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US$6 - US$34
Bar, Seafood, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 March 2021 via mobile

We went to this bar a couple of times - the first because the sign said best view in town (it’s not lol) and then again for dinner and a quiz night. The bar is pretty much typical of a fishing club - basic and...relaxed. The staff were friendly enough and the meals could really only be described as average - except the battered oysters - they were AMAZING! We wished we had not bothered with the over cooked steaks and just ordered more oysters!!! The quiz night was fun but a little too fast paced (no time given for team deliberation) and the cumulative scores should be shown as the quiz progresses. Overall a really enjoyable night tho :)More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 16 March 2021

Fantastic food, staff, views. Not an extensive menu, which is perfect for someone like me who can't make my mind up! But the food we got was exceptional. Very relaxed dining and the staff were great. Great views over Paihia harbour. A definite must-go when...visiting Paihia.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 13 January 2021

This restaurant is a fishing club, but the food is nice. You order at the bar, and then given a number, and pick it up at the service counter. The food is really nice, and the boys at the bar are great, serving drinks, waiting...tables. They were fantasticMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 29 December 2020 via mobile

Excellent views across to Russell and great, simple seafood menu. The drinks are very reasonably priced and service is excellent too. There’s another Swordfish Club over in Russell which has an even better view.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 7 November 2020

Fish was fresh and well cooked. Good value too. Staff were friendly. Ate on the verandah and had an amazing view.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 24 October 2020

Awesome feed and amazing service!! Definitely will be coming back here next time we are in town. 10/10

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 20 October 2020

We came across the Swordfish restaurant by accident, thinking it was a private club. Visitors do sign in but all are welcome…very welcome. Service is definitely with a smile, (thanks Brooke) and very efficient. The menu is quite broad but do try the Oysters….excellent and...so fresh. Our Lamb Shank and quality burger meal were both excellent and the wine reasonably priced. The ambiance is local, friendly and the waterfront setting beautiful. On a less than warm evening, protective screens keep out the wind and outdoor heaters kept the evening temperature up well….or you can easily sit inside. We had a great visit there and will definitely be back again – highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 7 August 2020

I had the entree only so I could save room for dessert - would definitely order again - braised beef cheeks, good size, melting apart, yum. Husband had the lamb shanks and is still thinking about it haha. Friendly service, was nice talking to the...manager there. Will come back for a game of pool too another time.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 30 July 2020 via mobile

Visited this club recently. Very friendly service. Nice food. Pleasant surroundings. Great view over Paihia Harbour. Pool table and music.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 23 March 2020

Found this by chance and well worth a visit. Self service but the food was very good. Will return if we are every again in the area.

Date of visit: March 2020
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1 March 2019|
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Response from Catherine S | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t wait for tea or coffee. We went elsewhere. There was no beer on tap. We understood that was beyond the staffs control but the woman’s indifference and matter of fact answer threw us a bit. She had no idea of... More
1 March 2019|
Response from kathybeckham | Reviewed this property |
No the best coffee or tea I was there with a group and got instant coffee
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20 January 2018|
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Response from Sandra F | Property representative |
Hi There Our bar opens in the evenings at 4pm and the Bistro is open from 5pm. Please call to make a booking if you have a number of people wanting meals 09 4027773 or 021572882. Look forward to seeing you then.
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Swordfish Bar & Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5