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The Bay House

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Tauranga Bay Rd | Tauranga Bay, Westport 7892, New Zealand
+64 3-789 4151
11:00 - 22:00
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Tue 18:00 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Raleigh, NC
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271 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2016

Had dinner at the Bay House as part of a bike tour. I had a vegetarian dish: a cheese souffle with vegetables, with was very original and very good. My husband had a chicekn dish which was good but not as original. For dessert, we shared an ile flottante, where the custard was lemon flavored. Good but not the classic... More 

Thank claude_monnier
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2016

We love our visits here for lunch whenever we are able. The setting is exceptional the food and service top class also. Thank You

Thank Lynn W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016

Once again over New Year we returned to the Westport area to holiday and a vist to the Bay House is always on the agenda. This year the food was superb. We ate there three times, as a couple and with friends. We were never disappointed. The highlights for me were the lamb entree and the seafood chowder. Service was... More 

Thank Annatfarms
Auckland, New Zealand
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

We loved this restaurant so much. We visited it twice over 24 hours. The meals that we had we unforgettable. The view was amazing and the service was fantastic.

1 Thank scutty1
Wellington New Zealand
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2016

Came back to the Bay House after a while - lovely place - fabulous sea views, friendly wekas, and excellent food and service. The salad dressing was really lovely - not just the usual balsamic, but a delicate sesame oil dressing - food was delicious, wine selections good (although we didn't have any) - really love this place. We will... More 

1 Thank genesis17
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2016

This was our first trip back to the bay house for a couple of years and the food was as outstanding as ever Waitress was sour, brash, unfriendly and there was no "polish" on the service. As we were paying instead of being asked how our meal was etc right in front of us another waitress was having a discussion... More 

1 Thank Melissa C
Queenstown, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

The Bayhouse was on my itinerary for taking the extended family over the Christmas break 2015. I'm told, a week later, that it is one of the highlights of the week travelling. Well balanced menu and great wine list offering some gems from throughout NZ but predominantly the SI. We all ordered different meals and I cant talk for the... More 

1 Thank 21Tatty
Port Vila, Vanuatu
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016

Very nice lunch, have been a number of times over the years, last time two years ago wasn't nearly as good as this time. Nice menu, great service, gorgeous view, beautiful food, what's not to love. We'll be back

1 Thank Leeandnigel
Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took our three kids for dinner on New Year's Eve. The setting was magnificent, the food faultless and the service fantastic. Would highly recommend for all. Make sure to book as very popular - nothing else like it in the area.

Thank Choc101
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2015 via mobile

Great food, great service and a great view 😇 Lots of different food options available - the price was very reasonable too.

Thank Sophie M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tauranga Bay Rd | Tauranga Bay, Westport 7892, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westport
  • Phone Number: +64 3-789 4151
Nestled into the native bush clad peninsula of Tauranga Bay (Maori for 'sheltered bay'), The Bay House has a unique coastal location giving a sense of escape to somewhere close to paradise. Overlooking the Tasman surf, The Bay House is one of New Zealand's most picturesque dining environments offering a range of options for guests depending on their mood, the time of day and the weather: we offer casual lunches from 11.30am to 3pm and A la Carte Dining in the evening from 5.30pm in the summer months. With stunning waterfront views from almost all tables on the premises and seasonal New Zealand style cuisine, the iconic Bay House is a true destination for all in search of a memorable dining experience in a world class location. PARKING NOTE: Please note we are situated at the edge of Tauranga Bay at the end of a one lane No exit road. (there is a turnaround bay at the end of this road however.) We have 5 carparks then there is the lane to park on however is narrow for large vehicles. Then there is the pubic car park 80 metres before you arrive at the restaurant. This is suitable for larger camper vans etc.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?