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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Café
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“The only cafe/bar around that overlooks the beach. We recommend a beer and hot chips with a view any day of the week. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bistro
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“It is consistently open. Good selection of beverages and with the restaurant next door you can always order a great meal.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The falls cafe is the most amazing place for its setting and food, that you just keep wanting to go back time after time. Its that "natural experience. The veggie garden setting under the trees, the fresh seasonal food you get served from it. its a get away from the hustle and bustle kind of place where you just linger and relax. The dining is informal, the kind that is served clean fresh and on a rustic board. Brad King is the award winning chef. I love his gourmet wood fired pizzas. The bistro is a little cottage setting under the trees with a gorgeous open kitchen so you can actually watch the chefs at work. The wood fired oven sits in the centre of the kitchen and really is the heart of the business . What Dewi and I did and recommend is to book a lunch or afternoon tea at the falls cafe, to return to after you have taken the "windows walk" in the Karangahake gorge. We ordered a sharing platter. Imagine sitting down under the trees , the breeze in your face, the kids playing found about, and sharing the chefs seasonal taster- house cured and smoked Kahawai with a smoked fish and fraiche rillet and pickled artichoke. We took a vegetarian friend and they had the light main of butternut and goats cheese stuffed portobella mushrooms served with lentils and a dhal curried pumpkin salad, pickled red onions port currants and seasonal root veg. Nice!!!! Dessert was their "zesty" pie, local lime tart with vanilla bean french cream!!!whooh yummy, mulled with poached tamarillos and ginger icecream!!!!! awesome flavours”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good people watching - summertime. Nice place to read your book and enjoy a Cab Sav in winter.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Amazing food from a award winning chef set in a idyllic tree filled venue, worth the drive!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Well not really everything else but we have the best fish & chip shop and they also offer Chinese food if you prefer.”
  • 2 locals recommend
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  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Lovely place for lunch or dinner with a glass of wine, also tasy dessert options - or just stop in for their homemade icecream”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Lovely natural space out the back, plenty of healthy and robust lunch choices including vegetarian options”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Authentic style Indian food and a broad menu including vegetarian meals. Interesting open space indoor venue, set in Waihi's previous council chamber building.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“For fresh organic produce, an amazing array of cheeses and specialty gourmet products, this is the place. Espresso coffee and baked items as well! Freshly made pesto is available on Fridays.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Eddie and Esther serve the freshest and best sushi in the world, hands down!”
  • 1 local recommends