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. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. The Junction Hotel

    $$$ | New Zealand

    Named for its location between the old towns of Grahamstown and Shortland (they merged into Thames in 1872), this is one of the few hotels remaining...Read More

  • 9. Volare

    $$$ | Italian

    Although this restaurant is crammed in between half a dozen other restaurants overlooking the marina, the Italian opera music, bare wood floors...Read More

  • 10. Zeytín at The Mount

    $$ | Turkish

    This café (not to be confused with the separately owned Zeytin on the Strand, in Tauranga) is a good bet when in Mount Maunganui. Their Moroccan...Read More

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