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Ratanui Lodge Restaurant

818 Abel Tasman Dr | Golden Bay, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
03 525 7998
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Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Pohara
Price range: $45 - $45
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My Farmer friend and I call Ratanui Lodge "Our Special Place" and having our 6th meal there last week, we were greeted by Steve (Co-owner and Maitre D) with the warmest of welcomes (and a hug for me). Had a leisurely couple of drinks, and probably too many honey- roasted peanuts before embarking on a scrumptious meal. The first course... More

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Takaka, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I took my woman to the Ratanui Lodge Restaurant for a special treat and a special treat it was. Cosy atmosphere, table cloth, all very up there and yet the service was so warm, relaxed and super professional that we both felt instantly comfortable. The venison was cooked to perfection, tender and juicy and not gamy at all. Actually all... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We loved everything about our dinner at the Ratanui lodge. The table was beautifully set with crisp white table-cloth, silver and high quality china. The food was outstanding. As a starter my husband and I had a broccoli and a blue cheese soup (with rye bread) which was just perfect and delicious. Then I had Lavender-rubbed pork fillet with chambord... More

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We recently dined here twice. The first night being buffet, which had a lovely selection of meats, salads etc. The desserts were just amazing. The second night was A La Carte, and was quite disappointed to find that we all had the same meal - steak. Not sure what you would have done if you didn't eat red meat, or... More

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ratanui, Owner at Ratanui Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely review Wanagirl,. Very pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal and the steak was beautifully cooked and the desserts amazing. We serve a set 3 course menu each night which allows us to use fresh ingredients each day. We have never been an a la carte dining room. There is always a vegetarian option... More

Takaka, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I have dined on many occasions at Ratanui-and have probably only written one review. Each time the food is perfect, the service impeccable, the wine selection exquisite-in short everything is faultless! Two weeks ago I enjoyed my 50th there-only a small gathering in their private room. Despite the fact that the main dining room was full, service as ever was... More

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ratanui, Owner at Ratanui Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely words SusieatLigar. You deserve to feel like a Queen!!! Always love seeing you at Ratanui and look forward to your next visit. All the best, Pete and Steve More

Charleston, SC
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

The meals are different each evening. Pete is an excellent cook and the service makes for a very enjoyable evening. The breakfast meal is all anyone could want and made with fresh fruit and then order what ever you would like.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Luxury without being stuffy! I am not usually a fan of crisp white table cloths (I spill too much!) but the tables, silver and candles set the mood! The food was delicious - the home made cinnamon buns for breakfast very popular!

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Nelson
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The Silver Service meal at this beautiful restaurant was absolutely tops. Steve sure knows how to make you feel really special. We definitely will be back!

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Collingwood Golden Bay
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We had a reunion meal at the lodge. Couldn't fault the service and the meals was first class We certainally would return again. We highly recommend the lodge and would encourage our guests to visit Anus and Maureen For Herons' Rest Collingwood

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 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.

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