Where to Eat in Porirua: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 5, 2018 Deane Carmody

Discover the best restaurant in Porirua, New Zealand including Sandbar Mana, Peppermill Deli and cafe, Topor Bistro, The Big Salami, The Co-Op Kitchen & Bar, Groundup Cafe, Natraj Restaurant, Whitby Taj, El Porteno, Plimmerton Fish Supply
Things to do in Porirua

1. Sandbar Mana

103 Mana Esplanade | Porirua, Mana, Porirua 5026, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Brunch HK$71 - HK$149 642331397
Excellent
21%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 52 reviews

Sandbar Mana

The Sandbar is a full service sports bar and restaurant looking out to Mana island. We offer great pub food, pizzas and bar snacks.

Reviewed By Ah62 - Wellington, New Zealand

This is a pretty average pub. The beer selection is fairly
Iimited. The menu has a reasonable selection but I didnt enjoy my braised beef. They added so much spice to it that the heat was too much and overpowered the juicy tender beef. Partner had the eggplant lasagne. He enjoyed it but the portion size was very small.
If this is your local pub its probably ok, but I wouldnt stop here specially.

2. Peppermill Deli and cafe

4 Norrie Street, Porirua 5022, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$110 - HK$149 +64 4-237 8010
Excellent
31%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 164 reviews

Peppermill Deli and cafe

Reviewed By Lisa_WLG - Wellington, New Zealand

What a great find in Porirua! The staff were really welcoming and it is a big spacious cafe. I ordered the vegetarian breakfast and it was unbelievably good! Corn waffles, avocado, poached eggs, tomato and halloumi - very tasty and fast service.
Coffee was great too. I will definitely be back.

3. Topor Bistro

3 Beach Road | Plimmerton, Porirua 5026, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Polish, European, Central European, Eastern European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$86 - HK$212 +64 4-233 9939
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Topor Bistro

Topor specializes in the finest of Polish cuisine as well as presenting a unique infusion of modern Eastern European dishes. Fully Licensed-Topor also offers a full range of specialty vodkas and the finest beers from Europe. Welcome to New Zealands only Polish restaurant and fondly known by locals as “That Polish Place” Relax and enjoy a fantastic experience-Eastern European style! NA ZDROWIE!!

Reviewed By Rohini M - Wellington, New Zealand

Topor specialise in Polish cuisine - friendly, relaxed atmosphere in a great location, close to Plimmerton Beach. Great staff (very entertaining!), lovely meals and Polska vodka to liven up your party! Highly recommend for a cosy catch up with friends.

4. The Big Salami

Styne Ave | Plimmerton, Porirua, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Delivery, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +64 4-233 0333
Excellent
45%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

The Big Salami

Reviewed By Alipa50 - Wellington, New Zealand

Afternoon tea visit and had the best caramel tan square ever with cookie dough on top. Yum. Sat outside in the sun after a walk along the beach. A great spot

5. The Co-Op Kitchen & Bar

69A Discovery Drive, Porirua 5024, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, Gastropub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$71 - HK$173 +64 4-234 1580
Excellent
19%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
10%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 131 reviews

The Co-Op Kitchen & Bar

The Whitby Co-Op Kitchen and Bar, made for the community, by the community.

Reviewed By Gary N - Greater Wellington, New Zealand

I tend to go to the co-op most weeks after work or with family.
I have to say that the increasing reputation around town is that the service is just diabolical.
The staff can often be seen just chatting to each other and not at all interested in their customers.
Last night I again had to ask a staff member to serve me, what do they think they are their to do?.
The only consolation is that given he incredibly high staff turn over, some new faces will soon appear, and maybe they will be better.
Interestingly I heard a guy saying that his group no longer go to the co-op and now go to D4.
They have a captive market and just don't seem to care, even the furniture is grotty and falling apart.
It could do so much better and be so much better.
Please sort out our local as It is just now embarrassing to take guests.
#betterstaffatwhitbycoop
Pleass

6. Groundup Cafe

Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, Porirua, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 4-234 1082
Excellent
36%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 101 reviews

Groundup Cafe

Reviewed By Shayne P - Lower Hutt, New Zealand

We arrived to celebrate my brothers birthday, there was an ample menu and the service was quick. We sipped on our drinks first, a latte for my husband and a flat white for my brother and a feijoa drink for me. The meals arrived together and were well presented. My breakfast was yummy, the eggs just right and the bacon and kransky sausages lovely. My brothers corn fritters he found nice and my husband was contented with his pizza bread. We were all full and found the atmosphere nice and airy, with a duck waddling through the car park and cool air surrounding us.

7. Natraj Restaurant

Bridgewater Plaza | Paremata, Porirua, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +64 4-233 0009
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Natraj Restaurant

Reviewed By TeamIan - Tauranga, New Zealand

The food at Natraj was hot and tasty but I wouldn't suggest driving past other Indian restaurants in order to eat here. They have a very small, basic dining area (3-4 small tables) but they are licensed to sell wine and beer to dine-in customers. Service was fine and there was plenty of parking outside the restaurant.

8. Whitby Taj

69A Discovery Drive, Porirua 5024, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery Indian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +64 4-234 7444
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Whitby Taj

Reviewed By DGS05 - Wellington, New Zealand

We (4 adults) dined on a Saturday night and found the service to be very friendly and efficient. But the food was "out of this world" in every aspect!! We could not have asked for anything to be better than it was.

9. El Porteno

139 A Main Road, Tawa 5028, New Zealand Takeout, Seating Cafe, Contemporary, Argentinean, New Zealand, South American Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 22 432 4155
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

El Porteno

Reviewed By KiwiDebAbroad

Love popping in here for my daily caffeine fix! Fast service, excellent Flight coffee, lovely friendly staff, reasonable prices. Although famous for their cheese scones, I find the muffins are delicious, with an ever revolving selection of flavours baked daily (I've pretty much tried them all, and can highly recommend them!) The empanada's are tasty also, a good lunch option. El Porteno fills a niche in Tawa as a small surburban cafe with character.

10. Plimmerton Fish Supply

2 Beach Road, Porirua 5026, New Zealand Takeout Seafood, Fast Food, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +64 4-233 8063
Excellent
68%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
5%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Plimmerton Fish Supply

Reviewed By Murray P - Wellington, New Zealand

This place is very popular so nest to order ahead otherwise you can be waiting a while. Not the cheapest around but the fish and chips are good and they make big burgers. Friendly service. Only criticism of my enormous Bacon and egg burger was that the bacon was more ham than crispy bacon.

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