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The Penguin Cafe & Bar Pohara

££ - £££, Cafe,
822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
+64 3-525 6126
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good44%
  • Average16%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (22 reviews)
“chowder” (11 reviews)
“seafood” (7 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 14:30All hours
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Pizza, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 192 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had dinner here as we were staying in the camp and were not in the mood for cooking. Had a delicious and filling seafood chowder.

Thank Karin C
Reviewed 2 August 2017

This well situated pub offers a great selection of beers, wine and food. The quality of the food far exceeded any expections. Delicious mussels and fresh fish, along with all time menu favourites. Great hospitality.

Thank 71Double_H
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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

Thank DANI24
Reviewed 1 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank RItraveler512
Reviewed 25 April 2017

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...More

Thank Rachel E
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...More

2  Thank peteexfox
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
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...More

Thank Bryce W
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...More

Thank CJTours
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....More

Thank Patrick F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Bar Scene, 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
  • E-mail
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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