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“Is there 6 stars?”

The Gables Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 26 Restaurants in Russell
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $22
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting.
Reviewed March 2, 2013

We loved this restaurant and were so glad we chose it for our last dining experience while sailing The Bay of Islands. Russell is a darling town and eating at The Gables is a must. First of the service is top notch. What a wonderful and friendly staff. The food was out of this world. Of course we had the lamb. Dessert? Try the toffee bread pudding. I will dream of this dessert. From the service, to the view, the fun atmosphere, we enjoyed it all.

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Thank jebett
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loosley, Owner at The Gables Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2013

Hi, thanks so much for your kind words. It would be great if we could receive 6 stars, but I am not sure TA will make the exception! Please come by and say hi next time you are in town. Thanks again

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

My husband and I ate here twice on our two day stay in Russell because the food was so good. One night the restaurant was less busy and the chef created a special vegetarian dish for me because I had had the other vegetarian dish the night before. My husband had fish both nights and loved it. The service is great - ask the waiters for suggestions because they are all very knowledgable. At busier times, you definitely need to make a reservation.

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Thank Kay D
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

If you are a real food lover who is into fine dining, well prepared food then go to The Gables. It was a quiet lunch time but we managed to sit outside looking out over the bay. We ordered a bunch of entre's (tapas style) to share and everything was devine. It is a bit pricey but well worth it and deserves it's #1 rating on Trip Advisor. Great service, good drinks list.

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Thank CHCMAC
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

The service was amazing and it was a lovely surprise to find wonderful food tucked away in the little town of Russell.

Thank brentmw
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loosley, Manager at The Gables Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2013

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We hope to see you again next time you are in The Bay of Islands

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Recommended here by our B&B owner in Russell. We hadn't booked but it was Wednesday night about 8.00, so tables available. Initially we had to sit at back of restaurant and one of us had no view. However a central window table cam available quickly and we were moved there, with fantastic night views across the sea. We just had a main course - fish and chips, plus beef. Portion sizes were quite large but beautifully presented. Lovel selection of wines. Whilst the prices were not cheap, it was what we expected for a good classy restaurant. Highly recommended for a visit.

Thank BrianML
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