This was our second visit to Stonyridge and it was the only vineyard we chose to eat at during our weekend stay. Unfortunately we left feeling really underwhelmed. We've been to other vineyards (Te Whau, Mudbrick, Wild on Waiheke, Casita Miro & Poderi Crisci) to eat on previous occasions and so compared to them, we felt that Stonyridge is just average.
It was lunch and we didn't make a reservation, but seated rather efficiently in the main dining area. Unfortunately, the good service stopped there. Our waitress was pleasant enough, but she seemed pre-occupied with larger tables in our section.
We ordered 4 white wine tasters and the sparkling was lovely! At $3 a pop, we didn't fuss over the cost, but we had just been next door at Saratoga where the tastings were free and we didn't even have to buy a meal there.
We ordered the oysters to start, which were... oysters - but presented really nicely on a bed of rock salt with micro-greens, flower petals and lemon. Then we both had the snapper with saffron crushed potatoes with broadbeans and an apple and ginger topping. This is where the main problem lies... for $35.00 each we expected our taste buds to be blown away - unfortunately it was tasteless (and I've chosen this word carefully!) We could have been chewing on a piece of white bread and wouldn't have know the difference! It was a real shame. The textures were all the same, no crispy skin on the snapper and it was a little overcooked too - an expensive fancy 'fish and chips'. Hopefully this feedback will reach the kitchen.