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“Intimate dining if you get the right table.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fenice

Fenice
122A Ocean View Road, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
09 372 8711
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Intimate dining if you get the right table.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

A great little restaurant, with good food, we had a great waitperson, he was very helpful, as was the Maitre d, waitresses a bit lacking, but it was busy. This is our 2nd time here over a year and although enjoyable, maybe has slipped a little in quality.

Visited January 2013
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English first
Melbourne
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
“Great welcome and service from the host”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This is an attractive place to eat with a great Italian menu and wine list. Service is brisk, knowledgeable, and friendly. We had opera pizza with fries, and the fish of the day, and were happy with our food.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Breakfast”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Both the Eggs Benedict & the Pancakes were good, Friendly enough staff however the service was a bit off and slow.

Visited January 2013
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Auckland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Be prepared to wait... & wait”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We booked 3 couples for 7:30 & arrived on time to be told our table was not yet ready. Our host offered us a complimentary bottle of "champagne" to drink on the "terrace" in a cold, windy, sterile atmosphere. We chose to drink standing in the crowded bar & got to our table after 20 minutes. Orders were taken but no food arrived until 9pm by which time we were starving but even then the consensus was that the food was pretty ordinary. The waiter did a good job but faced an uphill battle. Apparently the kitchen was in chaos from an extended lunch with no prep time for the evening. Not our problem. If management wants the late lunch drinker's custom then fine but do not compromise the evening service.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Get your act together!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The food took nearly an hour and a half to arrive, even the starter took about 40 minutes. There was no apology and the waiter was really arrogant. We had to nearly turn somersaults to get some attention for a second drink. The food was nice but in the clam dishes one had only 3 clams and the other 5. One of our party asked for more water, and the waitress poured the last of the bottle, went away with it and was not seen again. This is a shame as the location and decor are beautiful. Fenice, are you trying to make a profit?

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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