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The Works

41 the Esplanade, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
+64 6-868 9699
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“tamarillo” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
41 the Esplanade, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Luckily, we arrived there early so we still got a table even we didn’t book. The presentation and the taste of the food were excellent. The portion is perfect. The staff was super nice. You should try this restaurant if you are in that area.

Thank Patcharada B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to The Works for a Sunday lunch and enjoyed it a lot. My partner had a big breakfast which was really of a good size and very yammie. The only remarkable thing was that it had just 1 egg which is not very...More

Thank Autograph_Events
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful setting. We sat in the sun on the verandah with the stunning grapevines. Staff were friendly and welcoming. We had the cheese platter, which was tasty and more than enough for two, and two glasses of wine. Good luck to the new owner, who...More

Thank 1BlossomCottage
Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Amazing service. Food outstanding with lots of very subtle flavours. Front of house staff engaging especially Nina, Judeah and Kyri.

Thank ElaineSides
Reviewed 14 April 2018

The restaurant was almost empty on a Saturday night at 7pm. We decided, a nice glass of wine in hand, to go with main and dessert each. My husband ordered the lamb dish which was just great on every score; taste, texture, presentation, quantity. I...More

Thank Barbara C
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

We arrived on a Saturday night about 6pm and were a bit unsure what to expect when we saw only a small number of patrons present. We are glad we did not allow first impressions put us off. The food is very impressive. The staff...More

Thank kaweraukid
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

The food was on par with some of the best restaurants I’ve eaten at around the country. Well presented, multi layered taste, good pairing. Best of all, Kyri was an amazing host and really made us ‘out of towners’ feel welcome.

Thank Simon T
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

I visited her with colleagues as the place across the road was booked out. The works this night was very quiet. We were one of three groups for the entire time we were their, on a Wednesday night. We all started with a main, I...More

Thank mattinthehat25
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Dined on Easter Monday night Not that busy Great friendly service from all staff on duty Pricing is Auckland prices but so is the quality Had a bread starter with burnt butter hit the spot Main of a porterhouse steak very well cooked with a...More

Thank johntoddl
Reviewed 4 April 2018

We found the Works to be a lovey friendly and welcoming restaurant. They were very kind to our 7 year old, and we were well looked after by a fantastic young waitress. The menu was extensive as was the wine list. The food was beautiful,...More

Thank Sally012015
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Warren W
25 April 2017|
Response from HBKiwi | Reviewed this property |
I don't recall sorry - certainly has wide open spaces to accomodate wheelchairs inside and out
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 the Esplanade, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Gisborne Region  >  Gisborne
  • Phone Number: +64 6-868 9699
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Breakfast, lunch, dinner, after work get together's, birthday parties, business lunches, a romantic table for two, family gatherings - or no reason at all. Enjoy the unique ambiance of the iconic Works Restaurant and Bar, situated in all that remains of the historic Kaiti Freezing works. Fabulous food, warm friendly atmosphere, professional service. Exceptional wedding venue hurry book now.
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