Reviews for Cable Bay Dining Room
by Eli A
7 months ago
The rating is only based on me going there for a quick drink and snack. I went there with a friend, and a couple of drinks and french fries for a snack. The rating is for great service, excellent view and the fries were yummy. I know it sounds a bit weak, but believe me, making great fries is not easy :-) Will be back for an actual meal next time.
by Wilson Chau
8 months ago
Extraordinary views, an exceptional venue. I understand why so many people have touted this place as a top venue for their wedding. This place has it all in one neat package: get wowed as you enter the doors to funky art and a stunning view of the Hauraki Gulf, let the experts usher you through to the cellar for wine-tasting, and top it all off with lunch facing the lawn and sea.
For the main I had the Angus Scotch Fillet with Waiheke mushrooms, truffled leek, buckwheat and bok choy. The beef was done to my liking and all elements on the plate worked except the bok choy - it didn't need an Asian-style green on an otherwise great New Zealand/local dish, and I find that bok choy doesn't tend to work with truffle-flavoured items. I finished with the cheeseboard which went nicely with a diverse selection of Cable Bay and other NZ wines.
The Cable Bay Pinot Noir is exceptional, I'd recommend getting a bottle.
8 months ago
We loved this restaurant. The Angus beef was delicious. The taste and flavours were well balanced and the recommended wine was one of the best we have tried.
by Geoff Lawson
Aug 22, 2014
Lunch at Cable Bay - Faultless. We had a special family lunch at Cable Bay recently on a cold and wet winter’s day. We arrived to a very welcoming greeting from the duty manager/maître d’ Alan and were seated at a table near the floor to ceiling windows that had it been a fine day would have yielded a splendid view out over the water. Still a lovely fire provided much needed warmth and atmosphere and we were soon perusing the menu.
Menus in hand we then proceeded to scan the wonderful offerings. The fact that it was lunch time meant not a jot as I ran through entrees, mains and desserts – this was going to be the full monty.
To start we liked the look of everything so we decided to get one of each: Green olives, pickled garlic, rosemary, orange, fennel; Freshly Baked Ciabatta, EVOO, whipped butter, tapenade; Duck Liver Pâté, sherry jelly, almonds & brioche toast and Salted bluenose brandade, lemon peel, parsley & sour dough.
Despite the wind and rain outside we thought we were in heaven at this stage. A wonderful array of flavours and tastes and we hadn’t even got to the entrees!
More awful (in the nicest possible way) choices to make for the entrée. Variously we had the Cured salmon, crème fraiche, squid ink, cucumber, grapefruit, fennel; Braised game & carrot open ravioli; Roast artichoke, crayfish, shitake, bresaola (air-dried, salted beef), truffle jus and local oysters, chardonnay vinegar sorbet & lemon. I had the crayfish dish which was absolutely divine. Everyone else declared their choices exquisite.
Time for the mains. I went for the Free range pork, parsnip cream, braised quince, swiss chard, mustard was just sensational and perfectly matched with the Cable Bay Vineyards Syrah 2012. I really like parsnip and am rather partial to quince so there were so real bonuses with this dish.
Deb went for the Line caught fish, roast cauliflower, mussels, caper, lemon & nasturtium and it didn’t disappoint – moist as it should be (and often isn’t) and flavoursome.
The rest of the gang variously chose Beef fillet, braised shin, black garlic, charred onion, leek, brown butter potato; Merino lamb rump, green wheat, carrot, date, yoghurt & chestnut and the Spelt & potato gnocchi, walnut milk, grilled cos, broccoli, maple.
They all sounded wonderful, looked amazing and the tastes and flavours were sensational.
Given the special nature of the event, I had ordered in advance what turned out to be a gorgeous decadent chocolate cake which had the added bonus of being able to be cut to requested size.
We loved the whole Cable Bay dining experience. Wonderful and warm service – nothing was too much trouble. Unbelievably superb food. One of those “we’ll always remember” experiences. And full marks to Cable Bay for being so helpful in organising the celebratory cake. They made our big day very special. Thank you Alan, Josh and Liz.
Can’t wait to go back.
So if you’re looking for a superb outing, a day trip to Waiheke for lunch at the Cable Bay Winery & Restaurant could not be beaten. In a word - faultless
by Chris Baldock
May 19, 2014
My wife and I got married at Cable Bay in 2012, so perhaps I am a little biased (on account of Cable Bay providing a truly fantastic ceremony and reception).
That said, this is an excellent example of a winery restaurant. The wine is superb, but so is the food. An absolutely top quality menu, for both the main restaurant and wine bar. Service is outstanding - attentive and friendly, but in no way pretentious or imposing.
