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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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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
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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  • 80
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 3
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    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
Best quality and ambience in Napier and Hawke's Bay province

We created our own platters and lunch was superb. Mine was shoe string fries with roast garlic and balsamic vinegar + snapper cerviche with lime, coriander, crispy shallots and red onions followed by the "Wakanui" beef sirloin. Deserts were so tempting but this was already to much for me. It was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Marina o
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We created our own platters and lunch was superb. Mine was shoe string fries with roast garlic and balsamic vinegar + snapper cerviche with lime, coriander, crispy shallots and red onions followed by the "Wakanui" beef sirloin. Deserts were so tempting but this was already to much for me. It was a beautiful hot Napier day and we sat outside... More 

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Thank Marina o
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing experience. Fantastic shared platter, lovely Chardonay and friendly informative staff. Definately recommend this fab restaurant.

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Thank Julie C
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived without a reservation to find the restaurant full and very busy. Despite this, the hostess welcomed us and said she would somehow fit us in. That she did and we ended up with a lovely table. We had excellent service and delicious food in a beautiful setting. We would return without hesitation.

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Thank Bill L
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sat outside in the garden covered by the open gazebo was very special, the food and wine were very special.

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Thank Sonya J
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been hearing about dining at the Old Church for years but never found the opportunity to go. I was hesitant that it wouldn't live up to expectations but it went further than I expected. A simple menu - two plates, three plate or four. It allowed some in the group to order two entrees and a dessert without... More 

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Thank Philip W
Moira I, General Manager at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We are glad that your group understood our menu concept and it allowed for the various requirements of your group. We are very focused on delivering fresh seasonal flavours in an interesting and flavorsome manner. We hope we will see you again. More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lunched here today with the family. Dined in the marquee as the venue was booked for a wedding. The ability to put togethere a platter is awesome and food enough for a light lunch, if one invests around $50. We had potatas bravas, breads and tiger prawn tacos. Delectable. My wife then had the vege taglietelli and I had the... More 

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Thank MRed5
Moira I, General Manager at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much. We are loving having the marquee as our summer dining option. The grounds are to good not to share with our guests. Thank you for commenting on Rosie, she is one of our summer staff and her enthusiasm for the Church helps ensure our guests get a great experience. Erik is a great sommelier . It... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited The Old Church for the third time in December, 2015 on a Friday night. We had a booking and were promptly seated. The menu offers a choice of two courses for $55 or three courses for $75. We opted for two courses. I ordered an entree and a main, and my husband ordered a main... More 

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Thank pickendawn
Moira I, General Manager at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am sorry you felt underwhelmed by your meals. The number of courses offered is simply an indication to guests, there is always the ability to add courses. Our staff do explain to guests that each course is between an entree and a small main. We do not seek to be a traditional entree ,... More 

Napier, New Zealand
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72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended a family wedding here a couple of weeks ago, and from start to finish I could not fault the facility, the staff, the setting or the food, they catered to every single need every guest had and all to the highest standards. what a wonderful place to start your new life together as a married couple.

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Thank joker4147
Moira I, General Manager at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much. Weddings are the core of our business and the venue was certainly designed with magical weddings in mind. Our staff take great pride in delivering a magical day and appreciate the acknowledgement of that. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch here twice over the New Year break with family. The food was delicious and the service was exemplary. This was the best restaurant meal I have ever had in New Zealand and it wasn't expensive compared to others of the same standard. We could choose between an a la carte or cyo platter which is a nice... More 

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Thank lwilson1066
Moira I, General Manager at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much...... Our reviews get printed and displayed for staff. Everyone gets such a buzz from these types of comments. More 

Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to The Old Church on Saturday and we loved it. Being able to sit outside in the marquee on a summers event was divine. We had stunning views of the garden and then as the evening grew darker the lights came out and highlighted the large trees. The food was beautifully presented and tasted amazing plus the service... More 

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Thank LouiseJHarvey
Moira I, General Manager at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much. The marquee or Grand Gazebo as we have now named it provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the Napier climate in a beautiful setting. Our team seeks to compliment the environment with great food, beverages and service. 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: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups

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
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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