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7 Wood Street | Back of the Wood St Shops, Mangawhai 0505, New Zealand
+64 9-431 5587
08:30 - 23:00
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Maungaturoto, New Zealand
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115 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A charming little place. Would only seat 20 maybe. Staff were friendly, helpful and NOT overbearing. The was great even though it was not my normal I still enjoyed it. The evening was NOT rushed and we were there for a relaxed 2 hours. It is a place to go to for an occasion out even though it is very... More 

Thank abseilor
Kerikeri, New Zealand
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83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This cafe is located in the heart of Mangawhai Heads. Good selection of meals and drinks. Efficient and friendly staff. A must to try while in this area.

Thank Ross B
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We went to this restaurant as it had diners but wasn't too busy. The food was delicious, I had fish and my husband a steak. We both thoroughly enjoyed the meals. The service was just as good too. Like the green wall of plants. Happy with our choice!

Thank AucklandWino
Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

What a dramatic improvement - great food and great service, the interior has been lightened up, but the acoustics aren't great, so its a bit noisy indoors - very pleasant outdoors on a nice day though and the food makes it worth it

Thank Sandra W
Mangawhai, New Zealand
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Sandbar has some really delicious food, but that coconut lime poached chicken salad is the best salad we've had in a long time. Who would order a salad anyway when you can choose from yummy burgers and pulled pork dishes... but this salad's got it all. A perfect balance of sweetness & acidity, some crunch with smart toasted rice, the... More 

Thank avw_mg
Taupo, New Zealand
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Had lunch at the Sandbar - hidden away behind the Wood St Shops but not difficult to find. Gorgeous setting - indoor and outdoor seating. Great choice of food and very nice coffee!

Thank SueCarr2014
Mangawhai, New Zealand
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90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We have always been highly satisfied with our irregular visits to the Sandbar. Great food but the the service cane be slow at times.

Thank Mark F
Stanwell, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Had an early supper here with friends. Good choice of starters and mains and plenty of wine choices. The local wines featured are excellent. Remember to order side dishes to go with your main course. I ordered steak which was good but no veggies with it - my mistake ! A rather strange fruit crumble followed - not to be... More 

Thank Maureen1cat
Whangarei, New Zealand
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85 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

My husband and I went here for dinner for our anniversary while in Mangawhai. I ordered the pan roasted chicken breast and he ordered the todays special beef burger. My chicken was absolute perfection, definitely the best chicken I've ever had. Hubby liked his burger and beer batter chips. I also ordered a berry smoothie which was delicious. All the... More 

Thank ilovefrance12
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183 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Was looking forward to this visit, based on the number of five star reviews. Service was good and my very rare steak cooked perfectly. But the Zucchini Fritters were a gastronomic disaster. Barely cooked and surrounded by what I think was Labneh (Greek Yoghurt Cheese), that was almost inedible due to the high salt content. The dish was sent back,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$21
European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Parking Available, Full Bar
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Open Hours
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Wood Street | Back of the Wood St Shops, Mangawhai 0505, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Mangawhai
  • Phone Number: +64 9-431 5587

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