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“The wine, the food, the ambience, the people: magical!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Casita Miro

Casita Miro
3 Brown Road | Waiheke Island, Onetangi, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand
+64 9-372 7854
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Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Onetangi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $75
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Casita Miro is a glass pavilion set on a hill in the middle of a vineyard. The views from the restaurant are across the vineyard and the village to the sea at Onetangi. The restaurant was judged Auckland's Best Rural Restaurant in the 2011 Audi-Metro restaurant awards and it was second place in 2012, and has been a runner up or finalist every year since. It is a very highly ranked Casual Bistro, and the proprietor, Cat Vosper was judged Auckland's Restaurant Personality of the Year for 2011. Casita Miro serves an eclectic mix of Spanish tapas and Moroccan food, using fresh local and New Zealand produce. Even the fish is caught in the sea within a few kilometres of the restaurant. Chef Cristian Hozzac has cooked in the a Michelin starred restaurant in the UK, as well as at top class New Zealand restaurants. The owner/manager is Cat Vosper, and the winemaker / mosaicist is Dr Barnett Bond. They are married with three children, one of whom works in the restaurant.
Singapore, Singapore
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“The wine, the food, the ambience, the people: magical!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

French-inspired vineyard and restaurant setting.

I must say this is one of the best food we've had in Auckland! Chef cooking style reminds you of Jamie Oliver- the ingredients are just so fresh and looks so good and natural!

Pair the food with some lovely wine, which the owner, Cat, will gladly suggest to match the food, and voila! you're on your way to wonderland.

Must try the 2012 Rose.

Visited October 2012
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A slice of Barcelona on Waiheke”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

A little slice of Spain on Waiheke. Our dinner was fantastic. We had booked for 6:30 (only booking left) and we were pleased as it left us plenty of time to enjoy the ambience, company, food, wine and service. Conversations with Cat over menu, wine and Spain were a delight. We took the Long Slow Tour Casita Miro Tapas matched to a Miro Wine Flight and requested it with no seafood. There was no problem at all with our request – in fact we were made to feel as if that were perfectly normal. The portion sizes, combinations and pace of this culinary adventure were lovely. Definitely a 6 out of 5. Highly recommend and we will return.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Out of packet experience underwhelming”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We were a group of 17 wine enthusiats on a Waiheke weekend expereince and based on reviews Casita Miro was a must. We had a set menu for saturday lunch and the expereince was very ordinary. Perhaps the tapas al-la-carte would be a better expereince. For an expensive $42 set lunch menu the breads and dips to start was a very commercial expereince that appeared to be straight out of the supermarket. The seafood soup was a redeeming expereince but they did appear to run out of seafood as the last plates on the table definately had less in them. Their wines would have to be described as on the sweet side.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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thevineyardtourist, Owner at Casita Miro, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
I have reviewed this wine enthusiast group's experience with my staff and there are certainly a number of issues. That weekend was very busy, the restaurant was full, and the service we provided to this group was too slow and not to our usual high standard. Casita Miro apologises for this.

However the comments about the wines and the bread are surprising. All of the Miro Vineyard wines in the" wine flight"served to this group were bone dry except for the rose and pinot gris. That is, there is less that one gram per litre of residual sugar (the rose and pinot gris have 3 grams each). For comparison, most New Zealand pinot gris and rose wines have between 10 - 30 grams of residual sugar). We are repeatedly complemented on the dry style of our wines which makes Rob L's comment even more surprising.

The bread served at Casita Miro is a foccacia style and it is baked fresh every morning in our retaurant kitchen, A quick survey of previous Trip Advisor comments will indicate that most customers love it. We never serve bread from the supermarket and our dips are prepared freshly every day by our chefs.
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Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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“Fabulous wine tasting with a breath-taking view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We are an Estonian couple who have been woofing on Waiheke for a couple of weeks now and we have been trying to explore as much of the wonderful island as possible. Here's a tip - if you are short on time and would like to have a delightful experience with an awesome view, then definitely stop at Casita Miro! The staff are superbly friendly and the wines exquisite - especially Madame Rouge ;) Did not try the food this time, but I'm sure it is excellent! Nuff said =D

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Tasty Spot On Waiheke”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Came here for lunch and had a great experience. We had the olives, the beet dip, the white bean dip, the fresh made foccacia, the scallops, and the spanish tortilla. To drink we had the Syrah (one of the most interesting that I have tasted) and the Pinot Gris. Everything was delicious and the scenery was really nice.

Even though they advertise being a tapas restaurant, the portions are actually quite large, so unless you want leftovers, be wary of ordering too much. Also, servers were very friendly and helpful. As we found to be customary in NZ, the servers don't really come by very frequently unless you specifically ask them for something, so be aware of that.

Lastly, if you don't have a car, getting to Casita Miro from the bus stop is a really uphill walk. The trek was good for building up an appetite, but if you are physically limited, I could it see it being a bit of a downer.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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