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Hotel d'Urville

52 Queen Street, Blenheim, New Zealand
+64 3-577 9945
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Ranked #21 of 80 Restaurants in Blenheim
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar, Grill
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: Finz, world-class seafood restaurant bar and grill serving the best local produce complemented by excellent local, national and international wines.
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: Finz, world-class seafood restaurant bar and grill serving the best local produce complemented by excellent local, national and international wines.
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Great little place with good food. I had a perfectly done lamb shank and my wife had a blue cod dinner. Yummy sides and a very tasty bottle of 2013 Mysterious Diggings Pinot Noir from Terra Sancta. Very attentive and personable server from Jamaica. Highly recommended

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Wellington, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

The food was great but the Maitre D was rude and made us rush our food as he wanted to close the restaurant. Couldn't really understand a lot of what he was saying, as very poor English. Why employ foreign staff if they cannot understand basic English. Would go back but on his day off next time.

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NZ
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Food was delicious. Extensive menu and wine list. Very reasonably priced for the quality of the food.

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was very disappointed by the whole experience of this restaurant. It was overpriced, the portions were very small indeed, there were very few vegetarian options and to cap it all, the service was less than I would expect for a so-called top restaurant. I would definitely not recommend it.

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DurvilleManager, Owner at Hotel d'Urville, responded to this review

Please note this reviewer visited 10 months ago and has only just now joined Trip Advisor and filed only this review. This year there have been changes in ownership structure, management, chef and restaurant style. It is therefore not a fair assessment of the current seafood specialist restaurant. Tony Lawrence More

Blenheim, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Finz restaurant was beautiful and the staff friendly and attentive. The food was a major let down. Panko crumbed fish bites were dry and under seasoned as was the remoulade. My husband ordered the steak for main which although looked nicely cooked was tough and chewy with no sauce-who does that! My salmon was tasteless, no seasoning. No pepper &... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I ate at the Finz restaurant here and it was phenomenal!! The food is mouth watering. The waiter Mike was very friendly and made sure I had everything I needed. He let me try 3 wines to help make my decision and provided some background on the wines. I had the Trinity Hill 2012 Syrah which was stunning. The main... More

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Blenheim, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I booked a table for two on a Saturday evening at 6.30 pm as a treat for my wife. We expected the D'urville to be 5 star but were sadly disappointed. We arrived on time and was shown to our table. We decided not to have a starter, just a main and dessert. I ordered the Ribeye steak, medium rare... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

If you haven't eaten a D'Urville for a while you should give it a go. But be prepared for a lot of change. A completltly new concept and menu awaits you. They have gone for a predominantly seafood and fish menu, supported with meat for those who need their iron. Firstly the staff were great, friendly and helpful, and well... More

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Hotel Durville has rebranded it's restaurant "Finz". They specialise if fine dining seafood. Also offer meat and vegetarian options for non seafood lovers. We have visited twice now, the meals are devine, service superb. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys really fresh seafood.

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New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

D'Urville has changed hands and it is well worthwhile to go and enjoy an excellent meal!They are specialising in fish and what a treat it is to have a fish restaurant in Blenheim!If you do not like fish,there are other choices for you too. The service was good and the Jamaican young man very charming.The food was truly good,in short... More

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