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The Old Church Restaurant & Bar

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199 Meeanee Road | Hawkes Bay, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-844 8866
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Old Church is a stunnng Hawkes Bay landmark that has been converted...
The Old Church is a stunnng Hawkes Bay landmark that has been converted into a plush and quirky restaurant and bar. It also offers luxury botique accommodation in the neighbouring villa. Both the Villa and the Restaurant venue have been rated 5 stars by Qualmark and are perfect for weddings, events, conferences, corporate functions and parties.
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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The restaurant is certainly a place to put on your list when visiting Napier , had a very beautiful meal and the service was top notch , only a short trip in a cab so you enjoy the wine and the food , the service is also top quality and the grounds are astounding ,,,,,,

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Adrianna O
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Melbourne, Australia
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is certainly a place to put on your list when visiting Napier , had a very beautiful meal and the service was top notch , only a short trip in a cab so you enjoy the wine and the food , the service is also top quality and the grounds are astounding ,,,,,,

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hello There. Thank you for your review. The Old Church is made up of lots of lovely spaces that ensure our guests can have a visit that is memorable for them. I have a great team and they all avidly follow the Tripadvisor comments. A review like this confirms that we are all doing the best possible job to make... More 

Hastings, New Zealand
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We went along to a Sunday lunchtime event advertised as Jazz and a Platter. Well, the Jazz was great but the platter was flatter! The service was less than average, the staff were intrusive and the venue was cold. All in all a waste of a Sunday afternoon.

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

I am sorry that you did not enjoy your platter or the service at our Jazz and platters Day. Its good to know that the music was up to your standards. I have checked our Manager on Duty report for the event and note that there were no complaints from guests on the day,. In fact there were many positive... More 

Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We had an excellent night out at The Old Church. We were a bit apprehensive as we had been told about slow service and we had picked a Saturday night when there was a function on in the old church and so we were booked into the 'villa'. However we had an excellent night and couldn't fault the service. The... More 

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for that lovely review. Because our menu is different to the traditional entree, main option it is important that our staff ensure our guests understand the concept. We felt the beauty of the villa called for something special. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the total experience and we look forward to welcoming you back in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Previous reviews had pointed out slow service and being expensive so we were apprehensive.Very very pleased with the night we had .Staff were unbelievably helpful and friendly.Service was a little bit slow but hey at a place like that with the high standard of food that came what's the rush ! In regards to expensive I thought prices were very... More 

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hello There. Thank you for the great review. Its reviews like this that makes all of our team smile. Every person who works at The Church wants to ensure our customers leave feeling valued and a little spoiled. The time for service is an interesting one. Most of our guests appreciate the liesurely approach, however for those on a limited... More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Lunch today was at the smaller 'villa' which was great. Very cosy with roaring log fire on a winter's day. A very warm welcome from the charming waitress too. The menu was different from our last visit with smaller dishes and wine pairings on offer. Difficult choice as all sounded delicious. We had 2 courses each...all lovely and good wines... More 

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your very positive review. Villa Dining for winter has been very well accepted. The smaller more intimate spaces and the new courses menu provides a different experience . While the Church is still used for bigger groups the lounge and open fire of the villa have been a great option for pre lunch or dinner drinks. The... More 

Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Service average Waiting to long for minute amount of food for price charged.Food not hot Presentation acceptable One person in group had a desert and no second course.We had to ask for that when everybody was ready to leave

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Sometimes a review like this is simply to difficult to respond to. In the middle of such positive feedback about the villa, the new courses menu , the service and the wine list it is impossible to understand. The real concern is that not a word was said to the staff at the time. We pride ourselves on taking immediate... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Last night we had a great experience at The Villa at the Old Church. Cold night, roaring fire, huge comfy chairs, a glass of The Beach House 2013 Riesling and a glorious old villa. The staff were very clear about how the service worked, instead of entrees and mains there are a selection of plates which are the size of... More 

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hello There. Thank you for such a great review. All of the things that we try to achieve at the Church and the Villa appear in your comments. Keeping everyone happy can be very difficult in hospitality. It is great to see that all of the planning and effort of my great team is recognised. I hope your trip to... More 

Napier, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Iwe had been told to try the old church for dinner, and because it was a special occasion, we're all excited about going there. A couple in our party had been for lunch some weeks prior and raved about it. We all eat out regularly and are always keen to try recommended restaurants. It was not what we hoped or... More 

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It is always disappointing to see an unhappy guest, particularly when our new villa dining concept has been so well accepted. I understand that some of your group were disappointed on the night and my Restaurant Manager offered some complimentary drinks and desserts. We have reviewed our service to you that evening and made some... More 

Napier, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We have recently been twice. The first time was in The Old Church. Service and food was awesome. The best Chateaubriand we have had. The second evening was in the Villa. Great ambience, good idea foe cooler winter evenings. The plate of size and style very appealing.

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much. We are very lucky to have two beautiful venues and we seek to make them both unique and special experiences. Both are underpinned by our great chefs and front of house teams. We look forward to seeing you in the future. More 

Port Vila, Vanuatu
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I had the pleasure of having lunch at this gorgeous place last weekend. Amazing ambience, amazing food and amazing location.

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much. We are very excited about the positive way in which people have responded to the unique concept of our villa dining. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 199 Meeanee Road | Hawkes Bay, Napier, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Napier
  • Phone Number: +64 6-844 8866

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 32

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic

Description

The Old Church is a stunnng Hawkes Bay landmark that has been converted into a plush and quirky restaurant and bar. It also offers luxury botique accommodation in the neighbouring villa. Both the Villa and the Restaurant venue have been rated 5 stars by Qualmark and are perfect for weddings, events, conferences, corporate functions and parties.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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