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The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar

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62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-835 8815
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 03:00
Sat 09:00 - 03:00
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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65 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This quayside resturant and bar was the setting for a good Sunday afternoon lunch. The choice of fresh local fish and chips with a refreshing ale was a perfect way to watch fishing trawlers prepare to put to sea. With a menu to cater for most tastes, this should be part of any Napier visit.

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Thank Peter K
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

It's what we call a working wharf Peter always something to watch while sitting on the deck. Glad you enjoyed your fish and chips More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

G'day Ian, Decided to eat here after having sun down drinks on the deck & reading the Trip Advisor reviews. Glad we did! Food was good and drinks were cold! Appreciated the service too. Vego pizza met my standards, and the pesto gave it something extra. Thought the lighting inside was fine, it wouldn't have bothered us if the fire... More 

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Thank lef1994
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Delighted your enjoyed your evening on the deck lef1994 you should have asked the staff to play some Christmas music More 

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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Registered for the port fishing comp follower by a meal at the Whale A + Food and an overall atmosphere waiting staff Perfect the owners should be proud and thanks goes also to Britney for the fantastic service could not have been better

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review Kerry glad you enjoyed your visit More 

Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

drinks were cold and the food was excellent in content and preparation. Menu was sufficient and the service very good.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review Paul More 

Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took family and friends to celebrate a special birthday. The set menu was very good, food delicious and generous servings. Family from Wellington and Australia as well as locals were very impressed. Waitress was friendly and efficient. Thank you Kerry and Chris and staff for making this an occasion to remember. NRA

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Delighted your special birthday went off well Noel hope to see the locals back in the restaurant again sooln More 

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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for lunch. Thankyou DJ you were a great host. The seafood chowder is awesome and highly recommended.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

The seafood chowder is very popular in the restaurant martindV1355NQ glad you enjoyed your lunch More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Thanks DJ, excellent service and another great meal with a fantastic view of the harbour. We called in for a much needed drink and meal and was greeted with a friendly smile and fast service

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Jody delighted you enjoyed your meal at the Thirsty More 

Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The meals were delicious, delivered promptly and were of good volume. obliging. Waitress Greer was outstanding, displaying good knowledge of the menu items and was very friendly and attentive. She was a good asset to the restaurant.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Delighted you enjoyed your visit patnrose42017 I will pass your comments on More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff were very friendly and gave great service. The food was very enjoyable with a good selection.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit ricosplaydates More 

Whakatane, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our waitress Sylvia was amazing and the meal absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. They made me a drink not even on their menu.

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Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Painter2017 glad you enjoyed your visit More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 03:00
Saturday
09:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Napier
  • Phone Number: +64 6-835 8815

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?