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“Lovely journey” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ormlie Lodge

Ormlie Lodge
Omaranui Rd, Taradale, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-844 5774
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Ranked #113 of 136 Restaurants in Napier
Price range: $17 - $68
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Ormlie Lodge 1899 provides gourmet food with a fusion of our kitchen's seasonal choices and the best craftsmanship of Chef Bonnie Berkett and her team. The combination of high quality, locally sourced ingredients, ensures the taste buds of you and your guests are left lingering for more. Ormlie Lodge 1899 provides an elegant setting for any special event, dine in our ballroom or under the twinkling chandeliers of our dining room. The historic character of the building only adds to a unique dining experience.
Napier, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Lovely journey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I took my Mum to celebrate her birthday, we enjoyed 6 beautiful courses, not to mention the little treat the waiter brought out prior to the meal. The surroundings are lovely, we loved the music playing outside as well as inside, the room was set out nicely, the tables were not too close and a roaring fire kept the temperature just right. Each course was cooked and presented well and had many tastes to enjoy, in fact it was hard to pick a favourite dish as they were all so good, but the steak must get a mention as must the salted caramel sauce. The staff were very friendly and warm and made sure we were enjoying our evening. The service was not rushed, we enjoyed the time to chat, enjoy each others company and eat glorious food, we look forward to returning, a good price for a most pleasurable evening.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ormlie1899, Guest Relations Manager at Ormlie Lodge, responded to this review, August 6, 2014
Dear Recmac,

Thank you so much for your review. The Ormlie Team really appreciates your feedback and it is lovely to hear you enjoyed our Six Course Taster Menu. We are opening our Ormlie Restaurant this month with a full menu choice so we hope you can visit us again. We look forward to it.

Thank you
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“Not worth the drive as you'll leave hungry”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I feel its a shame to write a bad review for Ormlie Lodge as its a awesome venue with great character and beautiful rooms that are warm and inviting, perfect atmosphere for a great dining experience.... Oh but how you'd be wrong...

We came with friends for the first time and we there for the 6 course degustation which was $65 per person...
As like several of the previous reviews it seems that we fell into the same trap.... Not enough staff to cater for a full dinning room, hellishly slow service from the kitchen (2 hours for two courses). The food itself was ok but would have looked better on a bar menu rather than being advertised as a degustation, the portion sizes where really small and the standard of food not really that great... After three hours we all came away hungry but left in the situation that it was really too late to go somewhere else for a top up and after spending $165 (including 1 bottle of wine) we felt we shouldn't have had to buy more food...

As regular diners to top restaurants all over NZ and of course restaurants in the Bay this must be the most disappointing eating experience I've had in this country....

I dearly hope they a) get more staff b) offer a wine list when your at your table and not expect customers to walk to the bar to get bottles of wine c) find a new chef with some vision d) get the service right so that people come away with the feeling of being looked after and of having a great culinary experience....

Go to 1024 for a Degustation on a friday or saturday night and otherwise Vidals or Black Barn are really great value for money and experience at the moment.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Ormlie1899, Guest Relations Manager at Ormlie Lodge, responded to this review, September 10, 2014
Dear Sgmay,

We appreciate the time taken to provide a review. We are disappointed the experience was not up to scratch and the Six Course Taster Menu did not satisfy your appetite. Agreed, Ormlie IS an awesome venue, with great character and beautiful rooms. Rest assured, under new ownership we are working diligently to bring onboard the perfect staff for Ormlie and in time, create unforgettable experiences - in a good way!
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