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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
11:00 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days 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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Thank Holly O
Perth, Australia
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days 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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Thank dora554
Napier, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days 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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Thank Susie C
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Friendly, welcoming and attentive service from Sylvie. Nice location, good menu, hospitable greeting and great food

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

it's great that you enjoyed your visit bronwynblackler More 

Hastings, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an amazing venue. We loved the decor and setting on the Marina. The Seafood chowder is delicious and the service was friendly and prompt. Lots of people enjoying a night out and I can see why the Whale is so popular. Thankyou and we will be back.

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Thank MikeW9696
Ian C, Public Relations Manager at The Thirsty Whale Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Delighted you enjoyed your visit MikeW9696 More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was ok. Nice to have kids meals. Sarah was amazing with the two girls. Entertained, colouring, she was excellent.

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

Our Little Whale menu for the kids is very popular Susan glad your family enjoyed their visit More 

New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant opened early so that patrons could watch the All Blacks versus Ireland rugby game.. The breakfast was excellent and the staff cheery despite the AB's loss. We took a break and returned to the pub in the evening. The same staff and same happy faces. A nice place to spend some time plus excellent service

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

The ABs games have been popular over breakfast steadieNZ More 

Cambridge, null, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Party of 6 Adults for a family catch-up over dinner. Menu looks good - had the steak which was melt-in-the-mouth - nice! Other meals around the table looked great too - especially the Pork Belly. Music a bit loud over conversation - not sure if they turned it down or we got used to shouting and sign language over the... More 

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

Delighted your family catch-up went well over dinner Carey thanks for your review 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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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?