Reviews for The Oyster Inn
22 days ago
The Oyster Inn was a great start to a fantastic long weekend of wining, dining and relaxing on Waiheke Island. We arrived late in the evening; most of us jaded and having traveled straight from work so we were looking for the perfect place to unwind. The Oyster Inn did not disappoint! The restaurant is located smack-bang in the middle of Oneroa town, up a secluded ramp with private dining room and shop on one side and the main restaurant on the other side. As soon as you enter the dining room, it's hard not to instantly feel like you're on island time. The whitewash relaxed décor with Cape Cod styling were the ideal complement to the sweeping views of Oneroa Bay that the large balcony looks over. Try and get a table outside on the stools to really maximise the views and experience.
As it's almost a crime to come to an establishment and not eat the dish of its namesake, we started with the Tio Pinot, Marlborough Sounds oysters ($60/dozen) served with lemon and Chardonnay vinegar and shallots. These oysters were just as described to us by our waiter – fresh, creamy and fleshy. In addition, we ordered the new style kingfish sashimi with chilli, sesame and yuzu ($21) as a starter.
For mains, the girls opted for the grilled market fish (snapper) with Vietnamese style slaw and spicy nam jim ($34) and the boys chose the line caught Hauraki Gulf gurnard and triple cooked chips ($26). The grilled market fish was cooked to perfection – flaky, delicate and crispy skinned with a refreshing salad and a very moreish hot, sour and tangy nam jim. The triple cooked chips that came with the battered gurnard were fantastic and many chips were stolen off the boys’ plates…they really were that good!
To the disappointment of one of our fellow diners, there was no chocolate on the dessert menu however we still went ahead and ordered the Eton mess ($12) and the choux buns with vanilla ice cream and warm salted caramel sauce ($14). The warm salted caramel sauce more than made up for the lack of chocolate – smooth, salty and the caramel cooked right up to the point of burning to achieve a delectable caramel flavour.
Special mention must go to our very knowledgeable and patient waiter, Buster, who suggested wine tastings when we were indecisive over what wine to order, provided super service and maintained a professional yet relaxed attitude even though we were that "annoying" table that arrived half an hour before the kitchen closed and the last table left at the end of the evening! If you are heading over to Waiheke Island, The Oyster Inn is a must to visit. The food, location and people simply make it a pleasure to dine there. It would be a seafood lovers dream restaurant to sit back, relax and “get shucked”!
3 months ago
Been here this afternoon, and after waiting at the door for few minutes I started wandering around as other people did too.
Then I stood by a table and started looking around to grab someone's attention. The rude man showed up and put cutlery on another table signaling for me to move across. I asked can if I sit where I am instead (both were small tables). He yelled at me in front of all guests: "ONE PERSON YOU SIT OVER HERE".
I made my way out without uttering a single word as am not explaining anything to a person who's not worth any respect.
by Nick & Jayne
6 months ago
A girls weekend away from the kids to Waiheke was a huge treat to behold! The weather was glorious, the company couldn't have been better but sadly our dinner out was disappointing. After much deliberation not to mention an email trail over a kilometre long (!) we decided on dining out at The Oyster Inn. The location was lovely as was the wine list but thats where the loveliness ended - only 2 of our meals out of 6 were deemed better than we could have cooked. My steak and onion rings were overly oily, the steak over seasoned and pretty ho hum, actually hubby could have done better on the backyard BBQ! Was most definitely not worth the $39 price tag, came with no sides nor was I asked if I would like to order something green and leafy! The service while pleasant enough was not really very attentive other than quickly filling our wine glasses after each sip (!). We were not asked whether our meals were ok and to be honest when you are out with a group no one wants to make the first complaint without prompting so we all paid up and left without mentioning how disappointing our food was. Won't be going back and would not recommend :-(
by Wei-Kai Shyu
6 months ago
Had the honour of playing a Sunday afternoon gig here. The staff there are extremely friendly, especially the owner of the place. Very nice atmosphere, right by the seaside. The view is great if you choose to sit by the deck. Had the steak there and it was marvellous! Not too much, not too little but just the right amount to leave you satisfied and be able to leave the place happily without stumbling down the stairs. I would gladly dine there again.
by Gregory Hugh
11 months ago
Had a very enjoyable time at the Oyster House and we were more than well cared for by staff..but am still 'frustrated / annoyed' by ordering 'Tempura Oysters' which appeared to be cut-up part or half Oysters sourced form Helensville, in a Tempura batter at $28.00 for 6.. listed as 1/2 dozen Oysters. (Did actually see the kitchen staff cutting up the oysters as I arrived - not realizing that's what was going to be served). Ultimately very fun but really not good value (and maybe somewhat dishonest).
Feb 15, 2014
The Oyster Inn is Wonderful. Fresh quality seafood, divine desserts. We had the tempura oysters, lobster bisque and a lemon pie. Friendly, excellent service, clean quirky and beautifully positioned by the sea. Faultless. I'd love to stay at the inn itself and work through the menu!
Jan 16, 2014
A wonderful place. The staff are a joy. We were a group of seven who arrived after a couple of hours at cable bay and then stayed far too long for lunch. But nothing was a problem for the staff. The food is great.
by Kate W
Nov 18, 2013
Quite a long way to go for a restaurant when you live on the North Shore but what a fantastic day out. The new restaurant is bright, airy, fresh and very seaside-y. Local oysters were a hit as was the steak and chips. I only wish I'd had room for the banana toffee dessert. I had one bite of my partner's and it was incredible. There was so much on the menu i wanted, it was very hard to choose. Waiting staff were professional but friendly and the whiole place felt incredibly laid back yet efficient, not easy I imagine.
