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“A real find”

Turangi Bridge Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 23 Restaurants in Turangi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: The Turangi Bridge Bar and Restaurant offers a stylish and welcoming atmosphere for sampling mouth-watering New Zealand cuisine. A Turangi icon since 1931, our restaurant has a genuine history and ambience unlike anywhere else. The large open fire makes it the perfect spot for a cosy, lodge-style winter dinner. Or in summer, you can sit on the deck to enjoy a glass of wine and a view of the Tongariro river and New Zealand landscape. The restaurant is also available for hire as your New Zealand wedding venue, conference venue or function room. We can cater to groups of different sizes with our buffet or a la carte options - please talk to us about what you need and we'll make sure you and your guests have a memorable evening. Please take a look at our seasonal menu - we have something to suit everyone's needs or budget.
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A real find”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

I was surprised by this restaurant in all the right ways: while the restaurant’s appearance is pleasant but unassuming, the food is remarkably good.

The menu (http://www.turangibridgemotel.co.nz/menu/) had many enticing offerings. On the first night, I hadcarrot and ginger soup as an entree. It was delicious, with flavours that were present but not overpowering. At $8.00 for a bowl, this was an exceptional deal. For my main, I ordered one of the specials – the scotch fillet – which also was very nicely prepared and presented.

Our experience made it easy to return the second night. This time I opted for the pasta of the day, a homemade meat ravioli with mild chilli flavours. Again, this was excellent. I chose the chocolate brownie for dessert. This was served warm, and came with a small jug full of chocolate sauce, Chantilly cream and ice cream. Perfect for chocolate-lovers, like me.

Portions are generous, and thankfully there is no compromise on quality. Further options for vegetarians might be useful, but this is merely an observation. Overall, the menu is excels in its simplicity – the restaurant has picked a few dishes, and does them well.

I should also note that hosts Kent and Lyn clearly realise that hospitality is more than providing food and lodging... so do yourself a favour and stay a night or two. There's heaps to do!

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
226 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“A very satisfied stay”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed at the Bridge Motel for only one night having to go to Turangi at short notice. At it turned out we were the only guests for the night, and the owners made us feel extremely welcome and were very supportive in meeting our needs. We booked on line without any problems. The room whilst compact meet our needs, was very warm and clean.
The lounge was warm and inviting and we spent a reasonable period around the fire. We stayed for the meal which tasted absolutely great but unfortunately caused some to concern to both of us during the night. It was the only blemish on an otherwise enjoyable stay. We would definitely stay again.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank beanb41
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Rotorua, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Food, and Great Value”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

We made an overnight stay her in early May. Staff were very helpful finding a room close to the restuarant for us, which although they said it was about to be upgraded was clean and comfortable. The food in the restuarant was excellent, as was the serviced - good wine selection too. Would definately recommend it as a place to stay.

Visited May 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lamb Shank Heaven”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

It was my birthday so we splashed out on 'double' lamb shanks dinner... friendly country-style restaurant with super friendly owners.

Visited May 2013
Thank Chris d
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Friendly Bar & Restaurant”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Good food, some good characters (Mike the Trout Guide) in the bar area, friendly and well worth a visit. Sadly I'm not a fishing, hunting & tramping type but if I was this place is ideal to meet like minded persons.

Visited March 2013
Thank Dennis G
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