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South Sea Hotel dining room and pub

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, Seafood, Pub, New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options
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The Waterfront, Stewart Island, New Zealand
032191059
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is a great view out across the harbour from the front room of the restaurant. The back room is rather like a canteen. We ate here twice. I was not impressed by the blue cod in beer batter, which my son had recommended as the best he had ever eaten in his life! But the Glory Bay mussels were... More 

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Bushmills, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

... food was better than ok mostly ... our blue cod was the best, the chowder the worst ... gloppy and really not so good ... burger on another occasion somewhere in between ... ... staff on the other hand mostly seemed like they were in need of a holiday ... some of the girls needed to realise that they... More 

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Thank JE008
Rochester, MN
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed a very good meal, drinks and dessert in the pub. Everything met or exceeded our expectations. We happened to be there on a busy Sunday evening and also participated in Quiz Night. Great fun!

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Thank DaveinMN
Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Recently spent 5 days Stewart Island. Did 3 day walk an it was amazing. Beautiful scenery and enjoyed wilderness bush. Stayed South Sea Hotel. Meals fantastic an Sunday night pub quiz heaps fun. Definitely recommend.

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Thank kfr2014
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

No free wifi and buckets of bad attitude. Food was mediocre and meals very expensive. They have a captured market and abuse it. We were treated rudely by the staff. The following morning we returned for a coffee and were again insulted. The staff could be overheard criticizing any customer who asked for any service. They have an attitude of... More 

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Thank norahlang
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It would be easy for the South Seas Hotel to take advantage an almost captive audience for dining, but we were thrilled to discover that this was not the case. Their oven-baked Blue Cod with a Parmesan/herb crust was so fresh and cooked to perfection with a nice crisp crust. It was served with lightly sauteed zucchini, carrots, and scallions... More 

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Thank birdgirl1954
Bunnythorpe
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely pub to have a cold beer or glass of nz wines.. yummy food.. have to have fish ... accomodation available too.. much better awesome as they were fully booked.

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Thank B N
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Average food. My companion had high hopes for the Blue Cod but found that it was overcooked and he thought that it had been snap frozen as the texture wasn't great. My salad was a little better than average. I'm a Vegetarian and it was the only thing on the menu available apart from chips. The service was average.

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Thank Judith H
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed lunch here. Good portion size and flavour. Had the ham cheese mushroom wrap. Came with chips and coleslaw. Recommend to all visitors.

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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I feel like back to old period .. Cow boy feeling .. Environment is not bad . soup is so yum!!! I like it

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, Pub, New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Waterfront, Stewart Island, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Stewart Island
  • Phone Number: 032191059

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