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Caroline's Boathouse Bar & Eatery Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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181 Somme Parade, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-281 3377
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our kids really enjoyed their meals. For the grown ups: our mains were good. Great chicken salad and fish burger. Dessert was beyond disappointing. What was listed as a chocolate layer cake with homemade chocolate sauce was little more than a hunk of packet mix chocolate cake with off the shelf ice cream topping sauce. Blah. So if you don't... More 

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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment we stepped in here we were welcomed by the staff. Large space but intimate little places and lovely view. Nice outdoor seating too. Oh, the food. That was great too. We had the seafood platter and scallop meal. Fresh and yummy. Thanks Tessa

Thank tripsta00
Whanganui, New Zealand
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Both lunch and dinner: very good food and excellent service. Only disappointment is that they don't change the menu very often.

Thank peggyfittes
New Zealand
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204 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We sat outside on a lovely sunny day. We're told there was a 3/4 of an hour wait but ordered 2 platters and drinks which arrived quickly and were very tasty. Main meals were massive when they arrived so could have just had the platters and some deserts. Coffee was great and we enjoyed our visit.

Thank sallysage
Las Vegas
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206 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We had a nice lunch here however their wine selection needs improvement. The Lamb was nicely prepared but a little tough however our other selections were OK. There are not many restaurants in Whanganui and this is one of the better ones so we do recommend eating here but avoiding the wine selection.

Thank John M
Haguenau, France
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538 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Many choices and great food for affordable prices. The lamb was well cooked, and the desert just fine. Restaurant was full and little bit noisy!!!

Thank Hugues S
Riverton, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Our first visit to this place it was recommended to us the food was excellent service was a bit slow but the place was very busy. friends joined us late on and their service was very quick as you could expect as the night slowed down., Will eat there again when in town.

Thank aytosdairy
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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154 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We found this place through Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed when we stopped on our way through for lunch. Our second visit was just as good and cannot fault the food or the friendly service at all. I had the fish on both visits and both times it was lovely. There is an awesome indoor/outdoor flow and areas... More 

Thank Herbies1
Greytown, New Zealand
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Warm welcome, delightful mains, and decadent deserts topped off with excellent coffee made for a great time - the warm summer evening adding to the occasion. Be aware though, this place hums at the busy times, and you can have a wee wait for your food. Pays to ask when you arrive/book!

Thank fred5712
Peterborough, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

"The food (when it finally came) was very good. Our main server was friendly. But the service was painfully slow (and they were not that busy). No apology. Really should have done much better. Would not return."

Thank KnowmarkTravel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, European, New Zealand, Pub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 Somme Parade, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Whanganui
  • Phone Number: +64 6-281 3377

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