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Manaia Kitchen & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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228 Main Road, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
+64 7-864 9050
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2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ordered peri peri chicken burger, food Came Out doesn't look like menu description and doesn't taste good! My partner ordered Meat wrap which had only 2 thin slices of ham inside. Had very sore tummy after that and felt really sick !! Probably the worst meals ever had in Tairua.

Thank Tony M
Auckland, New Zealand
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2 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived without a reservation and were told we'd have at least a half hour wait to be seated as it was extremely busy. However, we were offered the option of waiting at the bar with drinks and entrees which suited us perfectly. We had the calamari which was divine! We really enjoyed sitting at the bar; all staff were... More 

Thank FionaWitt
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

On way to Thames with my elderly mother we hoped to make a quick stop for a late lunch (1.45pm) Wednesday. Magnificent Mediterranean Lamb salad (beautifully rear lamb) with huge salad of roasted pumpkin/beans/capsicum/feta. Devine!! Mothers chipotle steak sandwich was perfectly served with awesome chips!! The chipotle requested on the side was not too overwhelmingly hot so great for young... More 

Thank Lise H
Auckland, New Zealand
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Tairua has a range of cafes and bars. Manaia is a fixture which wax once variable in quality. Now, Andrea is transforming Manaia with changed menus, including the striking and very acceptable vegetarian platter - shades of Ottolenghi - and the very cool pizza oven, staffed over summer by a charming young Italian. The coffee is strong. Good value across... More 

Thank Mariategui
Madison, Wisconsin
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44 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten at the restaurant a number of times and the quality can be inconsistent, although always relatively good. The fresh fish and lamb dishes are particularly good in our experience, as are the wood fired pizzas. We have found the staff to be friendly and helpful, and the outdoor seating is pleasant. This restaurant is recommended, ourt first... More 

Thank WisconsinMadison
Wellington, New Zealand
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't have a reservation but got a table easily on a Wednesday evening for dinner. Good service, attentive staff and good menu choice. Fish & chips were generous and lamb dish was nice although meat was a bit sinewy! Lovely desserts, best apple pie/crumble around.

Thank Diane A
Taupo, New Zealand
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are wanting a good coffee then this is the place although we did have to wait some time and it wasn't busy at all. The staff were friendly. No vegan options noticeable.

Thank CEWatat79
Farnham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A busy and well staffed cafe/restaurant very Kiwi. An enjoyable evening meal in a very buzzy place. Well worth a visit, if not two

Thank Ian J
Waiuku, New Zealand
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for a quick pint and a bite to eat on our way to a wedding,nice food,good beer (large Heineken,on tap!) Staff were friendly and very welcoming. Pizzas looked awesome. Definitely planning a return visit so we can try those pizzas!!'

Thank krisstorm
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff. Good choices of food and reasonably priced. Also promotes and sells local beer. If you are looking for somewhere to eat in Tairua go here

Thank Sian B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$22
Bar, Pizza, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 228 Main Road, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-864 9050
Fully licensed cafe/restaurant located in the heart of Tairua. Enjoy woodfired pizzas, tapas or choose from A la carte menu.

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