Nikau Restaurant & Lounge Bar

Nikau Restaurant & Lounge Bar

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Cuisine: Bistro, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

Discover an outstanding dining experience at Nikau Restaurant & Lounge Bar.

A stylish and airy space, with island-influenced architecture. Expect superb service, with a menu that showcases the finest flavours of the Bay of Islands.

Focusing on traditional New Zealand cuisine, Nikau specialises in fresh seafood, stunning meats and inspired vegetarian recipes. Be sure to try their garlic Rewana (a type of Maori bread), as well as the popular braised lamb shank with kumara mash. Naturally, their dessert menu includes a twist on the country’s favourite pavlova.

The bar specialises in award-winning wines (made in New Zealand), as well as craft beer and cocktails. Proud to offer an exceptional dining experience, Nikau is located with the Scenic Hotel, Paihia.

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Nikau Restaurant & Lounge Bar
58 Seaview Rd
Paihia

Open Hours:
Everyday 5pm till late

Phone: 09-402 7826

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What can we say but everyone needs to go there. Fabulous meal, service and price.
We are staying in Club Paihia and we will be spreading the word.

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Amazing food. Great service. The waitress was extremly pleasant and ensured that all our needs were met . We were dining with two kids and we were all made to feel welcome. Would definitely recommend.

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Kelz-and Chevahni-Capri

We arrived early with our baby but reception was VERY welcoming and let us sit and wait. The lady who seated us as well as the waitresses were excellent too. Then the food. Wow! The chowder and salmon entrees were already bringing us back but then the mains of duck and steak topped it off. We were served so quickly and were surprised at how quick to be honest, which was great because our daughter started playing up. She loved the chowder too by the way! We can not fault a thing. Will definitely be back. Compliments to all!

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Robert Gin

They had our table already reserved in a nice location. We were nervous as being the first diners arriving in an empty restaurant concerned us. Then large groups came in and sat at their tables and others who had no reservation were turned away. We started with the clam chowder which was so huge and satisfying we could have stopped there. Then our main courses were expertly prepared and there was no room left to even attempt a dessert. All the dishes truly displayed the freshness and purity of the New Zealand ingredients. We came away still thinking about the clam chowder.

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Helen McGillivray

The seafood chowder was to die for, ckocka full of seafood. My steak was cooked as requested, to pure perfection, didnt really need the knife. Nikau restaurant was lovely and clean as were the amenities. The wait staff were very attentive but not in your face, welcoming, friendly and very professional. Added bonus was the Nikau was just across the road from our accommodation which we didnt know when booking. A great experience and will be back for sure. If in Paihia people, please give the Nikau restaurant a go.

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The fish chowder was the most delicious that we have ever had. It was full of fish and shell fish in a creamy sauce.
Wonderful early evening. We were so full up with a chowder and main we did not have extra space for a dessert but instead went for a sublime walk on Paihia beach.

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the staff were very friendly and pleasant, the food was fantastic. the presentation of the plated food was great. keep up the good work
Nikau Restaurant & bar, Paihia, we will be highly recommending this restaurant and we will definitely go back ourselves with friends and family. thanks again, Merry Christmas

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Great place to dine. Lovely atmosphere, food was superb, the portions were huge and the service was excellent. Highly recommended.

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What can we say but everyone needs to go there. Fabulous meal, service and price.
We are staying in Club Paihia and we will be spreading the word.

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Chelsea Sanderson

10/10 food and service! desserts were massive!

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Helen McGillivray

What can I say, 3rd time here and just fabulous, food is heaven on a stick, service is awesome, my favourite place in the whole world to dine. Our waitress, Natalie, was a student at ORC school doing work experience so obviously not paid. A very polite,, very efficient young woman, also enquiring about our holiday, on ya Nikau you have a bonus there.

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Very enjoyable environment,relaxing,nice lighting.10/10 attention by staff.Fast service,good choice of food including vegetarian options.
Delicious food and just the right amount

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Linda Vink

An excellent evening out - the meals were delicious and gluten free options for a coeliac were well catered for. The service was outstanding.

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Absolutely amazing service - catered to all dietary requirements. The food was well presented and delicious

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Our best first table experience. The staff are delightful and helpful. The food is generous in quantity and quality. The seafood chowder is amazing. Crammed full of all kinds of seafood in. Creamy sauce. I’ve Never had a soup or chowder look so good. The garnishing was brilliant. Be warned though there is enough to fill most people so I could only eat about half of the excellent lamb shanks I had ordered ! They did supply a doggy bag however.
A great value first table restaurant. Thoroughly recommended

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This was the second time that we have had dinner at this restaurant, & i was very happy with the meals and the service. The meal as always was over the top but one of my guests didn't enjoy her meal, maybe because she is a chef herself, but other than that we throughly enjoyed the meals & the staff as usual were over the top.

