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Cellar Door open 7 days from 10:00am - 6:00pm. Restaurant open for Lunch Thursday - Monday, Dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
PRICE RANGE
US$18 - US$84
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
European, New Zealand
FEATURES
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amisfield bistro has created a dining experience that captures the very essence of Kiwi cuisine Sustainable, wild caught or freshly grown on site, each offering is a unique culinary pleasure. Lamb is slow roasted whole over the hot embers of an open fire for hours,...the fire drawing in like a magnet the male guests much like the classic kiwi BBQ. At least six of the menu items are cooked or finished at the table by a chef, enabling a social and interactive exchange which serves to enhance the whole experience. Whole fish is cooked over the embers, skin blackened and crispy, sliced thickly and served with the side dish of a bouquet of leaves and flowers grown in the Amisfield garden. A variety of clams are steamed open in the fire and finished table side on Japanese coals with a sauce of garlic butter and Amisfield Brut. The Red Deer Wellington is a stunning masterpiece. Cooked rare and meltingly tender, encased in aged ham and duxelle, wrapped in a perfect pastry and presented with creative flair. At the time of our visit yesterday this was just the third day of a new and innovative menu. All staff were highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the menu and concept behind it. We have visited Amisfield on previous occasions and enjoyed stunning food, but this meal went beyond expectations. Unpretentious, informative, interactive and fun. A celebration of the region and our roots. Well done to the Chefs who have created this experience and we look forward to returning.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 August 2021

We dined at the restaurant last night, it was unbelievably delicious, special and elegant, the most creative and artistic meal I have ever had, an i am a chef that trained and worked in England, France, Australia and here in Aotearoa. Loved that they are...using native ingredients and honoring the local ingredients, hapu and iwi. Awesome job Thank you very muchMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 31 July 2021

I first just want to say that we are Amisfield Club members, have dined there numerous times and it is one of our favourite restaurants but our experience today was sadly very disappointing. For a birthday three of us went to Amisfield today for lunch...getting the only option for a sit in lunch - 4 course meal with snacks. The other option in the day is wine tasting with bar menu or at dinner you can choose between 5 courses or 7 courses. I last dined at Amisfield for dinner less than a month ago so some of the courses I had had before and had pre-existing expectations. When we arrived at 2:30pm for a late lunch it was very busy and noisy. There was a group of 10-15 people standing inside some arriving some trying to pay and leave. Despite us arriving a couple of minutes late the table wasn't ready so we kind of had to awkwardly stnad in the small area, just because of how busy the place was. I think with the introuduction of the bar menu to be had with the wine tasting it made the entire restaurant extremely busy and noisy, a complete contrast to what it is normally like at dinner (and the only other times I've been there in the day we've sat outside). Once we got to the table we ordered a few drinks which as always were beautiful and got a quick glance of the menu before it was taken away. I don't know wjy restaurants always demand to take the degustation menu away, I always feel awkward asking for one to be left but it's much nicer to look at it throughout the meal to remind yourself of what you're getting. The first snacks and two courses left us with something to be desired. Normally when we've dined at Amisfield everything has been cooked beautifully and the flavours perfect, even if it's an ingredient you're not normally sure of but today one of the snacks I straight up thought was awful the flavour was so strong and not to my liking, the other two okay but nothing special, and the two first courses had very strong and overpowering flavours. It was cooked beautifully yes but very confronting flavours. At this point we were sitting there wondering if we had made a mistake going to Amisfield. It was also very difficult to understand the waiter. He did have an accent but he spoke so quietly that you just couldn't hear him. This made it hard to know what we were actually eating. As we were a later seating we had seen courses go out to other tables so I had been very excited when I had seen the crayfish snack that had been served at the last dinner go out. Unfortunately it never arrived at our table. Instead the main of venison came out. We discussed at our table whether we should query the staff but to be honest they never came over to the table to check how the meal was going, something quite unusual for Amisfield, and we couldn't remember when booking if there had been the option of more courses like with dinner. Once we got home we checked and for lunch there was only the one option and we belatedly found that one member of the party had gotten a shot of the menu in a photo they had taken at the start. Upon zooming in we could clearly see crayfish written on the menu so if we had seen it at the time we could may have said something, but then again we're quite conservative and quiet people so we may not have. However the food from this point, the venison, a cheese snack and a souffle for dessert were beautiful that we reached the end of the meal happy with the food unitl rght at the end. Once again haing dined at Amisfield before we know you often get a macaron, we had also seen macaron's go out to other tables. But no such macaron arrived and we even sat at the table longer than normal. So we left, paying $370 after club members discount and after taking off a $50 voucher. Normally we would say that's a great price for a drink each and dinner at Amisfield but today we were very disappointed. Hopefully it is just a one off but I think we may favour Rata and Tatsumi for our next few celebrations and meals out.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 30 July 2021

