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Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant

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££ - £££
European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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143 Moffat Road | Bethlehem, Tauranga, Tauranga 3140, New Zealand
+64 7-576 8800
10:00 - 00:00
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Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very relaxing summer afternoon with yummy food, serene views and refreshing wines. Try the wine paddle. 4 tastings of either whites, reds or a mix for $16. The pulled pork balls were yummy. The crab and corn risotto was delicious. Bonofee pie is worth sharing to finish the meal. Service was friendly and gave good wine choice advice. Definitely recommend.

1 Thank shellsyy4u
Rotorua, New Zealand
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Warm summers day, sampled the Mills Reef wines before lunch. Sat at a sheltered outdoor table, interesting menu and generous servings. Friendly and attentive wait staff managed a full lunch restaurant well. Can certainly recommend the pork balls, chicken curry, market fish on quinoa salad and great chips with mirin aioli. Couldn't fit in dessert.

1 Thank thermaljean
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the service was second to none the food was just unbelievable full of flavour and the selection was perfect The wine was devine all on a clear sunny day WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR a truly fantastic experience

1 Thank Gjn347
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had been to Mills Reef on my first visit to New Zealand 11 years ago. We had a very grown up dinner which was superb with delicious food and wine for four. Due to the exchange rate back then it was astonishing value for money. I've since been back for a wine tasting which was excellent but never got... More 

1 Thank Sue N
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After carefully planning my girlfriends 30th birthday, we booked for a tasting here as we knew that it was a busy time of year. Upon arrival we were told that the booking wasn't needed although they had phoned and emailed us twice to confirm the reservation 👌🏽 When we arrived we order some food as we were quite hungry, the... More 

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53 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great place. A group of us went there for a xmas get together for lunch and boy I was really ed. Lovely setting, great staff and service and the food was divine. I had the ginger meat balls for entrée and the lamb for the main and they were just beautiful. We spoilt ourselves and had a desert... More 

1 Thank Malcolm M
Taupo, New Zealand
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82 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Unfortunately Mills Reef will be relocating - maybe not for another 3-4 years or so, but visit whilst you can because it is a beautiful place and lovely setting. We went for wine tasting and then decided to stay for lunch. It was quite busy and we had not booked but a table was no problem. There is a lot... More 

Thank Adrienne N
Ruakaka, null, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Stopped in with Family for lunch. Staff welcoming and food arrived in good time. No issues at all. Everything clean and tidy.

Thank Warren B
Katikati, New Zealand
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143 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Great setting for a casual lunch on a sunny day with open views to the large grounds if you chose to sit on the terrace. Good choice of food and reasonably priced as well as an interesting wine selection from this well known winery. Sadly plans are to close down within a couple of years for re-development of the site...... More 

Thank JohnPaul1950
MRWinery, Public Relations Manager at Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant, responded to this review

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit at Mills Reef Winery and enjoyed our amazing wines and dining experience. Don't panic - Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant isn't closing down, however we will eventually be moving (think 2019-2020) to a purpose built new venue in the region were you can continue to enjoy our award winning wines and a la... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Visited for a lunch stop on the way to Rotorua. Definitely no regrets stopping over! Awesome wines. Awesome food. Great service. During wine tasting, the server let us try that was not on the list but it was part of their "reserve" selection. Photo was our dessert, a coconut rice pudding.. it was one of the best meals we have... More 

Thank Nancy 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, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 143 Moffat Road | Bethlehem, Tauranga, Tauranga 3140, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Tauranga
  • Phone Number: +64 7-576 8800

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