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RED Pizzeria

4 star rating
18 reviews

Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Salads

3 Kensington Ave
09 459 5380


  • Dinner: Mon – Sun from 5.30pm
  • Lunch: Fri – Sun 12noon – 2.30pm
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Business Dining
    • Private Functions
    • Private Parties
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
  • Seating for: 40+ in conservatory, 70pax inside
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Takeaways: Yes
  • Delivers: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

An extensive menu and wine list in a stylish upmarket environment. RED Pizzeria specializes in gourmet and METRE LONG pizza, fresh pasta dishes and home made desserts.

Italian fusion cuisine is offered for those who want to indulge in steak, pork, chicken, seafood or fish meals and fabulous Chef in-house specials are also available.

RED Pizzeria is an attractive corporate or private dinner destination with plenty of site parking and just 4mins drive from Whangarei CBD.

Large groups are catered for in the outdoor conservatory area and we offer set menu package options.

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18 Reviews for RED Pizzeria

24th June 2014
5 star rating
Was taken to Red for my birthday recently. Lovely food, lovely service, nice wines and special, yummy birthday cookie brought out as part of the night. Not cheap, but you don’t mind paying for such a pleasant event. Definitely will go back and have been recommending to others

Visited March 2014

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4th May 2014
2 star rating
First of all I’d like to thank the chefs the food was outstanding especially the pork belly. The service however was apauling, we called up to make a reservation at 6:30 they told us that’s our busiest time so we than asked what time will it be quiter as we have a young child with us, we were than advised 7pm. Arrived at 7pm we were than advised our food would be late by a further 30 mins as this is there busiest time. If that was the case they should of told us the truth in the first place. Then the waitress we had either couldn’t understand English or she was deaf as we had to repeat your selfs over and over. While talking to the waitress she started rolling her eyes. Someone with little respect and can’t do her job properly shouldn’t be working there or any where near customers for that fact.

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Comment from Sandra M. of RED Pizzeria 5/05/2014   
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are a popular and busy restaurant and this is probably due to the fact that we offer (as you said) “outstanding food” and “always very pleasant and professional staff ” as mentioned in other reviews. I am…    More »
29th April 2014
5 star rating
Very prompt and friendly service. Absolutely lovely food. Nice atmosphere/music and cosy warm on a chilly rainy night.
We loved our Pasta and Steak meals. Would definitely come back here another time, and would recommend to others. Thanks!!! :-)

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Comment from Sandra M. of RED Pizzeria 5/05/2014   
Thank you so much for your lovely compliments Emma! We appreciate you taking the time to share your recommendations with others and look forward to having you as one of our regulars :-)    More »



10th April 2014
3 star rating
Excellent food at Red Pizzeria, always tasty! Wish you had a few more FODMAP friendly options on your menu however.

Visited February 2014

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Comment from Sandra M. of RED Pizzeria 29/04/2014   
Thank you for your review. We are so glad you like our menu as you are obviously a returning customer! FODMAPs is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, and Polyols. We advise customers to let us know any food intolerances as we…    More »
27th March 2014
5 star rating
My wife and recently went to Red Pizzeria after receiving a deal voucher for 2 snack size pizzas. We both left commenting on how great our entrees were and the pizzas were really delicious. Having recently tripped to Italy and tasted pizza there we thought the pizza we had was as at the very least as comparable if not better than what we had tasted while overseas. The waiter offered us very good service and we even had an extra wine and beer as we felt so relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Will definitely be going back and recommending to our friends.

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21st March 2014
5 star rating
Recently had friends from Melbourne staying. They were very impressed and said they had the best pizza in the world. Always very pleasant friendly, and professional staff. We visit often and all the food has been wonderful.

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Comment from Sandra M. of RED Pizzeria 22/03/2014   
Thank you for your time and thoughtful comments about our restaurant. The staff at RED Pizzeria work hard to achieve high standards and we appreciate our guests who notice that! Thank you :-) We look forward to serving you again in the future!    More »
16th January 2013
5 star rating
A friend and I regularily go here for lunch, Im in and out after a gorgeous meal in my a lot lunch break from work :-) Lovely friendly staff and the food is just…too good ;) Also had my 30th birthday there with a group of 16. EVERYONE loved the food and the atmosphere. We had a great night!

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Kim S.


29th June 2012
5 star rating
Had large group for function in outdoor conservatory. Brilliant night. Pre-ordered the food and it was served at the times we required. Thanks to Sandra the ambiance was lovely and considering it was winter very warm and cosy. Great pizzas and would recommend. Especially perfect set up for large groups.

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27th May 2012
5 star rating
I would like to congratulate Sandra and her Team for a very memorable night. The restaurant was fully-booked on a Saturday night at 6pm, we had a table of 25 for our daughter’s 16th and we never had to wait long for food or drinks.
The 3 x 1 metre long pizza’s, pasta, breads, salads, dips and desserts were enjoyed by all, I can honestly say everyone had no room left in their stomachs, thank God for “doggy bags.” My eye fillet steak was cooked to perfection and I noticed my daughter did not want to share her “Birthday cookie.” (Yay more for us!)
The heaters and the rugs did come in handy but there were know complaints from anyone.
Well done to everyone, you will see us again :-)

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27th May 2012
5 star rating
We came here because of the rave reviews we had heard. Brilliant service on a busy night; the wait staff were professional and friendly. The restaurant was totally full; we were initially seated in the patio area, with cosy gas heaters and throws to keep us toasty while our orders were taken and drinks served. As soon as an indoor table became available we were re-seated and our meals were promptly served – all within about 25 minutes of arriving.

