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Rusty Pelican Restaurant & Pizzeria

1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 4229122
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good30%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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“pizza” (102 reviews)
“nachos” (10 reviews)
“steak” (15 reviews)
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Pizza, Pub, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We drove past this place and thought it looked cool! After exploring and deciding we were hungry and we ended up here! The staff were friendly, plenty of places to sit, pool tables and outside seating! The food was amazing, portion sizes were huge!! I...More

Thank rachaellirwin9
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good mid range family restaurant with specialty nights thrown in on certain days of the week. Particularly nice in winter with huge fire. Like the kids chill out room. Very family friendly.

Thank Seachange53
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a sports bar it's almost exactly what you'd expect. I say almost, because it's more open, fresh, and brightly lit than many of its ilk, with lots of high stools and about 10 huge TV screens. The separate restaurant (exactly the same food and...More

Thank Balladeer1248
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner in this pub. The service was prompt and unassuming. The menus had lots of choice. The night we were there was a steak night and so plenty of options for less than$20. The wine was a nice melot.

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I ride our motorbikes to the Rusty Pelican a couple of times a month (great parking for bikes too!). We haven't eaten here, but just stop for a couple of pints. I want to post this review to say how awesome the...More

Thank Sam W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good value pizzas on Tuesdays and Thursdays when you get 2 pizzas for the price of 1. Great set up for a sports game as well

Thank Erena B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been going to this place since it opened nearly 20 years ago with family and friends , never written a review but this place deserves a good one , never been disappointed , and the food is always good . My kids love there pizzas,...More

Thank Stephen A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i visited Rusty couple of week before with my family.They have really nice veggie burgers.love it.well done guys.good job

Thank gurdeepnz
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Visited the Rusty Pelican on our weekend in matakana. Went for dinner and had some Delish pizza. Highly recommend the calamari also- soo good! The staff were very helpful, as we were eating dinner we were looking through a few brochures and deciding what to...More

Thank 71Mojo
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

This large pub offers the features of a typical sports bar yet is open and friendly, pool tables, 7 big screen TV's and indoor and outdoor seating all add to a relaxed ambiance.

Thank GaryandLesleyTravel
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland  >  Matakana
  • Phone Number: +64 4229122
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In 1998 Daniel and Julie Baturic designed and developed the local service station workshop into Matakana's first- ever restaurant & pizzeria. 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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