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“Meal with a view”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Riverhead

The Riverhead
Ranked #87 of 2,235 Restaurants in Auckland
Price range: $7 - $26
Cuisines: Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Nestled on the shores of the upper Waitemata, The Riverhead is steeped in local history and was a vital part of the development of early New Zealand. Prior to The Riverhead being built on this site, Thomas Deacon, the original owner, owned a pub on the point just below where The Riverhead now stands. The early Maori used this landing point as the place to disembark and portage their waka across land to the Kumeu River to get easier access to the lands in the Far North. Early immigrants then used this same route to travel north, disembarking at Helensville and continuing by ship north via the Kaipara Harbour.
Auckland, New Zealand
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134 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Meal with a view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

We have only visited this pub/restaurant once and enjoyed the location and the food. it was around mid day when we arrived and we were advised that there were two options for lunch, the main restaurant or the sports bar. Both had a similar menu however the bar offered a more basic option to the restaurant menu. We chose the restaurant where a table was available with a view of the river.
I had a lovely chowder and the coffee was fine. It was nice to sit and look over the river for an hour or so. We were surprised a the number of people that had turned up since we arrived considering it was med week and middle of the day.

A good experience and worthy of a return visit of on the area again.

  • Visited October 2013
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new zealand
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111 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Let down by the service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014

Nice setting, lovely views and good pub menu but when you have to go and find someone and ask to order 20 minutes after being seated it does make you think twice about a return visit. And this was before it got really busy!

Visited February 2014
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Rooms with a view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

I love eating at places with an outlook and this sure does have one. Stunning river vista as you sit outside, and theres rugs for your legs if it's a bit chilly! Views too from the restaurant. Good character building, good service, good food. Very popular

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank cuswell
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Auckland, New Zealand
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89 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Relaxed Saturday”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

Visited again and had a simple bar meal downstairs overlooking the river. An enjoyable spot to relax and enjoy a beer and light meal. The four of us had burger and chips. Was presented nicely and was what you expect for a pub meal. Service was good and we did not wait long to be served.Overall a relaxing place to spend an hour or two during summer.

  • Visited January 2014
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Orewa, New Zealand
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95 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

We went here for New Years Day Lunch, with my son and his wife, my friend and my daughter in laws mother,it was very busy and the menu was good.
We had to wait a while for waitress to take our order and quite a while before we got our bread, which was good as we had to wait 45 mins for our main course.
We enjoyed the ambience and the history, especially what was printed on the menu.
When we finished we wondered around and was surprised the size of the grounds, which have been done beautifully and very big area, ideal for wedding or social function
It would pay to book at weekends in the summer as get very busy

Visited January 2014
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