Top Choice Asian in Tauranga


Zingy Asian flavours take centre stage at this recent addition to the strip along the Strand. Plates – small and large – are all designed to be shared. Menu highlights include crispy Sichuan-spiced eggplant, and the…
Top Choice Modern NZ 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…
Top Choice 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…
American in Tauranga

Rye American Kitchen & Spirits

Southern American cuisine features at this spot with a rustic and relaxed ambience. Grab an outdoor table and combine a burger or hearty bowl of jambalaya with a craft brew from NZ, Australia or the US, or sample a …
Modern NZ in Tauranga

Somerset Cottage

The most awarded restaurant in the Bay, Somerset Cottage is a simple but elegant venue for that special treat. The food is highly seasonal, made from the best NZ ingredients, impressively executed without being too …
Cafe in Tauranga

Grindz Café

Along wide-open First Ave, Grindz is a hip cafe with scattered footpath tables. Inside it's a roomy, split-level affair, with funky wallpaper, antiques and retro relics. Bagels, vegie stacks, muffins, cakes and sala…
Cafe in Tauranga

Me & You

One of our favourite Tauranga cafes combines funky retro decor with an outdoor deck, and the hip baristas really know their way around the coffee machine. A huge array of counter food – including a forever-changing …
Cafe in Tauranga

Med Café

A hot spot reeling with regulars enjoying terrific coffee and scrumptious all-day breakfasts. Order from the blackboard or from the cabinet crammed with sandwiches, salads, flans and cakes. Lunchtime crowds can be f…
Market in Tauranga

Tauranga Farmers Market

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

Collar & Thai

No tie required at this upstairs eatery that artfully elaborates on Thai standards and uses plenty of fresh seafood. Perfect for a premovie meal (the Rialto Cinemas are right next door). Good-value lunch specials.