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Bar, Seafood, Pub, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic place to stop in for a meal with great harbour views. The food was faultless, and staff friendly and attentive. We ordered the Kaik pizza, chips, seafood chowder and fisherman’s basket. Parking is a breeze. A hidden gem!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 9 October 2021

Great meal here in Moeraki overlooking the jetty and the boats bobbing around in the ocean. The huge bowl of seafood chowder with ciabatta was a hit with me , and my hubby went with blue cod, salad and chips. Both meals exceeded expectations. Great...Hinton Pinot Noir too.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 29 September 2021 via mobile

Detour off main road, can’t miss it bright yellow and blue boat situated on corner. A gem is what I found in a small fishing village which used to be a whaling village back in 1836 The tavern is adorned with hunter trophies of stag...and pig heads and boats in glass cases. Outside is a huge deck to take in the tranquil ocean views on a sunny day. Currently the tavern is in transition of new ownership but the owner was there and was a good host. Blue cod on the deck couldn’t think of anything better-stunning.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 21 August 2021

I love the tavern. All the fish & meat dishes always look great. They have upped their plant free effort recently with a vegan menu. This menu I would suggest has been created by meat eaters. It's expensive and not very inspired. I had the...vegan nachos. Essentially a bowl of tomato sauce with frozen carrots & peas (in nachos?!) atop plain dry corn chips. One staff member did ask if our food was okay, I explained why I hadn't eaten mine (sweet, no beans, no nacho flavour, not good etc) and she said she'd pass on the feedback, but no offer to exchange/refund. When my plate was originally cleared, still full & barely touched, nothing was said at all by the owner who took the plates. I would be more than happy to help with suggestions for vegan food that is easy to make & tastes good. Also could see a staff member through the kitchen hatch squirting cream from the can in to her mouth.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 8 August 2021

They went the extra mile for a 50th celebration and between the great food at reasonable prices, top level service and ideal location we couldn’t have asked for anything else.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 29 July 2021 via mobile

Beautiful building & huge deck, lots model ships photos etc. a credit To fare-sightedness of original owner. food was faultless dinner last night perfectly cooked 300gm steak & fresh salad $34, mild fish curry with calamari starter was also perfectly cooked. So good we went...back for lunch - calamari salad & seafood chowder which was thick with finely chopped seafood $38 for both. Will return again & againMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 27 July 2021 via mobile

Went for dinner Partner had fisherman's basket I had rib eye steak.both meals , fully recommend couldn't fault either Very generous meals, great friendly service with lovely atmosphere. Went for drinks night before too. Loved the place. Wendy from Geraldine

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 23 July 2021

This is just the best place to eat in the village. Not an expensive flash restaurant, but a bloody good Pub. Staff were very friendly and helpfull. Meals were great and if you dont have the Seafood Chowder, you are nuts. Simply devine. Thoroughly recommend.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 20 July 2021 via mobile

Only pub in the village but was well worth the visit. Great staff great service great food. Visited 2 nights and not disappointed. Will be back.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 25 May 2021 via mobile

Great service and friendly staff who go out of their way to help. Impressive vegan menu with tastiest nachos. Unexpected but welcomed at this cool little seaside pub.

Date of visit: April 2021
Traveler28389913207, Owner at Moeraki Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2021

Hi there thanks so much for your great review, we are so glad you enjoyed your meals and our new Vegan menu. we hope you can visit again soon. regards The Moeraki team

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Moeraki Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4