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Black Barn Bistro

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European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Black Barn Road, Havelock North RD12, New Zealand
+64 6-877 7985
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Absolute amazing food experience in such a great setting. Great wine as well I suggest the Rose or the Chardonnay.

Thank TeamSmith12
Melbourne, Australia
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199 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lunch today was absolutely perfect! My Tomato Carpaccio was the most exquisite and best entree menu meal I have ever had. The granita was a wonderful surprise and I had to be reminded that it was basil granita because the little icicles had so much flavour above and beyond the basil. We had a two cheese plate to follow and... More 

Thank MaurTee
Napier, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Black Barn was truly amazing, the service was outstanding and the food was delicious, my partner and I both enjoyed our entree's and our mains. Didn't end up having dessert but the food and service was top quality.

Thank Jacynda R
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

From the outside the building looks quite ordinary but the inside is modern, contemporary and well appointed. The meals we chose were cooked and presented perfectly. The table staff were very knowledgeable about the menu and wine selection which helped with our choice of dishes. Nice location in hills above the town. Nice kitchen shop adjacent to the restaurant with... More 

Thank Clive C
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here is absolutely delicious, so much so we had to book again to come back for lunch two days later! Would've said it was perfect if not for the service, unfortunately, although it was good I feel more training needs to go into the waiting skill of staff, there were many times we had to remind employees of... More 

Thank Bamba28
Houston, Texas
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While this wasn't the MOST memorable meal of the trip, that's hardly a negative in this area where so many places are excellent. Our dinner at Black Barn was in the sleek, calm, modern restaurant -sadly it was too cool and windy for outdoor seating, and the live music was absent (it was also Dec 23). Nevertheless, the food, service,... More 

Thank 99TravelinG99
Wellington, New Zealand
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good brunch, family friendly, great setting, friendly staff. Travelled with 2 families w kids pre-teen and teenagers. Something for everyone

Thank Hermanicus
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff members were preoccupied with dealing a single customer and appeared to gauged the arrival of 4 further customers as insignificant. The resulted in no staff interaction and us feeling uncomfortable. Thankfully we left and ended up at Esk Valley winery - this is the place to go!

Thank Grant K
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment we met our waitress Tyler to finishing our beautiful dessert we had a fantastic experience! Wow! The view was to die for and the flavours of food and wine were really delicious! A nice mix of customers, unpretentious and very relaxed. Thank you.

Thank ClareOShorty
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ask for a table outside and dine under the vines. A really great menu with interesting but not weird food. Really delicious and the setting makes this a 5 star experience. The wine was great as was the service. Always call ahead as sometimes closed for weddings. I would recommend setting aside plenty of time to allow you to enjoy... More 

Thank Julian S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Black Barn Road, Havelock North RD12, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Havelock North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-877 7985
Open for lunches and Friday evenings for dinner, Black Barn Bistro is the perfect place to spend an hour or two absorbing the atmosphere of Wine Country. It is in the heart of the vineyard surrounded by vines and a table on the large generous veranda lets you look right out across the region. In warmer weather a courtyard covered by a canopy of grapes is also a perfect place to enjoy lunch and a glass of wine. The restaurant menu is light, fresh and delicious. There is an emphasis on freshly grown Hawkes Bay produce, the selection changes with the seasons. The bistro is available for private functions, evening and during the day, it is also the perfect venue for a very limited number of weddings, for bookings or enquiries please give us a call.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?