Wairau River Wines Cellar Door & Restaurant

4.6
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92 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Opening in 1991, the Wairau River Cellar Door and Restaurant is one of Marlborough's original wine tourism destinations. Today the Cellar Door and Restaurant is managed and run by eldest daughter Pip Rose.

Younger sister Caroline Rose and her partner Tane Malcolm are the head chefs, preparing a simple and delicious menu focusing on fresh, Marlborough ingredients that changes with the seasons. The Restaurant is a casual environment, a reflection of how the Rose family entertains at home.

Open year round, the Cellar Door is the perfect place to sample the latest Wairau River wines and learn more about Marlborough and its grape growing history.
What 92 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AndrewG
Spain
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Incredible lunch. We shared the chicken paté and mussel chowder to start, great hearty flavours. The main salt and pepper prawns were some of the best I've ever had with a lovely sweet salad to accompany. We arrived slightly before our booking at 2:30pm with lunch being served till 3pm. My partner was told we had to order immediately, while I was in the toilet, as the kitchen was closing. We didn't feel welcomed throughout unfortunately

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RichardF
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always have a great meal at Wairau River. Beautiful food, attentive service and lovely wine. Highly recommend you go to WR.

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JanineR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, good portions, matched with wine, one of the best vineyard restaurants in Marlborough

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SherylC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a very nice lunch and the 5 year old was thrilled to get crayons and paper to colour in.

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SharynC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Another great meal never fails to deliver and the excellent favours

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MaxineK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can’t fault. Amazing service & food. We all enjoyed it. Thanks 😊

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JennyB
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very pleasant lunch. Great service and very much enjoyed the reserve Pinot Noir.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Under the circumstances it was a great experience however being seated facing a wall wasn’t particularly stimulating

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KateG
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fab place, lovely people and a scrummy food. Thanks!

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AandI19years
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious salads with meal and each one different.

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KBob
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

As usual. A good meal and great staff. Will definitely be back. Cheers

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OliviaD
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great customer service when booking and a wonderful lunch!

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PipD
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. Our favourite place to dine .

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Sheba
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed the food which was well presented and tasty but my husbands chicken and leek croquettes disappointed, although tasty he had misread and expected a piece of chicken with his croquettes not just 2 croquettes, the quantity of food was too small for him and he wanted dinner later ! the lamb burger was excellent and the beef ribs.

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LynneF
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely lunch, big fire, good food selection. We had chowder, prawns, soufflé and croquettes all delicious. Imaginative salads to accompany mains and a good crème brûlée.
A very helpful waitress.

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delish as always, consistently a great experience

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Chester
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely place to dine for lunch with family on a special occasion - we all enjoyed the Pate and Bread Entrees and our different meals were all delicious and served with fresh and tasty salads. It was also great that the FODMAP Diet was catered for with no fuss (although surprised by the extra costs for GF)

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fantastic food as always. The worst part was having to choose what to have! Everything looked amazing, however we couldn't go past the mussel chowder.

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NicolaH
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourites and a regular stop on our trips up to the sounds. And they let us take our little dogs to sit with us outside. 10/10!

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MaureenH
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Felt safe with checking in procedures.
Food good. Wine very nice. Lovely building.

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Baroness
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very enjoyable get together after lock-down. Food always consistently good and did not disappoint. Lovely surroundings and good service.

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AlanH
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent choice for dining out! A welcome relief after lockdown.

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JillW
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Always love coming here and it's just down the road from my work!

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TerriT
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic, George and the team do a great job and we love going to this restaurant

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BeverleyK
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service great wine I recommend any thing of the menu great to see it up and running again

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FrancesH
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Seated near kitchen, which was fine, but near open fire would be nice in winter !

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Andy
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, & plenty of it! Lovely wines. Great atmosphere & warm with the beautiful open fire. Attentive staff. Never disappointing at Wairau River.

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GrahamM
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

absolutely beautiful meal with great service and wonderful ambiance.

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JackieJ
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fabulous dining experience.
Superb wine, food and excellent service in indifferent circumstances.
I feel very safe in the environment.
Amazing views from our table, breathtaking with all the autumn colours and the blue hills in the distance.

We look forward to our next visit.

Thank you

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Jimmy
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and friendly service.
Every time we visit the food and service is the best. Consistent.
Our favourite place to eat in Marlborough

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DarrenM
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic reception on first day of Level 2, as usual service and food was outstanding.

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Colleen
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous setting & yummy menu.
We always enjoy lunch at Wairau River.

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TanyaP
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always delicious, and the wait staff super friendly. A clean, comfortable, warm, relaxed atmosphere. Many award winning wines to choose from - you can't go wrong. ENJOY!

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GrahamB
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Do have the mussel chowder - superb. The smoked beef is excellent too and the service friendly and helpful. Not to be missed.

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PennyT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was nicely presented and interesting flavours and wine recommendations were very good.

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ANNAM
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We had a lovely time at Wairau River Wines Restaurant. The food, service and wine were great and the staff were there when we needed them but did not hover or intrude. We really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend them!

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wine tasting staff were great.Four of us all had different meals and we were happy with all of them. Staff were friendly

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AlexK
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wairau River restaurant never fails to deliver delicious interesting food, warm and friendly service and the most delightful atmosphere - either outside in the sun or inside by the warmth of the fire. Highly recommend.

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vipGaryT
New Zealand
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, one of my favourite winery resataurants

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ElaineB
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We highly recommend Wairau River Wines Cellar Door & Restaurant to all our friends and bring all our overseas guests here, food and service are always spot on

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Wairau River Wines Cellar Door & Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 92 OpenTable diners.

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