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“Best Marlborough vineyard lunch”

Wairau River Wines Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 129 Restaurants in Blenheim
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Cafe
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The menu at Wairau River Wines is built around the fresh produce that is readily available in the Marlborough district.Enjoy matching our superb wines at cellar door prices with lunch in a relaxed informal environment either outside on the sun drenched lawns and verandahs or inside beside the large open fire in winter.The Rose family are pioneer grape growers in Marlborough, today their five children all take an active role in the business.
Reviewed December 22, 2012

We travel to Blenheim frequently and have lunched at most of the vineyard restaurants. There are many good ones but after lunching here this week, we think Wairau River is the best (other good ones? Allan Scott, Hunters and Highfield Estate).

The menu was extensive and 'proper food' rather than antipasto platters which is what many vineyard restaurants offer. The staff were friendly and seemed to enjoy their job. You can eat indoors or outside under shade umbrellas, or even eat reclining in bean bags!

It's a great place to take children as there is lots of room to run around while keeping them in sight.

Choose a sunny day and head here for a long, relaxed lunch (in my home town).

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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Decent food but the service was less than stellar. They completely dropped our order for glasses of wine to go with lunch. They were very nice and gave us a free starter of bread and dips but clearly they had more business then they could handle. Lovely location. If I were to go again I would try an early or late reservation as midday lunch was mobbed with large parties.

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

The restaurants dining area/outdoor area and tasting room has been done up and looks brilliant - so conducive to relaxation to enjoy their excellent wines and food.

Once again - their double baked cheese souffle was stunning whilst we sipped their savignon blanc. Their mussell chowder was also very good as it had dill in enhanced the seafood flavours. Well done Wairau River!

So - if you are deciding which Blenheim Winery/Restaurant to visit for lunch go to Wairau River Winery and if you like Cheese try the souffle.

1  Thank Roger J
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

We got here late and there was an event - so the chef could only offer us a cheese plate for lunch. The cheese was great! The bread, crackers and grapes were "ehh." The wine was okay, but not great.

1  Thank Jen V
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stopped here for lunch on the way to Nelson. We didn't have a booking and we did have a hungry, grizzly baby. The staff gave us a table a little away from other people so we didn't feel like we were annoying other guests. They also offered to heat up food and bottle for our baby which made me feel a lot less frazzled. I had the chowder which was really good and the other half had the blue cheese soufflé which gave me food envy! We also did a wine tasting which was very nice. Recommended and would return if we were in the area.

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