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The Gables Restaurant

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$$$
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free, Contemporary
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19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7670
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Newcastle, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

A family friendly, casual dining experience with a menu that gave adequate choice. There was little wait between courses and I recommend sampling the desserts. We shall return to this lovely venue.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

all the food was amazing especially the chocolate mess. We had a friend with coeliacs so gluten free was a key to a great dinner. apparently when menu was printed the gf had failed to print on some items so when asked the waitress happily pointed out all dishes that were gluten free, those with sides that could be made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

We shared the beef rib and it was stunning. We were told in advance that it takes 40 minutes but it was worth the wait. Cooked as we ordered it to medium rare, generous serve and delicious flavours. The waitress was friendly and attentive and although not usual custom in NZ we tipped the staff and yes we are NZers.... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

We just loved this place. Fast, friendly service, not too noisy, and the food was exceptional. Beautifully presented.We had the hapuka fish on beans and mustard and almonds, served with kumara and prawn croquettes with a heavenly pesto. It was superb. Desert was also amazing. Chocolate mess! Once again, one of the nicest desserts I have ever had. Congratulations to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We had a lovely evening in this restaurant. The food was delicious, the service was friendly and efficient and the ambience was very relaxing.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

We stayed in Piahai on North Island NZ. We took the ferry to Russell Island and found this delightful restaurant on the beachside, overlooking the sea and mainland. The view was amazing as was the generous portions of fish and chips. Waitress lovely, on a gap year from UK, so chatty and knowledgable. The Gables also offers accommodation.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

The view is outstanding from the restaurant. It is situated on the strand and Russell is our favourite holiday place. We first found it several years ago then visited last year twice, taking guests both times. The Gables is five star eating and we had dinner twice this week and lunch once. I chose the market fish and we shared... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Dined here based on the reviews but we had a pretty poor experience all round. It was probably the worst experience we've had in the 3 weeks we've been in NZ for. Ordered a glass of wine which I didn't like, so I asked at the bar if I could try the other option as there was only two done... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

The staff member who served us was cold, unfriendly, rude, & impersonal, & when we saw fit to return a meal uneaten, did not handle it well. The food selection was limited, did not cover a cross section of tastes, & was not good in flavours or presentation, there was no cos or iceberg lettuce, (which we both prefer), &... More 

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Coromandel, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Stop #1 on or Russel mini pub crawl. Nice beers (craft styled) but pretty pricey even for such a tourist destination. On to the next...

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$14 - $42
Cuisine
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free, Contemporary
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
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
Description
New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?