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“Total Satisfaction” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ratanui Lodge Restaurant

Ratanui Lodge Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Pohara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$39 - US$39
Cuisines: European, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Total Satisfaction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

We liked everything and the hosts are recommended. The setting and the decor are world class, the facilities excellent and sitting in front of the fire is a dream in this wonderful part of New Zealand.

Visited June 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Dining Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

They have a set menu, different for each night of the week. We went on "Venison" night: The most gorgeous tender venison, with cranberry sauce; nice fresh al dente cooked veggies (carrots and beans), and a yummy potato/parsnip chunky mash. But first .. the beginnings .. sitting in the lounge area with the french doors wide open to the late afternoon sun and breeze, hubby had a delicious whiskey-sour cocktail, and I wish I had, though the "Rusty Canadian" was pretty good, albeit a little strong for my taste (I chose it though). We then were guided through to the dining area with outlook to the summer garden patio, and sat down to a yummy delightfully fresh gazpacho, with a heart shaped (it was Valentines Day) pastry. We ordered an Otago Pinot Noir .. cant remember its name .. but was gorgeous and velvety. The meal finished off with chocolate hearts dessert for hubby, and I had a berry coulis. The restaurant decor is elegance; the silver cutlery with engraved "W' on each - the first letter of the owner's last name (though this was serendipitous, as he got it all on e-bay!) The owner, Maitre'd, an expat American, was so friendly and delightful and interesting. This restaurant would be tops anywhere, but to find it in out of the way Golden Bay is a real treasure. Worth a trip "over the hill" - and to stay in the accommodation which I'd like to do next time. Oh yes, there will definitely be a next time!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Laurel R
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Montpellier, France
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112 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Soo tasty, amazing service and divine Margaritas!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

I didn't want to leave, the Maitre'd treated us like one of the family. The food was heart warming and ooh sooo tasty. The dessert was to die for. Definitely coming back again!!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Toni K
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Collingwood, New Zealand
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

Welcomed and continued excellent service
Huge margarita cocktail prepared to taste
Food was well presented and tasty
Maitre'd impeccable :-)
Great experience

Visited December 2012
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Thank EldaH
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Would have to be one of the Restaurants in Golden Bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2013

The food and service is better than you will find in most big city restaurants , they have a different set menu for each day of the week .

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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