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“One of the best dining experiences for several years”

Mahurangi River Winery and Restaurant
Price range: US$12 - US$25
Cuisines: European, International, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: winery and restaurant
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“One of the best dining experiences for several years”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

IN SUMMARY:
Amazing views
Relaxed with professional and prompt service
Beautiful wine
Mouth watering food, which will ensure we return.

THE DETAIL:
We visited for lunch on Saturday 26 April and only out of curiosity after passing their sign on the road between Warkworth and Snells Beach.

We were greeted warmly and invited to sit anywhere we wished, so we sat on the covered deck next to the window with panoramic north facing views over the vineyard and rolling countryside.

After a briefing by co-owner Gary Heaven, we ordered a bottle of "Mostly Merlot 2010" which was full bodied and so good we brought two bottles as we left.

Our meal included the crispy shredded calamari entrée which was clearly fresh, with a beautiful soft texture, presented well and a generous serving size. For our main meals we enjoyed the Marino lamb medallions and the special of locally sourced Buffalo fillet. Both meats were beautifully presented and more importantly of an excellent standard. We will try the desserts next time.

We highly recommend this restaurant and we will return for that special occasion, or just to buy a couple of bottles of wine.

Thank you Mahurangi River Winery for a lovely experience.

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  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Warkworth, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Views and ambiance”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

A nice relaxing spot but still with a touch of style. Excellent views. Food always good with lots of natural touches. We have been here several times and always enjoy the experience.
A good place to take overseas family and friend.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Dobegoo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“"A wonderful place for that special lunch"”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

It was a pleasure to to spend time there and taste the excellent food, all of which is made to order. The Team is most hospitable, attentive in a nice sort of way. The view is a sight to behold you could be anywhere overseas and not just an hour from home.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Pam R
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Amersham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Perfect views, food, wine and service”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

We were taken to this lovely restaurant on New Year's Day two years ago and just had to return on the same day this year. We were pleased to find that the food is of just the same excellent standard. The menu is perfectly balanced with plenty of choice and is cooked to order. Every dish is prepared with thought to presentation and flavour. The "Pretty in Pink" rose wine is delicious (as mentioned by a previous reviewer). The staff and service were excellent and Gary was only too pleased to show us around the vineyard after lunch. The views are spectacular and on a fine day we recommend sitting out on the terrace. We visited again on our last day before flying home to soak up the wonderful views and enjoy another dish off the menu. This place is a real gem and thoroughly recommended. We shall be back again on our next visit.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank 105AmershamAnne
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A touch of Tuscany in just north of Auckland”
Reviewed 31 January 2014

Why not come here for the view alone? It's like being in Tuscany.
We have had the pleasure of enjoying the food, wine and hospitality at Mahurangi River at least half a dozen times now. Owner Gary always has time to talk wine and Kahui and his crew in the kitchen never leave us disappointed with a varied and tasty menu which he can effortlessly tweak if required (my wife is gluten free).
You could imagine our delight when we found Mahurangi River could cater weddings. Hence in January we had the most perfect and memorable ceremony amongst the vines, followed by a wonderful meal and celebration on-site.
You won't regret detouring off the main road to visit...even if you only have time for a wine.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Martin D
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