And yes, the bathrooms were amazing!

Pizzas were delicious, and left overs were offered to us to take home.

Great atmosphere, great service and awesome food.

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13th May 2012
1 star rating
I don’t rate this place at all. I should have known better than to order steak at a pizza place but did it anyway.
It’s not the food that is bad but the lack of attention to detail.
Our steak came out with no bacon even though the menu stated they would be wrapped in bacon. There were no steak knives on the table nor any pepper for the steak. We had to request both of these. The menus were not taken away after we had ordered but left sitting on the table which was already too small.
We mentioned all this to the owner who was completely unapologetic after asking our opinion. Gave us a complimentary $5 tub of ice cream each (I hate ice cream.) She then made reference to how great the bathrooms and decor are. REALLY – I didn’t go there to look at her bathrooms. I found it completely unprofessional and the lack of customer skills here would prevent me from returning, along with the pricing. High end pricing for low end service. Must comment the steak was not bad at all just missing bacon and overcooked.

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13th April 2012
1 star rating
When I ordered the pizza, to takeaway I specified four times that I wanted NO anchovies.

The receptionist wrote this onto the order.

When I opened the pizza, the base was very undercooked and it had the dreaded anchovies.
I rang the next day and was only given a brief apology from a Ms Vine who is the manager.
There was no offer of a pizza as I had ordered, or a refund.

It was a disappointment as I rarely get to a pizza outlet and it was a treat for this older person

I will take it back next week as we only tried a slice each.
I don’t want another one I’ll never deal there again.

They have no customer management skills.

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Comment from Sandra M. of RED Pizzeria 15/05/2012   
This elderly lady was contacted the same day that she placed this review as her details were passed onto the Manager from the Maitre De. She was offered a complimentary meal voucher and a full explanation for the error which she happily accepted. It is…    More »



30th March 2012
3 star rating
We took my parents here for a ‘thank you’ dinner for a favour they had done us. It was a Friday night and the place was booked out – this was evidently the reason the serving staff were run off their feet. Drinks took 20 minutes to arrive and the pizzas took an hour. Once they arrived they were reasonable, and we had leftovers for the next day. Overall, our feeling was one of disappointment – the restaurant seem to have become victims of their own success and can’t keep up with the orders. If you want to go here, ask for a table away from the kitchen/bar as for most of the night we were listening to the chef shouting (to himself? His team? Not sure!). We did get a small discount of $6.5 (25% off my pizza because it came out a lot later than the others due to the waitress putting it down as a takeaway, not a dine-in). Anyway, would recommend for a lunch or dinner early in the week – but if you book for a Friday night dinner prepare for a lengthy wait!

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27th February 2012
3 star rating
Great food and decor. Staff very friendly but need to pick up the pace. Very professional when this was advised. Although this is up to the restaurant manager to help servers be more efficient.

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26th January 2012
5 star rating
Red Pizzeria is very unassuming at first, from the outside looking in, but once they welcome you into their fantastic new venue, you can see and feel you are in for something quite special. It surrounds you in its casual yet classy fitout, the booths are great for an intimate/private ‘a’fare’ or the outdoor area to bask in the afternoon sun are a real treat. The staff are just superb – friendly, professional & efficient. The food is all class with generous helpings and very well priced. This is just what Whangarei needed and will definitely make it a regular, any other restaurant around town could learn a thing or two…or a lot Reva’s…

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Comment from Sandra M. of RED Pizzeria 15/05/2012   
Thank you Andrew, we strive for the best at RED Pizzeria and like to think that our customers are provided with an enjoyable experience. We appreciate your positive feedback
19th January 2012
4 star rating
Really liked this place. Great food (especially the antipasto platter), service and ambiance. I like the intimacy of the booths and our pizza was delicious. All in all I thought the meal and drinks were pretty good value for money. I would definitely go back!

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Comment from Sandra M. of RED Pizzeria 15/05/2012   
Thank you Marie for your feedback, we are aware of keeping our prices realistic in today’s market and think we are a good value for money restaurant too. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
29th December 2011
1 star rating
when dinning what is the most important thing? image? no, RED Pizzeria has quality venue, with a satisfactory website that paints a blue-ribbon picture of the food. but the fact of the matter is that this is false. i have been twice, thus give them a second chance, the service is inferior as i had to wait over 45 minutes for my pizza. the quality of the pizza unpleasant for what you expect for the price, and calming it is Italian is disrespectful. you are better of going to pizza hut.
the truth is we all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will, and ‘RED Pizzeria’ just killed pizza.

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Mel H.


30th November 2011
5 star rating
Just recently opened, I have been here 3 times now and its an amazing place to eat! the food is excellent every time! Have friends that keep going back as the food is so good. They don’t just do pizza either. Great atmosphere, great service, great food and reasonably priced. It doesn’t get much better than this. You’ll not regret this place.
Thanks to the team at RED.

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