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The Gables Restaurant

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19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7670
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

The restaurant is in Russell – which is a 12.00 ferry ride from Paihia that runs on the hour. Be careful whre you sit, because the sun sets over the water and shines in your face the whole evening if you are in front of the windows. We had gnocci which was good, but for 32.00 ? there could certainly... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Service was great. Whole rib for 2 to share was fabulous. We sat on an outside table overlooking the bay. Just magic very picturesque. It started to rain a little and there was no problem with us running inside to finish our meal. Had a great time

Thank lizzie1953
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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187 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

We returned to this restaurant for lunch as we enjoyed it so much 3 years ago. We were not disappointed ..my husband had seafood chowder which he thoroughly enjoyed and I had the atlantis salad which included a mixture of prawns scallops and choritzo...very tasty. Excellent service..we had a table outside overlooking the water. $47 for both

Thank LyndyNZ
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

We got so disappointed with the food at this restaurant, the fish/clam chowder was so bad i could not eat it.

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242 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by friends and we're certainly not disappointed. It has a lovely location on the waterfront at Russell. The staff welcomed us and we had the option to sit on the water front or indoors. The lunch menu is limited compared to the dinner menu, that did not bother us as we almost knew what we... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016

We went to a celebration dinner and had a great seat in the window. Food outstanding, we had the whole snapper for two. A few more gluten free options would be nice. Staff friendly and attentive.

Thank 393LuC
Reading, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Beautiful views and sunset. Very helpful staff. Fantastic food (recommend the snapper for two). Very good selection of wine. We had a beach table with a sunset view. Very full and therefore need to book or be disappointed!

Thank Keith M
Pinehurst, North Carolina
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122 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2016

This restaurant has a wide selection of great main dishes. My wife and I split the "Whole Fish" dinner. It was red snapper and it was excellent. Make certain this is one of your stops. Also, service was perfect.

Thank jartman65
Royal Oak, Maryland
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Seafood is the highlight of the menu -- seafood chowder lovely and creamy; paua (abalone) crusted hapuka and fish and chips excellent. Lovely, large, creamy, Orono oysters ("Natural" = raw). My husband had steak (Wagyu) the second time we went as was also very happy. Cheese plates and other nice desserts on offer. Extensive wine list; also cocktails

Thank Kate M
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

We had good food and the setting is great right on the water front. We were offered a table inside or outside we chose outside. It started to rain so we were brought quickly inside. Everything was going great until our great waitress disappeared to work elsewhere. We then became invisible to all the other staff waiting their own tables.... More 

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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
Average prices
US$14 - US$41
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7670
New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting.

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