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Elegance at 148 on Elles Restaurant

5 star rating 30 reviews

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03 2161000

148 Elles Rd, Invercargill Central, Invercargill

  Kiwi, European, Mediterranean
Mon - Sun from 6.00pm


Reviews for Elegance at 148 on Elles Restaurant

5 star rating
by Neil Selman
Oct 07, 2013

Outstanding on all accounts. The service was attentive without being obtrusive, the wine list had a good range representing good value and the meals were fantastic. I was particularly impressed with the flavours in the venison entree. I highly recommend 148 on Elles for any occasion.

5 star rating
by Dianne McFaul
Sep 05, 2013

This restaurant has to be one of the very best in Invercargill. Had a truly magnificent meal there last night. Meals were outstanding, beautifully presented and flavours amazing. The service was outstanding. Felt warm and welcoming as soon as we entered the room. Truly fine dining at its very best. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and we will definitely be returning.

4 star rating
by Sunita McGrath
Jul 22, 2013

Great service, felt very welcome from the moment we walked in. Food tasty but definitely not 'fine dining', perhaps for Invercargill it may be considered that but having steak and crinkle cut fries on the menu doesn't cut it for me. It was more good, slightly overpriced pub food. Nonetheless, it was a pleasant night out but probably wouldn't return if after fine dining experience. The service gave it four stars.

5 star rating
by Colleen Lennon
May 02, 2013

My husband and I finally found a place in Southland that's worth every cent. The meals were perfection. Staff were exceptional. As ex-Aucklanders now living in the best part of the world, we admit to being picky. There was nothing to pick on here. We will be recommending this restaurant to our guests who stay with us in Mossburn and anyone else who cares to ask about where to eat in Invercargill.
Beautiful building as well.

4 star rating
by Melodie Thorne
Feb 18, 2013

Everything a fine dining restaurant should be! Excellent service, delicious food and a nice setting, will definitely be returning.

5 star rating
by Robin
Feb 03, 2013

Excellent service here.
We have been before and had very good service from the present owners and staff.
However this time it was outstanding.
We had a very nice meal, staff were friendly, at the end when we were leaving our car would not start!

Alan came out to get some herbs from the garden.
He went out of his way to be helpful, giving us petrol, though that was not the issue. In the end he dropped us off at an address so we could organise a car to get us home, about 30km away.

All this was done for no charge.
Simply outstanding customer service. I could not fault it, and thoroughly recommend.

5 star rating
by Colin
Sep 09, 2012

This place is amazing. The service is outstanding. The food is the best I have had in Invercargill. I had the scollop's on the potato pom poms for a main. I did not think these two would go together but they did. For a desert I had the cheesecake. The flavours I cannot describe but I wanted more. I will definitely return.

5 star rating
by Jenny & Les
Sep 02, 2012

Amazing,The food was perfectly cooked, Presentation was fantastic, And going the extra mile for grandad just made it perfect. its nice to see real people who are genuine still exist out there. We cannot thank you enough for what you done tonite and we will definatly see you when we are down first week in October, thanks again Jenny & Les Kemp.

5 star rating
by Anne-Marie Keville
Aug 26, 2012

Went for dinner with my Husband, Daughter & Son-in law to be. I only have high praises for the delicious, beautifully presented meals. The service and atmosphere was warm and inviting. Will definitely be going back for future dinning. I had the Scollop's, my Daughter had the Pork Belly and the Men had Sirloin Steak and Fillet Steak, all meals were DIVINE. The Desserts yummy made your eyes roll back into your head.LOL!! A fine dinning experience, the best Restaurant in Invercargill in my opinion. Thank you to 148 On Ellis, Well done.

4 star rating
by Sarah Kerby
Jul 10, 2012

Were stoked with this place.

Waitress was really helpful and friendly, looked after us and gave us a great table. Food was really nice and good range on the menu.

Was expecting to be very expensive due to the 'fine dining' label but were pleasantly surprised, and will definitely be going back!

5 star rating
by Peter Downey
Dec 15, 2011

Our recent visit was on a relatively light mid week occasion. The service was outstanding, helpful & friendly, without being intrusive. The food was high quality. We had steaks, one beef fillet, one sirloin. Cooked exactly to our requirements. All other facets of the meal were of high quality.

5 star rating
by Eatingoutallthetime
Dec 11, 2011

Completely faultless. Best service and food in town. Can't believe we waited so long to go here. My favourite place in Invercargill now. The food was devine and the service outstanding. We didn't book and still got a fantastic table in the window. The place was busy but staff were calm and very obliging. Thanks for a great dining experience. We'll be back with our friends and family for sure.

