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Ratanui Lodge Restaurant

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818 Abel Tasman Dr | Golden Bay, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
03 525 7998
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: The Dining Room at Ratanui Lodge serves set 3 course meals nightly for $55...
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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  • 64
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
AMAZING, Chef Chris James Beard nominee???

We dined twice at Ratanui Lodge , enjoying 2 of their "set menu meals" prepared by Chef Chris. All 3 courses were executed by a chef who is clearly at the top of his game.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Mary W
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Ontario, Canada
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As we only came for dinner we cannot comment on anything else but we had a lovely meal in elegant surroundings served by a very nice man (STEVE I THINK!) because I do not each much fish except salmon they very kindly did me a smoked salmon bruschetta whilst my husband had the other fish starter. The food was delicious... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We dined twice at Ratanui Lodge , enjoying 2 of their "set menu meals" prepared by Chef Chris. All 3 courses were executed by a chef who is clearly at the top of his game.

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Thank Mary W
Nelson, New Zealand
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious vegetarian dinner option that did not disappoint. Superb flavours and beautifully prepared. A choice drinks menu quenched the thirst and accompanied the dinner meal. Breakfast was of beautiful fruit and cereal selections with accompanying liquids. The choice of a cooked breakfast menu if desired and this was a worthy choice.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure you book in to dine here and look at the menu to see what it is for that day. For $65, three courses its not bad value. Leave time to have a cocktail, they are the best and a great size. Most in house guests dine here but wont let put you off, its great to have something... More 

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Wellington
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80 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our best meal in Golden Bay. We ate there on the same night as Outbiking99 - same menu as the small restaurant offers a single price single menu meal for pre-booked guests only. The restaurant service is silver service standard. We know the Lodge was fully booked that night as this was the first night of our three... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rang in the morning to book ahead as this was a significant anniversary for us. They made it sound like they were fully booked so asked us to be there at 6pm. We arrived early and had a pleasant but simple cocktail outside. We were then asked to make our way to the dining room. We were the only... More 

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Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a family meal here and the food was delicious. The service was fantastic and they were so accommodating as we had our 3 and 9 year old with us so they halved the portion sizes and changed the entree to something the children would enjoy. The portion sizes were very generous and well presented. It was beautiful food... More 

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Thank EmmaNickE
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Our second stay at Ratanui. Absolutely awesome. Amazing service food and cocktails! Can't wait to return.

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Thank gizthomas
Whangarei, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

We used Ratanui Lodge as the base for our work team building weekend away and it was just amazing. We felt totally spoilt. The rooms are beautifully appointed with the décor and furniture impeccably chosen to give a wonderfully luxurious feel to your stay. Steve was the perfect host with just the right combination of professionalism and friendliness to make... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

A wonderful evening at Ratanui Lodge shared with others at 3 communal tables. The ice was broken by our host Steve explaining the origins of the American Thanksgiving celebration and encouraging us to say what we were thankful for as we took turns to speak. A lovely entrée of Ceviche style terakihi and Anotoki salmon topped with micro-greens, followed by... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 818 Abel Tasman Dr | Golden Bay, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Golden Bay  >  Pohara
  • Phone Number: 03 525 7998

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 36 - 36

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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