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“not so great” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Panorama Restaurant

The Panorama Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, New Zealand, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“not so great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

The fine dining option at The Hermitage Hotel, where they recommend to book a table, so that’s what we did (it was our wedding anniversary), but when we arrived there were maybe only two other tables occupied.
Pretty plating, but food priced too high for the quality they offer, and the service on the night was terrible, definitely not the fine-dining standard. NZ$119.10 for glass of wine, coffee, bread, 2 mains and dessert.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Winnipeg
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116 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Great restaurant and the buffet was fantastic and well worth the money...quite a few choices...you can't beat the scenery either unless your outside or on top of the glacier on Mt. Cook......which we were....awesome view and loved the Kiwi traffic jam afterwards...sheep all around us we weren't going anywhere fast LOL....!! You would definitely enjoy your meal here...if you ever get here that is...........!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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128 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Expensive and too elaborate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant which sets itself up as something special has forgotten what makes a great meal - good fresh ingredients served simply which allows the diner to enjoy each element of the meal and not be bombarded with too many flavours and extras on the plate. Whilst all of our group were impressed with the presentation of the food we all agree that this had been given too high a priority and it distracted us from the taste of the food itself e.g. You do not need to wrap venison in bacon - should have just been served by itself - medium rare with some simple vegetables - the same applied to all the other dishes - seemed the chef was trying to hard to impress and forgot the basics - great. NZ food and produce does not need this treatment - let he food speak for itself

Visited December 2013
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San Francisco
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Don't waste your $”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

We ate here for dinner and what a disappointment. There are few dinning options in the area so of course we thought we would try this restaurant as we are on vacation and looking for a nice meal. They must feel that the lack of options gives them a license for poor food and poor service as you have no choice. Well there are other choices and fortunately for us we found them for our next meals.

I can summarize my review in one word. The place is just plain sterile. Sterile atmosphere (sure there is a nice view, but that's about it), sterile service, sterile food, and all for a very high price.

They do offer a "vegas style" buffet at their other dinning room if you are into those. Maybe that is a better option if you feel you must give them your money.

Visited December 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Stunning view with excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

We made reservations during check-in at the hotel, not something we typically do but given the fact that there are not a lot of alternative options we decided to go for it. Not disappointed at all! Friendly waitresses and the food was excellent. Minor downside was the fact that our preferred wine ( Viognier) was not available so we decided to go for a different wine.
Steak was delicious and salmon is also recommended. Monika was our waitress and she was extremely helpful. If you go to Mt. Cook and want a nice dinner with stunning views go there and you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience.

Visited December 2013
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