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“Great vinyard setting”
Review of La Veranda

La Veranda
Ranked #79 of 119 Restaurants in Blenheim
Price range: US$13 - US$17
Cuisines: French, Cafe, New Zealand
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Description: La Veranda is part of the Georges Michel Estate complex, where visitors can choose a selection of wine tasting ‘flights’, matched with French degustation plates. For example, enjoy four of our Golden Mile wines featuring Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rose, with a plate of imported French cheeses or a selection of French ‘charcuterie’.Nestled amongst the vines and bathed in Marlborough’s prolific sunshine, La Veranda is the perfect venue to rest and relax in a very special ambiance, either indoors or outdoors.
Reviewed 15 April 2013

Fantastic location with beautiful views across the vineyards to the hills beyond, a really immaculate setting. Friendly and speedy service. Food was very good platters of fish or meats or “hearty” mains, risotto or boeuf bourguignon, which were very generous portions. It was nice enough bistro style food without being anything special; the platters were probably a better bet for light lunch. Wines (we only tried a couple) were good but not amongst the best we tried. Still, recommended for the setting alone.

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

What a disappointment our visit was. The platter I ordered consisted mainly of cold meats (of the exact kind that I buy vacuum packed from our local supermarket) and a lot of gherkins. There was a small bowl of homemade pork belly which was delicious but couldn't make up for the rest of the platter. As to service: what service? The poor "lady-in-waiting" had to do it all and obviously could not. Some guests sitting on the veranda actually started bringing their used crockery and cutlery into the restaurant area and plonking it down on unused tables.
There was, however, a highlight to our visit: la farandole de desserts... beautiful, delicious, worth every cent and thoroughly enjoyed by us.

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Reviewed 16 March 2013

A bit chaotic the day we went. Food average, nice veranda seating next to the vineyard and lovely after lunch lounge area. Not much French about it really, according to our French guests. The chefs aren't French.

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Reviewed 2 March 2013

This is a favorite lunch spot of the locals as well in the Marlborough wine country. The setting is casual and the diner has great views of the vineyards. The service and wine list and food are very good.

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Reviewed 23 January 2013

The service here was so bad! They compained about how busy they were and said they didn´t have the time to serve the 4 different wines at the menu if you ordered food, really stupid since the restaurant was only half full! The platter was kind of average and it took forever to even order the food, the only good thing was the stunning view.

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JulieYonge, Guest Relations Manager at La Veranda, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2013

Thank you for your review. Please accept our apologies for the slow service and the fact you were not able to enjoy a tasting flight of wines with your meal. We are addressing these problems and do hope you will return one day to sample a complementary tasting selection of our wines.

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