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Rusty Pelican Bar & Pizzeria

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pizza, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, New Zealand
+64 4229122
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:30
16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Real pub/bar atmosphere with seating outside to watch traffic go by if so desired. Car park at rear. Lovely large pizzas but a little on the expensive side.

Thank Margarita2008
Maple Valley, Washington
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped by for dinner of pizza and beer. We sat outside and watched the world go by while enjoying an excellent pizza and salad. Prompt, friendly service too.

Thank ron455
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is always exciting to try new restaurants and eating facilities....but it is even more enjoyable to continually be satisfied on repeat visits to old favourites. The young wait staff are always polite and attentive and the food never fails to fill the spot. The menu is extensive enough that there will always be something to cater for what you... More 

1 Thank Blitva
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We just dropped in for a pizza on our way home..didn't have to wait too long. Great variety freshly baked

Thank Deborah T
Maungaturoto, New Zealand
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110 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had been told it was worth a try so we did. Good service. Good atmosphere. Great pizza. Good sounding other choices. Beers a little pricey. But ok

Thank abseilor
Auckland, New Zealand
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome place to eat, ud probably think it's bit expensive but the portion size of the meals are good, you definitely won't leave there feeling hungry. We were seated at the bar end very nice and clean, staff were friendly, very relaxed atmosphere. The food was so good. Highly recommended Thanks for a good afternoon Rusty Pelican.

2 Thank DavidL9244
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food. Great service. Great people. Well worth a visit, thoroughly recommend. They have a extensive range of pizza's to choose from. We had the Cajun chicken burger which was very good. The Monteith pale ale washed it down a treat.

1 Thank Crinkly9
New Zealand
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a prawn cocktail, seafood chowder, Mediterranean chicken salad and a margherita pizza so really covered the field and no complaints here - the food was great! Washed done with icy tap beer, cider or bubbles and it was a perfect lunchtime stopover. Worth noting that restaurant and bar parking is reserved down a driveway at the rear. We... More 

Thank andybags
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I found the staff to be very friendly and the meal was beautiful, it had the taste buds going we had the Avo shrimp, organic chicken nibbles plus pizzas for the kids.

Thank Sharon R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I absolutely love heading over to the Rusty when up in Matakana - their menu is filled with great tasty food and a fantastic array of vegetarian options 😊 always a fabulous experience with a great atmosphere and wonderful staff who always offer delicious recommendations.

Thank Shontell R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pizza, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Matakana
  • Phone Number: +64 4229122
In 1998 Daniel and Julie Baturic designed and developed the local service station workshop into Matakana's first- ever pizzeria restaurant.
Some years later the Rusty Pelican was sold.
In 2007 Daniel Baturic with business partner Stu Wells repurchased the then fading restaurant to re-establish the original concept of hearty meals and pizzas to die for to make it once again a local iconic pizzeria restaurant.
Rusty's famous pizzas appeal to connoisseurs of casual dining and are just the thing to top off a day at the beach.
The extensive a la carte menu is sure to please with seafood, pastas, steaks and salads but be sure to leave room for the delicious desserts.
The revived success of this Matakana restaurant and bar has reaffirmed Daniel's philosophy that the Rusty Pelican is a venue where people can gather with friends and family over a generous, well priced meal. Good service with old fashioned hospitality is guaranteed.
The continued investment in the local community has the Rusty Pelican supporting school
fundraisers and sports teams such as the Mahurangi Junior Rugby Club, Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club, and Mahurangi College Sports teams to name a few.
"Matakana has a lot of visitors whom we welcome and cater for but focusing on our loyal year round local patrons is paramount" says Daniel.
The Rusty Pelican Pizzeria Restaurant understands the importance of catering for families and provides a welcoming well planned family atmosphere.
The Tui sports bar is also children friendly. Why not challenge Dad to a game of pool or have your family cheer for their favourite team on the big screen?
Check out our unbeatable winter value meal deals which enable the whole family to dine without breaking the bank.

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