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“Splendid fare, first rate service in fabulous setting”

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, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting.
Reviewed March 6, 2014

We ate here twice in a three night stay in Russell. My wife employs chefs and we 'Know Good food'. The first night we were seated outdoors across the small lane that runs between the beach and the historic colonial buildings..it was a balmy evening without a breath of wind, and no sooner had our hostess seated us, she pointed out the pod of dolphins swimming idly by about 20 metres away in the bay.. Enchanting.
The orongo bay oysters (local).. the black angus eye fillet served with truffled kowiniwini potatoes, truss tomatoes, blue cheese beignet & local port jus.. line caught Hapuka (a delectable fish species of the southern oceans) Tuna carpaccio - sesame crusted yellow fin with namida wasabi mayo .. All absolutlely mouth watering.. The wine selection was extensive & excellent, and the young staff were polite, efficient and personable..all together a delightful dining experience which as I said we repeated on a rainy night two nights later.. this time seated within the warmth of the historic Kauri paneling, enjoying the open fire and original maps, prints and early photographs of the colonial days.
Certainly we highly recommend The Gables to anyone visiting Russell in the picturesque Bay of Islands.

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Thank TonyDryden
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

My brother who has been living in Russell for 30 years recommended this extraordinary restaurant to me when I was visiting him and my sister in law last summer.
So, we all went together to this oustanding place to celebrate our family reunion by enjoying a superb dinner on a wonderful summer night.
We all ordered different meals and all of them were served in a perfect way with delicious tastes.
The though experienced combination of fine meals, excellent NZ wines, perfect service, informal-elegant atmosphere, breathtaking views and an all in all award winning restaurant arrangement caused us to state that this beautiful restaurant deserves the accessory denomination "New Zealand's Taste".
During our stay we repeated our visit to this superb Restaurant several times.
Now, it's me who can convey by brother's good recommendation on that lovely restaurant to everyone!

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2  Thank Hans-Joachim K
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Over the years we have visited The Gables restaurant many times. It is fabulous in it's venue. The staff are very attentive and friendly. The wines they serve are excellent. Mostly the food is excellent. However given the prices, one expects that. Last week, with friends we shared an enjoyable evening. The scallop entry was very nice, in fact, almost perfect, but the shared Snapper was tough, dry and overcooked. Our guests enjoyed the Hokianga fish and the lamb, lets just say it ticks all the boxes but if you're a total foodie, this may not be it..

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Thank Tourmaline42
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Good menu, well prepared and presented food. The best fine dining in Russell in our opinion. Colonial relaxed atmosphere with knowledgeable and friendly staff. A little more expensive than other restaurants but good value for the quality of food provided.

Thank Robert N
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

My partner and I visited on Valentines Day - I forgot to book ahead, but ringing in the morning secured us a table outside, right by the beach. We managed to have our meal as the sun set, so as far as the 'vibe' went, it was pretty special. The service was very good, attentive and upbeat, but always professional and helpful. The food quality was fantastic - local produce cooked well and with imagination. The also have a very good wine selection. We both have very happy and fond memories of our meal at the Gables.

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Thank Alistair S
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