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$$ - $$$
European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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7 Wood Street | Back of the Wood St Shops, Mangawhai 0505, New Zealand
08:30 - 23:00
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Frankfurt , Germany
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159 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had 2 times breakfast in this place. Friendly service and an extremely good coffee. Yes also the food was very good

Thank madbo0
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the minute you walk in to the Sandbar you are made to feel welcome. Service is friendly and impeccable. Food choice is varied and extremely tasty. Perfect evening with fabulous food - thanks so much, we'll definitely be back

Thank Alison T
Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tried this place for lunch and the coffee was great and the counter food selection satisfactory so tried the dinner that night and it was fantastic. Great selection, great meals. Excellent service from Angela. Returned two further days for coffees smoothies and snacks.

Thank mrinternet
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the long weekend in Mangawhai and popped in for brunch. My partner and I both got the big breakfast with a side of hollandaise. Flavours were amazing, hint of truffle oil and vinegar really made it. Great value for money. Service was A+ too

Thank travelbuggie19
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don't normally bother writing reviews, but the Sandbar in Mangawhai is so deserving of one I knew I needed to. We go out for meals as a family and with friends quite regularly and the Sandbar never fails to disappoint. The food is of an outstanding quality - the ingredients and taste phenomenal - and the service is always... More 

1 Thank 887georginah
Mangawhai, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The new menu & decor is great. The alfresco dining area is wonderful especially for breakfast & Lunches. We had dinner last night and all the dishes were divine. Tuna Crudo was fresh and melt in the mouth, the Chile roasted prawns had a lovely spark of heat, which accompanied by an Asian slaw added a fresh and lively entree,... More 

1 Thank DonnaSandy01
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a lovely wee place. I use the term wee because I'm from Glasgow, not because of it's size. The food is brilliant and great choice. The seating area is well spaced out, you don't feel all cramped and hemmed in. And, the iced coffee was fantastic. Would highly recommend this place.

1 Thank Chris G
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68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We seldom eat out at Mangawhai however we had heard good things about the Sandbar Restaurant. The food was every bit as good as a quality Auckland restaurant and the service was excellent too. Its position is not great however there are no restaurants in Mangawhai with a great outlook. The beef and lamb were excellent and the entres were... More 

Thank Murray R
Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand
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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Just had a nice dinner here. The meal was good but I found the fish a bit too salty. Nothing on the desert menu to tempt me however others thought differently. Happy to return. Service was great.

Thank MHarding25
Mangawhai, New Zealand
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We have just returned from almost 4 months travelling in Europe, Britain and Asia and have eaten in many different countries I enjoyed my Lunch at the "Sandbar" as much as any of them. We had a function with approx 18 people and staff responded well. I chose Courgette fritters served with a tasty salad and garlicky sauce, had a... More 

Thank JudithJane47

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$22
European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
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Open Hours
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Wood Street | Back of the Wood St Shops, Mangawhai 0505, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Mangawhai
  • Phone Number: 6494315587

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?