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The Old Church Restaurant & Bar

199 Meeanee Road | Hawkes Bay, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-844 8866
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Ranked #6 of 132 restaurants in Napier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $43
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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. Chef owner, Richard Highnam and wife, Melanie offer excellent cuisine, an extensive wine list and warm, relaxed hospitality. They are both passionate about food and wine and enjoy the abundant produce that Napier and the Hawkes Bay has to offer.
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86% Recommend
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English first
Riverwoods, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful selection of cheeses, olives, calamari, etc paired with Old Church wines that was simply delightful - the portions were generous but not too much as we savored our food and wine served by a charming hostess.

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Newcastle, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I am writing this some months after my Napier visit so cannot recall my exact meal but in thinking back to my Napier visit I remember my delight in finding this restaurant. The furnishings and surroundings reflected the former life as a church and was tastefully done The meal was first class and the service the same. Reflecting the excellence... More

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Havelock North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Delicious Lunch, really good service and the setting is absolutely gorgeous. Will be back. Now firmly one of my favourites.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This is a beautiful setting,. The inside restaurant is beautifully presented and the gardens amazing. The food was nice, the venison was gorgeous but the lamb was sinewy and hard to eat. The service was very good and we felt well looked after. Worth the drive

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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The location and environment is the star of this show, no doubt about it, but the food is very good too. You can pay similar prices in a lot less attractive venues in this area, and not receive food of this high a standard, so as a dinner destination, it stacks up well. While the Old Church can seat a... More

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Melbourne Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

It was holey water because it came from a hole(well) I was told! The senior ladies I took to the Old Church Restaurant in Napier for a special High Tea were overcome by the grandeur of its sumptuous interior with its chandeliers, decorative glass and sparkling light everywhere, and top quality service. I am grateful for the opportunity the management... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We ate here for dinner on Easter Sunday. The building is a stunning conversion and a special place to dine. Our starters and desserts were creatively presented and delicious. The main was also great (we had lamb and duck). It was a shame that vegetables were a side order, but otherwise faultless. The service was exemplary and we felt very... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We booked a table for dinner on Wed 16th April via the restaurants on line booking service and received a confirmation email. We did this back in March, so over a month a go. We were staying in Napier and booked a cab to take us to the restaurant. On arrival it seemed very quiet and we couldn't see any... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The Old Church Restaurant is amazing, I stepped in and was over whelmed with the beautiful decor. If you ever wanted to feel like a princess for a night this is the place to visit. I had the sirloin and it was delicious, when it came to the desserts I didn't know what to choose, they were all so nice!... More

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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Awesome place for lunch or dinner, and they can do small or large gatherings. Also have been here for a wedding which was fabulous!!

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