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The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar

62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-835 8815
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“venison burger” (24 reviews)
“seafood” (40 reviews)
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All hours
CUISINES
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 1,335 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Having been here before we had to return and again the food and service was excellent. The white bait and paua fritters were great, as was the pork belly and fillet mignon. Staff are both friendly and helpful and the meals were produced without delay....More

Thank KiwiWanderers02
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great location on the wharf with views of the water. Food was amazing. There were 4 of us dining and we all had the seafood extravaganza which was their signature dish. We got to try the paua fritters as none of us had tried it...More

Thank normakos2016
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

The seafood extravaganza is a very popular dish on the menu normakos2016 delighted you enjoyed the paua and thanks for the great review

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant, great location on the quay. Great choice of drinks and cocktails. Food was delicious and hot. Menu was varied Would highly recommend

Thank Wigorn
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Delighted you enjopyed your visit to the Thirsty Wigorn did you try the cocktails?

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My partner and I had an amazing meal here. Great menu and super tasty food. We were looked after by Jemmah who was awesome. Very helpful with my nut allergy. Definitely one to recommend.

Thank Millimops
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Glad you and your partner enjoyed your meals Millimops thanks for the great review

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely atmosphere Cosy as it was chilly outside Our waitress Sylvie was attentive informative and funny Had a great evening

Thank Suzanne D
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Delighted you enjoyed your evenng at the Thirsty Suzxanne many thanks for your review

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Called In after a loooong walk around Napier. Young staff who are all pleasant and chatty, nice smiles. Had two well poured Tui beers, the menu looked nice and some of the food delivered to other tables looked good and well presented.

Thank Alistair S
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

The Tuis must have tasted good after your long walk around Napier Alistair many thanks for your review

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really nice dinner at Thirsty Whale - good food - ambience and well looked after by Varna our waitress - great Americano coffee too

Thank mindy704
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Glad you enjoyed your dinner and coffee at the Thirsty mindy704 thanks for your review

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I ate here last week. He had the ribs and I had the scallops as I wasn't hungry enough for a main meal. We both thoroughly enjoyed our food, it was well cooked and very tasty. Varna was our delightfully cheerie and...More

Thank Emma M
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Yes it's nice upstairs overlooking the marina on one side or the restaurant downstairs on the other side Emma glad you enjoyed your food and yes call back again if ever in Napier

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely outlook onto the river. That's about it. Wait staff friendly but no effort to assist. Atmosphere ruined by group of bogan men swearing and drinking out the front which staff did nothing about.Good look for the family trying to eat next to them listening...More

Thank MattyS72
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent ambience, food was okay, I had the lamb shank, husband had the seafood extravaganza but thought it pretty ordinary. Having trouble finding an excellent seafood restaurant in NZ- longing for lobster!

Thank Time2travel2OS
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We find it difficult that your husband found the seafood extravaganza "pretty ordinary" Time2travel2OS as we receive many great compliments and reviews about it. It is also a very high sellar on our menu with a lot of customers enjoying it

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 AM
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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