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The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar

$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, New Zealand
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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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Papamoa, New Zealand
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134 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been here once before and thats the reason we came back, such a good spot and the food here is amazing. We had an outside seat watching the cars go by and the fresh fish being offloaded onto the awaiting trucks. Staff here are quick and friendly. Highly recommend this one. Wheelchair friendly and it has a licence so happy... More 

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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We popped down to the thirsty whale for dinner as we had heard it was good. And we were not disappointed. It was a little noisy, like a bar atmosphere, but we soon forgot about that when the food arrived. The seafood chowder was chokka full of seafood! Delish. Hubbster had the NZ burger, and loved it too. Casual atmosphere.... More 

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Thank Linda W
Lagos, Portugal
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent our last evening in this lively and friendly restaurant. Lotte our waitress couldn't do enough for us, she made us feel very welcome and relaxed. The food was also very good both my husband and I had the filleted fish with herb topping,the only problem I had was there was too much tasty mash but that really isn't a... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent food in restaurant next to the fishing port and marina. Service excellent from our waitress Lottie. Busy place with lots of chatter creating a happy atmosphere.

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Thank johnhtodd
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

100% best seafood ! My whole family was so happy with their meals everything was amazing! Really a place worth going to!

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Thank meganwL1386FJ
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the seafood y meganwL1386FJ thanks for your review More 

Napier, New Zealand
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We decided to take our granddaughter for lunch to celebrate exam results. It was her choice. On arrival the fire was going in mid January and while it was not the 30c we had been experiencing it was not cold. They were also still playing Christmas songs The menu was varied . We chose paua whitebait fritters and a pizza.... More 

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

Thank you for your message Mary. Yes we have had some hot days recently but we do have a lot of senior diners and we do light the fire if `we receive a customer’s request. We open early most days and staff work very long hours if a staff member is working a 8 hour plus shift then they are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Oh wow! Totally recommend going there. The food was really good and the Filet Mignon was cooked to perfection. Carina is an awesome waitress, she knows her menu and her smile just lights up the room. The breath taking sunset and view over the quay crowns it all. Put this one on your bucket list!

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

We arec delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Thirsty Whalev Hanlie V thanks for your great comments More 

regina
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57 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We read the reviews and totally pumped about the food.. We had 4 people in our party went around 5 pm our food was just ok.. I would try something different... Slightly disappointed

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Thank saskatchewanRegina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I came in here today & also come here every Friday 7 Saturday night. Nicole is the best waitress ever! she is always so lovely and makes amazing drinks! came in today with a friend and she served our table. love her to bits, she is truly the best waitress at the whale xx

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

Delighted you are enjoying your many visits to the Thirsty Tayla hope to see you back again this weekend More 

Marton, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a great lunch sitting outside with excellent view over the harbour, service was excellent & the food was very well presented, with attentive staff Great place, will visit again

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Thank baza502016
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Yes it's nice on the deck with great views baza502016 call back again soon 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
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?