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Ascension Winery

480 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
+64 9-422 9601
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Overview
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
Travelers talk about
“gnocchi” (2 reviews)
“pork belly” (8 reviews)
“caesar salad” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
European, Italian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
480 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 4, 2017

A large complex hosting multiple events, weddings, wine tasting and various group parties. If your party is large or small you will enjoy a short stay with good cuisine and staff from all corners of the world. On a sunny day this is a pleasant...More

Thank MusesMm
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi MusesMm, Thanks for your generous review. We do aspire to please both small and large groups. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, The Ascension Team.

Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

We arrived just after 1 pm. The duck special was off but the offer was still in the menu. The red Countryman wine was not available. Ordered food 1.15 pm. One chicken salad, one beef fillet. 2 white wines turned up not the two red...More

Thank kirkie2015
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi kirkie2015, We are sorry to hear that you were unsatisfied with your experience here at Ascension! It must have been a very busy day and we apologize for that. Our service is not always slow and we often have great reviews on our service....More

Reviewed February 23, 2017

We had been let down by Sandspit café (see my review there). So dropped in here for lunch. It had been a while since we visited but the restaurant was still very well decorated and the menu was better - simpler and more focussed. The...More

Thank Kiwi_Pat_and_Paul
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi Pat & Paul! Thank you for your lovely words. We are glad that you enjoyed the atmosphere and the different dishes, and we are glad that you enjoyed the service :) Thanks so much for the support and we hope to see you again...More

Reviewed February 13, 2017

We went to the winery to see a concert. It was out doors with plenty of room for everyone to enjoy. Everything was well staged with great food and drinks all be it alittle expensive the quality was there.

Thank 10grant
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi 10grant! Thanks for this - we are glad that you enjoyed the quality experience and that you enjoyed the event. We hope to see you again soon here at Ascension. - The Ascension Team

Reviewed January 14, 2017

Since our last visit Ascension has changed ownership and is now Italian cuisine & decor. The caesar salads and lamb dishes were all well cooked, well presented. Achilles Heel is the service, which was slow and haphazard.More

Thank Lesley E
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi Lesley, We are glad that you enjoyed the stylish decor and Italian cuisine here at Ascension. We are sorry to hear that you found our service slow - I will pass this on to our Restaurant Manager and we will aspire to be better...More

Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

Lovely setting and nice wine Food was average although we just had a salad each Garlic bread average was well Pleasant thoughMore

Thank jtschipper
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi Jtschipper, Thank you for the review - we are glad that you enjoyed the lovely setting here at Ascension and that you found the food to be pleasant. We hope that we can impress you better next time with our selection! Kind Regards, The...More

Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

We have been to the winery on previous New Years Days and found both the food and service to be excellent. However there has been a change. While the flavour of the food was lovely the Twice cooked Pork Belly that three of our group...More

Thank Jan M
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi there Jan M, Thank you for the review. Sorry to hear that your experience here was not as good as last time - but it is nice to hear that the others in your group were happy with their meals. I will mention this...More

Reviewed January 6, 2017

Lovely, stylish building with a beautiful garden but other than that, they basically serve very ordinary Italian food at very high prices. So you’re definitely paying a lot for the surroundings. Service was pleasant and the food was OK but it certainly wasn’t worth the...More

Thank Ladybentley
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi Ladybently, Thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear that you found our prices high for our Italian food. It's nice to hear that you had pleasant service and that you were satisfied with the food. We hope that next time you...More

Reviewed January 1, 2017

Following friends recommending this venue, we decided to spend some time there for New Years Eve. Certainly the venue is lovely, and the food was excellent, but we ended up feeling rushed. The pizza bread arrived with the entrée, so no time to enjoy a...More

Thank CozensFamily
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi Cozens Family, Thank you for your insightful review! It is great to hear that you found the venue to be lovely and that you found the food to be excellent. Sorry to hear that you felt rushed - I will chat to the Restaurant...More

Reviewed December 20, 2016

A lovely setting - very European style with their own wine and restaurant combined, added to which is a vineyard rising up behind on a gentle slope. The food and wine are excellent, although it is all pretty expensive.More

Thank Mikesee060
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi Mike, Thanks a lot for this review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the food and wine - as well as the old European style and hospitality! We also love the vineyard slope. We provide premium pricing & service so we hope...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$13 - $28
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 480 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Matakana
  • Phone Number: +64 9-422 9601
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Description
Discover why this family-owned winery has been described by NZ wine author Peter Saunders as "the regional star of Matakana".Just 39 minutes north of the Auckland CBD, Ascension handcrafts critically-acclaimed wine from both rare and well known varieties and is home to a multi-award winning cellar door, Ascension Osteria restaurant and garden bar and a stunning functions centre for weddings, corporate and private events.Relax alfresco with views of vineyards, rolling farmland and the fountain courtyard which is planted with heirloom herbs and vegetables for Ascension's kitchen.