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“Superb food and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mackenzie's

Mackenzie's
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
036806886
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Ranked #6 of 15 Restaurants in Lake Tekapo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Superb food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our family dinner, hot stone grills were superb, the kids menu excellent and our server was absolutely brilliant with the kids. Eat here the view is also amazing.

Visited July 2014
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Unusual, but tasty dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was the second time I ate at Mackenzie's. Both times the staff have been very pleasant and accommodating. The first time I tried the triple meat with lamb as one of my selections. I didn't like the lamb on a hot stone grill, so more recently I just went with chicken. This time my husband was with me, and it was his first experience with the 400 C stone. He laughed that they didn't need a chef, as we cooked it ourselves. You have to be careful with chicken, of course, but it is delicious and tender when you get the art down.

The location on the lake is beautiful, and we didn't find it more pricey than most NZ restaurants. We enjoyed the experience.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cromwell, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Not happy!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We were at Mackenzie's about 4 months ago on our way through to Christchurch and felt that the place had slipped a bit since our previous visit. The restrooms were okay but nothing to dry your hands on and the food was..okay. We have just stopped off again and the food was still "just okay", the service about the same and well. the loos - you guys, there are 4 toilets - only one was working with queues of people and no one seems to care! Sorry, we're not coming back again - 3 strikes, you're out!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Love that stonegrill!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

It can be a bit pricey depending on what you order but the food is amazing, it's located right on the lake, and it's open pretty much whenever you want it :) And let's be honest, get the stonegrill - it's amazing. There's a three-meat stonegrill sampler that's great, but the eye fillet one is also amazing.

Visited July 2014
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Takaka, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Terrible lunch-worst we have had in Tekapo”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Had soup and teenager had cheese burger. Soup roll was probably out of a packet, soup was uninspiring. Burger looked terrible-I couldn't even bear to taste it. Meat didn't look like steak-suspect at minimum it was a frozen one from the supermarket. Lettuce was shrivelled and dry, cheese "tasted like Mcdonalds". Eat instead for lunch at No 31, or for dinner go to the Italian (not on Trip adviser yet) or Kohan. Do not go here.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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