Tauranga restaurants

Top Choice Asian in Tauranga


Zingy pan-Asian flavours take centre stage at Tauranga's top restaurant. Dishes – small and large – are all designed to be shared. Menu highlights include lamb-rib sang choy bow (lettuce wraps), crispy Sichuan-spice…
Top Choice Cafe in Tauranga

Grindz Café

The chatter of well-caffeinated patrons on Grindz' outside tables brings a welcome burst of street life to otherwise scrappy First Ave. Inside it's a roomy, split-level affair, with funky wallpaper, antiques and ret…
Top Choice Cafe in Tauranga

Me & You

Our favourite Tauranga cafe combines retro decor with an appealing front deck, and the hip baristas really know their way around the coffee machine. A huge array of counter food – including drool-inducing baked good…
Cafe in Tauranga

Elizabeth Cafe & Larder

'Eat, drink, enjoy' at Elizabeth, a hip cafe-bar on the ground floor of a four-storey city-centre office block. Many of the customers drift down from upstairs, but you don't need a suit to enjoy a knock-out eggs Ben…
Cafe in Tauranga

The Med

Wonder Woman watches approvingly over the scrum of regulars enjoying terrific coffee and scrumptious all-day breakfasts. Order from the blackboard or from the cabinet crammed with sandwiches, salads, flans and cakes…
Fish & Chips in Tauranga

Bobby's Fresh Fish Market

This local legend sells fresh fish as well as frying up arguably Tauranga's best fish and chips. Our pick, however, is the mussel fritters, fried up on a barbecue and served on white bread. Grab a seat among the exp…
American in Tauranga

Rye Bar & Grill

The cuisine of the USA's south is showcased at this rustic and relaxed spot on a pedestrian-friendly section of Wharf St. Grab an outdoor table and combine a burger, beef brisket or buttermilk fried chicken with a c…
Market in Tauranga

Tauranga Farmers' Market

Kick-start your Saturday morning with a brioche and an organic coffee, then explore this popular weekly market that usually features local dogs enjoying entertainment from an eclectic range of buskers.
Modern NZ in Tauranga

Somerset Cottage

Locals head to this elegant venue, incongruously situated across from a suburban mall, for a special treat. The food is highly seasonal, made from the best NZ ingredients and impressively executed without being too …
Modern NZ in Tauranga


In a wonderfully atmospheric 100-year-old boathouse at the end of the Strand, Harbourside is the place for a romantic dinner, with lapping waves and the overhead railway bridge arching out over the harbour. The Asia…