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As the restaurant was not busy we had wonderful service. The ambience is functional, but the food well presented, plentiful and enjoyable. Will definitely dine here again - it may even become our ‘go to’ regular dining place.

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Raymond Keys

This placed is tucked away in the Scenic Hotel. Not busy when we were there. Food was tasty, tender, and the service was great.

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Excellent meal, not only tasty and well presented but cooked to perfection! Sarah our lovely South African waitress is a credit to the restaurant. Can’t fault a thing.

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Anu Jayaraman

We travelled an hour to this restaurant for a dinner treat. Our initial server, most likely the manager, was polite and attentive and it was quite set for a good dining experience. But that's when things took a downturn. We waited 10-15 minutes to get a server's attention to order despite other patrons arriving later having their order taken. The restaurant was clearly short-staffed will increasing number of diners flocking in. After our orders was finally taken, I was then told that I had to change my order for the scotch fillet because they had run out! Surely if it was their most popular dish (I was told by the manager), they would re-stock before the start of their fining service at 6pm! The manager did try to resolve this by accommodating another steak, the eye fillet, but with the same sides as the scotch fillet (more wholesome than the fried chips with the eye fillet set). But he returned again to say the kitchen had run out of the accompaniments as well! I must state that the only reason I wanted to check out Nikau was for its 'brilliant' reviews for the scotch fillet. Oh well, after being informed that the 'catch of the day' was fresh Hapuka that was caught that same day, I decided to try that. When the fish arrived, it was chewy and had a fishy smell. As we eat fresh fish on a fairly regular basis (fisherman in the family), we can tell if the fish isn't fresh. We sent back the fish and the waitress came back to inform us that she checked with the kitchen staff and the fish was indeed not freshly caught but prefrozen fish. By this time, I decided to just share our son's portion of the lamb shank (it was average) rather than suffer more dining disappointment! My husband's duck dish had good flavours but the duck itself was too dry having been fried too long. We eat out fairly often so this was not a good dining experience despite the manager's best hospitality. At the end of the day, patrons visit a restaurant for good quality food and this just did not cut it. Sorry to say but we won't be coming back.

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First Time @ First Table Nikau Restaurant and Lounge Bar at Paihia was "On Point" tonight

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Caprice Stevenson

Food was excellent, staff friendly and helpful what more could you ask

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Amelia Chow

Food was good, and the service staff were really friendly and thoughtful. It was eve of Easter and we were given complimentary hot cross bun each. That was a nice gesture. My confit duck leg was a generous portion and flavour was yummy. My partner's steak was well cooked and flavourful. Definitely recommend this place!

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Amazing food. Great service. The waitress was extremly pleasant and ensured that all our needs were met . We were dining with two kids and we were all made to feel welcome. Would definitely recommend.

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Great staff and best steak i ever had.

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Great food! Great staff

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Kelz-and Chevahni-Capri

We arrived early with our baby but reception was VERY welcoming and let us sit and wait. The lady who seated us as well as the waitresses were excellent too. Then the food. Wow! The chowder and salmon entrees were already bringing us back but then the mains of duck and steak topped it off. We were served so quickly and were surprised at how quick to be honest, which was great because our daughter started playing up. She loved the chowder too by the way! We can not fault a thing. Will definitely be back. Compliments to all!

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Lynn-Chris Maskell

We were blown away by the service and the amazing food- Sarah, Brooke and the lovely young man who was working with them were a pleasure to deal with - and the chef is a treasure!!

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Dianne Harker

Three of us had a lovely dinner experience. Food was delicious, all 3 had different choices. Lovely environment and personable Sarah and one other young lady.

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This is a very quiet hotel restaurant and at 6.00pm we were the first to arrive! Tables gradually started to fill with mostly bus tour guests.

Freshly made duck ravioli was delicious and the Lamb shank was succulent and a generous portion.

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Faultless service. Thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We all selected a different dish to fully explore the menu. The duck, the pork belly and the seafood chowder were exceptional and the waitress was most obliging when we asked for the creamer brûlée with 4 spoons. All in all we were very impressed. Thoroughly recommend.

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Lay Tan

Great food and service. Thanks

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Robert Gin

They had our table already reserved in a nice location. We were nervous as being the first diners arriving in an empty restaurant concerned us. Then large groups came in and sat at their tables and others who had no reservation were turned away. We started with the clam chowder which was so huge and satisfying we could have stopped there. Then our main courses were expertly prepared and there was no room left to even attempt a dessert. All the dishes truly displayed the freshness and purity of the New Zealand ingredients. We came away still thinking about the clam chowder.

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Very much enjoyed our meals, so much so that we couldnt even have any pudding as we were too full. The service was excellent, cant fault them what so ever. I will recommend this Restaurant too anyone when asked.

