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Motu Kitchen - CLOSED

2 Mill Road, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
+64 7-866 0053
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  • Excellent89%
  • Very good9%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
20 May 2015
“interesting way of creating a menu and very much enjoyed”
7 May 2015
“Good and tasty”
Restaurant Hours Closed
French, Fusion, New Zealand, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
2 Mill Road, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 May 2015

we missed out on Motu Kitchen last time in Whitianga, this time we booked well in advance and i am glad that we did it is a little like walking into someones house but past the front door in turns in a lovely restaurant. I...More

Thank The_Cloggs
Reviewed 7 May 2015

We had dinner at this place and it was nice. The food did not take long and it was tasty. We had the fish and the steak. Although one may say the quantity was not sufficient and as true as that may be, the quality...More

Thank DrTravell007
Reviewed 27 April 2015

Staying in Whitianga over Anzac Weekend April 2015,we wanted to dine somewhere special for the 25th. After reading reviews of the restaurant we booked 3 weeks in advance and we're glad we did,as they were fully booked in the evenings Moto lived up to its...More

3  Thank robynz642013
Reviewed 27 April 2015

Somebody knows how to cook. And how to present it. Happily, Motu kitchen proved one of my rules of thumb: if a restaurant is down a back street rather than on 'the strip', it had better be good. Motu, sitting next to a car repair...More

2  Thank DitchDiver
Reviewed 24 April 2015 via mobile

Just the best been there so many times and have never been disappointed. Always perfect and always so friendly and helpful. Once she forgot our bread and we asked again she apologised and bought some out and after we left we checked the bill and...More

2  Thank Jdogandmandy
Reviewed 21 April 2015

On a recommendation we visited Motu Kitchen to celebrate my wife's birthday and it proved to be an excellent choice; with the distinct added advantage that it was a pleasant walk from our Water Front Motel. We both had the lamb rump which came, from...More

2  Thank Mark F
Reviewed 17 April 2015

We had the seven course degustation.the food was amazing. I had to give up on the third course but my husband bravely carried on. We passed on one of the courses at the suggestion of the owner. The steak tartare, paua, pork belly, cheese soufflé,...More

2  Thank Jennie_gutry
Reviewed 15 April 2015

Wonderful on all criteria. . . . excellent local produce and fish prepared with much care, much skill, and much creativity. A first rate dining experience from the attentive and informed service to the easy flow between the restaurant proper and the garden. Unusally good...More

3  Thank LWF501
Emily R, Owner at Motu Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2015

Thank you for the review. It was lovely to have you in for dinner, and we are glad you enjoyed the fish!

Reviewed 5 April 2015 via mobile

We were very lucky to get a table on a cancelation as it was the busy Easter weekend. Fantastic scampi and calamari to share as entree then FOD and sirloin as mains. Quite a perfect experience, service, food, the works.

2  Thank Adele N
Reviewed 5 April 2015 via mobile

We were lucky to get a table last minute and we couldn't be happier that we dined there. The food was exceeded our expectations and the service was excellent. We definitely recommend making a reservation next time you are anywhere near Whitianga amd will look...More

1  Thank PonsonbyDiner
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$25 - US$70
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Mill Road, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Whitianga
  • Phone Number: +64 7-866 0053
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