Beautiful views back to Auckland (especially at sunset).
by Eugene St John
Apr 29, 2014
My last visit was a huge disappointment and it was really down to service of which there was little. Yes, the place was busy but our English waiter spent the hours we were there trying to ignore us. It was a struggle to get to order. It was a greater struggle to get plates and glasses taken away. It was then a huge drama to get him to wipe down the table. If you can't offer proper service, you shouldn't be open.
by Michelle Koizumi
Mar 01, 2014
Cable bay is fantastic! I went here for lunch last week and had the eel salad for my entree,it was delicious,wanted more!
Then I had the lamb...WOW...I could have eaten more,it was juicy and melt in your mouth.
The cable bay pinot noir w
A great place to take friends from out of town.as spectacular,unfortunately they had no more in the cellar for sale,its that popular,the staff were friendly and informative.
After our meal we went to the tasting room then outside to take in the views on the bean bags.
by Maggie G
Jan 09, 2014
Cable Bay is one of Waiheke's famed vineyard restaurants. The setting alone is stunning - a gorgeous architecturally-designed building with breath-taking views back towards the Auckland city skyline.
So, being a Waiheke winery, the wine is top-notch. And the food measures up pretty well too. When we've visited there has always been delicious seafood such as salmon or Coromandel scallops on offer, as well as the standard-type mains of lamb, steak, fish etc. What stands out to me at Cable Bay is the accompaniments. Often unusual or slightly challenging on paper, they always excite your taste buds. Interesting & exotic ingredients such as barberry, celeriac & confit egg yolk will be explained by the fantastic waitstaff. And you can't go past the free range pork with the classic sides of sweet potato & apple - yum!
Cable Bay isn't cheap, but is a great venue for a special occasion.
by Kiwi Food Wonders
Nov 21, 2013
Ahh, Waiheke! Every time you are on the island, come summer or winter, it’s a magical place where time just drifts away and all of the troubles just become mere blotches in the happy puffy white clouds that push by the atmosphere on occasion. Otherwise, Waiheke has a microclimate of itself – the island really is always a good 2 or 3 degrees warmer all year round than it’s big neighbour on the mainland: Auckland City. Apart from lifting your mood, another property of it’s sheltered climate is that it makes a bloody good grape, and if you haven’t been on one of the many vineyard tours on Waiheke already, it’s great value for money and is definitely worth your while.
Today however, we were here for the weekend to lounge out in style at Cable Bay. Not only is it one of Waiheke’s premiere vineyards, it’s also (according to our all round good-guy come tour guide, Terry the taxi driver), the best restaurant bar none on the island. As the winter sun warmed our souls, we arrived at Cable Bay at lunchtime on a Saturday in mid May. Sitting first in the separate wine bar to sample some of the vineyard’s wines, we were catered to very attentively. We looked in on the All Black sheep and other artwork that was stuck down one of the little alcoves around the building. You can also see the grapes being processed through a vast array of sparkling silver machinery. All this noseying around builds quite an appetite, so we got our seats by the window looking back towards Auckland City, the Sky Tower visible in the distance. Inside, the decor is stark and a little bit cold. I dare say on a winter’s night when the big fire at the rear of the restaurant is going full pelt, that atmosphere will differ quite a bit, but in the harsh light of day, perhaps a little extra atmospheric lighting wouldn’t go amiss?
To start, I had a venison carpaccio with roasted macadamia, shitake mushrooms, porcini cream, sherry and fig, all matched up with Cable Bay Pinot Noir 2010. That porcini cream is out of this world, melt in the mouth which matches the texture of the carpaccio superbly. My dining partner had pan fried scallops with ham hock and broad beans. Hate to re-use sayings, but those bad boys were also melt in the mouth.
And to the mains, lamb with farro, barberries, spinach, feta & green olives. The barberries were well selected for the dish. The lamb, slightly oily for my taste but matched with a Shiraz, went down pretty well. Our other dish was pork belly with a leek and cauliflower mash. Crackling was just right but the pork possibly a little on the fatty side.
