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Swordfish Bar & Bistro

££ - £££, Seafood,
96 Marsden Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 9-402 7773
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good26%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Bar, Seafood, New Zealand, Pub
££ - £££
96 Marsden Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on a recommendation from our host and we weren’t disappointed. Great view and meals a really good size and very tasty. Great rustic and casual dining.

Thank Marc D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We all ate out at the Swordfish Bar. Amazing to see large fish mounted on the walls and wonder what it must be like to land one. The menu was all the usual with an emphasis on seafood. Staff were helpful and friendly. Atmosphere is...More

Thank Val063
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Second time to the swordy and cant speak highly enough of the place, staff and food. The first night it was mussels which were amazing. Steamed and fritters were delicious. Final night in town the ultimate taste of Paihia. The platter for two!!Magnificent oysters, sensational...More

Thank Mike A
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We went there on a quiet Sunday and we're blown away by the standard of food and friendly service. The food is as good as you will get anywhere and certainly a few notches up from what you would expect from the surroundings - think...More

Thank MarkH9574
Reviewed 20 May 2018

The food here was excellent, service great. We arrived not long before they were due to close, but we weren't rushed. Great value for money

Thank dcm4275
Reviewed 8 April 2018

Dropped in for a drink and to get the view from balcony. Staff were very friendly and view was great. Menu looked good so came back next night for dinner. Even though a function was starting soon, they served us dinner out on the balcony...More

Thank jd7772016
Reviewed 18 March 2018

Real name is Bay of Islands Swordfish Club, so would be forgiven for thinking a private club with unimposing entrance way and just everything fried. But go upstairs through the door and all is revealed. A large dining room with good sized street view balcony...More

Thank Jodian
Reviewed 14 March 2018

First visit so the view is awesome. Food was very quickly served, hot and tasty. Seafood platter was very well received and the beers were cold. Quirky place with Marlin hanging from the ceiling!!

Thank stugross
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

This is a great spot for a drink & probably has the best view in town If you can get a seat on the balcony! The service is very friendly, but the decor is very old fashioned! I ordered chicken which was over cooked &...More

Thank GippyTraveller
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Went there on my birthday for Dinner (2 couples)Food was excellent in taste, quality and presentation, for all of us. Also service could not be faulted at all.

Thank Dave C
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20 January 2018|
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Response from boiswordy | Property representative |
Hi There Our bar opens in the evenings at 4pm and the Bistro is open from 5pm. Please call to make a booking if you have a number of people wanting meals 09 4027773 or 021572882. Look forward to seeing you then.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$36
Bar, Seafood, New Zealand, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:30
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 96 Marsden Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Paihia
  • Phone Number: +64 9-402 7773
  • E-mail
The Paihia Swordfish Club is on the main Paihia waterfront, with views north toward KeriKeri inlet and across the water to Russell. The Bay of Islands Swordfish Club is the oldest big game fishing club in New Zealand with a history dating back to 1910 and boasts an amazing display of life size big game fish and historical memorabilia.
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