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“Hidden gem, wonderful meal”
Review of Terra Restaurant

Terra Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 52 Restaurants in Paihia
Price range: $15 - $120
Description: "A contemporary neighbourhood eatery in the heart of Paihia with sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding islands. We offer a full à la carte menu including vegetarian options. Enjoy a dining experience you wont forget while we sharing our passion for modern dining, creative beverage design, global cooking techniques, food sustainability and the unique ingredients of the stunning Far North of New Zealand.
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Description: "A contemporary neighbourhood eatery in the heart of Paihia with sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding islands. We offer a full à la carte menu including vegetarian options. Enjoy a dining experience you wont forget while we sharing our passion for modern dining, creative beverage design, global cooking techniques, food sustainability and the unique ingredients of the stunning Far North of New Zealand.
Reviewed 1 April 2024 via mobile

Agree with what others have said; we couldn’t fault Terra - the food was imaginative and well executed, atmosphere pleasant and service friendly and attentive. So unexpected to find a gem like this in Paihia; it was the standout meal on our 10 day holiday in NZ. Thank you!

Date of visit: March 2024
Thank Matt W
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Reviewed 6 March 2024

We thought this restaurant was terrible.
We were greated by a completely unconfident sloppily dressed very young woman who took us to our table.
When we asked her about local wines on offer she had ZERO knowledge of wine in general never mind any knowledge of local wineries or varietals..We were completely on our own there; oh well we thought..how about a coctail? The 2 drinks we ordered arrived cimpletely seperately; one after ten or so minutes and the other 5 ninutes after that (?) the menu looked okay though so we ordered from the offerings.
One of the entrees when it finally arrived ( 20 minites in a half empty restaurant ) consisted of a very large donut ( yes a donut ) with quail om top ( tiny ) and a couple of sauces dotted around..the donut element completely dominated the dish..it didn't make sense.
Our water were never topped up and used glassware stayed on the table until the end of our meal.
Very basic questions about deserts could not be answered so we skipped and went for a couple of flat white that were unrecognizable when they arrived..the server clearly couldn't make coffee either..
We expected far more from a restaurant with 1 hat quite frankly..(plastic chairs to sit on?) Honestly how this place got one hat is mystery to us.

Date of visit: February 2024
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1  Thank Ben J
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Reviewed 3 March 2024

Terra is on the second floor near the wharf in Paihia with a nice view of the water. The food was great. We had fried chicken with blue cheese, and heirloom tomatoes and burrata cheese to start, then a beef filet, pork chop and fries. It was delicious and the service was good. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Thank Austin230
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Reviewed 11 February 2024 via mobile

I would give 6 stars, if I had one more… the place is amazing! We went there twice in a row!

It starts with a lovely, well-performed service… so attentive and caring, we felt in very good hands. Then, they start surprising you with this exceptional food, each course a masterpiece in itself, we LOVED it… and the staff is explaining the details throughout with so much passion, it just tastes even better…

A nice welcoming change to all those burger, pizza and fries places. THANK YOU! One of my favorite places in New Zealand now!

If you look for regular food, you will not get it here! If you are open-minded and ready to explore, this might be YOUR place too.

Date of visit: February 2024
Thank waitandsee82
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Reviewed 9 February 2024 via mobile

Amazing experience, exceptional service and menu.
One of the best dining experiences I have had in New Zealand. The presentation was unbelievable, everything that came out and went past our table I wanted to taste. Next time (and yes we will drive up from Auckland just for this) we will have the tasting menu.
The view is great but you will constantly be distracted by the meals going past.

Date of visit: February 2024
Thank mnolg
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