The Kāpiti Coast's Favourite Eateries

Planning on eating out? Is it time to celebrate that special occasion or do you just want to #lovelocal? Here's some of Kāpiti Coast's favourite eateries.

50-50

An unequivocal avant-garde dining experience

22 Maclean St, Paraparaumu Beach

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Awarded a coveted "HAT" in the 2021/22 Cuisine Good Food Awards, 50-50 was described as having "an exquisiteness to this experience clearly stamps 50– 50 as the best in Paraparaumu’s ever-growing dining cluster".

This praise is what happens when you blend the best local produce, meat and seafood with culinary tweaks, techniques and flavours from all over the world to make delicious modern New Zealand dishes.

Working around the world including for Gordon Ramsay in Tokyo and on super-yachts has honed chef Helen Turnbull's inventive take on food. At this stripped-back eatery she opened with maître d’ Eddy Kennedy, Helen takes admirable risks with an ever-changing menu. Michelin may never visit, but they should.

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50/50

Boundary Tap & Kitchen

3 Raumati Rd, Raumati Beach

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Boundary Tap & Kitchen, in the heart of Raumati Beach village, really does have something for everyone. With relaxed inside and outside dining areas and a fantastic food and drinks menu, it is the perfect spot for a quick snack after the beach, a light lunch in the sun, a cosy dinner with the better half or a fantastic 3-course meal with friends and family. Delicious!

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www.boundarykapiti.nz

China Beach

44 Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach

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China Beach Restaurant is is located opposite Paraparaumu Beach. Watch a beautiful sunset over the sea whilst enjoying a variety of Chinese foods, including Cantonese-style steam dim sims and barbecued meat, traditional Peking duck, sizzling plate dishes, and Sichuan-style poached beef. There really is something for everyone. 

www.chinabeach-online.co.nz

The Front Room Coastal Eatery

42 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach

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With a delightful front room looking out onto a park, and a fabulous back garden, The Front Room Coastal Eatery is fabulous to visit whether for a deliciously fresh breakfast, lunch or dinner, or an afternoon beverage.

Bev, Blair and the team will make you feel at home, rested and well-fed. Divine!

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Hola Mexican

24 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach

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A culinary treat at the beach, choose the eatery that suits your mood!

Hola Street Food
Downstairs is where the Hola modern kitchen meets Mexican street food! The menu is full of flavour, colour and authenticity that delight taste buds  Delicioso!

Hola Bar & Grill
Upstairs you'll find creative contemporary Mexican cuisine showcasing local suppliers of meat and fresh produce, with imported ingredients from Mexico.

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www.holamexican.co.nz

The Jolly Pub & Kitchen

93 Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu

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The chefs at the Jolly Kitchen use the freshest ingredients to create meals that not only delight your tastebuds, but they also look fantastic as well! Their curry night is a huge local favourite and often sells out quickly. The outdoor seating area provides the perfect spot for a sunny evening dinner. 

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www.thejollypub.co.nz

Long Beach Cafe and Tavern

40 Tutere Street, Waikanae

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At Long Beach simplicity meets sheer quality with a menu dedicated to fresh and local ingredients. The relaxed atmosphere, fair trade coffee, International beer/wine list and full bar all speak of the restaurant's originality and commitment to quality. Long Beach - a collaborative effort, led by its owners, is proud of its relationship with its loyal patrons, staff and local producers.

 

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Marine Parade Eatery

50 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach

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The team at Marine Parade Eatery serve great coffee and mouth-watering food from an outstanding menu. With its quirky, beachy interior it is a place where the entire family can enjoy great meals from breakfast to lunch - and any time in between!

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Marine Parade Eatery

Ōtaki Kitchen

30 Main Street, Otaki

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Located in the heart of historic Ōtaki village, the Ōtaki Kitchen is a wonderfully cosy boutique cafe/restaurant serving a delicious range of a la carte and counter food.

Situated in the Family Hotel building, which was completed in 1881, the interior is a modern nod to bygone times while the simple yet clever combinations of flavours and textures make dining here a delight. Courtyard dining next to the recently re-furbished Civic Theatre provides a fabulous way to watch the world pass by. 

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Passo

159 Kāpiti Rd, Paraparaumu

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Passo means to pass, to stop by, to drop in. It’s the nickname of local chef and restaurateur, Michele Passarello and the original name of the street his family have been living on for generations.

Join Michele for authentic pizza, pasta, secondi, contorni and more, just like his Nonna used to make, but now combined with modern flavours and techniques. More than a restaurant, Passo is a place to get together offering genuine hospitality, great food and drinks and a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Stop in for coffee, lunch, dinner or a decadent dessert.

Take-out gelato anyone?

