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Curly's Bar

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School Road, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
6478788448
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Service was fine and friendly. Food was terrible. We ordered chili beef nachos which we didn't even finish - they were very bland and tasteless. The place was completely empty and it took 20 min to make one plate of nachos...

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Thank Fallon B
Mandurah, Australia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here one afternoon for a drink ended up getting some food. Had mussels with garlic white wine, chicken burger & beef burger all were nice, hot & tasty. Staff were friendly, place was quite busy being the only bar so close to the caves.

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Thank Muffinjoy
Southampton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great bar with lovely atmosphere and good food. Great range of beers and really helpful staff. Good accessible entrance for wheelchair users.

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Thank vjbar
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Serving it's generous. I'll suggest the ribs. I tried the seafood basket as well, but the breading was not so good.

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Thank Nadia C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for dinner after a cave visit, felt friendly and fairly decent choice of food, including veggie options, a little pricey, though good sized portions. Good atmosphere with pool table, and friendly cat that hopped onto my teenage son's lap and started grooming herself! Music got a little loud later but was fine

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Thank Tjmazzer126
Waitomo Caves, null, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The new menu is awesome - the Curly's Chic - chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese and cranberries wrapped in bacon is my favourite. The fish and chips are awesome now and the smoked chicken and bacon salad full of nuts and goodies and very huge. The Friday night platters are also awesome.

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Thank Anonymous105090
Sydney, Australia
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181 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for dinner with our extended family, and everyone left happy and very full! All the food was delicious (and portions were enormous!), so good that my dad who normally doesn't eat much polished off his entire platter of fish and chips! The inside area gets a bit loud later on, but we sat outside on the patio... More 

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Thank Canada-Oz
Brisbane, Australia
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately (sorry Curly's) we found this to be our worst choice for a place to eat during this trip to New Zealand. After quite a bit of travelling and trying dishes from all types of establishments, not only was Curly's our least favourite, but per meal price (excluding alcohol) the most expensive. In all fairness, the menu was pretty much... More 

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Thank Sunlovers96
Adelaide, Australia
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44 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great, friendly staff, cold drinks, great food. Definitely a good place to chill out with a few beers/ciders.

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Thank Michelle B
Auckland, New Zealand
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202 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is little to choose from in Waitomo Caves Village, but that does not stop Curly's Bar from providing fantastic service and a decent selection of food and drinks, including a nice choice of tap beers. Whether you're 18 or 80, this place is great. I took my 70+ year old parents there for dinner, twice, at their choice, and... More 

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Thank BrianInAuckland

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: School Road, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Waitomo Caves
  • Phone Number: 6478788448

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