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- dined at Nikau Restaurant & Lounge Bar on

Very disappointing all round. First impression was the manager on the night, he was unfriendly and unaccomodating. Meals were basic bar food, in fact worse. Steak with three quarters of the plate of Curley fries. Meals came out Luke warm and an hour later! Children’s meals a massive disappointment, three chicken nuggets in three slider buns. Only to discover, the children’s meals are full price and not included in the first table deal. Waitresses were lovely and looked apologetic. Manager rude, answered back rudely when I mentioned our disappointment. We have dined at first table over 20 times, all over the country, this was the a huge contrast in comparison to the experiences we have had. Would not recommend they register as a first table restaurant.

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Delicious dinner was had by my pariand I, highly recommend it..

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Anne Bartlett

Staff where amazing friendly and very accommodating. Only negative is they hadn’t received the email from first table for my booking so I had to email to them on arrival not ver good at first table end.

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Lil Schmunk

The. Lamb was the best we’ve ever had.
Awesome meal!

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Fantastic meal and service!

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As soon as we arrived we were greeted in a warm and welcoming manner from reception who then handed us over to the dining room staff that were outstanding. Meals are a great size and amazingly tasty. We are still raving on our experience from last nights dinner. Highly recommend this place. Very clean and tidy. Calm and relaxed atmosphere, very helpful and can not wait to return. Thank you all very much for making our evening a beautiful one.

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The staff at Nikau were very friendly and the service was extremely efficient.
The food was good.
My husband ordered the seafood chowder for his entree and it didn't disappoint all that was missing was some bread to dunk into it.
The main meals were great the only one that wasn't so good was my sons mini pizza it was obviously straight out of packet not freshly made and my 4 year old son didn't like it.
The desserts my children ordered were much enjoyed.
We had a lovely evening with the pizza being the only negative.

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Elizabeth Andrews

When we arrived greated with a smile and lead to our table atmosphere relaxed and friendly.
The food service was fast. From the bread and dip starter to the desserts the food was all of excellent standard.

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Helen McGillivray

The seafood chowder was to die for, ckocka full of seafood. My steak was cooked as requested, to pure perfection, didnt really need the knife. Nikau restaurant was lovely and clean as were the amenities. The wait staff were very attentive but not in your face, welcoming, friendly and very professional. Added bonus was the Nikau was just across the road from our accommodation which we didnt know when booking. A great experience and will be back for sure. If in Paihia people, please give the Nikau restaurant a go.

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Absolutely perfect!

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The fish chowder was the most delicious that we have ever had. It was full of fish and shell fish in a creamy sauce.
Wonderful early evening. We were so full up with a chowder and main we did not have extra space for a dessert but instead went for a sublime walk on Paihia beach.

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- dined at Nikau Restaurant & Lounge Bar on

We had a really nice experience. Great staff and good food. Definitely recommend the eye fillet over scotch fillet if in doubt. Really good value for money.

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the staff were very friendly and pleasant, the food was fantastic. the presentation of the plated food was great. keep up the good work
Nikau Restaurant & bar, Paihia, we will be highly recommending this restaurant and we will definitely go back ourselves with friends and family. thanks again, Merry Christmas

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- dined at Nikau Restaurant & Lounge Bar on

Great quality food and service, thank you.

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This was my first time using first table and and it was fantastic. The restaurant had a great atmosphere and the service and food was lovely.

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Denise Jacobs

Had dined here before and was slightly disappointed in comparison. My husband had the eye fillet with prawns (×3 shrimp) and bisque puree. They allowed me to swap the sirloin steak dinner with an eye fillet steak which was great however it would have been perfect if there was less curly fries and onion rings, and replaced with greens like broccoli and green beans

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Nice food and pleasant atmosphere

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William Davis

Nice attentive service with great vegan options. Will dine again!

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Rebekah Polglaze

Great Value for money, delicious food and the waitress was very pleasant. Thoroughly enjoyed our night out! Thank you.

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The meals were all fantastic and this is a hidden gem for dining.. i myself would not have walked in the door for dinner if it had not been for first table, as was not aware of the public restaurant. So good daughter has booked again for her birthday dinner this week.. A++ you will not be disappointed...

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We all ordered the steak dish and it was divine! Could happily eat it again. Lovely waitress and good service.

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Carousel Inocencio

It was a very enjoyable meal. The steak we had was cooked to perfection as ordered and lamb shank was so tender, falling off the bone. We ended succumbing to their delicious dessert offerings which arrived as generous helpings. The pretty waitress was friendly, smiling and provided excellent timely service. No hesitation in recommending this venue

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Michele Fiebig

Lovely Quiet atmosphere. Shame it was hard to find as the signage wasn't very clear. Otherwise we had a lovely dining experience with our children

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