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The Gables Restaurant

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Seafood, European, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7670
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and...
New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic

One of the best meals we had in New Zealand. Fresh oysters, mushroom oyster gnocchi entree. Great service. Cool ambience. All around great experience

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
Amybeth B
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Nashville, Tennessee
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Nashville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

One of the best meals we had in New Zealand. Fresh oysters, mushroom oyster gnocchi entree. Great service. Cool ambience. All around great experience

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Nelson, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Great service at the Gables but we saw both ends to the spectrum when it came to our meals. My dinner was amazing, a delicious entree and a great main. My partner didn't have the. same luck with his dinner: a beef brisket with a glue-like texture and a very blend and almost cold special of the day, but picked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We sat in comfort looking out over the bay and enjoying the delicious food, really worth a try. We started with bread and dip, damned delicious, then fish for me and green lipped muscles for the better half, we were very full and even more content with tasty morsels. Recommend this one.

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Kawakawa, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We again experienced a lovely evening courtesy of the kitchen at The Gables. The food had clean flavours, excellently cooked and a good selection for tastes for our group. The service was professional and crisp. The setting was delightful. We are lucky to have a dining establishment of this quality in the Bay of Islands.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Really enjoyed our meal at this gorgeous historic restaurant. A taste of kingfish compliments of the chef, followed by delicious beef and lamb meals and accompanied by lovely wine from their extensive list. The service was excellent and very friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I had booked this restaurant well in advance of our trip as we didn't want to miss out based on other reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. It was Easter weekend so it was very busy, but I believe it would have been full based on its own merits, as the food was absolutely delicious. The restaurant is located on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Had a memorable evening at this little gem. We're lucky enough to have a table in the window so enjoyed good food and wine watching the sunset. Service very good. Highly recommended.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I have eaten a number of times over the years, and the food is always excellent. Not the cheapest place to eat in Russell but very good. Lovely historic building too.

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Houston
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Wonderful dinner served at a slow pace by delightful waitstaff. The meal (seafood) was absolutely delicious! We had a window seat. - looking out at Russell harbor at sunset - stunning! It was warm out, so the windows looking onto the harbor were open. The waitress went outside to take a photo of us through the window, because otherwise, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Gables. Our window table gave us views of the wonderful sunset while we enjoyed our lovely meal. Excellent food. Highly recommended

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7670

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 45
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting.

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