Rusty Pelican Pizzeria, Restaurant & Tui Sports Bar
Rodney 09-422 9122
As of Easter 2013, TAP WATER is now available at a…Announced 2 weeks ago
- Mon – Fri 5pm – Late
- Sat & Sun 12pm – Late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Out Catering
- Children's Play Area
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: Dining: 80 inside & 20 outside; Bar: 200
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
The philosophy at Rusty Pelican thrives on generous servings of top quality food and friendly service.
Rusty Pelican’s famous pizzas have many times the toppings than what you’d expect on a typical pizza. Toppings are all high-quality produce – shaved ham (not the cube processed-packet-stuff), and in generous quantities – like the Shrimpy pizza that has 300g of shrimps per pizza!
The Rusty Pelican is all about people visiting them after enjoying the local area and beautiful coast line with its many white sandy beaches, then coming in to relax with a bottle of wine, great pizza, an A La Carte meal from their menu, that will leave you replenished satisfied and planning your next trip back to do it all again.
To their credit Next magazine’s food critic wrote “The pizza is one of the best we’ve ever eaten in New Zealand”
The Rusty Pelican team are also passionate about their local community, and all proceeds from the sale of that bottled water fundraiser go straight to community charities, schools and sports groups.
As of Easter 2013, TAP WATER is now available at a separate station, where you can help yourselves to the bore water if you choose (bear in mind, that due the high iron contents in this naturally sourced water, although it is fully potable, it also has an interesting aroma). We have listened to our customers who have objected to our previous water policy, which is why we have now made this free tap water available.
32 Reviews for Rusty Pelican Pizzeria, Restaurant & Tui Sports Bar
One of Rusty Pelican Pizzeria, Restaurant & Tui Sports Bar's Favourite Reviews What's This?
The good things about the restaurant:
The interior has a cool coastal feel to it.
The Food is superb.
The major thing that needs to change:
There is no free water…. Is that a joke?
When you walk into a restaurant in most places, water may come out straight away without even having to ask so you can feel refreshed before dining. But when a group of friends and myself asked for a water the waitress got immediately impatient with us and explained we would have to spend 5 dollars to get any water at all.
I was so offset by this it ruined the whole experience. The group and I were thirsty from being at the beach all day and were more than happy to shell out for a nice meal but just wanted to have water as well. And it usually being free, we were all surprised and felt pressured to either pay extra or leave.
The service also seemed to turn sour after we had asked for water like we had offended the waitress.
I’m 7 months pregnant and just wanted plain old water; we didn’t want to buy the bottled water as buying Bottled Water contributes to landfill and plastic bottles are produced by using billions of gallons of oil per year. I don’t buy Bottled Water as a matter of an ethical environmental choice.
We offered to give them a donation for their charities, but please could we have good old fashioned water. No. No, we could not.
The waitress was obviously already flustered and unable to answer our questions, the owner was dismissive and the last waiter told us we had been enough trouble and took our menus away and told us to leave.
Very very disappointing. Denying a 7 month pregnant woman a glass of water in a country as advanced as ours… cool that they want to support their local community – but it is effectively a Tax as there is no alternative.
Please, Rusty Pelican, have a look at what the implications are.
just not cool man.
Maybe it is different if you eat in but really, I’m definitely not in a hurry to try there again. It was not up to standard.
Very children friendly with kids games room , puzzles and coloring sheets brought to your table, with great kids menu.
Pizzas are amazing but my favorite is the Seafood Chowder and my husband loves Rusty’s Ribs . The meals are tasty and the portions are generous .
We have never left this place disappointed or hungry. We always stop there after a big day exploring this wonderful coastal area .
Thank you to the Rust pelican and their friendly staff . Keep up the good work !
The pizzas are quite good but apart from that the choice of dishes is confined to the deep fried and the brown. Expensive for what you get – this place would not survive outside overpriced, pretentious Matakana.
This helped to ease the pain of paying for my water. The pizzas, especially the 2 for 1 pizza deal, my favourite is the Red Rooster. Excellent value – can’t be beaten!
I discovered the Rusty Pelican when a friend I did the 2004 Rotorua Marathon with challenged me to finish it.
Several weeks beforehand they surprised-shouted me a delicious meat-lovers pizza dinning at the Rusty Pelican. It was then and still is the best pizza on earth in my mind, and I’m semi-vegetarian!
So a couple of weeks ago whilst traveling back down to Auckland from Russell I stopped off purposely with 4 well to do retired American politicians. It was just before 6pm when we arrived and the “Tuesday 2 for 1 pizza” sign outside hit a high note with everyone until we were told that we needed to be there BEFORE 5pm to get that deal. Everyone instantly changed their orders to dinner meals. Everyone did enjoy their varying meals and had a pleasant enough time. But no-one got to taste the delicious unique Rusty Pelican pizza that only they create.
Morning, noon or night – what time can one order and receive the “Tuesday 2 for 1 pizza” deal exactly on any given Tuesday???
I’m a little afraid now after I’m posting this no-one ever will.
Keep you pizza deal going please, that is if it really ever was a true and valid offer.
The food was tasty but quite expensive for what it was at that time of day and the type of restaurant.
It is nice to have reasonably priced dining back in Matakana, where families can actually afford to dine out. It is also nice to see that Averill is back on board.
The possibility of a long wait is the only draw back with Rusty Pelican . . . though it’s not always a problem – I’ve only experienced the really long wait during high-holiday season at peak meal times.