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“Excellent meal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Vine Eatery

The Vine Eatery
37 Tuwharetoa Street | Taupo Central, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 7-378 5704
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Ranked #10 of 109 Restaurants in Taupo
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: We have designed an abundant menu of fresh, seasonal, delicious plates to share with friends, family or colleagues. Our bar and wine list offers over 150 wines hand-picked for you to enjoy. We have a great selection of craft beers too. Join us for lunch, an afternoon platter, tapas, dinner or drop in for a drink. What are shared plates? They are unpretentious bites of robust and intense flavoured entre sized dishes. They are ideal for diners who are curious about flavour, adventurous about taste, and who want to vary their dining experience as much as possible in one sitting. Shared plates are a relaxed style of entertaining and dining. Each dish will be presented as it is cooked not at the same time as a traditional menu. We also have an a la carte menu if you prefer.
Boulder, Colorado
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108 reviews 108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Excellent meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

We had an excellent early dinner. The beetroot salad was superb and the special of the night (spicy prawn spaghetti) was equally delicious. Reasonably priced.

Visited March 2014
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Taupo, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Love this place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Always great food and great service. Fantastic place to have a drink with friends and share from the tapas menu. I meet a friend here every six weeks for lunch and a catch up, we are treated like old friends by the girls who work here. The staff are great and full of knowledge regarding the menu and make the best Lemon Lime and Bitters out!!! Love the Blini with Smoked Salmon that is passed round on a Friday night too. All in all a fab "grown up" place to visit for a drink and something to eat!!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Top notch job in Waikato”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Went on a recent trip to the North Island and was very pleasantly surprised by the meal served up here. We had the mixed plates of Tapas and an excellent cheese plate for afters, all washed down with some rather good Marlborough sauv blanc.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
“A terrific night out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Vine Eatery when we were holidaying in Taupo recently. We are from Sydney and this style of modern eatery is familiar to us. We shared delicious plates of food that included figs, aubergine, mussels and chicken dishes. A delightful touch was the chef coming out of the kitchen introducing himself to us, a talented man! We also appreciated the waiter explaining that we could buy a bottle of wine at a very reasonable price and take any left over home. It was refreshing to see that Taupo has a modern eatery of this calibre, in keeping with international trends. We thought it was good value. The only disappointing thing was that we could not get a table towards the front of the restaurant because it was busy. If the décor at the back was updated more to a Fratelli style it would give the back area a bit more ambience!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Coffs Harbour NSW
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Disappointing!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Having read good reviews of The Vine, we were looking forward to a good meal. However, we were very disappointed. The menu promised much - and we ordered a variety of dishes but found that most did not live up to their description - the exception being the black pudding which was delicious. Individual dishes were small but pricey. The service was dreadful - in fact in the end we got tired of sitting with our dirty dishes in front of us and left before contemplating dessert or coffee (we actually found somewhere else for these). The restaurant itself is rather cavernous and lacked warmth. Plenty of waiters strode around but never looked to see if anyone was trying to catch their eye. As it was our last night in Taupo, I wish we'd tried somewhere else!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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