5 star rating
by Bryce Sellars
Oct 18, 2011

In a word: Brilliant. Took my partner here over a year ago for her birthday and everything was fantastic. Traveled down to Invercargill again for my Grandfather's birthday. Had family members from the North Island down for the occasion and the task of choosing a restaurant fell on me. I Chose Elegance, as I was hoping my memory served me well. Indeed it did. The service was polite and not over-attentive, our mains were impeccable and the desserts were literally melt-in-the-mouth spectacular. I've never felt compelled to write a review for any restaurant before dining at Elegance at 148.

All I can hope is that I strike it lucky in the lottery so I can dine here on a daily basis.

5 star rating
by Teresa Van Hout
Oct 05, 2011

Could this be Invercargill's best kept secret?
Absolutely delicious food, beautiful presentation, the venison was melt in the mouth, great wine (in a good glass) & fabulous service!!!
We will definitely be going back...
Highly recommended to anyone looking for an elegant dining experience a cut above the rest!!!

4 star rating
by M Tait
Aug 22, 2011

We had a lovely evening at Elegance in August. Quiet background music, a warm welcome from attentive but unobtrusive staff and dinner at our own pace made this a memorable occasion. Reserved friendliness from the staff rather than "in your face" cheeriness is a pleasure to find. Despite being in a large group, choosing from a wide menu, our meals were delivered timeously and everyone enjoyed both the presentation and the food. Congratulations, Elegance, and thank you.

5 star rating
by Arahi McLeod
Aug 06, 2011

Wow, what a wonderful experience. Great hosts, lovely premises and the food just delicious. My partner and I had a dozen oysters meal each, cooked perfectly. We were too full for desert! We will definitely be returning.

5 star rating
by Kieran Colina
Mar 31, 2011

Excellent restaurant! They categorized themselves as 'Fine Dining', and it is probably the first 'Fine Dining' restaurant that has actually lived up to the term! My partner and I both work in the hospo industry and we can be very critical. We were pleasantly surprised. I had the venison which was cooked perfectly. The presentation was reasonably good, but could have been a bit better. My partner had just come out of hospital a day before and couldn't have anything too acidic, which they were very accommodating of. Prices were extremely good for the service we received. Definitely will be returning!

5 star rating
by Mia Mcknight
Oct 18, 2010

This restaurant was the celebratory venue for the wedding mentioned in Uptown Girl's column in the Southland Times (attended 16 Oct).It was baby brother's BIG DAY.
This was my first time at this restaurant(I know it had been trialed by bride and groom, and both sets of parents at different times beforehand).
If you live in In'gill or are visiting, this place is DEFINITELY worth a booking. At this wedding as well as the 'usual' (humph!), there were a table of under 15yos, a vegan, a fussy eater, a contingent of Foodies. All were well looked after, and VERY IMPRESSED.
The Waiting staff were there, but unobtrusive; the Chef read the guest well, when to joke, where to sit for a welcome chin-wag.
The wine/soft drink list was DIVINE (an under 12 year old was stoked with the bottled Nectarine juice). This place is a pleasure to eat in. If it can't be rated 6 out of 5, then my final comment is... (I am awaiting Uptown Girl's Review (Hang-over Tinged, of course...))BLOODY GREAT!!!

5 star rating
by Amanda
Jun 18, 2010

My husband took me for dinner in April 2010 for my birthday.
We had a fabulous meal. We both work in the hospitality industry so can be very critical. We however very impressed. The food was exquisite and service impeccable. Like previous diners, I was also surprised with a birthday dessert plate of which I had to take a photo to send to others.
I can't wait to go back!

5 star rating
by Tasha
Jun 09, 2010

What a great place! Service was exceptional! Warm, welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. The meal; we all went 3 courses and what a treat! Everything was fabulous with everyone raving about their dishes. The setting was lovely and warm with a roaring open fire going and soft back ground music that set the mood of a relaxing evening with Friends perfectly. Well done to all concerned we will most certainly be returning!

3 star rating
by Lauren Brown
May 17, 2010

What has happened here? I have reviewed this place before and always given top stars but last week not so. The service was excellent as always but the food let them down badly. This was not fine dining and we could have ordered a few of the things at a steak bar for less...and it wasn't that nicely cooked! Sorry guys got to be honest we didn't like it and we were a large party. The seafood was great but the rest was just okay.

