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The Riverhead

Cnr Queen & York | Riverhead, Auckland, New Zealand
09 412 8902
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Ranked #270 of 1,295 Restaurants in Auckland
Price range: $8 - $29
Cuisines: Hamburgers, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gastropub
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Nestled on the shores of the upper Waitemata, The Riverhead is steeped in local history and was a vital part of the development of early New Zealand. Prior to The Riverhead being built on this site, Thomas Deacon, the original owner, owned a pub on the point just below where The Riverhead now stands. The early Maori used this landing point as the place to disembark and portage their waka across land to the Kumeu River to get easier access to the lands in the Far North. Early immigrants then used this same route to travel north, disembarking at Helensville and continuing by ship north via the Kaipara Harbour.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a great spot to spend a relaxed day enjoying some music and beautiful area along the river - if it wasn't ruined by the service. When we arrived we ordered a starter of chicken wings and a garden salad and 2 hours later we were still waiting for our food. The worst was when we checked in with the... More 

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Split, Croatia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Fantastic location, great food, great stuff,great overview, we came by car , but next time we deffinitelly will go by boat from Auckland.

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Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your review. Yes, we think it is a very special place with lots of variety for multiple visits. It is a very special day out by boat, not too far by car (only 23 minutes from Auckland's CBD) and when you get here, there's loads of options. You can have a real kiwi classic bar experience, dine... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We had promised a UK-based relative that, when he was next in Auckland, we would take a trip up the river to the Riverhead and enjoy not only a scenic Riverhead Ferry ride (with the Red Boats) but also, hopefully, a good meal too. We certainly were not disappointed. The Riverhead is worth a visit for its historic value alone... More 

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Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us in so much detail. We love hosting visitors to New Zealand and the trip up in the boat is a unique experience following the footsteps of the original settlers of the area (who in turn were following the Maori's traditional route). It was unfortunate that we had sold out of... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Riverhead is a great place for that relaxing Sunday lunch. The selection is very good and the food is superb. Great location looking out over the river with a nice breeze coming through. The place was absolutely packed and parking was difficult , but the waiting staff were well up to the challenge and we were more than happy... More 

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Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give us this awesome review! Sundays are occasionally a challenge with the numbers we attract, but our staff are really a lovely bunch of people who love seeing everyone have a wonderful time. We think we have a very special & unique place here and it's our mission to create an 'unforgettable experience' showcasing... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We went to the Riverhead for an evening work function, the meal was buffet style. First the positives - the location was fantastic, the setting was beautiful, the perfect place to sit outdoors in the setting sun and to indulge in a glass of wine or a coffee while enjoying the evening breeze. . There was a relaxing view out... More 

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Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Thanks for all the positive aspects you touched on...we think we have a very special addition to The Riverhead in the New Boat House building. I will bring up these issues you raised with our Front of House team in the Boat House as there is no excuse for the tables not to be cleared, water supplied and drinks not... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Went to The Riverhead for a work lunch. To be honest I was slightly disappointed. Service was not good, booked for ten got sat at a nine person table, empty cups on the table throughout the meal. Food was good value for money but lacking originality. Good atmosphere and perfect location sitting on the river. Recommended for a casual meal.

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Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give us feedback. I am disappointed to hear that the service was not good at your table and we will address this with our Front of House team. We offer an interesting gastro pub menu that incorporates the basics alongside some really tasty & innovative dishes, which you may not have choose this time.... More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We decided on the Riverhead Tavern for our work function. On behalf of Our Kids Early Learning Centre we would like to thank you very much for the wonderful customer service we received from Jules and the food was amazing! I would definitely recommend this place and I will be coming back. Thank you, Our Kids Early Learning Centre

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Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review. It's was a pleasure having you here. Jules and the front of house team love seeing people have a great time and enjoy the lovely food options Ryan, our new Head Chef has put on our new summer menu. Thanks again and we'll hope to see you again soon... More 

Hythe, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Arrived at the pub approx ½ hr before opening time (11:00) and the staff could not be more accommodating although they were still setting up for the day (we had the place to ourselves) they were warm and inviting. A coffe to while away the time before the kitchen opened was very quickly with us. The food (bacon lettuce avocado... More 

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Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

We think we have a pretty awesome team who are genuine and unpretentious...it matches this amazing place we have. Thanks for taking the time to post your review. Our team are coming into the busiest time of the year and they'll get a little more energy from your comments & will love the positive feedback...thanks! More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Friends suggested going to The Riverhead's opening on their Boathouse on Sunday. Heaps of people with little kids to oldies, fantastic vibe, everyone having a great time. The new building is stunning, makes me want to get married again and do it there! Had the best time with great friends, good music & excellent food.

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Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Thanks...yes we are very proud of our brand new Boat House Functions Venue....it's pretty neat to be able to show it off to the public on Sundays with free live music and have hundreds enjoying the space. Then we like the way it transforms itself into a top notch wedding, private function or meeting area...it is so adaptable. More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

thanks so much for our enjoyable lunch. Eight of us enjoyed an array of meals and all agreed they were delicious catering to a range of dietary requirements , many thanks to the chefs. Our waitress Jules was very attentive, helpful and really friendly and made our dining experience all the more enjoyable. It was rather busy the whole time... More 

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Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Our new Chef has worked hard to make sure there is a lot of variety on the menu and has created interesting options for those with special dietary requirements...so thanks for noticing that! Jules is a total star; she simply loves people and serving them, it comes naturally to her because she is so genuine... More 

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Additional Information about The Riverhead

Address: Cnr Queen & York | Riverhead, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone Number: 09 412 8902
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
Average Prices: USD 8 - 29
Cuisine: Hamburgers, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gastropub

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