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Skipper's Restaurant

££ - £££
Bar, Pub
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Muriwai Drive | The Wharf, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch yesterday. The pasta dish (Chicken Fettuccine) is to die for! We're regulars at this restaurant. We love how the food is consistently YUM, served quickly and HOT. It's good, pub grub, reasonable prices and beautiful waterside views. Kitchen staff are great!!

Thank Ronawa
Richards Bay, South Africa
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236 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We popped in for lunch when a fishing competition was on. A huge restaurant and bar with stunning views. The restaurant was not busy considering its size. We ordered a hamburger and 2 x fish & chips. We waited 15 min for our meals to be prepared. The hamburger my son ordered was huge and nicely presented, and he enjoyed... More 

Thank WillemLab
NSW Australia
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141 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We were looking for some "plain" food as a break from restaurants, and the restaurant at the sportsfishos club suite dthe bill to perfection. If you are a fisho - this is the place to visit. God cold beer!

Thank cajunnsw
Whakatane, New Zealand
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Where else, I wondered, could I have found a "light" lunch comprising six large prawns in garlic sauce, a nicely-moulded portion of basmati rice, and a really crisp and well-dressed salad at this price? Nowhere that I could call to mind. The above "light" meal -- certainly more than I could manage to consume -- cost all of $17, which... More 

Whakatane, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

As a member of the Whakatane Fishing Club you will not find a more convenient local spot to meet up with family and friends. Skippers Restaurant will do you proud...

Thank owenvaughan
Whakatane, New Zealand
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Lovely meals and drinks at reasonable prices. Very friendly and helpful staff.. Nice views along the river.

Thank Karaka5
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Fabulous meal with great service and reasonably price. Great outlook on river. Definitely recommend. Very relaxed atmosphere with bar.

Thank helenjeanb
Ohope, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

Something to suit everybody with its very varied menu. Meals are large so if you're not that big an eater the light menu would do. Great views over the river and entrance.

Thank lyngriffiths6
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2015 via mobile

A great option for lunch or dinner. Reasonable prices, good food and the view is absolutely amazing. An awesome atmosphere and I really enjoy lunch here with friends. Beware of the hawk at the bar, ensure you are signed in with a member or else! Also if she is on, get your member friend to give you a run down... More 

Thank jude c
Christchurch, New Zealand
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129 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Reminds of a modern day Club scene. Nice new building. Great views over the water. Extensive menu and very reasonable pricing. Very good bar. I had the chicken salad. Very fresh, tasty and interesting. Too quiet on a Monday night. But later in the week very busy - very popular. Nice average but yum kiwi meals. I have eaten here... More 

Thank Martin F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Muriwai Drive | The Wharf, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Whakatane
Skippers Restaurant is aptly named as it has gorgeous water views in a unique location. Dine either indoors or on the large deck outdoors while enjoying unobstructed views of the river, Whale Island, White Island (active volcano) and the ocean beyond.The restaurant is part of the Whakatane Sportfishing Club, and the walls of the club are adorned with an extensive collection of fish mounts with over 40 different species to view from a massive 1221lb Black Marlin to a 4.5lb Blue Cod.Revered for its sumptuous lunches and dinners, as well as snacks and casual alfresco dining, Skippers offers a fabulous choice of high quality cuisine, and is a favourite destination for club members, guests and affiliates.

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