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“Ho Hum”
Review of Phil's Place

Phil's Place
Ranked #49 of 382 Restaurants in Tauranga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Seafood, European, New Zealand, Soups
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Good for: Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Open 7 days a week from 11.30 Am and serving food all day. We are located right on the waters edge at the Tauranga Bridge Marina. Large menus to suit all ages and we do have children"s portions available. Friendly staff in a wonderful ambiance. Delicious food and affordable prices.No surcharge on public holidays. Closed Christmas Day , 26th and 27th December.
Tauranga, New Zealand
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118 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Ho Hum”
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Had great expectation of Phil's Place but it was underwhelming. The wait staff seemed bored. The meals for the group were served well over an hour after we were seated. The actual meals ranged from mediocre to pretty good. Some were more impressive than others in presentation and taste. There were certainly no 'that was fantastic' comments.

Visited February 2017
Thank Chris T
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Taumarunui, New Zealand
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lovely spot”
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Good lunch good service and a fabulous spot. What more could you ask for. Seafood chowder calamari and lamb tapa. We loved it! Kahurangi Rose to wash it all down with

Visited February 2017
Thank PamBick
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Not so good for vegetarians”
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Have only a couple of options for vegetarians/vegans in the mains, and those are not that good. Coconut-lentil fritters were too dry while pasta was too cheesy. It was a disappointing experience.

Visited February 2017
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Richards Bay, South Africa
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237 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
“A hot sunny afternoon is a bad time to visit”
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

On my previous review some 2 years ago, I rated this lovely restaurant the best in New Zealand.
So I booked it for my wife birthday the 17January, for 18:00. We planned for an awesome evening because it was the 1st time in 20 years we had our children together for my wife's birthday. I had asked for a table with a view. It was a hot summers day, accompanied by a fairy strong wind.
We were seated right next to the windows, which were kindly standing wide open when we arrived. With the sun starting to prepare for setting, and it was shining directly into our eyes with a strong white glare, and the wind was blowing everything off the table. So we asked for the Windows to be closed. The glare was dimmed a bit, and the wind was contained. Not long, and we all started to begin overheating and claustrophobia started to rule.
We placed our orders and escaped outside to breathe. Our food arrived, so back in we go. It's is so hot in the restaurant, that all I wanted to do is get out. After a while, my wife noted an emergency exit door near to us that is shut. She asked for this door to be opened, and everything changed as a gentle cool breeze made its way through the restaurant. Unfortunately by now we rushed down our food to get out, and our plates were almost empty.
Well, it was one of those days you know the restaurant serves good food, but we did not care what is being served...we want out. Why this lovely restaurant does not invest in blinds or shades you can pull down to block the sun is so strange. And why no air conditioning? Small little detail like this will make a huge difference to a customers dining experience.

Visited January 2017
Thank WillemLab
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JoatPhilsPlace, Manager at Phil's Place, responded to this review, 30 January 2017
Thank you for your comments. It was an extremely hot day and of course this terrible wind that has affected most of NZ meant we could only open certain windows and doors due to the winds.
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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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75 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A relaxing dining experience”
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

A sun-soaked dining room that faces the evening sun during summer. The restaurant running right to the waters edge of the marina. A relaxing dining experience as the sun sets.

The staff are also friendly and engaging without being too formal.

The food is nice enough and much what you expect but isn't going to win any awards.

Visited January 2017
Thank krise582
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