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“Great experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Oyster Inn

The Oyster Inn
124 Ocean View Road | Oneroa, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
+64 9-372 2222
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Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Just 40 minutes from Auckland but a world away, The Oyster Inn is the perfect escape from Auckland, whether for just a night, a weekend or longer. The Inn features a large restaurant & bar, a beach boutique, a private event space three luxuriously simple guest rooms. Opened in 2012, The Oyster Inn has gained local and international attention, being featured on Travel & Leisure's 2013 IT List and Metro's Top 50 Restaurants. With a gorgeous but unpretentious interior by designer Katie Lockhart, The Oyster Inn has fast become one of the island's most popular restaurants.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Dinner with friends was fantastic. The food was excellent, the service was great and the servers friendly and attentive. A nice view as well. Overall a great dining experience.

Visited July 2014
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Wellington
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“Tasty mid winter treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

On a chilly winters evening one item on the menu leapt out at me...Macaroni Cheese. The other menu choices were relegated to the back, and I didn't regret this choice!
My partner chose the Hapuka which although good didn't match what I had.
We finished with the naughty but exquisite Choux buns, with a scoop of ice cream inside and a caramel sauce out of this world.
A really nice venue, if you can try and get a seat on the protected verandah.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“One Year On...Food and Service Still Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Came for lunch on Friday, only about 3 or 4 tables dinning. Excellent, friendly attentive service; wide ranging wine list and good to see plenty of local wines included. Lovely presented and tasty food, the best place to eat in Oneroa Village, 5 minutes from the ferry. Sat outside on the veranda, behind plastic; views across to the ocean. It's not cheap (fish mains $33-$35) but it's still worth it. High quality fit out, very clean bathrooms.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice ambience, good service but food very average and pricey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Oyster Inn was one of the few places open on Waiheke Island on a Monday evening, so there weren't many options for my partner's birthday dinner.
On the positive side: the service was excellent, and the ambience was good - relaxed, casual, friendly, and with nice decor.
However, the food was very average. We both ordered "Market fish, Thai style with coconut, chilli, coriander & mint"... I was expecting a colourful, flavoursome meal. The fish (snapper) was very dried out. The sauce was a generic brown colour, and I couldn't taste any coconut. There were masses of mint leaves on our plates, which were quite overpowering. I couldn't spot (or taste) any chilli or coriander. All in all, it was quite bland.
The oysters we had to start with were nice, and the desert was OK.
We both had a starter, main course and desert, plus a glass of sparkling wine each and shared a bottle of wine (which was served too cold... it didn't have any flavour till it warmed up a little).
The bill came to NZ$220, which is a lot of money for an average kind of meal. We won't be going back to The Oyster Inn.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hong Kong, China
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“Fourth Visit and Better Every Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Love this place, Refined service delivered in a laid back Waiheke style. Great food. Excellent wine list. A piece of paradise on the island.

Visited June 2014
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