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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Matou Chinese Restaurant

    $$$ | Chinese

    Enjoy Chinese cuisine while watching boats in the marina, dining in what was once a butter store - transporting local farm produce to the coastal...Read More

  • 17. Rocco Tapas and Wine Bar

    $$$ | Spanish

    Through the double gates and beyond the shell-and-stone patio is a little getaway with a hint of Spain, housed in a classic 1912 kauri villa...Read More

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