Rothko at Sculptureum

4.6
276 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Bistro
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  • Lunch
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions

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Bistro dining, using the best of the local ingredients, situated in one of the most unique sculpture gardens you will find.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Bistro, Contemporary European, New Zealand
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Mon, Thu–Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Bar and Sculpture Garden
Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
09-955 7107
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Jarrod McGregor
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
200 car parks on the property. Scultptureum is not liable for any belongings or damages whilst onsite.
Additional
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
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CH
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

the staff were very accommodating to our requests.
beautiful food !

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BC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A place beyond imagination from the food, wine and walks

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AC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Interesting though expensive food experience. Some dishes were brilliant, others not so but we had too many sides and required more frank guidance from the very helpful and friendly staff. Pleasant location with the sculpture park and gallery the main motivation for a visit. This was exceptional. Parking and accessibility was excellent on a Friday lunch time.

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T
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top notch venison, and excellent kumara dish left me wanting exactly that same meal next time! Wonderful meal, perfect filling portion size, great atmosphere with the wood fire and candles along with the art, plus friendly and helpful staff with speedy service. Everyone in the group thoroughly enjoyed their meals, and I'm told the fish was exceptional. I will very definitely be back on a regular basis, I'm already looking forward to the next meal at Rothko. Well worth the drive.

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SX
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience. Loved it all. Food was interesting. Service exceptional and ambience great. Clean and welcoming.

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NI
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Menu keeps changing for the worse
To delicate food. Trying to be to clever

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AH
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A brilliant lunch . A taste delight . Would Definately come again.

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KE
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch delicious food good selection of wine with attentive and helpful staff. Great for a special occasion -

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LD
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed the opportunity to dine out of the city in a quiet rural setting. The selection of vegetable dishes were innovative & delicious.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was fantastic along with the sculpture gardens and the galleries. Only suggestion I would make would be to discount the entry fee's to the gardens and galleries if you've eaten at the restaurant.

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AN
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The only adverse comment each time we have come which would be about 4 visits to Resturant, the meals have been very slow to be served.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always we loved the cuisine and ambience - our third Occassion to bring visitors to Omaha. Thanks to Anthony for our brief intro to the art collection. We will try to incorporate for our various international/ kiwi/Aussie visitors for a real treat!! Amazing!! Well done on a “world class” facility. Deb and David

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BB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

first time at local restaurant - a great addition to the area

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EM
63 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had lunch here after visiting the wonderful Sculptureum. We had a brilliant time here - I had the dayboat fish which was fresh and well-cooked, the rest of the group had the meat dishes which they raved about and our sharing sides were excellent too. Service was attentive and prompt, very friendly staff. It was pouring with rain outside but we felt warm and cosy inside. Really glad we made the trip out here, will return if we're headed that way!

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LB
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Flawless as usual - food, service and atmosphere! Staff are attentive but not intrusive, perfect balance!

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AH
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lovely Sunday lunch after exploring Sculptureum.
Great service, and really yummy food. Would definitely come again.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Venue was beautiful and elegant creating a very pleasant environment to dine and enjoy the ambience of the room. Food was really good although would have liked a bit more in terms of sides. When we were seated there was no discription of the menu in terms what was meant by fish meat and vegetables. Service felt unwelcoming to the point we weren't offered dessert or coffee and felt like staff were hovering to the point were they took my partners wine glass away as soon as she had finished drinking. Overall we spent an hour and a half ther with only one meal feeling disappointed about what was our 5 year anniversary celebration. Would not recommend to anyone I know

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CO
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On a chilly Winters night the ambience with the fire was lovely. The service attentive & knowledgeable & food delicious. Will be back. Thank you.

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B
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food and wine were excellent although the waiter brought me the wrong entree! I ate it anyway and it was superb. Waiter needs to be more natural and less speaking to a script, "you're welcome!' a hundred times.
(Ambience is spelt with an 'e')

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l
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

such a varied menu and caters well as I am vegetarian; unusual mixes of food with mouth-watering results

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AH
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff are always great here and food never disappoints. Day boat fish amazing. Good winelist.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic girls day out to enjoy the sculptures, lunch was an unexpected bonus. The food, the staff and the wine all wonderful. Would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return.

