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Come and join us at Paraparaumu Beach for your own little slice of Italy. The Surfer's Mistress Italian restaurant.
PRICE RANGE
$12 - $32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, European, Neapolitan, Campania, Tuscan, Romana, Lazio, Sicilian, Sardinian, Southern-Italian, Mediterranean, Central-Italian
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Parking Available, Beach
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Reviewed 9 March 2024

Surfer's Mistress had promised os much but failed to deliver. My wife and I had 3 dinners over 3 months whilst over on holiday. We ate at other restaurant on the Kapiti Coast that our friends and family had recommended the SM so we had...high hopes. The first meal I had the starter Arancino which was okay but lacked flavour. A return visit I ordered it again as part of the fixed menu but his time it was definitely smaller and not as fresh . Mains of fish of the day were again ordered on two occasions. The first the fish was of a good quantity but sadly too much creamy sauce, second time was slightly better with almonds this time which were lacking the first time. One of our party ordered the chicken breast for the main whist the other 3 of us ordered pasta dishes for our mains. The pasta arrived promptly but were told the chicken was still being prepared and to except a large serving which our friend my need to take home the unfinished portion. What arrived 15 minutes later was 2 small pieces of chicken breast with a polenta chip and no house salad & not good value at $34.Waiter was called over and a missing side dish was placed 10 minutes later. The oddest part of the meal was the serving of the wine. On two occasions we ordered a $70 bottle. Jason was our server and each time he came over to the table, we said hello, opened the bottle and poured a half glass each. Absolutely no conversation the first time so I the second time made a point of asking how he's day had been so far. the reply was "fine" but no conversation our way on how we were enjoying our dining experience.The last time, needless to say we just ordered water! All in all a rather disappointing experience as we felt the owners have become complacent in their dining experience to us.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 23 February 2024 via mobile

Absolutely fabulous restaurant. The ambiance is romantic, service is 5* and the food top quality. Would highly recommend Surfers Mistress

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 December 2023

Restaurant is cozy and in a great location close by to the beaches and accommodation. I had the Prawn linguine, absolutely divine. Everything on the menu looks yummy... The service is miles ahead compared to some NZ establishments we've been to recently. Highly recommend a...visit. And you should definitely make a booking first.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 September 2023 via mobile

We were a party of 8. We all discovered that the menu is limited with only three choices of what they refer to as protein. Fish, chicken or steak. Lots of pasta. Three of our group ordered sausage pasta. It had very little sauce and...looked dry and unappetizing. No colour on the plate just pasta and crumbled sausage . Dessert offered more promise. Three of our group ordered tiramisu. It was poor, grainy and sloppy at the bottom of the serving plate. Overall a fun night out with friends but the food was well below averageMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Jason Hyde, Owner at The Surfer's Mistress, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2023

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent dining experience at our authentic Italian restaurant. We truly value your input as it helps us to continually improve and deliver the best possible dining experience to our customers. We are pleased...More

Reviewed 31 July 2023 via mobile

We, a group of friends had a fabulous Sunday lunch, 2 of us had the Sunday lunch special, $25 ( 2 course ) I choose the salmon fettuccine and Panna cotta absolutely devine ( both courses) and great value. Everyone enjoyed their lunch. Awesome they...are open again, for lunch.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 11 July 2023

Have eaten here several times now, consistently excellent. Staff are very friendly, welcoming and attentive. Food is delicious and authentic. Environment of restaurant is nice too. Def recommend this spot for a great dinner, special occasion or otherwise. Always full over dinner period so you...will need to book ahead. We will be back. Thank you!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 6 July 2023

e have been a few times ideal for a quiet family get together or with friends - friendly polite staff - very nice food and presentation -

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 21 June 2023

Don't order the steak! I asked for no rocket leaves so they served up my steak completely plain, not even salt or pepper. I asked for medium rare. and got half medium to well done.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 21 January 2023 via mobile

This restaurant is an absolute must when you are in Paraparaumu Beach. The restaurant is just perfectly decorated, there is room enough for all guests, it is open and spacious. The food is just delicious, Italian food made by an Italian. And the service is...hosting, not serving. Thanks.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 15 January 2023 via mobile

Very friendly atmosphere, fabulous food, super friendly and accommodating staff. I'd definitely come back if I'll return to the coast.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 8 December 2022

Shared Polpette for starters, Prawn pasta was perfect and as for the Tiramisu. - the best I’ve ever had!

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 2 December 2022 via mobile

Family birthday dinner. Delicious food. Excellent wait staff. Lovely ambience. What else do you need. We all enjoyed our meals and there was great choices. Something for everyone. Always a consideration when dining with 3 generations. Tasty entrees. Steak top notch. Pasta divine. Desserts to...die for.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 9 October 2022 via mobile

We had been to Surfers Mistress previously and quite enjoyed our visit. We were excited to take our son who was visiting from Brisbane and who had live in Italy for a few season racing MTB. We were very disappointed with the food and service....Food was average and the waiter was not impressed that we asked for the pasta to be recooked as it was still raw in the centre. He returned with the pasta and stated that it was cook for twice as long as needed. It still wasn’t cooked that great. The real pain point was that customer feedback just wasn’t something that Surfers Mistress was even interested in. The night at the restaurant wasn’t even busy. There are better options on the Kapiti Coast if your looking for a good Italian meal.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 17 July 2022

i had fish of the day one of the best fish of the day meals ive tasted - hubby had pasta was totally impressed, staff were great no hesitation in recommending to others

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 July 2022

This was the second time we visited and it was sublime! I ordered the amalfi 75 cocktail which was the best I’ve ever tasted! For starters, the table ordered the risotto balls and the cured meat platter. Both amazing. The risotto balls were the perfect...texture inside and out, and the platter was well presented and generous. For mains, one got the fish of the day (snapper) and it was a very generous portion. Perfectly cooked and well accompanied by the Stuffed vegetables. Two of us got the steak and each was perfectly cooked (one to blue and the other to medium). Our other member got the meat pizza which he loved. Desserts were great too - two tiramisu (which are generous portions - probably enough to share, but who wants to do that!) and a special which was a chocolate tart. The other dessert we got was the fresh pineapple with cherry liqueur. All were presented to a high standard. Service is helpful and friendly without being intrusive. Definitely the best place to eat in Kapiti.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5