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The Gables Restaurant

19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7670
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“snapper” (37 reviews)
“chocolate mess” (11 reviews)
“oysters” (55 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A good lunch venue, food well presented and service efficient. Not wildly pricey either. Did not understand why less popular than other places on the same street.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank petern156
Reviewed 2 days ago

After reading some mixed reviews we were prepared to be disappointed. Restaurants such as this are prone to trading on their location and a lack of competition, safe in the knowledge that the majority of diners will not be return customers. From the moment we...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank benm625
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outside tablets reservation not possible. First come, first serve. 1 hour waited. Then we sit down at the just vacated table. Come 3 people, probably kiwis, and claim to have a reservation for our table! The manager complimented us very rudely with the words: The...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank beigus27
paulie_g123, General Manager at The Gables Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Sir, you arrived at the restaurant and requested an outside table. These were full at the time. I requested that you wait in the bar and you would get the next available table. You stormed out. After this a lovely group of three Czech...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fabulous view , the best romantic spot in Russell . Our third meal here over several years and we are always fortunate to be able to book a window table . We caught the ferry both ways from Paihia ( be sure to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MichelleH4369
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this restaurant. We sat outside for a pre dinner drink right on the waters edge. We had a whole Snapper between the two of us with potatoes and salad. It was not on the menu but we noticed a local ordering it. We...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank herbgardener2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

Russell is a small town. That is has such an excellent restaurant was a pleasant surprise. The Gables would be a good restaurant anywhere in the world. The staff were friendly and excellent. The wine list was fine. If in Russell, go.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Harry G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Remembering the restaurant as very good from a visit some years ago I was more than disappointed. The food was tasteless, oily and presentation was poor. Definitely not worth going. To be fair: at least the service was ok and they handled my complaint in...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Kerstin W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a second, wonderful meal at The Gables last night. The service couldn't be better and all four of us enjoyed our meals. My husband and I loved the snapper for two. Our daughters are vegetarian and one had the pappardelle with pesto, which...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank GabyTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was delicious created from the finest locally sourced ingredients. We had oysters with a mojito accompaniment for our starter...the best oysters we had in New Zealand. For the main course, the lamb loin was perfectly cooked served with fresh seasonal vegetables. The whole...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MrandMrsPoynton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I saw oysters on there menu I had to go there. I was not disappointed. My wife had the fish and chips and they were just awesome. Loved it so much we went back twice. Service was 5 star nas was the food.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Rizzla33
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February 3, 2016|
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Response from Teresa915 | Reviewed this property |
I could not answer this question. It is only a very small establishment with the most wonderful food. The view and service alone are worth going there for a coffee. We had seafood chowder and hot Turkish bread there, when we... More
October 24, 2015|
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Response from nickloosley | Property representative |
Hi there, you can reserve using our online bookings form (this answer tool does not allow me to put our website in this response sorry) but if you google The Gables Russell it will be self explanatory. Alternatively give us... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $22
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7670
  • E-mail
New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting.
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