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Ratanui Lodge Restaurant

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818 Abel Tasman Drive | Golden Bay, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
+64 3-525 7998
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We stayed 3 nights with Steve at Ratanui. We can't recommend it more highly. The wine list, fresh-fruit cocktails, menu full of local organic food, the birds, the thick feather bedding, Steve's hospitality and the elegant surroundings were brilliant. We didn't expect it when we arrived in Takaka having not booked anywhere, but a search unveiled this gem. Brilliant!

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Thank Su A
Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Had a 3 course set menu fine dining experience. Each course was absolutely yummy & beautifully presented. Would wholeheartedly recommend eating here.

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Thank Karen Y
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The beautiful crockery, and silverware abound gives the impression you are somewhere special. And you are. Food excellent, without being too rich. Service impeccable. Good wine list. Everything you want for a gorgeous meal in a gorgeous place.

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Thank 66Claire
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms. Spotlessly clean. Comfy beds. Great breakfast. Sadly, we didn't arrive on a night when supper was on offer. Nice friendly American escapee manager (?owner). Definitely the place to stay in Pohara Beach.

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Thank philipharrison
Wellington, New Zealand
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83 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

We booked dinner at the Ratanui Lodge for our wedding party the evening before our wedding in Pohara. Steve responded to our request immediately and was fantastic and very flexible throughout the planning process. From the moment we arrived the service provided by Steve was absolutely fantastic. We had a range of seating areas to choose from whilst having very... More 

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Thank magicfish79
Waterbury, Vermont
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

Fabulous food, beautifully presented, great wine and best service ever! 3 course meal for $65 was well worth it. Creative menu and wonderful use of local ingredients.

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Thank lrothman
Sydney, Australia
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

An unexpected pleasure when in Golden Bay. Set menu with really good local fare, fabulous wine, silver cutlery, white linen table-clothes etc. Stylish and yet welcoming. Great service from experienced team.

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Thank LambLover2013
Oklahoma
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

The food here is wonderful. The only option is the special of the night, but I'm here to tell you that the food is really special. They will go out of their way to take care of your dietary concerns. And, if you talk about what you like, you might just find it ending up as either an entree or... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

See our review of the Lodge. Great experience and would recommend. The menu is set for the night so you get the chance to decide if you want to eat in or not. Good to see some locals also eating in, always a good sign

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

As we only came for dinner we cannot comment on anything else but we had a lovely meal in elegant surroundings served by a very nice man (STEVE I THINK!) because I do not each much fish except salmon they very kindly did me a smoked salmon bruschetta whilst my husband had the other fish starter. The food was delicious... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$40 - US$40
Cuisine
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 818 Abel Tasman Drive | Golden Bay, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Golden Bay  >  Pohara
  • Phone Number: +64 3-525 7998
  • This restaurant is at Ratanui Lodge
Description
The Dining Room at Ratanui Lodge serves set 3 course meals nightly for $55 (subject to change). Menu changes daily. Sourcing fresh local produce, the best cuts of meats, and fresh local fish, with a substantial wine list featuring New Zealand wines. Relax in the cocktail lounge, outside on the quiet patio, or in front of the wood fire before dinner. Reservations Essential by 12pm.Sample Menu: Italian onion soup with fresh wholemeal bread. Venison tenderloin with blackberry jus and wasabi mashed potatoes. Brazil nut and almond torte. Wines focus on the Nelson region, including Neudorf, Brightwater, Waimea, Kina Beach, Rimu Grove, and Kina Cliffs.

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