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All 16 Turangi Restaurants

River Restaurant and Vineyard

2/134 Old Mill Lane | Grace Road, Turangi, Taupo 3382, Turangi, New Zealand
07 3866 704
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Ranked #3 of 16 Restaurants in Turangi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Diner, Pizza, Contemporary, Healthy
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: River Restaurant & Vineyard is a boutique family-owned Vineyard and Restaurant situated in a unique location of exceptional natural beauty on the edge of New Zealand’s oldest National Park and World Heritage area the Tongariro National Park. The Tongariro National Park is recognized for it’s important Maori cultural association’s as well as its outstanding Volcanic features. Tongariro is one of only a handful of sites worldwide to be given dual World Heritage status. Situated a short walk to the Tongariro River and some of the best fly-fishing in New Zealand if not the world makes Tongariro River Estate unique, indeed the much loved River Wine Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes are grown on the stony flats of the old Tongariro river bed and capture the essence of this truly beautiful area.
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English first
Napier, New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Our first trip to Turangi was made very special as we followed our neighbour's advice to try this excellent winery/restaurant. We had a lovely dinner. They bent over backwards to accommodate me when I found the spring rolls a little spicy. I ended up with a free dessert - the pear dumpling which was divine. We returned the next morning... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We didn't book but only three tables were taken when we got there at 7pm so we thought it would not be a problem. The staff member advised that they were fully booked so we asked if we could eat quickly before their other reservations arrived. No such luck she advised. How about if we have a quick pizza? Fine... More 

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Hong Kong Region, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We were a group of 5 and though the restaurant was very busy it was a great experience Excellent local food well prepared and attractively served. I had the liver pate ( perfect )then the venison and another friend had the green lip mussels and then salmon we were all delighted. The pinot noir 2009 was fabulous !!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

A regular when I'm in Turangi. Great service, some lovely wines and the food is up with the best. I had the steak and Nick (my teenager) had the Calamari. A great meal. And I love the giant chess and checker board on the lawn. Great place for romantic dinner or a family meal.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Good food and wine, served quickly. It pays to book and go early. The pork belly and the roast lamb were particularly flavoursome and cooked to perfection. The portions were large, which meant we didn't have room for dessert. Outdoor setting is nice.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We had a terrible night at the river vines. The only positive was the wine specials with good wines at excellent prices. The staff were overwhelmed by a full restaurant and we waited so long for our order to be taken about 1.5 hours for an entree. During that time, some people left because of the inefficient service. The entree... More 

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Riverwine, Owner at River Restaurant and Vineyard, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. Since opening River Restaurant in 2010 with a young team of talented local individuals we have be awarded a Trip Advisor CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE every year since. We have consistently ranked within the top 75 restaurants out of over 4000 in the North Island on Trip Advisor. In that time we have received reviews of... More 

Perth, Australia
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124 reviews 124 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Nice little place and had been recommended highly. No complaints about the wine which was delicious. We ordered spicey squid with Greek salad to share for a starter. We were advised it was in batter, but 4 very small.pieces came on a plate. It wasn't like batter, a bit soggy crumbs. Nothing amazing. My husband's lamb was good but my... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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453 reviews 453 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The Skinny: Parking- gravel lot Decor- modern, simple Service- friendly Restroom- clean single Coke- in a can Food- average The restaurant wasn't too hard to find. I wrongly thought it was on the river though! Maybe the name threw me off. We had a reservation and when we got there we were the first people to dine. Two more tables... More 

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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

A rainy night in early November 2014 allowed us the opportunity to try the River Restaurant in an almost exclusive manner as only one other couple frequented the restaurant while we were there. A meal of Green Lipped Mussels, followed by entrees of Spring Rolls and Seafood Chowder and finally a main of Venison along with a bottle of Cab/Merlot... More 

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Mandurah, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This small place off the beaten track was worth going to. Great atmosphere. Didn't know what to order so left it to the chef.( not something you could normally do). What came out was amazing, I gave them ideas of what I liked and they came out with a selection of small amounts for both entrees and mains. Ending with... More 

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Address: 2/134 Old Mill Lane | Grace Road, Turangi, Taupo 3382, Turangi, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 3866 704
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Turangi
Cuisine: Diner, Pizza, Contemporary, Healthy

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