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Soulsa Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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14 Richardson Street, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 7-307 8689
17:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Dessert nice. Main-beetroot Risotto tasteless. Nice atmosphere. slightly clumsy waitresses. Private function, plenty of room for all.

Thank Gail P
Whakatane, New Zealand
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have been to Soulsa before, but not in its 'new place' - great to have room to move about. Waitress was attentive and fun to have wait on us. 4 different meals were all beautifully presented - especially the beetroot dish. Love that the owner/chef comes out and talks to you and asks your opinion of the meal

Thank brunnies
Whakatane, New Zealand
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Soulsa has always been known for a good atmosphere and now that it has moved premises the atmosphere is just as good if not better. Same great service and awesome meals at reasonable prices make this a good destination restaurant. Owner is very, very personable and really does value the clientelle, he makes a great effort to ensure your meal... More 

Thank topplan
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A family dinner here when we were on summer holiday in Ohope. The food is generously portioned and is mostly well cooked and presented. The steak girl wanted chips instead of roast potatoes, not a problem, son had venison, my duck breast was alarmingly extremely rare though tasty. A little bit more creativity with the presention wouldn't go astray, not... More 

Thank meguin
Kelsall, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Garmin said it was on The Strand, they have moved. Google said Boon St. It wasn't. It is on Richardson Street (Where Jayne's Wool and Fabric was if you are looking at Google Street View). Why this first - to make sure you can find an excellent restaurant. We had Ribs - massive portion and really tasty followed by the... More 

Thank PhiltheCash
Whakatane, New Zealand
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have to rate Soulsa tops in Whakatane. Consistently good food and really nice to see the menu changing reasonably regularly. It pays to book as they are well patronised, testimony to their popularity. Soulsa roast chook was delightful and the pork ribs entree was massive in flavour and portion! We all loved what we had.

1 Thank Scott J
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We dined here this monday gone 23/01/17 I ordered the steak and my partner ordered the marinated venison. Now I dont know what the man below is going on about but we have no faults what so ever absolutely delicious meal! Also at the time we had our 16month old baby with us who was not in the best of... More 

2 Thank SummerRain R
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went for dinner after recommended by our friend. The decor was shabby, just a normal cafe not actually restaurant style. Had eye fillet, not cooked properly. Presentation not great. Now and then chef coming out to checking on patrons, instead of that better to improve food. Just bit cheaper in price campare to market leading restaurant. Not a great... More 

Thank Jimmy2132
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We have been travelling Around the North Island, for the last 3 weeks, eating out almost every night, and our meal at Soulsa was by far the best, with a couple of close seconds. Service was great, warm and friendly, food was excellent. Steaks cooked exactly as we asked, and the dessert platter was to die for! An absolute must... More 

Thank lynnefrances
Whakatane, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

After being impressed the first time we visited when Soulsa was in the Strand, we decided to revisit in the new premises. The food is still quality and with the twice cooked duck being a firm favorite with the wife. The kids were catered for with reduced main size meals for them as they did not find anything they wanted... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Richardson Street, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Whakatane
  • Phone Number: +64 7-307 8689
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?