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The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar

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Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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62 West Quay | Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-835 8815
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Today
09:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Hours:
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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Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The first restaurant we've visited in Napier and we all enjoyed the awesome food. Also we were greatly served by the waitress Sylvi. Thanks again.

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Key West, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although the Thirsty Whale is not within walking distance of the main downtown area, it is well worth the drive. The setting is perfect -- with an outside deck overlooking the marina. And the food, beer and service were excellent.

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Thank Jeffrey J
Napier, New Zealand
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its great to be back with awesome service at the Thirsty !! after a few months of committed & passionate boxing training from Shaun Rankin at The Beast House in Napier & winning a charity bout I am back socializing & where better to enjoy Hawkes Bay than sitting out on the deck & having Amy's 1st class service looking... More 

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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone enjoyed their meals and our waitress Rayna was fantastic. Ideal place for families to dine in a great spot.

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

Delighted you all enjoyed your meals 689saranr More 

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

wonderful food, excellent service and super decor. Young staff were very obliging and helpful. The views from the venue across the harbour certainly enhanced an already pleasant occasion.

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

The harbour views certainly are a pleasure when visiting the Thirsty alajoy More 

1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a lovely 3 course meal at the Thirsty Whale. Everything was cooked beautifully and the staff were lovely and we will certainly be going back there again

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

Glad you had a great meal Averil and yes hope to see you back soon More 

1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Awesome food great scenery definitely recommend the scotch fillet Cooked just right. Great service from Sylri she was very attentive to all of the tables she had on the go.

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

Glad you enjoyed the scotch fillet Holly More 

Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

well what a great find this was. we were on a cruise and had the day in Napier and came across this place. good view of waterfront and very clean place

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

Thanks for your review dora554 much appreciated More 

Napier, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The meal was fantastic, and the service from Silvi topped off an excellent evening. I have been to this restaurant before and it never fails - great standard of food, fabulous views of the Napier sailing club. Walks very close by along the foreshore. Pandora pond is not too far away. Hawke's Bay rocks!

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

Delighted you had a great evening Susie call back again soon More 

1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On arrival we were advised the meal might take 20mins as they were very busy. Also explained another large group was due in so it would be best to choose our meal as quickly as we could. That was appreciated and meals came quickly. Really friendly and delightful staff.

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

Thanks for your review Alan much appreciated 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, 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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Kids, View, Child-friendly
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?