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Down The Road Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand
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201 Karamu Road North, Hastings 4122, New Zealand
+64 6-876 0020
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Napier, New Zealand
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147 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Close to the central shopping area of Hastings a location positive factor is that it's walkable. The service is very friendly, fast and helpful. The meals were average in price and my colleagues liked their scallop option. All the meals had a generous serving of salad, which is a bonus as many restaurants don't seem to see vegetables as important... More 

Thank Margaret S
Hastings, New Zealand
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the food there. Nice meals and friendly service at reasonable prices. Great to go with family friends- small or larger group. Have been there several times both for a work function and a small group of friends .Friendly helpful staff. Handy to the city

Thank Leonie B
Palmerston North, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Our family has just returned home from visiting the Bay and we decided to eat here. From the moment we walked in to the time we left the staff at "Down the road" were excellent hosts. Our table service was on point all the way and the food was perfect. They caterd to our childrens needs and made sure everything... More 

Thank Konami2015
Hastings, New Zealand
Level Contributor
37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Down the Road is a nice place to have lunch (and they change their specials everyday), or a drink or two with some colleagues or friends. Friendly staff. Great menu options. Will be back again !!!

Thank MagM3333
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We stopped in here for lunch today to get some great food and wine before the big storm today and it was fantastic.We had fish and chips,stitszel burger,kids meal,and the special was the corn fritters and bacon,and all the food was fresh and tasty.Rachel organized some jus for my chips as I love to dip them in gravy and it... More 

Thank davidyoung363
Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

From the outside the restaurant is fairly unremarkable, being a pub but the food is lovely, super priced and the staff really pleasant and attentive The belly pork is excellent.

Thank CORUM68
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Went to down the road for lunch today and had the fish and chips and a drink. Very good and filling. Brillliant and efficient service. Will definitely go there again next time in the evening to try.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Napier, New Zealand
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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This restaurant/bar has been going in central Hastings for 3 years and I never knew it existed. My bad, I guess. Our sunday lunch was great! I had that day's special of scotch fillet on potato & kumara gratin with a green pepper jus, with oddly, four big mussels in their shell. $40. They do some GF dishes if you... More 

Thank Local_Diner840
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

The steak special meal was good and the staff were friendly and attentive. They accommodated my friends special requests.. like no onion cabbage or dressing on the salad. Only let down was the chef's special desert.... For a rhubarb and strawberry shortcake there was not really enough rhubarb or strawberry for the $12 price tag..

Thank Ronnie J
Brisbane, Australia
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337 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

My sister recommended this wonderful establishment and she was certainly right! The service was great, the food was wonderful, the atmosphere nice and we will be returning every year when we visit my sister!!! The mussels were SO good I stole my husbands garlic bread to sop up the to die for flavours under the empty shells, wonderful, SO nice,... More 

Thank ibaas2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 Karamu Road North, Hastings 4122, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Hastings
  • Phone Number: +64 6-876 0020

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