With 2 of our group having already been here previously we were eagerly anticipating excellence - and it was delivered. Three of us chose the set meat degustation menu and the other opted for the vegetarian experience - all with wine matching. The amuse bouche...offerings set our palates alight and were well complimented with light white wine tastings. As we progressed through the menu my wife was pleased by the vegetarian offerings - very delicate and artistically inspired use of beetroot mushrooms and locally sourced produce. Our tastings went from a very small hare terrine roll onto the last course of crayfish and monkfish , each accompanied by its own special jus/sauce and a wine to match, bring the tastes to a climax. Dessert was a warm souffle with a crusty surface which was then cut open and a quinelle of ice cream inserted . It was an exceptional experience - not cheap at $190 per person, but a memory you will not forget in a hurry. I don't suggest bringing kids or coming if you are just after a feed-, come to enjoy a 3 hatted chefs inspired dishes. Service was prompt and Parv our waiter was excellent in his explanation of each dish. BOOK in advance -it gets busyMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 17 July 2021

We went here for an afternoon wine tasting on a busy Saturday afternoon. Initially we were being served by a young girl with a long dark pony tail. After our first tasting, this girl had friends come in and she proceeded to spend the afternoon...serving and chatting to her friends leaving the poor gentleman behind the bar to look after everyone else. He did a great job but it was too much for one person whilst the other worker socialized. Don’t waste your time.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 9 July 2021 via mobile

We had a family lunch in the Glasshouse which we all found amazing. It was warm with great 360 views. We could Bluetooth in our own music and temperature control the heat. The 4 course degustation was completely delicious and additional wine match perfect! Great...service and food all round - thank you Amisfield.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 20 June 2021

We were really looking forward to a wine tasting and drink at Amisfield. We arrived without booking and understandably the tables were full. The front of house asked us to wait and he would see what he could do. Next minute he is seating the...people behind us in the queue! We had been waiting 20 min for a table and should have been next, really disappointing.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 18 June 2021 via mobile

Yum yum yum Everything was great despite how busy they were and the dangers of parking. We got a decidedly average table location and it was chilly out. But the staff, the food and wine more than warmed us. Great experience, large party with lots...of choices and we couldn’t fault a thing.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 7 June 2021

Sitting at a picnic table outside was very pleasant in the sunny crisp air. Interestingly the ground was all sand. The staff were happy and respectful and nice, energetic and helpful. There's not much better than good food and friends and wine.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 14 May 2021

Where to begin? After almost 10 years of dining at Amisfield, and our long-term relationship with Chef Vaughan I thought it was time to write my first review! It is fair to say we have seen numerous changes over the years, and nearly forty seasons....Our first experience with a young chef just returning from NOMA (Yes that NOMA) was at the genesis of our food adventures that has taken us to many of Australia’s & New Zealand’s top restaurant’s. Yet we still remember what was on the menu nearly 10 years ago, and the absolute generosity to flip his then trust the chef menu in the evening as we had dined at lunchtime. Making that point and marking our first meeting with some scrumptious Pork Belly, then proceeding to show photos of his torturous tenure making NOMA’s famous Snowman. What began that day and dining 4 to 5 times a year from then on! Obviously talented and passionate at the start to the Three hatted Chef of the Year we have today, we have been there for the journey. So, to mark our first time back in some 15 months (Travel bubble !!!) How was Amisfield? Change was enviable (Thanks COVID), and as we first walked in, front of house was a completely new set of faces. While my internal monologue was going “don’t you know who we are”, as some sort of higher-powered diner or knob depending on how you see it. It didn’t matter, whether it was our first or 40th experience the latter being appropriate. The front of house where warm and engaging, astute and attentive, almost radiating we know our menu, and wine rocks so just roll with it. And as read by the que card, have you dined here before? Provoking a quick once or twice, we were off. As we know Amisfield wines intimately no wine match for us. To the food, and being totally objective. We did both a Lunch and Dinner set menu. Why do diners keep coming back? Quality, Consistency, innovation? All attributes Amisfield has. Yet for me it’s the new surprises every season brings. We started as usual with the tastiest snacks (With a few Chef treats thrown in for good measure, Thanks for the “Taco” Chef Vaughan) livening our palettes to what was about to unfold. Each course was like singleing out sections of an opera, and layering an already alive palette into a set of experiences in total harmony with each other, and making utter sense of each ingredient (Seasonality at its finest). The true art of making the complex simple! Service was exceptional, Wine was exceptional & Food was exceptional. This is hands down the best restaurant in the region. Sorry it’s taken 10 years for a review, call this review an accrual of 10 amazing years. And like fine wine getting better with age. P&KMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5