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“rubbish service that even the locals admit to” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mangawhai Tavern

Mangawhai Tavern
Ranked #6 of 17 Restaurants in Mangawhai
Price range: US$7 - US$18
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“rubbish service that even the locals admit to”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

I am a regular visitor to Mangawhai where my in-laws have retired to. Have had the misfortune to have to go to the Mangawhai tavern on several occasions and the only thing that is consistent is the absolute rubbish service there. The staff, including the owners, seem to view customers as a nuisance and if the place wasn't the only venue in the area to be able to host larger music gigs I doubt whether they would see any normal patronage. Take my advice and go to Smashed Pipi in the village or head down to the heads and visit Sandbar if you want quality and value for money.

  • Visited January 2014
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3 Thank Alex B
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English first
Matakohe, New Zealand
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wouldn't Bother Again”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

The Rodney Referees Assn chose Mangawhai Tavern for our annual dinner. We pre-booked our group. The dinner was just the usual pub grub but served without a smile.
The meals were pre-salted and very heavily, if you eat here ask for no salt. I suspect this is so you patronize the bar more often to quench your thirst!
The kitchen was closed very quickly after serving the mains, without an announcement, so we missed out on desert.
The bar was very slow service. The place was basically empty of patrons, so no excuses there!
Would definitely not go there again.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sheryl T
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Auckland
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23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“not impressed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

chose the cajun chicken for dinner - and was hugely disappointed - just a bit of fatty chicken deepfried in a tasteless batter. Drinks were a rip off - the only thing this place has going for it anymore is the concerts they hold over the summer. A local icon gone bad!!!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KLW12_12
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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169 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great for concerts not so much for food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

This is an excellent venue for concerts of all varieties and when it's sunny it is awesome to sit outside and listen to the bands but from the food we tried not so great which is a pity as it our be a great place.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MissFloopy123
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Auckland
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“What was a good pub, ruined”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

This used to be one of the places to go for a quiet beer and a relax, with great concerts. Sadly ownership changed a while back and the place has gone to the dogs

Visited November 2012
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2 Thank DayalSPA
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