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The Gables Restaurant

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$$$
New Zealand, 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, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
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
Good food but

We had good food and the setting is great right on the water front. We were offered a table inside or outside we chose outside. It started to rain so we were brought quickly inside. Everything was going great until our great waitress disappeared to work elsewhere. We then became invisible to all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had good food and the setting is great right on the water front. We were offered a table inside or outside we chose outside. It started to rain so we were brought quickly inside. Everything was going great until our great waitress disappeared to work elsewhere. We then became invisible to all the other staff waiting their own tables.... More 

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Thank FlamingoFleming
uk
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61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited The Gables twice during our stay in Russell and had a delicious meal both times. The view from the tables outside is wonderful and we enjoyed our visit.

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Thank fido0
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The view was phenomenal from our table at the window watching the sun go down over the water and the children playing in the shallows at the beach. The food was top notch and the waitress was very knowledgeable on the local wines. Had a wonderful evening.

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Thank MandTB_13
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Best lamb i ever had. Nice ambiance. Service a bit "leisurely" but good. Good location in tiny Russell

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Thank Bluemorpho0304
Russell, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch, dinner or just some drinks? You can enjoy it all with a great view over the Bay of Islands. The food is top-notch and the service is excellent! I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys a good meal with an amazing view.

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Thank AbelTachelet
New Zealand
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely restaurant set in a historical building that has been adapted as a restaurant. Service as great and the food was fabulous. Prices are in the more expensive range but definitely quality food and presentation. Reserve the tables by the windows and enjoy the parade of passing cruise ship passengers ...

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Thank DeesTravelling
New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took relatives from UK here for birthday celebration - perfect! Location and food couldn't be better. Fabulous fresh seafood. Book ahead - especially for a window or outdoor table, and if you want 2nd sitting (8pm). We went for the 6pm sitting - perfect to enable us to get water ferry back to Paihia.

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Thank Lynn N
London, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a table booked in advance for five people and we had a table by an open window with of course superb sea-views. The service was prompt and efficient, the choice from the menu was adequate, which although good I probably would have preferred slightly more dishes to choose from. The wine list was full of good NZ wines... More 

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Thank gordondixon
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Open fronted (bifold Windows) overlooking the bay of Russell. Lovely menu with several choices of entrees, main and desserts, all of which demonstrate originality. All the staff were very welcoming and were very helpful in helping us select the dish for us. Would highly recommend.

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Thank Yvonne G
Sydney, Australia
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75 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined here on our first night in Russell and were so impressed we booked again for a second night. (They managed to squeeze us in even though they were "fully booked" The meals were what you would expect from a fairly "High-end" restaurant. All were tasty and well presented. Great views as well. Tip: You really need to book... More 

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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 13 - 40
  • Cuisine: New Zealand, Seafood, European, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

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

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