To read more, check out: http://kiwifoodwonders.com/2012/06/10/cable-bay-waiheke-island-auckland/
Nov 14, 2013
I celebrated a special birthday here with my family last weekend. What an amazing setting, especially watching the sunset! The dinner was superb, everyone at the table of 6 agreed. The wines excellent too. The wait staff were very attentive without being in your face. A very special night. Thank you.
by Trina Cullum
Jan 08, 2013
I don't recommend you make a group booking here. I recently had a birthday here for around 20 guests. The communication wasn't at all smooth leading up. I had to mention 3 times that there would be someone attending who was lactose intolerant and even went in the day before the event to check everything was actually booked because no one had emailed me back. The MORNING of the event they emailed me asking to confirm numbers - even though I had been into the restaurant myself the day before to do this in person after no response by email. They also had my mobile number so I don't understand why they didn't phone, if they were still confused. We also felt like we were in the cheap seats a bit, my friends were joking that maybe they didn't want to wash a whole lot of napkins, because we had paper and everyone else in the restaurant had cloth. When I went to order sides for the table we could only choose from fries and salad. When paying $70 for an entree and main, it would have been nice to have something other than fries to accompany it. Although, the salad was really nice. The food in general was very good and the staff very friendly. When we got back to Auckland a few days later I went through the bill and realised we had been charged for an extra bottle of wine. When I rang Cable Bay to discuss this, they said that there wasn't anything they could do about it as it was too long ago. I guess its my fault. I didn't think there would be any trouble trusting them with the bill as they have a good reputation and are a quality establishment. Considering our bill was over $1,600 and we spent over $300 at the bar before and after the lunch I didn't think I would get the response I did, when I rang telling them what had happened with the bill. We spent nearly $2,000 in one afternoon and they won't refund for a bottle of wine that cost $52? I wasn't going to argue over it, so just left it. Just put a huge damper on my birthday. For groups under 10 people I bet this place would be amazing. 10 or more, check your bill before you leave - apparently they ask you to do this, no one actually said this to me. I just honestly didn't think I would have to.
by Peter Wilson
Nov 11, 2012
We went to Cable Bay in early November 2012 to celebrate a 40th birthday and everyone in our party had a great time and very much enjoyed the fantastic food, the attentive service and the superb surroundings.
The food was excellent with the usual food envy around the table, though everyone loved what they had. The wine list was also very approachable.
Of special note was the children's menu. Our daughter enjoyed (and devoured) some lovely beef, vegetables and chips that was prepared with the same skill and attention as all the adult meals, which was a noticeable difference for us as many other restaurants (even some claiming to be fine dining) serve up chicken nuggets etc for children as almost second grade cheap food. Our daughter was treated as an equal within our party and enjoyed running around on the grass out the front overlooking the harbour. She's already asked us when we're going back.
A great place to go, and we're very much intending to head back there soon.
by Sam E
Jan 14, 2012
4th visit but first time for dinner.
Wine and tapas have always been brilliant so we decided to do dinner..
exceptional, food, wine, service!
Service was professional but casual/relaxed and welcoming.
The same bottle of wine in the tasting area was exactly double the price in the restaurant... Go figure that one out.
Apr 27, 2011
Another spectacular winery with an arty view. We didn't order off the menu as had just been to Mudbrick, instead we sat outside and enjoyed a wine and soaked up the views. I'll be back for a meal as the menu looked tantalisingly yummy.
by David Boshier
Jan 07, 2011
There is only one way to really enjoy Cable Bay and that is by helicopter landing on the lawn. As the packages contain the meal and return transfers they are reasonable.
The view back to Auckland over the harbor matches the wine and food. It is the perfect location to take friends from out of town.
Take a tour of the downstairs dining room and cellar.
The service never disappoints.
by Mark Gregory
Apr 02, 2010
The view alone melts away all feelings of stress, a slice of island life heaven, all wrapped up in a lovely designed restaurant. Someone clearly has both ambition, love and money and the customer benefits from it all.
Now to the food, fresh fish was snapper, simple and beautiful, duck which is something I almost always order when its on the menu was as good as nearly all in Auckland city except perhaps the French Cafe who compliment it with mandarin. Cant quite remember what the young ones had but they liked it and wanted to go explore the the helicopter pad.
Desserts were shared and deliciously consumed by everyone at the table.
This is a serious restaurant making a name for itself, highly recommended and the best we have enjoyed on Waiheke to date!
Dec 01, 2009
What can I say, Cable Bay is a benchmark for others to follow. It has everything you expect from a top restaurant without the snobbery.
Feb 19, 2009
Gorgonzola Mousse on Toasted Brioche with Cherry Confiture and Walnuts...mmmmmmmmm still makes my mouth water to think of it. Don't miss this treat of a restaurant or the fabulous sunset looking back towards mainland Auckland. (Waiheke was a real highlight of our 6 weeks in NZ.)
Aug 29, 2008
Excellant food, wines and service here. the staff really know there wines and are really friendly to talk to. it has a awesome view out over the gulf during the day or at night a wonderful view back to the lights of auckand city.
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