The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty Restaurants

There are many dining options across the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty. You can buy everything from fruit from roadside orchard stalls and take-out fish-and-chips joints to cafés serving sandwiches and espresso coffee, right through to fine-dining affairs. Even when restaurants are formal in appearance, diners and hosts tend toward a relaxed country-casualness. Restaurant owners make a point of using the region's abundant resources: the fish is likely to have been caught that morning from a nearby bay, and shellfish are from local mussel and scallop farms. A huge community of artists lives in the region and their work is likely to be for sale even though it adorns restaurant walls.

Dinner service begins about 6 pm in the winter and around 7 pm during the summer months, though many places have "all-day menus." In peak season most places keep serving until at least 9 pm. For many restaurants reservations are a good idea, especially in the summer around the Coromandel. In winter, phone ahead to check if the restaurant will stay open.

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  • 1. Eggsentric Café

    $$$ | Flaxmill Bay | Eclectic

    Energetic owner Dave Fowell (hence the "egg" references) has created a community hub in his restaurant. More than great food–-there are live...Read More

  • 2. Bistro at the Falls Retreat

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    It might be way out in the bush but this restaurant could stand proud in any big city. Dine inside or out, beneath the trees, and watch the...Read More

  • 3. Bravo Restaurant Café

    $$$ | New Zealand

    With jazz music and tables spilling out onto the sidewalk patio, this restaurant is popular right from the start of the day with brunch, when...Read More

  • 4. Cafe Nina

    $ | Café

    Folks come here for breakfast and lunch every day of the week and you might have to wait a bit during holiday time, but locals think it's worth...Read More

  • 5. Go Vino

    $$ | New Zealand

    Small plates to share are the standout here, all featuring an eclectic fusion of Asian and classic European flavors with a strong Kiwi touch...Read More

  • 6. Hereford 'n' a Pickle

    $$ | New Zealand

    Homegrown fare is at its best here; the meat and produce in this café and store all come from the owner’s local farm, Kairaumati Hereford Stud...Read More

  • 7. Ohinemuri Estate

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Hidden away in the forest of Karangahake Gorge, the café is here to attract people to the winery and does a great job of doing so. The comprehensive...Read More

  • 8. Peejays Coffee House

    $ | New Zealand

    Peejays, based at White Island Tours, specializes in breakfast and lunch. It opens up early (6:30 am) so if you're preparing for a trip out...Read More

  • 9. Sidetrack Cafe

    $ | Café

    At the base of Mauao and across the street from the beach, this bustling café is a great place for breakfast or lunch after a climb or swim...Read More

  • 10. SixfortySix

    $$ | Café

    This café boasts of being the friendliest place in town, and the daylong crowds support the claim. Good coffee, fresh pastries, plus a paper...Read More

  • 11. Sola Café

    $ | Vegetarian

    This little community café is consistently good. Don't be fooled by the vegetarian menu; this is no health bar. The counter displays risotto...Read More

  • 12. Tay Street Beach Cafe

    $$$ | Café

    The tables out on the patio across the road from the dunes of Maunganui Beach are the place to be when the weather's nice; otherwise, head inside...Read More

  • 13. The Bean Cafe and Roastery

    $ | Café

    Mellow jazz might be playing in the background, local art graces the walls, and the retro couches and armchairs are a great spot to chill out...Read More

  • 14. The Refinery

    $ | Café

    Hidden down a side street (look for the sign on the main street), is this gourmet home-cooking surprise. This excellent coffee shop and café...Read More

  • 15. Waitete Restaurant, Cafe & Ice Creamery

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Enjoy the finest local produce, and, of course, the house-made ice cream at this peaceful country setting on the edge of town. The German-born...Read More

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