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“Delicious food and Child Friendly!”
Review of River Restaurant and Vineyard - CLOSED

River Restaurant and Vineyard
Cuisines: Diner, Pizza, Contemporary, Healthy
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: River Restaurant & Vineyard is a boutique family-owned Vineyard and Restaurant situated in a unique location of exceptional natural beauty on the edge of New Zealand’s oldest National Park and World Heritage area the Tongariro National Park. The Tongariro National Park is recognized for it’s important Maori cultural association’s as well as its outstanding Volcanic features. Tongariro is one of only a handful of sites worldwide to be given dual World Heritage status. Situated a short walk to the Tongariro River and some of the best fly-fishing in New Zealand if not the world makes Tongariro River Estate unique, indeed the much loved River Wine Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes are grown on the stony flats of the old Tongariro river bed and capture the essence of this truly beautiful area.
Reviewed 27 August 2014

We recently had lunch at River as a group. We walked in without a booking and as we were a rather large group (5 adults and 6 children) we were initially turned away. However there were outdoor tables available which we preferred as the children were able to play outside. We were warned meals would be a wait and they were but that was fine. Food was impressive! Lovely buyers, pasta and hand cut fries. Good wine by the glass. Well priced for the standard of the food.

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2  Thank CatherineWatson70
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We were visiting the area from Auckland and went with a voucher offer on Saturday evening. We were impressed with the restaurant as we entered, with the hostess, then by the lovely Soup of the Day (Cauliflower & Blue Cheese), beautiful mains of Venison and local Angus Steak, both tender and lovely desserts of white chocolate cake with raspberries and poached pear in a pastry (really good). We would definitely come again when we visit this area and highly recommend this restaurant. It would be nice on the outside deck in the warmer months.

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Thank ChrisAuckland20
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Although we have recently had lunch it had been some time since we had come for dinner and based on recent reviews were looking forward to our meal. It is currently mid winter and it is very dark at night. The car park was pitch black with no lights and also to the door of the restaurant was very dark. We commented on our arrival and we received a sorry and were switched on. Unfortunately there are light bulbs not working so for our exit although slightly improved still dark and dangerous. They need to do something fast. Now to the meal. Good but not as good as others seem to have experienced. My steak was not tender and was over cooked but overall the meal was better to what one normally gets in Turangi.

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Thank John T
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We both had their stunning salmon dish. I'm not a big salmon fan but this dish was out of this world. Their mushroom soup and calamari entrees were fab and the lemon tart (we both had) was devine. And then their own wines! The Pinot '09 and the rose were great. We think the River is the best restaurant in Turangi, by a mile!

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We enquired at the Turangi Information Centre for a nice Restaurant that evening and we were absolutely delighted with their recommendation. We were in a group of 4 and all had a different main course. The mains served were Venison, Pork Belly, Scotch Fillet with Parmesan Crust and a Risotto. All the Mains were served simultaneously, all were hot and the presentation was superb. In line with this the quality of the food was such that I find it would be difficult to improve. Local Pinot Noir we chose and it too was great. Service from our Waitress was impeccable and a very pleasant evening was enjoyed by all.

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Thank Alan N
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