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Bar, European, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Aqaba was a first as part of a group for evening meal that started with drinks pre meal which was was a great atmosphere and enjoyed by all but the meals were average to say the least. Steaks were very low quality with largest rips...of grissel, the fish was over cooked, due to the slow delivery from placement of orders explains why fish was over cooked but steak selection by chef needs revisiting to supplier as QA selectionMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 March 2024 via mobile

Food average and also expensive. Jazz band too loud. Had to eat outside to avoid loud music. Waitress very pleasant. Burger below average for price of $28

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 August 2023 via mobile

The night started well , for a starter I had a lovely chowder and my partner had a very nice Turkish bread , then my pet peeve, the mains turned up between 10-15mins later while we were still unfinished on the starters which were quite...large. I said we were not finished with the starters , she asked if we wanted to send them back and I felt sorry for her and said no leave them so the table was crowded with plates P.S they did not come back to clear the table at any stage. :(, also did not offer to provide water for the table at any stage. For Mains the pork belly salad was good but over half the pork was pure fat no meat or crackling just fat. For the fish n chips I had , the batter was not set against the fish and was slimes , was this Frozen fish I wondered? No waitress came and asked how our meal was ,so we up and went to pay, the server asked how were our meals and I gave her the honest review listing as above. She gave NO response at all, didn’t even acknowledge or say sorry or I’ll let the chef know etc etc. For this reason I am writing this review. If they had acknowledged our poor experience, I would not have written this review to warn others.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 10 July 2023

We found the Large Fish'n'Chips lunch to be great to share amongst the two of us as a couple. The fish was very tasty and the accompanying salad superb. The atmosphere by the fire was both stimulating and toasty warm. That particular seating cannot be...beaten.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 24 June 2023

What a great lunch today! The ribs were so tender atasty and huge. Plenty of chips , yum salad and homemade aoli. Fully recommended.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 17 June 2023

grab yourself an Aqaba Platter to share between 2-3 people and wash it all down with a beer of two or a cider/

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 25 March 2023

The service of staff and attitude of the manager at Aqaba during our meal there last night was incredibly disappointing. Our waitress forgot drinks for two members of our party of four and forgot to order the meal for one of our party as well....The drinks issue was not addressed until we went to the bar to request the additional drinks as the waitress barely attended our table. Upon completion of our meal, we waited over 20 minutes to have our plates cleared, and were not able to order dessert until we flagged down another waitress some 10 minutes later. Our issues with the manager were raised during the meal, however he was dismissive of these,and when raising it again when we went to pay the bill,we were simply advised "mistakes happen". Having worked in hospitality myself,I was appalled by the service and attitude of our waitress and the manager. Will not be returning there.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 20 March 2023 via mobile

Fabulous sun drenched deck and free parking on road. Great service and dog friendly. Had delicious squid and nachos. Generous portions. Wish we could have come back at night

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2022

Had lunch with family, often frequent the Aqaba, even many years ago when it was more a bar for night time fun, but we digress! Really cool atmosphere, friendly staff and a menu of tasty cuisine that won't need you to take a mortgage out...to dine! Great choice, tasty food, good pricing, you can't go wrong here!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 24 July 2022 via mobile

Had a delightful evening here. Unsure what to have for dinner? Get yourself a platter. Great for two people. With Calamari, Pork Belly, Fried Chicken, three breads, three spreads and two dips, yum! We'd come back and have some more in a heartbeat.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 14 August 2021

We came in for a late lunch at 1.15pm on Saturday afternoon. The heaters were on producing a warm environment. The service arrived promptly but that was when the great times started to diminish. I ordered a spiced tomato juice and she had never made...one. She said she would get assistance to make it but that didn't make the drink I received very enjoyable. We both ordered the seafood chowder only to be told it was sold out. We ordered the soup of the day and that was also sold out, however the sign remained up on the bar the whole time we were there. Our third choice was creamy mushrooms. Well this came out in a soup bowl and the sauce drowned the finely sliced mushrooms. The butter had separated out of the heavy sauce and the spinach had shrivelled into the mixture. Needless to say it tasted awful, looked disgusting and wasn't what I had expected. Worst meal I have had in 20+yrs We made staff aware of our concerns but received no apology or discount offer. Another couple suffered to same fate with a different meal, leaving it untouched. My recommendation is to eat somewhere else.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 24 June 2021 via mobile

Went for a group lunch. Everyone was impressed with the quality of their meals since the change of owners. My husband got the Chicken Katsu Curry which he thoroughly enjoyed. I ordered the chicken salad and while it was delicious, there was hardly any chicken....I had about 6 small pieces. Considering I paid the same price for my meal as my husband, I was disappointed with the quantity of protein compared to his meal. I would love to try this meal again, but I feel I would have to ask to pay for extra chicken just to get an adequate amount. I do think maybe they were low on chicken as I seemed to have a lot of pumpkin on my plate.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Aqaba, Owner at Aqaba, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2021

Hi Ocatty1, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you feel the chicken portion was unsatisfactory, we serve the chicken salad with 140grms chicken (the standard recommended chicken serving size for an adult is 100grm). We always base our portions on standard recommendations...More

Reviewed 25 April 2021

Ordered four mains last night. Not that impressed for such a high price. My average steak came with McDonald looking chips and some green salad leaves out of a bag. No dressings, as I required gluten and dairy free. Felt ripped off. Others felt meals...were just 'Ok.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Babara T, General Manager at Aqaba, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2021

Hi ChayNZ, We sincerely apologies for your recent unsatisfactory experience at Aqaba. We are constantly striving to improve our customer experience and your feedback in much appreciated. I have addressed your feedback with the kitchen and front of house staff to ensure that not only...More

Reviewed 2 December 2020

Nice surroundings but restaurant prices for a pub setting thought it was overpriced and meals not really worth the high dollar valueMore

Date of visit: November 2020
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Aqaba Management, General Manager at Aqaba, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2021

Hi Krystalnz090, Sincere thanks for your feedback. We often get told that we are one of the most affordable, value for money restaurants to dine at in Palmerston North. We are disappointed that you left feeling that your experience was overpriced. We hope that you...More

Reviewed 7 October 2020 via mobile

I have always liked the decor of Aqaba and it was lovely to see the open fire and be greeted by a very friendly bartender. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals: a nice selection of dips with pita bread for a starter and a very tasty...pork belly salad and a scrumptious prawn and scallop salad. The specials looked very interesting too. Definitely to be recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Aqaba Management, Owner at Aqaba, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2021

Hi Sus1952, It was with a very big smile that we read your positive feedback, we have shared this with our entire team. The dips & pita bread is very much an old go to faithful on our menu and we love that you loved...More

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