Now August 2012: A large party of us went here last night. Great atomosphere, excellent service but STILL it's very average food! come on guys get this food sorted or don't advertise as 'elegant fine dining'

5 star rating
by Love2dine
Jan 26, 2010

This place never fails to delivery us with a fabulous evening. Service and food are both top notch without being contentious. Love the new Summer Taster on the Entrees, the Chef makes his own Cheese and it is divine I recommend you try it also the Crumble is the best I have ever had. Have dine here several times and will be going back knowing we will not be disappointed. PS If the Chef reads this I would love the Crumble Recipe!?!?

----- 02 Aug, 2009 -----
We had a wonderful evening here for a family members Birthday. The food was fabulous and the service impeccable (try the Prawns!). Mentioned to the waitress we were celebrating a birthday in passing and were surprised when Birthday 'Girl's" dessert come out on a specially decorated Happy Birthday Plate then to follow a handmade birthday card (signed by the staff) was presented to the Birthday 'girl' at the end of the meal. Both were lovely touches on top of a fantastic evening. This was the second time we have dined here and we can't fault it. We will be returning and recommend to whole heartily.

5 star rating
by Eatinoutlots
Jan 22, 2010

Agree with all the people who said they would be back. Service was fantastic, again attentive but not annoying, wine list was really good. The handbag and I took some encouragement to revisit this after experiences with past owners but were pleased we did. Will be back and have recommended it to others. To the owners, great job resurrecting this business. I did like seeing the menu posted outside to read before venturing upstairs.

5 star rating
by Rata Morris
Sep 20, 2009

Wow what a wonderful place! Very friendly Staff and Food to die for! Had an amazing night out. We will be back!

5 star rating
by Lauren Allott
Jul 21, 2009

Once again we had an evening out here a few weeks ago, this time it was a mid winter work dinner. We enjoyed our meals very much...oysters were a real treat, not over powered by other flavours. Nothing was a problem to the friendly helpful staff and we noted that they were still happy to cook for very late arivals at another table (10.30pm)without batting an eyelid. The place was over half full all evening with a steady stream of diners. Prices are reasonable, service and quality of food amazing! Check it out for yourselves.

----- 06 Apr, 2009 -----
Having just read the previous review about accomodating children with kids menu and highchairs....PLEASE NO! (sorry parents)but there are few if any quality places to relax now without noisey little people.Don't change whatever you do.

----- 06 Apr, 2009 -----
Excellent service, non intrusive while attentive, very good food.

5 star rating
by Dan
Jul 10, 2009

Had a lovely quiet meal here. Not many other patrons so chef came out and talked with us for a while which was cool. Meal was fantastic and we enjoyed the view from our table (watching a boy racer trying to push start his car in the street below...very funny).
Would recommend to anyone wanting a meal and experience of a higher quality than many of Invercargill's ILT establishments

5 star rating
by Angela Huntley
Feb 11, 2009

absolutely love there salads
and as soon as u walk in there u are greeted with some warm welcomes
only thing they need is kids menus and high chairs for little ones

but i rate it 100/100 for top quality food

5 star rating
by S Petrie
Jun 23, 2008

Wow had not been here for years and now wonder what had I been missing out on? The night started with a warm welcome and an offer to sit in the bar and have pre-dinner drinks in front of the roaring fire (think the chef was tiring to cook us) but just so lovely we stayed and shared a bread platter. Finally had to pull ourselves away from the fire and went to the table, I had a Pork Belly that melted in my mouth; Husband had the Beef Fillet topped with calamari a huge meal but very delicious, cooked just the way he wanted. Our friends both had the Pernod & Garlic Prawns with rice and salad, a smaller meal but the sauce was to die for. Desserts, yummy sums it up. Wine list is large and very impressive mostly NZ wines (not many by the glass though.)
The service was friendly and polished.
Over all the best night out we have had in Invercargill in many years. We will be back.

5 star rating
by Dianne Chinn
May 15, 2008

Once again this restaurant has given its all. The chef takes pride in serving up the well presented food in the lightest of sauces so that one can actually taste what they are eating. The waitresses are tops and always most helpful and friendly.
This is one place I go back to again and again. The prices are reasonable and good value for money.

5 star rating
by Peter Shirley O'Brien
May 13, 2008

One of the nicest pieces of blue cod I have ever eaten, cooked in a beautiful crisp beer batter to absolute perfection. The oysters were huge and to die for. The service by the very friendly 'Sonya' was again 5*, the restaurant itself was most inviting, clean and comfortable, an absolute must whenever dining in Invercargill.