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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: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Exquisite foods and an intimate dining experience

This was the second time eating at Ratanui whilst staying at the lodge. Again the food is exceptional and beautifully presented. The wine list is particularly good and Steve is ready on hand to suggest an excellent wine match to accompany the meal. The services if formal in appearance, yet laid... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This was the second time eating at Ratanui whilst staying at the lodge. Again the food is exceptional and beautifully presented. The wine list is particularly good and Steve is ready on hand to suggest an excellent wine match to accompany the meal. The services if formal in appearance, yet laid back in service.

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Collingwood, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We booked a table for 12 to celebrate a landmark birthday. Steve treated us like royalty. The table settings, gourmet cuisine and outstanding service are all exceptional. Ratanui Lodge is an oasis of charm.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We are so glad we phoned ahead and booked a place for dinner at Ratanui Lodge. The food (beetroot and feta tart followed by a beautiful pork fillet main with lemon and lime pie for dessert) was simply delicious. What made everything even better was our host for the evening Steve. He was always there when everyone needed him. He... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The warm and personal service set the tone for a beautiful three-course dinner. I'm still dreaming about the gazpacho, punchy and fresh and delicious. Our beef course was divine, especially the creamy potato gratin! And dessert was light, fresh and perfect. Excellent wine selection and great prices!

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Takaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you want an elegant setting in which to enjoy superbly presented cuisine for a special dining experience then Ratanui Lodge is the place to go. It never fails to impress my visitors.

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Takaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This place is beautiful , set up nicely, a place you can have pre dinner drinks as well. The food is to die for especially the beef . The service goes above and beyond my exspectations

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We have eaten (and drunk) at Ratanui Lodge several times over the last year or so. Each occasion has been excellent with good food and excellent service in a slightly formal restaurant setting. Suitable for couples or groups. Reservations recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The food here is made with enthusiasm and some flair but there is no escaping the fact that it is basically a prefab motel being sold as some kind of high end accom/foody thing. All in all its not a great vibe. Cant help but think the owners should open a real restaurant and get away from the plasterboard units... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Ratanui Lodge is an elegant restaurant with great food and friendly service, which is unexpected in a beach holiday location in remote Golden Bay in New Zealand's south Island. My family likes to travel to Pohara beach each year to enjoy an extended Summer and the quiet beach. Everything is quite remote - I can never get Mobile signal and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Great food and service - the best in the area! We ate here whilst guests at The Lodge and recommend it highly.

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Additional Information about Ratanui Lodge Restaurant

Address: 818 Abel Tasman Dr | Golden Bay, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 525 7998
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Golden Bay  >  Pohara
Average Prices: USD 37 - 37

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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 37 - 37
  • Price Range: $ $ $

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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