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River Restaurant and Vineyard

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European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Healthy, Gluten Free
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2/134 Old Mill Lane | Grace Road, Turangi, Taupo 3382, Turangi, New Zealand
07 3866 704
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Heard this gem was closing on 1st May 2016 so called to book for 30th April dinner. I last visited here over 2 years ago and was impressed then. Service and food were as good if not better than I remembered. The venison was excellent - tender, hot and served with well cooked veg. A credit to Josh and Molly.... More 

Thank Marco P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

It was quiet the day we were there but the service and the food was excellent. I would have liked a little more for the price but you couldnt fault the quality. We had the house Rose with our meal which was pricey but gorgeous.

1 Thank ToTravel2Live
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Tasted their local wine. Their main dishes and desserts were well presented. Can recommend Belly Pork and Salmon dishes.

Thank 888WL888
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32 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

I visited the restaurant on a quiet Sunday evening. I was told one of the dishes on the menu was not available. I ordered venison only to be told this was off the menu too but the exact same dish was available with lamb! I ordered a steak and it was very good. The Pinot noir from the River Vineyard... More 

Thank John C
Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

We booked here on our last night in Turangi hoping to have a nice last culinary memory. We achieved that. We sat outside on a nice evening and enjoyed some good (not great) food and good (not great) wine. We got what we wanted and expected. The mussels were huge, the biggest I'd ever been served, which was a bit... More 

Thank Jon A
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

The Lamb Shank was the best I have ever tasted, with a wide range of extras on the plate. The Lamb just melted in my mouth. The mint pesto was an original and tasty addition. It reflects the high level of talent in the kitchen. We will be back again for sure, our Turangi favorite.

1 Thank philjefferies2015
New Plymouth, New Zealand
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

My first evening meal here spent with local friends. The Chief's signature dish ....Taupo Beef was historic. Busy Evening...but service was spot on with a smile. The Desert's were out of this world. If you are thinking of going...don 't delay.

1 Thank chriswright2015
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

The restaurant was easy to find, had ample parking and was delightfully set in amongst the vines. The service was warm and friendly and we were given a seat inside the restaurant however there were outside dining options available. We had the choice of three restaurants in this region and had this restaurant strongly recommended with the words that the... More 

1 Thank David R
St. Helens
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

Great find near lake Taupo a restraunt in the middle of a vineyard The cafe served great pizzas on a original pizza oven and a selection of other meals To accompany the food you can sample the local wine with comments from the owner A great way to spend a sunny day enjoying the local food and wine

Thank Ainscoughs
Turangi, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016 via mobile

Awesome food and a great atmosphere. Staff attentive. The young couple who run this restaurant are doing a wonderful job. We have returned to it many times and will continue to do so. Well done guys!

1 Thank corvettecolin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Healthy, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2/134 Old Mill Lane | Grace Road, Turangi, Taupo 3382, Turangi, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Turangi
  • Phone Number: 07 3866 704
River Restaurant & Vineyard is a boutique family-owned Vineyard and Restaurant situated in a unique location of exceptional natural beauty on the edge of New Zealand’s oldest National Park and World Heritage area the Tongariro National Park. The Tongariro National Park is recognized for it’s important Maori cultural association’s as well as its outstanding Volcanic features. Tongariro is one of only a handful of sites worldwide to be given dual World Heritage status. Situated a short walk to the Tongariro River and some of the best fly-fishing in New Zealand if not the world makes Tongariro River Estate unique, indeed the much loved River Wine Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes are grown on the stony flats of the old Tongariro river bed and capture the essence of this truly beautiful area.

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