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Rusty Pelican Restaurant & Pizzeria

1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 4229122
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good28%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“pizza” (116 reviews)
“steak” (20 reviews)
“ribs” (17 reviews)
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Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Great local
"This is our " local restaurant" ."
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2. Great food, great service
"Service and food are great year after year"
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3. Wow Fit for a King
"If visiting Matakana it is a must. "
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow, if your hungry and could eat a cow then this is the place for you. The meals are ENORMOUS and delicious. The service was great and the staff very friendly making sure we were never without a drink and making sure all was well...More

Thank Carlene H
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 19 December 2017

We called into this restaurant for lunch yesterday and we were pleasantly surprised with the service, atmosphere and quality of the food. We all had pizzas to share - a mojo and a spicy meat one. I can honestly say that the mojo was fantastic,...More

Thank david p
Reviewed 5 days ago

have eaten here twice since moving to the area. The first experience was promising with good food, friendly service and great atmosphere. The second visit on steak special night was disappointing. we ordered a sirloin each one rare one medium. neither was cooked as requested...More

Thank Den T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a lovely meal and they have 2 for 1 pizza night tues/thurs. However we had steak and lasagne with big salads which was great.

Thank Sam K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing food. Excellent service. Can't beat this place. We travel an hour to come here. Avoiding all our local restraints because we are guaranteed an amazing meal.

1  Thank lianzai
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for steak night on wednesday. Good food, good drinks, good music. I am definitley looking forward to next steak night! Exellent service 10/10 thanks rustyp

1  Thank crin329
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The steak was to die for. All five of us literally licked our plates clean we will be back every steak night to come ! The staff were so good always putting us first and making sure we had a great time thank you rusty...More

Thank olliehogg93
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner and to watch the rugby. Firstly we found hair in our pizza. Staff not very friendly and made us feel like it was ours despite the fact that none of us had light hair!! Offered us complimentary drinks, but very begrudgingly and...More

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for a bite to eat for lunch. It is a basic place selling pizza’s and bar food. It was ok - not sure I’d go again. The staff were very nice and friendly.

Thank Carmen C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Orderd a takeaway Magarita pizza and side salad. Pizza was very average, certainly not worth the $28 for essentially a cheese pizza. No basil present at all, just cheese and a grind of pepper on the top. Salad was fine. Will not be back sadly....More

Thank NeensG
antica1, Owner at Rusty Pelican Restaurant & Pizzeria, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi sorry you were not happy with your pizza, the price is $25 not $28 and we use dried basil flakes which you must have mistaken for pepper, we only use fresh basil when it's a eat in because it wilts on a takeaway pizza...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland  >  Matakana
  • Phone Number: +64 4229122
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In 1998 Daniel and Julie Baturic designed and developed the local service station workshop into Matakana's first- ever restaurant & pizzeria. Some years later the Rusty Pelican was sold. In 2007 Daniel Baturic with business partner Stu Wells repurchased the then fading restaurant to re-establish the original concept of hearty meals and pizzas to die for to make it once again a local iconic pizzeria restaurant. Rusty's famous pizzas appeal to connoisseurs of casual dining and are just the thing to top off a day at the beach. The extensive a la carte menu is sure to please with seafood, pastas, steaks and salads but be sure to leave room for the delicious desserts. The revived success of this Matakana restaurant and bar has reaffirmed Daniel's philosophy that the Rusty Pelican is a venue where people can gather with friends and family over a generous, well priced meal. Good service with old fashioned hospitality is guaranteed. The continued investment in the local community has the Rusty Pelican supporting school fundraisers and sports teams such as the Mahurangi Junior Rugby Club, Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club, and Mahurangi College Sports teams to name a few. "Matakana has a lot of visitors whom we welcome and cater for but focusing on our loyal year round local patrons is paramount" says Daniel. The Rusty Pelican Pizzeria Restaurant understands the importance of catering for families and provides a welcoming well planned family atmosphere. The Tui sports bar is also children friendly. Why not challenge Dad to a game of pool or have your family cheer for their favourite team on the big screen? Check out our unbeatable winter value meal deals which enable the whole family to dine without breaking the bank.
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