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“Not bad but not great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Seasons at Country Life

Seasons at Country Life
8 Main Road, Waikanae, New Zealand
048910718
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Ranked #3 of 16 Restaurants in Waikanae
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: New Zealand
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Not bad but not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

First time we have been since this restaurant changed hands and rebranded. The place looks a bit brighter than previously but the decor is nothing special. The lack of artwork on the walls is disappointing given the number of artists in this part of the country.
We had the onion soup to start which was advertised as including a gruyere crouton, but it came with slightly toasted bread with semi-melted cheese only. Flavour was ok but nothing exceptional, The gravlax was lovely and the beet root relish combined with very thinly sliced cucumber was very pleasant, The terrine was overly salty and this let the dish down considerably. The creme brûlée was competent and the presentation of this dessert was excellent. Service was friendly and prices not excessive. The place seemed well patronised with primarily baby boomer plus clientele. We might go back but cannot endorse the five star ratings given by others.

Visited May 2014
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English first
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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64 reviews 64 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Enjoyable lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable lunch. Seasons is well presented and the food and service is very good. We'll come back again.

Visited April 2014
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Waikanae, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“BEST CUISINE IN KAPITI”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

WOW - this is a family business and top score for warm welcome and personal service!! Fantastic menu and every dish a taste delight - very memorable!! Desserts - absolutely awesome!! Everything faultless!!!! :o)

Visited November 2013
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Axbridge, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

Lunch menu looked interesting, but description on the menu differed considerably from the meals presented. Disappointed with the calamari main course which was very bland and uninspiring.
Service good, and reasonable ambiance but would not rush back.

Visited February 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Wonderful dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Went to Seasons at Country Life on 14 February 2014 - Valentines Day! The restaurant was nicely decorated for the occasion and each table setting had a red chocolate heart and the serviette had a red ribbon tied around it - a really beautiful touch. Despite the restaurant being absolutely packed, service was very quick and efficient and we had the most loveliest waitress ever. The food was just to die for! The best steak I'd ever eaten - and my sincerest thanks to the chef who cooked it to perfection (well done but still juicy and tender). The strawberries and cream cheesecake was heaven on a plate - it just melted in your mouth. Portions were a really good size too. Staff were just so friendly and this, combined with the excellent food and surroundings, made it an enjoyable night to remember. Will definitely be back!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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