Top 10 restaurants in Waikanae, New Zealand

December 5, 2017 Velvet Champine

Waikanae (English: /ˌwaɪkəˈnaɪ/, Māori pronunciation: [ˈwaikaˈnaɛ]) is a small town on New Zealand's Kapiti Coast. The name is a Māori word meaning "waters" (wai) "of the yellow-eyed mullet".
Things to do in Waikanae

1. Soprano

Seaview road, Paraparaumu, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$126 - HK$212
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 183 reviews

Soprano

Reviewed By skylarkGlos - Gloucester, United Kingdom

We have frequently visited this restaurant over the last 5 years. What has happened to it? We chose to go here for a 70th birthday celebration. The menu seems to have shrunk to just a photocopied piece of paper. No specials on offer. Where were the lovely big menus? The food was nowhere near the standard it used to be. Mine was as if it had been taken out of the freezer, put in the microwave to thaw and then under the grill to brown it off. The other dish was as if the chef could not be bothered to chop the squid so it was tough. There were only two wait staff and one was constantly distracted by standing in the kitchen doorway chatting to the chefs. Mind you they did not need more than two as only five tables were used. Most unusual as this restaurant is normally packed. Is this a sgn of its present standard? Annemarie was not there overseeing and so perhaps their guard was let down. We were at La Bella Italia in Petone at the weekend and the food and service was of a much higher standard. Suggest the staff try it out and learn. Complacency has stepped in here.

2. Waimea Restaurant

1 Waimea Road | Waikanae Beach, Waikanae 5036, New Zealand Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pizza, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$31 - HK$228 +64 4-293 4240
Excellent
53%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 350 reviews

Waimea Restaurant

Absolute beach front location, sunsets, live music, range of authentic Sicilian-style pizza to fine-dining quality food, well groomed wine list, NZ craft beers on tap including our very own Sacred Water Pilsner and Waimea Ginger Beer. Relaxed friendly environment with good times for all. We would love to have you in.

Reviewed By Jadedog - Waikanae, New Zealand

A relaxed atmosphere for family and friends groupings. Good quality ingredients presented really well. Range of food to meet tastes of all the family.
Great selection of cocktails especially the made for beach summer “dark and stormy “!
Relaxed but attentive waiter/waitress results in a great brunch or dinner experience- we did both to celebrate a recent birthday with friends and then family.

3. Long Beach

40 Tutere St | Kapiti Coast, Waikanae, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Bar, Pizza, New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night +64 4-293 6760
Excellent
38%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 184 reviews

Long Beach

Reviewed By Daniel C - Kapiti Coast, New Zealand

We love coming herr - great friendly service, good food and great coffee - we came for brunch and had a pizza, and sides for our family of 4, with two young children - would recommend this place!

4. Waterfront Bar

3 Garden Road, Raumati Beach, New Zealand Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards New Zealand, Bar, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$47 - HK$510 +64 4-902 6363
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 244 reviews

Waterfront Bar

Welcome one and all to the Water Front Bar Raumati. Beach front dinning and drinking at its best.Eat. Drink. Beach

Reviewed By DorisDave - Weiden, Germany

directly located on Raumati Beach, offering amazing views! Food is delicious, staff friendly and it the whole place just has a great atmosphere. Always going to go back!

5. Prah Ta Pang Restaurant

50 Main Road, Waikanae 5036, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Cambodian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +64 4-902 8440
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Prah Ta Pang Restaurant

Reviewed By Thedr12

Great food full of flavour and large too - kept us going for a couple of days
If I had one gripe I would have liked more heat in my vegetable green curry but next time I'll just ask for a bit more heat
Excellent food and as it's 2018 I think they should give the inside of the restaurant an update - just get new table cloths - even the white paper ones you throw away would be a vast improvement
Cheers

6. The Front Room

42 Tutere Street | Waikanae Beach, Waikanae 5036, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +64 4-905 4142
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 192 reviews

The Front Room

Reviewed By Andrew N - Katikati, New Zealand

Came here for a light lunch. The place was very busy and tables in the shade were at a premium. The food was very good, the staff very friendly and efficient. We sat in the back courtyard, were never hassled to hurry up and generally had a very pleasant time.

7. Maison 8 Cafe and Restaurant

8 Main Road, Waikanae 5036, New Zealand Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +64 4-891 0718
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Maison 8 Cafe and Restaurant

Reviewed By mlv412 - Auckland, New Zealand

My siblings and I took Mum for her birthday and could not fault the service, food or atmosphere. Absolutely stunning.
The chilli garlic prawns were fresh and so tasty. Mains amongst the group covered the entire menu practically and every meal was delicious and without fault.
Well done team on a very memorable evening for us all.

8. Heaven's Woodfire Pizza

54 Main Road, Waikanae 5036, New Zealand Takeout Pizza, Italian, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +64 4-902 6112
Excellent
36%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Heaven's Woodfire Pizza

Reviewed By dik-bardon - Worksop, United Kingdom

Iz and I stayed at Ariki Lodge Motel and decided on a Pizza.
We ordered over the phone then strolled to the shop to pick up our pizza 15 minutes later. The pizza was very tasty on a crispy base in true Italian style.
Highly Recommended.

9. Eastern Egret

4 Ngaio Road, Waikanae 5036, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +64 4-293 4772
Excellent
41%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
7%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 95 reviews

Eastern Egret

Reviewed By Diane G - Levin, New Zealand

Hi we booked in for a birthday dinner the best place to go as it turned out it was very busy but there was no long waiting time and she was so helpful as to how much to order as the dishes were quite big. We live out of town but will do it again soon all so yummy.

10. Ambience Cafe

36 Marine Parade | Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu 5032, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Serves Alcohol Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 4-298 9898
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 156 reviews

Ambience Cafe

Reviewed By billrose2015 - Paraparaumu, New Zealand

A very good casual restaurant with a good selection of food for all tasts . Close to the beach and plenty of close car parking. Service is prompt and efficient

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