Nov 11, 2013
We had heard great things about Oyster Inn so decided to do a brunch there for my 60th.
What a disappointing experience all round. The Eggs Benedict that three of the party of six ordered were less than acceptable. The eggs were almost hard-boiled. We spoke to the waitress who apologised and said she would tell the chef. The tuatara fritters were very over-priced, two tiny fritters for $22.50!
A most disappointing experience altogether and as they say word of mouth is the best advertising. We shall be telling all our friends of our experience.
by Thai Qn
Nov 07, 2013
Neutral opinion about the Aussie groups-exp/
I like it here for their trendy rooms for stay, a busy restaurant is always going to miss something out..kind of sucks that it's you. I think it's a 'good thing' that this restaurant/hotel is over-staffed.
The Sirloin dish was definitely quality and not powder-pasted together cut off huge rolls... These people work really damn hard, clean their floors and they are very professional, just dine here as I'm sure they don't mean to leave you out.
Oct 28, 2013
Our family of four visited on the Friday of Labour weekend.
We had a booking and were shown straight to our table. The setting is relaxed, beachy batch style with really friendly staff.
We had a mixture of dishes including entrees and mains. The food was timely and very nice.
I really enjoyed the clam chowder enter and the fish pie. We all enjoyed our meals.
Nice to see these guys supporting the wild on waiheke brewery.
Thanks for a great meal.
by David Boshier
Oct 07, 2013
Like most eating establishments on the island it is not cheap but the food and service make it good value. You also need to book as this place is popular.
Right from when you walk in the door you are greeted with a friendly welcome and a smile. Our cocktails turned up quickly and it was not long before we were seated at our table.
The pork sliders are well worth a try as the come with a kick which is a good change from the norm.
If on the island for a few days, this place is worth a try.
by Rachael Hill
Oct 01, 2013
We had heard good things about The Oyster Inn restaurant, and with my girlfriends visiting from Sydney we decided to book dinner there for the Saturday night. Well... it seems our table was completely forgotten about, we were put down one end of the balcony and despite ordering our drinks and mains as soon as we arrived we waited 1hr 40 mins for our food, and in the meantime asked for more olive oil and breads given the wait time to be told we would be charged for it and twice we had to ask to order drinks. Once the mains eventually arrived the food was great but the service was enough to put a dampener on our entire evening.
On the Sunday, they had DJ's playing so we thought we would go for a few afternoon drinks and give them a second chance. We asked to order cocktails and were told we couldn't order these as they were too busy yet the premises was left than half full and then we were asked by our waiter twice to switch tables as other groups had come in..... We couldn't leave fast enough and took our business elsewhere. Such a shame, we won't be returning.
Sep 23, 2013
You could almost feel that you were dining in the Florida Keys or Caribbean at the Oyster Inn..... lovely white decor, cool breezy atmosphere and a stunning view, as you sit on the deck gazing over azure blue water. Gorgeous! :)
We were made welcome by the friendly staff and were led to an inviting table on the deck. I chose the seafood chowder that was the best I had tasted in a VERY long time - very tasty and then went on to the sardines on toast, which were delicious. My partner couldn't go past the fish and chips which included triple-cooked chips - full of flavour! We both had a glass of local wine each - the Kennedy Point Cuvee Chardonnay and the Man'O'War Chardonnay - proclaming both fabulous choices!
We shared dessert of toffee and banana pudding - which was so freshly baked it was still warm - heavenly!
We enjoyed ourselves so much we visited The Oyster Inn a second time during our stay at Waiheke. Unfortunately the fish and chips (I had to try them this time!) weren't as fresh and tasty as the first time - the chips a little TOO crispy and the fish a bit tasteless. However, I had the fresh oysters which were truly delightful.
We would definitely visit The Oyster Inn a third time on our next Waiheke sojourn - a lovely place to stop for lunch in the village, especially on a fine day with such a stunning view over the water.
by Wolfie W
Sep 10, 2013
Nice fit out, and very stylish decor but it lacked any warmth of welcome - we stood for too long trying to see where we might sit as we were just in for drinks not dinner - a group of about 4 or 5 business types were dominating not only the bar but also had put their stuff (keys, glasses, phone) on the table where the only lounge seating was - we were unsure if they were heading to sit there or not and they most certainly weren't giving an inch! Had to squeeze behind one large man as he shouted in to his phone - almost completely blocking our way as we followed the waiter to a dining table which was our only option for somewhere to sit. The drinks took a very long time to arrive, and my effort to engage with the person that brought them left me feeling slighted and rather inconsequential. Disappointing, particularly as we hoped to stay in the accommodation here next time... that won't be happening. After a weekend of great hospitality all around the island I can only say the Oyster Inn is not on the list for our next visit.
by Jeanette Norwood
Aug 04, 2013
Views and service first class. Easy to see why the maitre d won an award this year. Range of prices allows you to tailor make the meal to suit the purse. The deserts are divine.
Mar 28, 2013
Nice views and love what they have done to the place - the decor is great.
However the food was over-priced and average, the service was "in your face" overly attentive (great if you like that, but we didn't).
Lots of good things, but overall, disappointing.
by Callum Melhuish
Dec 27, 2012
Finally someone got it right in Oneroa. The refurbishment obviously spared few expenses, leaving a restaurant easily transported to the heart of Remuera and not being the odd one out. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, from owner to manager to bartender. Possibly over staffed but perhaps that's my own 9 years in the industry talking. Can't wait to come back and will surely recommend to family and friends alike.
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