"Absolutely loved it! Beautiful view, great wine and the food was excellent. I had the market grill fish and I just about licked my plate clean! Will definitely come back here next time I'm up in Paihia"

Luba Murphy

"We have enjoyed many happy meals, drinks, coffee at Alongside Paihia when we have been the Bay of Islands. Love the seating overlooking the beautiful Bay of Islands, the friendly staff and the yummy breakfast. Well done Alongside"

Wikitoria Wikaira

"What a great place to relax and have some lunch and a drink. Perfect weather while we were there which made it even better. The place was busy and we were served quickly and had very friendly staff, we will be back!"

Leonie Main

"Went here on Monday with a visitor and was so impressed! amazing spot. the food and service was impeccable! Will be back definitely."

Kerryn Regeling

"Arrived in Paihia late Saturday afternoon. .Had drinks and nibbles in Alongside. Were so impressed with food, service and stunning location that we went back for dinner and then breakfast on Sunday Morning. Beautiful Food, Best Coffee, friendly and attentive staff. And awesome Decor and location. Yes ....I loved it! Well done. :)"

Marie Donnellan Kennedy

"We had the pleasure of visiting alongside last week for a late lunch and were served by the lovely Emily, we had the snapper sliders and some delicious cocktails all recomended by her as we were indecisive! Great local knowledge as well was a added bonus! Lovley veiws, great place to relax, Friendly, efficient service and good conversation was provided which really made our day! Thankyou again Emily for making our visit worthwhile!! Will pop in again on our next holiday! :)"


"This cafe is beautiful. Right on the water and the views are stunning. Coffee and food is amazing. Big comfy seats to sit on too. Staff were friendly and ill def come back!!"

Shelley P

"Had the 'fish of the day' and was the best fish dishes I have ever eaten. Great location looking over the gorgeous bay. Good selection of drinks. Even got a drink on the house as we had been waiting over 20 mins for our food. Which was nice. Will definitely call again when I'm next in Paihia."

Peter C

"The amazing view, location and ambience, cute friendly waiters,delicious food and wonderful couches - this place makes me feel truly like I am on holiday. And if that wasn't enough on Friday night my friend and I experienced their food stall eve - a gathering of yummy and cheap offerings w the stalls managed by the most friendly and relaxed locals ( check out the quesadillas). The way they set the place up ( not sure where they hid the couches!) meant you shared tables w tourists and had some fun conversations. The live music totally completed the night. The one thing I hasten to add is that the food service from their kitchen can b a bit slow - but for me that's a plus - you wouldn't want to rush away / this place is magic!!"


"A fantastic setting on the water, comfy seating, could sit here all day! Really good coffee, latte always nice and hot. Food good, the smoked fish potato hash with poached egg is delicious. The staff are friendly and really nice, worth a visit, it has the best view along the strip."


"Loved this restaurant from the minute we arrived.The restaurant is on the wharf with beautiful views over the harbour. The setting is spectacular. We shared the most amazing plates. Ciabiatta with garlic butter and buffalo mozzarella, Green lipped mussels, salt and pepper calamari, and the most amazing snapper sliders . ( we still talk about how good they were ). The service was super friendly and efficient. After dinner we sat on the lounges and finished our wine. Lovely experience."

Kerrie H

"My word, sun came out to play and we loved this place. On the water Gorgeous views, great service Chilled beersies Pop in, you WONT be disappointed Will be back I'm sure before we leave on Friday."

Brett R

"This venue is situated on the beach (what a view!) and is an outdoor restaurant and bar. There are beautiful glasses panels along the side & classy, modern seating which is a mix of varieties from normal upright chairs around tables to comfy sofas next to outdoor heaters. They have offers on each day for example, Monday is burger and a beer for a certain price, which is good for anyone on a budget. My favourite part about Alongside was the staff. You can't beat Kiwi hospitality. Even if a worker isn't a native to New Zealand, internationals are still good in the service industry as they have to reflect the company's values. The staff at Alongside were a mixture and all were quick and efficient behind the bar and happy to give recommendations of the menu. We were told to take a seat and they'd bring the coffee to us rather than us wait at the bar which was nice. A very pleasant and relaxing evening spent here!"

Katie C

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