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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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing service, faultless meal and great value for a set 3 course menu. A gluten free option was easily made for one of our party with no fuss. So helpful.

Thank Hope444
Pensacola, Florida
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112 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dinner here was amazing, with great attention to taste and detail in the dishes. Service was exemplary, with Steve taking care of our party. Breakfast was wonderful as well.

Thank CyberDawg
Golden Bay, New Zealand
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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

We decided to splash out for my birthday and so stoked to have chosen the best restaurant in the bay. For people with multiple dietary requirements it is always a treat to find a place where you can relax knowing that all your needs have been catered for. And then to have such delicious and beautifully creative dishes was incredible.... More 

Thank devangi108
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 February 2017 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.

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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.

Thank Rookie-Advisor
Boston, MA
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 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 

Thank GaelandDanny
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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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$38 - US$38
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?