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7 Wood Street | Back of the Wood St Shops, Mangawhai 0505, New Zealand
08:30 - 23:00
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Taupo, New Zealand
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch at the Sandbar - hidden away behind the Wood St Shops but not difficult to find. Gorgeous setting - indoor and outdoor seating. Great choice of food and very nice coffee!

Thank SueCarr2014
Mangawhai, New Zealand
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90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have always been highly satisfied with our irregular visits to the Sandbar. Great food but the the service cane be slow at times.

Thank Mark F
Stanwell, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had an early supper here with friends. Good choice of starters and mains and plenty of wine choices. The local wines featured are excellent. Remember to order side dishes to go with your main course. I ordered steak which was good but no veggies with it - my mistake ! A rather strange fruit crumble followed - not to be... More 

Thank Maureen1cat
Whangarei, New Zealand
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75 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I went here for dinner for our anniversary while in Mangawhai. I ordered the pan roasted chicken breast and he ordered the todays special beef burger. My chicken was absolute perfection, definitely the best chicken I've ever had. Hubby liked his burger and beer batter chips. I also ordered a berry smoothie which was delicious. All the... More 

Thank ilovefrance12
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176 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was looking forward to this visit, based on the number of five star reviews. Service was good and my very rare steak cooked perfectly. But the Zucchini Fritters were a gastronomic disaster. Barely cooked and surrounded by what I think was Labneh (Greek Yoghurt Cheese), that was almost inedible due to the high salt content. The dish was sent back,... More 

Thank Kotuku123
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wifey and I stumbled across Sandbar while up for a wedding. Coffee and food came out quick. The coffee was strong and good. We both got the smashed avocado and it was amazeballs out of this world. A flavor bomb; both of us considered licking the plate.

Thank Eat4Surf
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So stopped here for breakfast today. Looks nice and modern maybe even chic. But looks can be deceiving. No smiles. Boring expensive menu. Tasteless food. Toast with our breakfast was odd - tasted deep fried but didn't look it. No salt or pepper on the tables. Generally a dissapointing experience very happy to get back in the car.

Thank Linley G
Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We haven't been here for about 2 years. It was one of our favourite places. Gosh - we were pleasantly surprised to find that it's even better than before!!! Would highly recommend. Great service, great atmosphere, awesome food! Even the tap water tastes good! I asked for the prawn entrees to be upgraded to the main and it was so... More 

Thank drvmm
Frankfurt , Germany
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159 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We had 2 times breakfast in this place. Friendly service and an extremely good coffee. Yes also the food was very good

Thank madbo0
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

From the minute you walk in to the Sandbar you are made to feel welcome. Service is friendly and impeccable. Food choice is varied and extremely tasty. Perfect evening with fabulous food - thanks so much, we'll definitely be back

Thank Alison T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$21
European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Parking Available, Full Bar
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Open Hours
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Wood Street | Back of the Wood St Shops, Mangawhai 0505, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Mangawhai
  • Phone Number: 6494315587

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