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Pacifica Kaimoana Restaurant

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209 Marine Parade, Napier 4001, New Zealand
+64 6-833 6335
18:00 - 22:30
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Tue - Sat 18:00 - 22:30
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2015

We were very disappointed with the menu at Pacific. We also found the inflexibility annoying around our request to swap one dish out as one of us in a non pork eater. We were told "no" and "the chef is very particular about the order of the menu". Frankly, thats unacceptable, pork is not a "neutral" meat that will suit... More 

Thank KerenCook
Hong Kong, China
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2014

A number of the dishes were with a little touch of Asian, which made them unique, interesting and surprising. Dishes were well presented, staff were welcoming and ambiance was good. At NZ$50 for a 5-course dinner might considered to be expensive in New Zealand, but in Europe standard this is definitely amazing in value. The wine pairing option is comparatively... More 

Thank Candice C
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2014

Tried Pacifica last week. The only downside was that it wasn't a bit busier and more atmospheric because the food and service was fantastic. We had the seafood tasting menu with matched wines. Particularly lovely the potato course and the rasperry soufflé. Fantastic value for money too.

Thank Jdd16paddy
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2014

This is one of the best restaurants we've been to, in the world. The chef focusses on local food and wine. The "baked potato" is a standout (warning, chef may change this once it becomes too popular, just to keep things interesting) as was the mixed berry soufflé. To be fair, every very dish hit the mark. Somehow they manage... More 

Thank Kevin O
New Zealand
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2014

Each course in this five course degustation was pretty, interesting, combined flavours that weren't ones we would use traditionally and the service was really friendly and informative. I like seeing the kitchen whilst eating as its a bit like a performance and the chef seemed to be enjoying himself with his tam and front of house staff - that too... More 

Thank kmaway
Wellington, New Zealand
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67 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2014

You have to try the degustation - Wow; What flavour ... sensational ..... and the wine .... very special. However they could spend a little effort of the décor and promptness of service.

Thank Elizabeth_and_Wayne
Oxford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2014

Oh dear, we were with 4 others or we would have walked out at the start. The tasting menu was overpriced, pretentious, (e.g. squid mince, mussel sago) and bizarre. What is the chef thinking of? The combinations of flavours in the minuscule dishes didn't work. The soy/foam amuse bouche was like a drinking a cup of vegemite. The sous-vide egg... More 

3 Thank Wellymen
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46 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

The food is a set menu - so don't go thinking you will be able to chose. The chief is world known, and has two menus that he works with. 5 courses, with a burst of flavour in each meal - he has married flavours that are divine, and set them with a glass of wine to match each course...... More 

1 Thank inkychunks
Spratton, Uk
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115 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2014

This would be a Michelin star restaurant anywhere else in the world. This has to be one of the best restaurants/chefs in New Zealand. Taster menu of 5 courses. Wish I could go regularly!,,,

Thank CaptTravel
Brisbane, Australia
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2014

The menu choice of only two five course meal options was very limiting. The complimentary soy drink with froth to me was unpalatable.I choose the seafood option which each course was a contradiction of ingredients - thankfully they are only 2 mouthful size servings! You will not at all feel like you have eaten a meal. The people I dined... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 Marine Parade, Napier 4001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Napier
  • Phone Number: +64 6-833 6335

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