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“One of the best fine dining restaurants we've ever been to!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel d'Urville

Hotel d'Urville
52 Queen Street, Blenheim, New Zealand
+64 3-577 9945
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Ranked #24 of 82 Restaurants in Blenheim
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar, Grill
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: D'Urvilles world-class seafood restaurant bar and grill serving the best local produce complemented by excellent local, national and international wines.
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“One of the best fine dining restaurants we've ever been to!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

We fancied a good steak and Hotel d'Urville was recommended. What a GREAT experience we had! The ambiance in an old bank building was lovely. Beautifully lit with high ceilings, decent sized tables and enormous starched linen serviettes. We were welcomed immediately on arrival, shown to a well placed table and water and menus provided. After much debate we chose our wine which was recommended by our waitperson, Rachel. It was devine. A complimentary appetizer, salmon pate with home made crispy croutons, followed whilst we made up our minds on the food. Whitebait fritters entree ........... OMG........... The best we've ever tasted! Light, delicious & stuffed full of the poor little critters. Then the steak. Just the BEST ever! Perfectly cooked, tender and succulent with the most tasty accompanying selections imaginable. Stuffed mushrooms, bernaise sauce, gorgonzola & walnut butter and more ............... And the veggies! Perfection. A choice of steamed or roasted and of the way the potatoes were done. Then desert. Yes, we could just fit it in! Another OMG! A chocolate creation with vanilla bean ice cream. We thoroughly recommend this gorgeous place. It has deservedly won best beef and lamb awards each year since 2006.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good but not great for fine dining”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

We managed to get in for an early dinner at 6pm without reservations which was good. The service was somewhat slow considering there were no other tables with seatings. The food that we ordered was tasty but overpriced. Also, there was really no variety of seafood on the menu. In a higher-end restaurand we expected more. Overall we were disappointed with the experience and wouldn't recommend it.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Amazing food experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

We had such a fabulous dinner at this restaurant that we returned two nights later for another meal. The lamb was particularly outstanding. The wines were exceptional. The service was extremely warm.

Visited November 2010
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Shanghai, China
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106 reviews 106 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Order the steak!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

Book in advance! Friendly staff and great service!

Visited October 2011
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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“High End Meal in Blenheim”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

Dinner was delicious, with a great variety of choices on the menu and not overpriced for the quality of food.

One word of advice, get the cheesecake! Seriously save room (and I'm not even a dessert person). It's heavenly!

Visited October 2011
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