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New Zealand, International
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Main road, Tairua, New Zealand
+64 7-864 8811
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Coromandel, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Nice place, maybe a bit dated décor. Food great. We had tried to go to this place many times only to find it closed often on a weekend night.

Thank Brierley1234
Kamuela, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

My family stayed at a nearby hotel and I ordered take away food to bring back to our hotel. The food was very good. I recommend eating here.

Thank Gordon K
Buntingford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

Centrally located. The food was good and can recommend the fish. ..it s possible to eat outside in the good weather.

Thank bantickr
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

Tiarua doesn't have a huge number of restaurants to choose from, but this one was definitely the best in town. We ate here two nights and found the food to be good, but what really bought us back for a second night was the friendly service.

Thank lagomaggiore2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

We ate at Shells two nights running and very much enjoyed the friendly relaxed atmosphere sitting outside on the covered terrace. We were also impressed by the very good standard of food. In particular the duck liver pate was delicious. The service was great - friendly and enthusiastic, it really added to the evening.

Thank SixNineOne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Mostly seafood but we had the steaks with red wine jus. They were excellent. Very spacious and comfortable seats. The waitress was very pleasant and efficient as was the rest of the staff.

Thank John B
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

We enjoyed some delicious mussels with Thai sauce and prawns, followed by fresh snapper. All the food was delicious, and service was friendly. Altogether a pleasant evening.

Thank FSW29
Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

Had an excellent meal here. Bit pricey but the steak was worth every penny and beautifully cooked. Only managed to eat half the chips because the portions were so big.

Thank janeburrage28
Centereach, New York
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

We had dinner two nights during our stay. The food was top notch and our servers were nice and friendly. The first night we did not even get to ask for desert and after a 40 minute wait, paid our bill at the register. The servers were unable to handle all the people there. The second night was better service... More 

Thank JoyDevine
Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

I rarely give a bad review due to service when the food is good, as it is here, but read on! The good: Selection of appetizers were inventive, tasty, well-executed. Fish of the day main was truly delicious. The sort of place I'd give a four or more rating to. But staff took for ever to take order (appetizers +... More 

Thank Montrealais

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
New Zealand, International
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main road, Tairua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-864 8811

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