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South Sea Hotel dining room and pub

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Seafood, International
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The Waterfront, Stewart Island, New Zealand
032191059
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We turned up late on Boxing day hoping somewhere in the village would be open and serving and weren't disappointed. Plenty of fish options as one might expect and a delightful chowder. The only issue was the setting up of breakfast while we were still eating, but it was fairly late and they do operate as a hotel too! The... More 

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Thank DanWard77
Northants
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Ate here twice. The restaurant staff were very kind when we had to change our booking, it was no problem at all. We had the cod and chips the first night, and venison the second. Good substantial fare, well cooked.

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Thank SaveTigerNorthants
New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had 2 meals here and both were good. Friendly staff and sizeable meals. Loved the pub quiz a must do if you are on the island on a Sunday night!

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Thank VivNewZealand
Timmins, Canada
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294 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has a lot of history & great food, beverages & service. I had the blue cod & oysters & enjoyed them very much.

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Thank Barry L
mt Hotham
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to see where the locals relax at the end of a hard working day. Best oysters I've had! Beer battered bluff oysters! Yum! Gotta have a big bottle of beer and wear ya gumboots!

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Thank danyell_8
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We called and were told to come at 5.30 as they were really busy from 6.30-7.30. We were placed in the back room with no view even though there were a lot of free tables out the front. The waitress was rushed and not particularly friendly. The food was overpriced for what you get but that is to be expected... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service was good, although if they did a full table service they could have sold a lot more drinks. I had a salmon bagel, which was very tasty, but needed a lot more cream cheese. Also had some blue cod on the side, it was delicious but quite small. Others had the cooked breakfasts and were happy with their lot.

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Thank classicchch
Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly service, nice place to stay. Stayed above the pub, suprisingly quiet. Everything you need in a room, nice and central spot. Head down stairs for a beer and a meal, great atmosphere on a Saturday/Sunday night. A bustling place to be.

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Thank SamP356
Blenheim, New Zealand
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited a few times while on the island. Between the group of us we tried a large portion of the menu. All the food was well received and enjoyed. The garlic rye bread was a delicious starter. The butter chicken was average, steamed mussels were delicious, the fish burger was good and great value for money. The chicken pizza was... More 

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Thank Rosieej
San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We generally try out a bunch of different places while traveling but we returned here for nearly every meal while on island. The atmosphere is awesome in the pub, a lively break from the serenity that is the rest of Stewart Island. The food was solid comfort food; i really liked the local cod fish and chips and the baked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Seafood, International
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Waterfront, Stewart Island, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Stewart Island
  • Phone Number: 032191059

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?