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“Great Spot”

Redcliff Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #2 of 38 Restaurants in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 15 November 2013

There are not many places to dine well n Te Anau but this is most definitely one of them.
The restaurant is a purpose built but doesn't look like it. In fact it looks more like a villa from the 1900's. There is a spot outside to dine which has a view out over a park towards the lake so being one street back does not obscure the view.
The restaurant has a focus on game with hare, venison, mutton bird, goat as prime beef and lamb all on the menu. I had the manuka smoked salmon to start which was obviously done on site, not the usual supermarket fare and to follow the Southland wild venison. Both dishes were exceptional.
Their wine list left a bit to be desired but covered all the mains things you wanted. A feature was to be able to do a tasting of the three pinot noirs that they have on with dinner.
Staff were friendly enough but it was obvious that the hostess did not have much experience and it showed with her down on the farm but very friendly demeanour. The rest of the staff carried things off well and we had a great meal.
Definitely book ahead, we booked the day before and there were no 7pm slots left and it was the off season.
Well worth it!

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1  Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

My husband and I went here for our 2nd Anniversary after receiving a recommendation from a manager down in Milford Sound and also from the owners of our B&B. We were certainly not disappointed.

The service and ambience were outstanding and the quality of the food was exceptional. So much so that I definitely ate far too much but I went home very happily full!

Definitely try to the local beef, lamb or fish if you can and try to sample some of the local wines as well which were all of a very high quality. By UK and Aussie standards it was also really good value for money with 3 courses and wine costing NZ$160 in total for 2 people (approximately £80).

Our only regret is that we don't live in Te Anau (or in fact New Zealand!) otherwise this would definitely be one of our favourite restaurants.

Congratulations on setting us such a gem of a restaurant, which we hope will encourage even more people to make the effort to stop in and visit Te Anau.

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2  Thank Nicky W
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

This was indeed a find. Would you ever expect good food and atmosphere in Te Anau? And who would expect not to get a table on a mid week night and have to wait for the crowds to leave? I suggest you book ahead. The positive side was that we had to sit by the bar and drink great wine and try their starters: the Hot Ciabatta loaf served with confit garlic bulb & herb butter can be recommended: only had it because the people next to us tried it and it looked (and tasted) divine. The whole garlic bulb is perfect for us garlic lovers! We also had some absolutely superb calamari that was to die for: sadly it's not mentioned on their online menu so no idea what it was other than being incredibly good. Spicy, red, crispy and delicious - not the usual prissy white floppy stuff. For main I had the Fare Game Wild Hare Backstrap served medium rare atop a crispy parmesan cased mushroom & truffle oil barley risotto, wilted greens & baby beets..Can you beat that? It was different and superbly cooked. Any down sides? Service was slow but what the heck - no-one's in a hurry in Te Anau and the wine and atmosphere was great.

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1  Thank E3646FPcountpavly
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Warm , engaging staff that laughed along with us as our group of two couples had a great catch-up. Superb flavoursome food and cozy ambiance. Delivered on the experience that others have noted. We will return.

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1  Thank MitTim2013
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Brilliant, cosy restaurant and bar that was so good we couldn't resist going back the next night. Staff were friendly and genuine. We tried the hare, venison, steak an pork belly and all were delicious, as were the local wines and beers. Meals weren't the cheapest you'll find in NZ, but definitely well worth it.

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1  Thank Alex S
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