Passo

Refinery Bar & Eatery

8 Kapiti Lights, Paraparaumu

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If you are looking for a restaurant/bar in Kāpiti that ticks all your boxes look no further than Refinery Bar & Eatery. Tucked away at the Kāpiti Lights complex, close to Paraparaumu’s main shopping area, Refinery Bar & Eatery has lots of parking, a great atmosphere, a wide-ranging drinks menu and amazing food.

With 4 distinct areas (the bar, restaurant, function room and pizza garden) the Refinery is a fantastic spot for a private function, a work meeting or a catch-up with friends. 

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www.refinerykapiti.co.nz

Ruth Pretty's Garden Room Cafe & Cooking School

41 School Road, Te Horo

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Pretty by name and nature, Ruth's place is a foodie's delight. Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 4pm, Ruth Pretty's kitchen shop and Garden Room Cafe is locally famous for their coffee and cake deal. Set in a rustic glass-covered outdoor area it is the perfect place to unwind.  The locals make a beeline for the Ginger Gems!

You're not a true foodie until you've graduated from one of Ruth's Cooking school classes! 

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Ruth Pretty's Garden Room

Salt and Wood BBQ

11 Ngaio Rd, Waikanae

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The Salt & Wood BBQ brew-pub is unashamedly all about meat and beer. Connected to the North End Brewery by a large glass wall, the Salt & Wood team insist that "there's no combo on earth like legit American BBQ and a cold pint" 

Can't decide which of the 14 or so beers brewed at the on-site North End Brewery you should have with your meal? Ask the team which pairs best with your meal or share a 6-beer tasting tray with a friend and then have a pint of your favourite. 

There’s also a large wine and cocktail selection, and well-thought breakfast and burger menus for all-day dining.

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Salty’s Diner

44 Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach

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Salty’s Diner is the newest addition to the Food Folk Family.  Calling itself the "rowdy little sister who gets away with anything" the Salty's team deliver good ole diner food - served up with friendly and casual service, and a side of inappropriate kitchen banter.

They promise to keep the food fresh with a big, bold and smokey menu that provides an epic tasting experience.  It's a place to catch up with mates, chill, and enjoy the feed.

Tasty eats & North End Brewing beers served from a lovingly converted vintage Airstream right in the heart of Paraparaumu Beach. What more could you want?

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Soprano Ristorante

Copperfield Complex, 7 Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach

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Soprano Ristorante offers great tasting and good value Italian cuisine. The relaxed and soothing atmosphere is inviting for a romantic dinner for 2, casual dinner with friends or large family/group functions.

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www.sopranokapiti.co.nz

Spice Lounge

15B Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach

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Nestled in the heart of Paraparaumu Beach shops you'll find the Spice Lounge Indian restaurant. Their extensive menu combines a huge variety of the finest vegetarian, non-vegetarian and vegan dishes ranging from spicy to mild to suit the taste of every palate. Fully Licensed and BYO.

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www.spiceloungekapiti.co.nz

Sunday Cantina

31 Poplar Avenue, Raumati South

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The Sunday Cantina Kitchen makes the most of the abundance of fresh local produce this region has to offer. Not only is the food fresh and full of flavour, the ingredients also tell the stories of the amazing local people who, with love,  grow and produce food for their community. It's the perfect place for a guilt-free brunch to get you started for the day!

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www.sundaycantina.com

The Surfer's Mistress

10 Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach

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The best way to finish off a day at the beach is with delicious food - and The Surfer's Mistress is the ideal place to go! Hand made Pasta, delicious authentic Italian Pizza, grilled steaks and fresh fish! What more could you want? 

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www.thesurfersmistress.com

Two Fat Chefs

30 - 31 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu

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Nestled into the Paraparaumu waterfront is a fantastic cafe, after opening in 2019 it has quickly become a local favourite and is regularly packed out for Sunday brunches! Two Fat Chefs is the perfect place to sit down and watch Paraparaumu go by! 

Two Fat Chefs

Waterfront Bar & Eatery

3 Garden Road, Raumati Beach

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If you are looking for great food, fantastic drinks and spectacular views then you can't go past the Waterfront Bar & Eatery. With unbroken views of Kapiti Island and Raumati Beach if you time it right you might catch one of the phenomenal sunsets over Kapiti Island!

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www.waterfrontbar.co.nz

The Winemaker's Daughter

1081 State Highway 1, Te Horo

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You'll be surprised by The Winemaker's Daughter! Found down a long drive off State Highway 1, The Winemaker's Daughter is in a beautiful rural setting, with tables under flowering bougainvillea. The delicious menu includes a huge range of vegan options, making the Winemaker's perfect for a delightful dinner for two or an intimate function, luncheon or wedding.

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