, New Zealand
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We didn't feel very welcome when we arrived, almost like we were interrupting their conversation. We sat outside for 10 minutes then the waitress plonked the specials board beside us and walked away without saying anything. We she came back I asked her if we could possibly have some water on the table, she went away and got it. Took... More 

Thank power23
Picton, New Zealand
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81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Called in for drinks in late afternoon, and purchased pizza to take away. We had rented a property nearby and didn't know the area. Our waitress went out of her way to get us a local map, and then proceeded to highlight the area's attractions. Her advice was excellent....and so were the pizzas. We called again the next day for... More 

Thank Patrick F
Whangarei, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Big group, a variety of orders from prawn cocktails . . lamb fillet . . salmon - all delicious and all well fed by very friendly staff. Thank you

Thank Jan R
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Terrible! The worst dining experience of our South Island trip. The staff were welcoming. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. The food, however, was very disappointing. The fish of the day was gurnard. One small overcooked fillet, bulked up with a lot of potato. The snapper and chips was unbelievably bad - one small portion of dry, tasteless and very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Cafe, European, New Zealand, Pizza, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, View, Child-friendly
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
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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