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Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Barbecue, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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9 Williams Rd, Paihia, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wasn't expecting much from this place but was more than pleasantly surprised & can see why it's so popular. Was very busy when we arrived but the nice man at the door said it shouldn't be a long wait & boy was he right, had a table within a few minutes. I had the steak sandwich & it was perfectly... More 

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107 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Location indoors with big roll back open doors is great on a hot day, cool shade with fresh air. Menu is broad and suitable for all, cocktail and drink options too. Quality of food is poor, e.g. burger might look okay but it's a cheap piece of meat. Taste is also fine, not ground breaking. Service is hit and miss,... More 

Thank aceadrian
Orchard Park, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had our first meal here and were not disappointed. We had the lamb sliders and they were enough for the 2 of us!. Service was good & food was very good. Will likely go again as they have a huge menu.

Thank DMR-2011
Newton, MA
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212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Do not let the Rib Shack scare you away if you do not like ribs. This is a reasonably priced restaurant with a good menu and very good food. Service was also very good. A lot of the restaurants in Paihia were much more expensive, but we were very happy with the food and value here.

Thank Mark S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is buzzy and busy! Great staff, attentive and friendly without being obtrusive. Food was tasty and no fuss. Atmosphere eclectic, especially the sidewalk tables. V enjoyable.

Thank Dorron N
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had fish and ships, pork sliders, Cesar salad and burger. The food was good but nothing special. The portions are well served. And the service was good. The location of the place is at the center of town. Good for a quick bite.

Thank christianmayorga
Brancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A half rack of ribs with curly fries , a great dining experience , succulent and tasty , just perfect . A busy Saturday night and had to wait 10 mins to get seated , waiting staff bought menu's very quickly and were very helpful and attentive . Food and drinks came through quickly and were quality . Excellent ,... More 

Thank Robert V
Caloundra, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing!! meals were huge and so tasty. Our waitress was also amazing haven't had such good service in a long time :-)

Thank Natalie C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The seafood platter is so good ! Me and my workmates shared and I wish I didn't. Great vibe in there, very busy place popular is a better term. Great food, good staff and easy to find 👍🏽

Thank neekamartin
London, United Kingdom
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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff were friendly but the hamburgers we ordered were ...nothing to write home about. The bun was "chewy / uneatable" (felt more like plastic) and the meat had "zero" taste. Possibly the most non descript hamburger I ever had and that in New Zealand. Admittedly it was almost closing time and we felt they made us a favour by... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Barbecue, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Williams Rd, Paihia, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Paihia
  • Phone Number: 6494025002

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