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. Mount Bistro

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    The prices set this restaurant apart from other Mount Maunganui options, but then so does the chef and his menu. The street-side restaurant...Read More

  • 3. Argo Restaurant

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    Sophisticated, seasonal cuisine as created here by German chef Francisco Kurnak may not be what you'd expect in this small seaside town. The...Read More

  • 4. Babinka Restaurant and Bar

    $$$ | Sri Lankan

    Authentic curries from the Sri Lankan chefs are a specialty here, but modern New Zealand classics are also on the menu in this delightful spot...Read More

  • 5. Bella Mia

    $$ | Italian

    Pizza- and pasta-maker Guisseppe Scorce re-created a little piece of Italia here in central Tauranga in 1978 and has been going strong ever...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Coromandel Mussel Kitchen

    $$$ | Seafood

    Think of any conceivable way to serve fresh, fat mussels and you'll find it here, in the café established by the original mussel-farming family...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Harbourside

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    The food and the view will vie for your attention here, as you dine on contemporary New Zealand cuisine, created largely from local artisan...Read More

  • 11. Maketu Beachside Cafe

    $$$ | Café

    With a wraparound enclosed porch overlooking the beach, and a menu focused on fresh local seafood, this is as good a place to take time out...Read More

  • 12. Manaia Café and Bar

    $$$ | Eclectic

    This spacious, centrally located restaurant is welcoming and it shows—it can get busy. You can sit inside or out, depending on your mood and...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Pepper Tree Restaurant and Bar

    $$$ | New Zealand

    The standout restaurant in town is also a regular award winner—Silver Fern Farmslamb awards and Monteiths Wild Food Challenge finalist for five...Read More

  • 15. Poivre & Sel

    $$$$ | French

    French chef Samuel Goslin understands the Kiwi taste is for less salt, and less fat, so his French-fusion menu caters to suit. You can depend...Read More

  • 16. Salt Restaurant and Bar

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Put a slightly upmarket yet still casual restaurant in a popular local hotel, with a waterside location in a holiday town, and you've got Salt...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Somerset Cottage

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    The name says it all—Somerset is a genuine country cottage, and many locals consider it one of the region's best restaurants. A smaller lunch...Read More

  • 19. Surf and Sand

    $ | Seafood

    Enjoy a New Zealand takeaway experience. This is the spot to get a quintessential Kiwi-style beachside lunch of kūmara chips, Coromandel mussels...Read More

  • 20. 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

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