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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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Whanganui, New Zealand
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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149 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Manchester England
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111 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose to eat in this vibrant restaurant having read about it on Trip Advisor. Nearly everything on the menu is deep fried but the quality and service is great. We enjoyed our first meal so much that we went back a couple of days later for another meal.

Thank Humphrey_Wright
Brisbane, Australia
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A short drive up the river, Aramaho side, you will find this delightful not to be missed restaurant and bar. I liked the simple decor, both inside and out, and I particularly liked the point of difference the wait staff endeavoured to bring to the atmosphere. The simple but adequate menu was sufficient and the fish I had, on both... More 

Thank KenRW

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 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
Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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?