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Ratanui Lodge Restaurant

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818 Abel Tasman Drive | Golden Bay, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
+64 3-525 7998
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10 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went in as a family and have been immediately treated in an unfriendly way. Food was ok but obviously not happy with young children, stay away if you are in that position.

Thank JGangWM
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Steve, our host, manages the entire complex, including the restaurant. He is a natural host and made us feel very welcome. Cocktails are a great start and we opted for a set menu as my sister is gluten free. The food was impressive and we were very happy customers.

Thank jdryan-2003
North Platte, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

The three course dinner was absolutely wonderful. We stayed at the lodge and they were very accommodating for food allergies/choices without sacrificing taste or dessert. Steve's service was genuine and top notch. The meal was one of, if not the best we have eaten in New Zealand. The ratings are correct...5 stars. Thanks Ratanui Lodge.

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We were advised of this restaurant by another New Zealand host, and it exceeded our expectations. We were able to walk to the restaurant, which also contains a motor lodge. We booked earlier in the day, and sat down to a fabulous three course meal. The starter involved prawns and watermelon and avocado cream, trust me it was fabulous. This... More 

Thank mOmwteens9
Takaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is a three course set menu which changes daily. They are very accommodating for anyone who has allergies if you mention it at time of booking. It is a true fine dining experience - silver service. Steve at front of house is just great. He knows how to make you feel special and has quite the sense of humour.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

After some weeks of travelling NZ and finding cafes purporting to be restaurants offering hard chairs, noise, so-so food and stark tables, we found the Ratanui. Crisp white tableclothes, discreet background music, excellent food, excellent friendly service, fair prices We have already booked to go back and reccomend the Ratanui to all who want to dine and enjoy the experience.

Thank AcerFrance
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Ratanui came very highly recommended and the service and food matched the recommendation perfectly well. Steve is a great host without trying too much so it all feels very natural. Attention to small details (e.g. didn't even need to ask how my aunt likes her steak cooked since they already know that!). Started off with some fantastic cocktails and then... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Visiting Ratanui Lodge is compulsory for us whenever we visit Golden Bay. Everything is superb from the moment you enter the door. Steve is the best. Warm greeting and amazing service always. The cocktails are delicious and the food is consistently top notch. I even adore the table setting itself with lovely plates and cutlery.

Thank Tania M
York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

The menu changed everyday with a set starter, main and desert. Both nights we ate at the hotel the meal was excellent and great value for money.

Thank Joanmeakins
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10 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We found Steve the perfect host and enjoyed the 3 course meal. The outdoor drinks and indoor drinks lounge are relaxing and pleasant with pretty garden. The meal was very tasty with generous portions. We will eat here again next time we come to stay at Ratanui lodge.

Thank Ricardo71

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$39 - US$39
European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 818 Abel Tasman Drive | Golden Bay, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Golden Bay  >  Pohara
  • Phone Number: +64 3-525 7998
  • This restaurant is at Ratanui Lodge
The Dining Room at Ratanui Lodge serves set 3 course meals nightly for $55 (subject to change). Menu changes daily. Sourcing fresh local produce, the best cuts of meats, and fresh local fish, with a substantial wine list featuring New Zealand wines. Relax in the cocktail lounge, outside on the quiet patio, or in front of the wood fire before dinner. Reservations Essential by 12pm.Sample Menu: Italian onion soup with fresh wholemeal bread. Venison tenderloin with blackberry jus and wasabi mashed potatoes. Brazil nut and almond torte. Wines focus on the Nelson region, including Neudorf, Brightwater, Waimea, Kina Beach, Rimu Grove, and Kina Cliffs.

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