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The Penguin Cafe & Bar Pohara

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822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
+64 3-525 6126
06:30 - 14:30
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 13:30
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5 reviews
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We ordered beers and pizza. The food was pretty good, and the people who work there are friendly. Things were a bit harried, as they seemed short-staffed, but we didn't mind and they still got our food out in reasonable time.

Thank Karen L
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Very pleasant place to eat, good bar cafe food. Lovely staff, food very good. Easy walking distance from local holiday park or motel/hotels. Good parking.

Thank Sue C
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

After a long day walking we stopped into The Penguin for a very late lunch. We were greeted warmly and told we were a tad early for dinner but pizza was on the menu. We didn't complain! Great bar and friendly staff here. Along with a good range of beer, cider etc plus what looks like a good menu. The... More 

Thank Verkd
Saskatoon, Canada
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We ate at the Penguin cafe one night after a long day of hiking the Abel Tasman. Fish and chips were on special that night and at $14 was the best value meal of our entire trip. Our meal was great, the staff was friendly and the beer was cold. What more could you ask for!?

Thank imdrbob
Christchurch, New Zealand
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Great tastes - snapper, salmon and fish burger. Crunch6 cjips. Very poor service - pre-booked, told they will move us inside if it is raining. Arrived on time, teaming with rain and no table available except high stools. Table came free after food ordered. Lovely polite staff but no-one came to ask if we wanted another drink. Had to get... More 

Thank Faye_and_Peter_11
Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch, a party of 5 adults and 3 children. The location and out door seating is great, nice smiles from the staff and that's where the good bits end. Expensive menu for pub type meals! It was impossible for me to put down $30 for lunch when it wasn't even an exciting menu. My dad had... More 

Thank ritaknows
Hong Kong, China
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Excellent food, generous helpings, attentive service and a nice ambience makes this a great choice for a snack or a full meal.

Thank Rogershk
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Good food, friendly service so overall nothing wrong with this option in Pohara. Good option with kids as well.

Thank JGangWM
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Lovely setting, great company and nice cold beer, although thought $25 for 3 drinks a bit rich! Staff were helpful and patient whilst we made our drink choices

Thank 56rachaelw
New Zealand
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

In fairness, I only had a bar snack with drink, so rating only based on a very simple order. Snack seemed like a standard frozen seafood mix deep fried. Was hungry so ate it all. Nice friendly bar staff though.

Thank HeyLittleHen

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Cafe, European, New Zealand, Pizza, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
07:00 - 13:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Golden Bay  >  Pohara
  • Phone Number: +64 3-525 6126
Sunny courtyard dining amongst native bush or on our decks with sea views. Cosy open fire in the winter. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, delicious local Tuatara coffee. Outdoor bar. New Boundary Road craft beer range plus regional wines. Menus to suit all tastes, steaks, NZ lamb, delicious seafood chowder and local Golden Bay crab cakes. Range of gourmet pizzas and Friday night burger specials. Sky TV, Happy Hour Thursdays 4 - 6pm complimentary nibbles.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?