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“just down the road”
Review of River Restaurant and Vineyard - CLOSED

River Restaurant and Vineyard
Cuisines: Diner, Pizza, Contemporary, Healthy
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: River Restaurant & Vineyard is a boutique family-owned Vineyard and Restaurant situated in a unique location of exceptional natural beauty on the edge of New Zealand’s oldest National Park and World Heritage area the Tongariro National Park. The Tongariro National Park is recognized for it’s important Maori cultural association’s as well as its outstanding Volcanic features. Tongariro is one of only a handful of sites worldwide to be given dual World Heritage status. Situated a short walk to the Tongariro River and some of the best fly-fishing in New Zealand if not the world makes Tongariro River Estate unique, indeed the much loved River Wine Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes are grown on the stony flats of the old Tongariro river bed and capture the essence of this truly beautiful area.
Reviewed March 16, 2014

My partner and I arrived without a booking and were happily accommodated. We ordered the bread which was promptly served and delicious right down to the home made beetroot chutney. For the main I ordered the pasta and my partner had the scotch fillet. Again it was served promptly and was very delicious, the steak was cooked to medium when ordered med rare but was never the less nice. Beautiful vegetables to boot. We didnt bother with the dessert as we took the time to enjoy a bottle of the estate's 2008 pinot noir. All in all a very enjoyable experience, next time it would be nice if the weather was more agreeable as we would have liked to have eaten alfresco and enjoyed the well appointed outside entertainment area.

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1  Thank Lisax1970
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

Considering the population of Turangi and surrounding area we were surprised to find a restaurant of the quality offered during two visits to Rivers. The menu offerings are original and the presentation excellent. This is topped off with the delicious taste. We tried the vineyards Pinot Noir and enjoyed it very much, particularly with the venison dish. The second visit was for lunch and while the menu was somewhat less interesting there was a reasonable selection.

There are three reasons why I am only giving Rivers a 'very good' rating:

1. Service was VERY slow during both visits and this appears to correlate directly with a lack if staff. During both visits we saw two in the kitchen and a pleasant young lady with more jobs to do than any single person should take on at a restaurant of this quality. Among her many assignments we observed were reservationist, hostess, waitress, bus girl, bar tender, cashier AND in between she spent time in the kitchen where we could see she was assisting in the meal prep!
2. The fettuccine dish was served with far too much oil and lacked in character and taste.
3. While the menu is not extensive we were surprised to find that two different items were unavailable at both the dinner and lunch. Maybe with all of the tasks the young lady has been assigned there simply is not time to manage inventory as well!

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1  Thank 100nations
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

My husband and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary and booked dinner here due to the reviews posted on Tripadvisor. It was a very memorable occasion indeed. We had an appetiser, entrée, two mains and two desserts with wine. Could not fault anything at all. Anthony made our day extra special and I cannot thank him enough for the care and attention he gave us. We drove one hour to the restaurant from Taupo and will do so again in future. Well done to the chef too!

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1  Thank Annie O
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

we celebrate our New Year there.

we arrive late for the long time check-in in our motel, the restaurant called my motel and confirm to reserve the biggest 9-seat-table for us.

the vineyard with white roses is really nice in the sun set.

the Mussles with Galic are really delicious.

the big chess plate give the children a lot of fun.

the service will not be so fast,maybe because they are family owned, not so many cooker.

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3  Thank Delphina G
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Lovely selection, all top quality and proportions were good. Dessert menu was fantastic and yummy. Only negative is that it is a bit pricey. However, based on other restaurants in Turangi, the extra few dollars is worth it. Blankets available if you sit outside.

1  Thank Natasha W
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