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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: Reservations, Late Night
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Best meal in NZ!

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!

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

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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36 restaurant reviews
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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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7 restaurant reviews
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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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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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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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Sydney
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22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Good service, $55 set meal (entree, main, dessert) which is designed to be easily prepared by the kitchen. The main was good with lots of vegetables which is always welcome when you're on holidays and this can be a missing component of your diet. The entree was boring but tasty (basically a savoury muffin) and the dessert was adequate but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We had the Christmas dinner there. There are quite a lot of people but still the food was excellent and the atmosphere was great. Beautiful room and upmarket setting. We especially love their tiramisu. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We loved - location, welcome, care and attention from Steve and Peter, gorgeous and elegant decor in rooms and bathrooms, swimming pool, gardens, food, lady who processed our washing, chats along the way. A perfect end to our NZ trip.

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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 41 - 41

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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