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Waterfront Restaurant

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Vuna Rd, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island 1001, Tonga
+676 24-692
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came to dinner here with a group which ordered mostly all different things. I had the salt and pepper squid which was as good as any I have had. Others had the seafood chowder and sashimi which looked amazing and if I came again I would try those also. Some of the party had steak and lamb which looked ok.... More 

Thank Leah G
Canberra, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

quality accommodation and restuarant in a lovely heritage building. new zealand meats, fresh fish straight off the wharf and produce from local growers and the menu range and service is always very good

Thank NicP5960
Waterfront-Lodge, Manager at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We hope to see you again for another treat :) glad you enjoyed what our local people have to offer every morning! thank you again & have a wonderful week More 

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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We reached the restaurant at lunch. We were told it's close to the main road in the city. But it took us more than 2-3 kilometers to reach it by foot. Being there was like a dream. We were the only guest at lunch sitting in the open. The lush garden and the waitresses were like a southern see romance.... More 

Thank Peter S
Waterfront-Lodge, Manager at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Peter, We are delighted to hear that you were satisfied with our Lobster. We have them in stock as often as we can, so please, Join us for another round of Wine & Lobster where you can ask for side Vegetables instead of Salad and choices of fried fries, potato mash or rice on the side!! Thank you for... More 

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129 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

The service at this restaurant is pleasant, although it lacks the friendly Tongan spirit. It certainly offers a superior dining experience for tourists and expats looking for a quality meal in the Island Kingdom with quality meals. Unlike some Tongan restaurants, Waterfront guarantees that what's on the menu will also be available when you order.

Thank Suli and Toa L
Waterfront-Lodge, Manager at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Suli & Toa, Thank you very much for your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed dining at Waterfront, but also disappointed that our staff did not have their usual energetic selves that night. We sincerely apologize. We hope to have you here again at Waterfront with a more friendly vibe. Malo 'Aupito. More 

Honiara, Solomon Islands
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248 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Several cafes on Nuku'alofa are old colonial residences converted and this one falls in that category. It was a short walk away from the newly refurbished Dateline hotel where I was staying and decided to try out dinner. It was homely, warm and friendly thanks to the smiling staff and the good food. Being vegetarian I took their advice of... More 

Thank Krishnan N
Lae, Papua New Guinea
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Nice ambience - nicely decorated. The food was very good and the Staff very friendly. Definitely would go back again.

Thank Polly D
Waterfront-Lodge, Manager at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Polly, Thank you very much for your review, we are happy to hear that you had a decent time at our restaurant. we hope to see you back again for more :) Malo Aupito, Waterfront Lodge & Restaurant. More 

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314 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We stayed the Waterfront Lodge and every morning had breakfast at the Waterfront Restaurant. Unfortunately we did not have the chance to try their dinners but the breakfast was more than okay with very friendly and attentive service. It's a wonderfully located restaurant which should make for a nice evening out if that's what you have in mind.

Thank mbaas
Napier, New Zealand
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

We had the opportunity to dine at the Waterfront on several occasions. Unfortunately consistency lacked in that on one visit it was great the next visit awful- waited over 1 hour for main course with no offer of apology. Service was efficient and friendly.

Thank kimosabe2015
Clarks Beach, New Zealand
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Took client out for dinner and had an excellent meal, better than many Auckland restaurant and considerably cheaper. I had the Sushimi followed by the Lobster, totally fresh and could barely eat it all there were 2 lobsters on the plate. We all had excellent meals, great atmosphere and great staff.

Thank KiwiJKKJ
Blenheim, New Zealand
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

The Waterfront is a beautifully kept 100 year old building with lovely atmosphere. Just across the road from the town wharves. Top class service, and 4 star starters, we had a sashimi platter and Oka Ika, a lovely marinated fish dish. I was surprised the sashimi only featured one species (yellow fin Tuna). I expected a variety to be honest.... More 

Thank mary2936
Waterfront-Lodge, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Mary, sorry to hear your meal was not up to standard we purchase our meat cuts from NZ and it suppose to be export grade. Our sashimi is always the jewel of the sea yellow thin tuna. Since reading your review we have stop purchasing from this particular supplier. I am always on site for a chat as I... 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
Seafood, European, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Vuna Rd, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island 1001, Tonga
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Tonga  >  Tongatapu Island  >  Nuku'alofa
  • Phone Number: +676 24-692

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