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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. The Landing

    $$$ | New Zealand

    The Landing restaurant in the 1876-built Talisman Hotel offers a range pub fare including wood-fired pizzas and seafood chowder. For something...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

  • 16. Grange Road Café

    $$$ | New Zealand

    With its roster of seafood, burgers, and vegetarian dishes paired with New Zealand wines from small boutique vineyards, this restaurant has...Read More

  • 17. Motu Kitchen

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    A relaxed yet refined evening restaurant and bar, housed in a restful little 1950s art deco villa, this will rival any big city fine dining...Read More

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