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“A delicious meal that we thoroughly enjoyed” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Millhouse

The Millhouse
Millbrook Resort, Malaghans Road, Arrowtown 9196, New Zealand
+64 3-441 7000
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Ranked #2 of 32 restaurants in Arrowtown
Price range: $1 - $45
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“A delicious meal that we thoroughly enjoyed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012 via mobile

Had three course dinner here on 5 Jan and it was fantastic. Great views, good service, great wine and really tasty and quality food (best company helped too). Highlights for me were the chorizo and calamari salad and the beef omlette with the steak - gorgeous.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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MillbrookResort, Public Relations Manager at The Millhouse, responded to this review, January 19, 2012
Hi Kiwicossie,
Thanks for your post on The Millhouse. Really glad you enjoyed your meal with us. The chorizo salad is definitely a winner with most diners! Personally, the Game Trio accompanied by a local Pinot Noir is my favourite. We hope you get the chance to come back and visit us again when you're next in Queenstown.
Many thanks on behalf of the owners and team at Millbrook
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Gibbston
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“Rats, rats rats”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

I would have to start by saying that if not for the rats, we had a pretty good meal. It had been several years since my last trip to The Millhouse and back then it was a cheerful Italian resturant. On this trip I took our young kids, the service was good, and the scotish waitress was helpful. We were dinning outside and half way through the entrees were visited by a massive rat, it was enough to freak out the kids and then either it mustered some friends or decided to return another three times. At this point we moved inside, the restaurant manager did not once visit our table to apologies which is incredibly poor, and I was shocked that they could have not offered the kids some free dessert or even a comp glass of wine for our gross experience. Needless to say this was some pretty poor service, and I just hope that no international visitors have to experience this. (Timbo Deaker)

  • Visited January 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012 via mobile

Fantastic New Years Eve degustation dinner. Very creative food and a solid wine list. Excellent service to match.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Consistently very good - classy atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

Easy to strongly recommend this place.

We've now eaten at the Millhouse at Millbrook several times - Queenstown being one of our favourite destinations.

Its a beautiful location, by the last green of the pictureque golf course, with a pond, baby ducklings, a genuine mill wheel turning, and inside, a fireplace and an atmospheric stonewalled room. If its warm enough we like to have a drink and entree outside with the view, then go inside for the main course as the evening gets cooler.. We're probably being pains, but it doesn't seem to worry the staff.

If I was picky I'd say neither the menu or wine list is that large, but they're sufficient and the main point is the food is sophisticated and very good indeed. I do remember once having a problem with slow service but mainly its been friendly and very good.

Its a small restaurant and usually quiet, but I understand (see another review I read below) how a big group could make it noisy, but that's true of most smaller restaurants.

This rates high as a serious night out

.And Millbrook is a be-au-ti-ful resort.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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MillbrookResort, Public Relations Manager at The Millhouse, responded to this review, November 24, 2011
Hi John2a,
Glad you enjoyed your recent experience at the Millhouse Restaurant. The best way to enjoy it as you say with a pre-dinner drink by the pond, watching the cute ducklings and the sunset over the course, then head inside to the warmth for dinner. The menu does change seasonally and so there is always something a little different to try. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards the team at Millbrook Resort.
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“The kitchen cannot cope with a large group”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2011

We had the misfortune to dine at the Millhouse on the same night as a large group. Aside from the speeches and applause we were not too affected as we were encouraged to eat outside beside the lake -a delightful setting. All seemed good - a nice amuse bouche and entrees appeared in a reasonable time, albeit I had to play hunt the crayfish with the crayfish salad. Four pieces the size of a fingernail was the final count. But then waiting over an hour before the mains arrived was just not acceptable. After about one hour the maitre'd did apologise that there was a backlog in the kitchen. And when our mains arrived they were on the cool side, the fish tasteless and the pork belly unacceptably fatty. Overall an expensive and unpleasant experience. If they cannot cope with large groups, they should not accept the booking rather than make all the other diners suffer.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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