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The Vine Eatery

37 Tuwharetoa Street | Taupo Central, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 7-378 5704
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Ranked #5 of 107 restaurants in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Our venue brings to the neighbourhood an exciting shared plates menu, with new additional sampler platters that delights our guests with communal dining & offers a relaxing bar that reflects 25 years of wine expertise & a passion for craft beer. We have over 250 wines for you to choose from at close to retail, not restaurant prices. Enjoy them in the bar or let us help you match wine with your choice of our shared plates. Our wines, like our food, are never static and change with the seasons. We offer some of New Zealand's best labels in our ever evolving wine list, introducing exciting boutique winemakers that are as passionate about their wines as we are about sharing them with you. There are craft beers on tap or by the bottle and flagon - from local Taupo brewers James Cooper and Anton Romirer. What are shared plates? They are unpretentious bites of robust and intense flavoured entree sized dishes. They are ideal for diners who are curious about flavour, adventurous about taste, and who want to vary their dining experience as much as possible in one sitting. Shared plates are a relaxed style of entertaining and dining. Each dish will be presented as it is cooked - not at the same time as a traditional menu. Join us for brunch, lunch or dinner or drop in for a drink - we look forward to hosting you.
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English first
Whakatane, New Zealand
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

My husband and I stopped here for a late afternoon drink after walking the shops of Taupo. The atmosphere and décor is lovely giving the feel of an Italian café, with the vines inside. Great service, with the barperson offering me a sample of two bubblies as I was unfamiliar with both brands. We'll be back.

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Napier, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is the best. The food, the staff and the atmosphere is just great. We went with a group of ten on a Friday night and had a Banquet. In spite of being reeeeealy busy, the courses were delivered in a reasonable time and were nice and hot. If you are in Taupo and would like a nice change.... More

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west midlands
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114 reviews 114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

The Vine is a modern 'Tapas style' eatery located in central Taupo. It caters for all sorts & is lively. Service was good, the staff friendly & helpful. We chose 5 of the dishes namely: patatas bravas, focaccia with olive oil, aubergines with tomatoes & merlot, chicken stuffed with black olive tapenade wrapped in pancetta & topped with apple, walnut... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We like eating what I call "modern" food - that is a selection of smaller meals, really well done, with healthy cooking, not too much meat, and organic where possible. We looked around Taupo for meals and found a dearth of local places for this kind of cuisine. The overwhelming majority of restaurants seemed to serve rich, heavy meat-centric food... More

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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I am a pain to a chef - detailed dietary needs. My wife doesn't like tapas. Doesn't sound like the Vine Eatery would be for us - but it was! Really helpful staff, attention to details on the dietary requirements, great atmosphere. Would certainly recommend this to anyone in the area.

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thevineeatery, Manager at The Vine Eatery, responded to this review

Dear randrnz, Thank you for your amusing way of writing your review. We have conquered another love for tapas after all! Thank you for your kind words and we hope to see you again! More

Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Excellent staff, nice and interesting deco, great atmosphere. Menu was really good, lots options. Beetroot salad very tasty, panko squid ok, pate disappointing - very strong, overpowering. Service very good. Decided we will try elsewhere next time..

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thevineeatery, Manager at The Vine Eatery, responded to this review

Dear PGillNZ, Thank you for taking time to write this review. I will make sure your comments will be passed onto the team. We have been redecorating Vine for the past 8 weeks and it's really coming together and it's great to hear our guests agree! I will also pass your comments onto the kitchen, to make sure we stay... More

Perth, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

We had an excellent quality tapas meal with interesting variety. All dishes were presented beautifully. Value for money was good too. We would become regulars if we were lucky enough to live locally. Perhaps the service could be a little more prompt but they were helpful, friendly and welcoming.

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thevineeatery, Manager at The Vine Eatery, responded to this review

Dear CapsNLoui, Thank you so much for your review, it's guests like you who make sure we are constantly on our toes! We will continue to work closely with our team to deliver the best service possible in Taupo! We hope to see you back sometime More

Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Day out in Taupo for a birthday treat, we stopped by the Vine eatery and from start to finish had the most pleasant lunch I've had in a very very long time. Great smile greeted us - helpful service, prompt delivery of drinks and the tastiest sharing plates ever!!! Highly recommend the duck and pork belly. Good wine selection, the... More

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thevineeatery, Manager at The Vine Eatery, responded to this review

Dear ImeldaTony First of all, Happy belated birthday! I'm very happy to read you had such a great experience with us over lunch. It's always great to hear good feedback from guests and I will make sure your comments will get passed onto our team. See you next time you're in town. More

Napier, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

We have eaten at Vine Eatery several times since it opened and have until now always been very impressed. We dined recently and the standard has dropped. While the meat dishes were all cooked well and true to description they all appeared with the same lettuce garnish with a swirl of the same Basalmic dressing - yes the lamb rack,... More

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thevineeatery, Manager at The Vine Eatery, responded to this review

Dear Michael L, I'm very sorry to hear your recent visit to Vine Eatery wasn't up to our usual standards. I have passed on your comments about the garnish with the 'main' dishes and we will review our dishes accordingly. Furthermore I would like to apologise for the miscommunication between waiters and chefs in regards to your wish not to... More

Napier, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

In Taupo for the day from Hawke's Bay; Great ambiance and background music was well chosen and not too loud. Shared tapas were excellent. Staff were friendly and service was good. It was a Tuesday and easy to find a quiet corner for business lunch. Will definitely be back.

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thevineeatery, Manager at The Vine Eatery, responded to this review

Dear Baybud, Thank you for reviewing us on Tripadvisor and how fantastic to hear you enjoyed your lunch! We strive to create the perfect ambiance or both business guests or whoever comes in for a casual lunch, I'm glad we achieved this! We hope to see you when you are in town next. More

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