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“Fantastic lunch”
Review of Black Barn Bistro

Black Barn Bistro
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Open for lunches 7 days and dinner Wednesday to Saturday, Black Barn Bistro is the perfect place to spend an hour or two absorbing the atmosphere of Wine Country. It is in the heart of the vineyard surrounded by vines and a table on the large generous veranda lets you look right out across the region. In warmer weather a courtyard covered by a canopy of grapes is also a perfect place to enjoy lunch and a glass of wine. The restaurant menu is light, fresh and delicious. There is an emphasis on freshly grown Hawkes Bay produce, the selection changes with the seasons. The bistro is available for private functions, evening and during the day, it is also the perfect venue for a very limited number of weddings, for bookings or enquiries please give us a call.
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“Fantastic lunch”
Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

Had a wonderful lunch at Black Barn. Chose to come here as had been recommended and when looking up a range of other vineyard Cafes/restaurants was impressed with the children's menu, so we drove out to BB. Surroundings are gorgeous, felt truly transported to another place for a few hours. Even on a cold afternoon the view from inside was lovely. Food was excellent, wine match was great, kids loved it and were well looked after. Very relaxing, will be back, think the outdoor courtyard under the vines would be special on a summer's day, so next trip maybe this coming summer!

  • Visited October 2013
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Hastings, New Zealand
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“Must try their signature dish - unbelievable”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Went here for husband's birthday lunch two of us had the signature dish of the pork absolutely divine - wine match perfect. Other two had the steak which was cooked to perfection with a beautiful matching butter and wine.
Desserts were a sinful delight with us all getting the four different desserts and sharing the experience around the table - indulgent at its best.
Service was friendly and attentive.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Sharonsos
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Careless service and cooking”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

This is such a beautiful place that it was a real disappointment when our food was cold or tepid and the waitress was careless and offhand. She didn't notice our table was set without napkins and had to be prompted far too often. My tortellini were dried out where they weren't submerged in the rapidly cooling sauce. A fish dish with a tom yum sauce had great flavours but again was not hot enough. Food looked as though it had been left sitting too long. There was a long wait for our desserts (simple enough - ice-cream) and the waitress when asked about it said there had been a mix-up with dockets.
Despite the warm welcome, good wine-tasting and lovely surroundings, we felt there was too much wrong with the kitchen and the service.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Bea962
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Top marks”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Have eaten here on several occasions and each time is a total treat. No need to repeat all the accolades mentioned here; come with some time on your hands to surrender to all the delights of cuisine and ambiance - the only thing BBB doesn't do well is rush.
My personal favorites - the mushroom soup with truffled maascarpone for starters followed by 2ce cooked pork belly - just divine. Looking fwd to the those long evenings under the vines as the summer of 2012/3 produced some outstanding vintage.....

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank thethreeofus41
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“The recommendation was spot on”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We were very lucky to get a late booking seeing it was Fathers Day weekend. The atmosphere, views, service and food were spectacular. We loved the duck spring rolls and scallop entrees, and the deserts were divine. The meals were a bit on the small size but the overall experience out weighed that point.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank philandkimsquire
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