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La Barca Italian Restaurant

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136 Maunganui Road | Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
+64 7-575 6842
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the second time we have been to La Barca and it definitely won't be the last. Fantastic Italian food, great service and even live music on one of the evenings we went. GO AND ENJOY - YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. Thank you!!!

Thank omahugarden1
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A busy Saturday night, the restaurant was full so ambiance was good (though some other reviewers have found it lacking). Service was excellent - attentive, helpful without being intrusive. The food was sublime, certainly my gnocchi was about as good as any I've eaten anywhere. Light and fluffy, blue cheese and walnut sauce tasty and well balanced, left me wanting... More 

Thank Bglbudi
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to try La Barca for the first time in October. My wife and I were quickly and warmly greeted. We were seated and informed of the specials. We ordered the bruschetta as a starter at the servers recommendations. A very enjoyable dish with a twist. My wife had the blended cheese rissotto and absolutely enjoyed it. Myself chose the... More 

Thank Awa P
Tutukaka, New Zealand
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Monday night, so fairly quiet at the Mount. We were shown to a table told of the specials and given the menus which covered all the basics and favourites. We shared a couple of entrees the Bruschetta and the prawns, both generous and delicious. Mains were the Carbonara, a very traditional recipe and beautiful and the seafood risotto which was... More 

Thank Maverick01RS
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has been a favourite of mine for years. My friend and I dined here for the first time in a couple of years and found that the new owners and staff had improved the restaurant considerably. The service was what stood out. Our lovely waitress (whose name I didn't catch but had blonde hair and an English accent)... More 

Thank sarahbearnz
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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329 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

My daughter and I have visited this place several times, several years apart each time because I live overseas. She always wants Italian so we only have one place at the Mount that we want to go to. We went tonight (Tuesday) and we were only guests in the restaurant. We only saw one front of house staff member and... More 

Thank KiwiCzech
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

La Barca said the sign. THe Boat. The menu outside listed Osso Buco, which is one of those dishes that is the test of an Italian Restaurant. I ventured inside and enquired of the Man as to how it was cooked... he gave all the right answers about time, patience and a list of ingredients that Roman gods would prostrate... More 

Thank AlainBron
Tauranga, New Zealand
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

It used to be our favourite Italian restaurant so we decided to go there to celebrate Father's Day a day earlier to try and avoid the chaos. Unfortunately they only had 2 wait staff and when I made the booking, the manager had no idea that it was going to be Father's Day on the Sunday. We waited a very... More 

Thank Stephanie E
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Waited for over an hour ( carbonara )...people that came after me got food before i did. Went in with a good mood...left hangry. I read the reviews but thought i would give it a chance anyway. The food was little but good, the waitress and Bart the manager ran around to serve but there is a bottle neck that... More 

1 Thank AspAndA1
Wellington, New Zealand
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Dropped into Mt Maunganui and selected this as Italian food can be superb. This restaurant does get mixed reviews and this post should help you understand why. This is the real deal, with a passion for food and service, which means the owner wants to spend time with you and tell you about the dishes. Have you ever had Bruschetta... More 

1 Thank John R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Italian, Mediterranean
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 136 Maunganui Road | Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Tauranga
  • Phone Number: +64 7-575 6842
Welcome to La Barca. Our restaurant is a busy little 46 seater & serves Italian cuisine. Along with our great supply of Italian produce we pride ourselves on our ability to source the best seasonal produce the Bay of Plenty has to offer.We keep a great supply of both Italian & New Zealand wines on our wine list.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?