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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: Dinner, Lunch, 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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    Very good
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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
Great food, great service

What a nice place, pleasant outlook, great service from walking in to leaving a couple of hours later Good was sensational with great size serves, wine list was also very good Restaurant with a lot of history and a great chef Highly recommended

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
Geoffbec
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
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English first
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

What a nice place, pleasant outlook, great service from walking in to leaving a couple of hours later Good was sensational with great size serves, wine list was also very good Restaurant with a lot of history and a great chef Highly recommended

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Yateley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Seafood chowder and lamb - delicious! My husband had oysters and steak and he gave his meal top marks too. Really popular with the locals on a Saturday night off season, Right by the sea front. Highly recommended!

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northland
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138 reviews 138 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Lovely atmosphere, staff and great service. Great food, right on the water front. We were here for dinner where there were two fires going ,we chose mulled wine with our rib of beef that we shared. The food was perfection and we couldnt even finish it. Totally recommend this place to dine out.

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nickloosley, Owner at The Gables Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks so much for taking the time to write your review, it is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Went for dinner on a Wednesday night in which a lot of places in Russel are closed in Winter. Dinner is from 6pm to 8:30pm. Loved the food, the staff were friendly and knew the food and wine. Was a great dining experience. Highly recommend having dinner here!

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Just steps from the ferry, The Gables is a warm and spacious waterfront restaurant with relaxing views, a lovely staff and some of the tastiest seafood dishes I have had on the North Island. Wonderful paintings surrounded by pane glass windows provide views out onto the water in colonial style restaurant. The seafood risotto special that I had as a... More 

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Melbourne
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Started with Great Cocktails. Sat next to the open fire. Had oysters to start.the seafood chowder was delicious. The service was great. Would definitely come back.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great food, lovely views, friendly helpful staff. We had the seafood chowder which was the best I have tasted at a restaurant. The beef scotch fillet on the bone for two was cooked perfectly. The atmosphere ..open fire..candles on tables, lovely welcoming ambience and charming waitress.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We had the whole snapper shared between two and it was incredible. This was by far the nicest fish I have ever tasted. We sat outside and the temperature did start to drop after the amazing sunset but our waitress brought blankets out to keep us warm.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Really good food, service was a bit slow Saturday night. 10 people were all seated at a nice table. Good wine List.

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We chose to go to The Gables to end our NZ holiday hoping it would shine, and it did. The location is right on the boulevard overlooking the bay, however the interior shone as well. It reminded us of a typical UK gastro pub, with plenty of ambiance. The service was polite and prompt and the food varied an delicious.... More 

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Address: 19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-403 7670
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
Average Prices: USD 14 - 41
Cuisine: Seafood, European, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

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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 14 - 41
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

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

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