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“Wonderful creative food, service and wine!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Gables Restaurant

The Gables Restaurant
19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7670
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Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Russell
Price range: $15 - $45
Cuisines: Seafood, European, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting.
Remetschwil
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“Wonderful creative food, service and wine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We were advised to go to another local restaurant, but after a wander around Russell checking out the restaurant menus, we decided to opt for The Gables instead. We were not disappointed! We were first in the restaurant at 6.45pm, we got the best table, received excellent service from Paul (from Christchurch, living normally in Melbourne) and were served excellent wines by the glass. The food was of excellent quality and creativity. The fish dish with masala spices, mango chutney, and sag aloo was stunning, partnered with an excellent Riesling, I was a very happy bunny. My husband's loin of lamb was excellent and there was plenty of both. The dessert wine, along with the white chocolate and grand mariner parfait were rich yet light, a great combination. I am sure the Duke of Marlborough has excellent food to go with the great choice of beers/ales, but give The Gables a go and you won't be disappointed!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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113 reviews 113 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Fantastic food,service,atmosphere..........”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

Had dinner here with friends on their recommendation, and what a great recommendation. We shared he lamb, and it was fantastic, best I have had in a restaurant. The service was great and friendly.
Would I go back definitely.

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loosley, Owner at The Gables Restaurant, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Hi, thanks so much for your kind feedback. Happy to hear you enjoyed the lamb, that is a dish we have recently added and are trialling at the moment. We hope to see you next time you venture further north.
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“A Gem in Every Way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Set in a historic building on Russell's waterfront the restaurant exudes a special charm from the moment you walk in.

The staff was lovely and efficient and the food just amazing.
The chefs do an outstanding job at serving local cuisine with excellent flavor and execution from presentation to taste.
We especially enjoyed the seafood risotto and roasted lamb.

The wine list includes lovely NZ wines with special gems throughout.

I found myself dining here several times during my stay while watching the sun set from my table and look forward to coming back to the best restaurant in the Bay of Islands to do just that!!

  • Visited November 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Beautiful location, beautiful food, excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

My wife and I shared a rare evening meal here (sans enfants) during our summer holiday in the Bay of Islands.
The location and decor of the restaurant is excellent, as is the service; while the food was just as impressive.
Fine dining, but with the kiwi touch which brings informality and much enjoyment - would higly recommend

  • Visited January 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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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

First New Zealand restaurant...good one! The food is in a gourmet style so you may have to order entree and main to fell full. Highly recommended once has a beautiful History! Friendly and professional staff. If you are from overseas don't leave to late to go out since kiwis have dinner around 7pm. The restaurant is in a walking distance so go walking and have a look at the waterfront. The value for money is not that great but you will have a wonderful overall experience. :))

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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