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GI
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great environment after a few hours of exploring the surrounds. Food was spectacular.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful lunch. Loved the vegetable dishes to accompany the rabbit .

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NE
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved our day at the Sculptureum and the lunch at Rothko was honestly the best food I've had n a very long time :)

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KM
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely lunch with service that went above and beyond. Highly recommend.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

Food was superb, but ambiance and quality of ambiance is let down by the extensive use of plastic drop down curtains, which not only drop the standard, but were cold, inspite of the electric heaters. Even overall construction does not match the quality of the food, and it is such a shame that all the amazing artwork is hidden from view. You have no idea that you are in the presence of such greatness. Surely it would be possible to have some of the amazing art spotlit to best advantage. Currently, it is just another restaurant ... with great food. But if some of the art was easily viewed, it could be a very special place.
And, on a more minor note, the Wine Waiter/Maitre d' could upgrade his baggy pants and runners to a more professional appearance .... and my wife's pet peeve .... please don't ask her "are 'You Guys' ready to order" !
We will return .... hopefully often.

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RT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always a great dining experience here - food is excellent, staff are great.

The only disappointment was seeing the Pork Belly had been removed from the revamped menu.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

We took two mums for Mother's day dinner.
Waiting staff was friendly but when we entered the restaurant, it took a while for a staff to acknowledge us. We found the food too salty but the wines were lovely.
I thought it would be nice if the indoor exhibition was open for all dining guests.
There were no lights outside the car parking area to the restaurant so when we were leaving to get to the car, we needed to use our phone torches. It was especially dangerous as it was raining and both mothers were in their 80s. Some motion sensor lights would be ideal.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another amazing meal in a fantastic setting. Well done the team at Rothko - you never fail to deliver. With a creative menu and brilliant wine list we will keep coming back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a great meal and very special time many thanks to the staff front of house and fabulous chefs

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KF
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had lunch at Rothko after visiting the Sculptureum gardens and galleries. A wonderful food experience to top off a wonderful art experience.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I had gone to Sculptureum to celebrate my husband's birthday. It is definitely worth the drive as we live in Howick. The food, ambience and dining experience at Rothko was a great ending to a very special occasion. The staff were very attentive. We have already recommended friends to make a trip to this amazing place to appreciate the sculptures and artwork from around the world.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

food was well presented, service was good. portions are small. For the mains I thought they could serve the meal in a larger plate rather than a green 3/4 sized plate. guess the small portion does not look so small in a smaller plate.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lovely night. First time patrons. The atmosphere was relaxed but still lively and chatty and the service was friendly but not intrusive. We loved the food and the presentation was well executed. I was impressed by the staff particularly.

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PO
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food! The service was great - as was the atmosphere. A real gem! Thank you.

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M
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch - the meals were fantastic and loved their wine. We highly recommend!

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MA
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

A very enjoyable experience at Rothko, the food and service was excellent - we both had the swordfish tartare which had a good chilli hit. It was a wet, rainy day so the roaring fire was inviting. My only disappointment was the complimentary wine which came with the overall park visit. I struggled through it where my friend elected to purchase other wine which she assured me was excellent.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing attentive staff without being intrusive. Great food and great venue

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O
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

It was very upsetting experience. When we arrived, we had to wait to be noticed by waitress. Despite me booking this place as a parent’s anniversary lunch for 4 people, we were seated in a corner(kitchen window).
My expectation was to be seated next to the fire place. I also notice that those tables next to fire place are for 4 people, instead couples were seated at those tables.
When we were seated at the corner (kitchen window), I have been advised that heater will be on soon, after 10 minutes, heater was still off. I approached waitress and asked about heater, answer was we cannot switch it on and no reasonable explanation why. Waitress advised us, all we can do for you is to change seats and place us even further from the fire place.
Portion of the food is tiny, three of us left this place hungry, only one person was lucky with the dish and happy.
You should state on menu that portions more like entry size.
Selection of dishes is also limited.
Wine and fireplace is beautiful.

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