Wairau River Wines Restaurant

4.6
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202 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Winery
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.

The Cellar Door is the perfect place to sample the latest Wairau River wines and learn more about Marlborough and its grape growing history. At this time tastings are by appointment only.
What 202 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlanR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourite places, especially when it’s a warm sunny day and can dine outside and admire the view of the vines and the hills behind.
Staff as friendly and professional as usual and lovely background music.

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GabiL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service great wine would always come again. It is a habit, off the ferry and lunch at Wairau river wines.

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LizW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Prawns were absolutely fantastic. Salad that went with them was flavoursome and delicious

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AnkeS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Wairau River Wines restaurant services excellent food, I would recommend trying it out for lunch.

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PeterH
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice place to take out of town people we all thoroughly enjoyed the food and matched wine

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MoniqueW
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Will definitely recommend it to others.

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TrueBlueKiwi
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outlook - sat outside overlooking the landscape toward Wairau River. Food was excellent!

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Raesie
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, food absolutely beautiful. Definitely will be back

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SoniaE
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and great value. The young staff were exceptional. Young staff can sometimes be non-engaging but the staff here were friendly and engaged in conversation. Great feeling and made us feel special. Well done and keep this up. We will certainly be back...

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CaroleM
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food, terrific service and superb wines - what more could you ask for?

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Hama
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Made a lunch booking, tasty food and good portion size. Great atmosphere and service. Staff were friendly and attentive but not intrusive. 20% of wine purchases when dining was a nice perk!

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JamesW
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pleased to be offered a vegan option. Lovely wine.

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MarciaC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great outdoor seating area, quick and friendly service....

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ChrisG
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Twice baked blue cheese soufflé was outstanding! Well-matched with the pear salad

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PaulaF
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and wine. Excellent service with a smile.

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VicS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it!!! The food was delicious and the wine was a perfect match!!!

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Selwyn
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Menu on website varied to actual. Meal not as good as last time we dined there

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TessaN
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning lunch in a beautiful setting. Horrible weather but was so cosy inside. Food amazing.

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HaroldR
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy dining at Wairau River,the service is excellent and the food is consistently good.

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BethJ
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Well worth the visit. Lovely staff and very professional.

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KylieM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service! We had a delicious lunch and yummy wine

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chrisH
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Quite good food.menu was poor not much to choose from.Buns were rock hard and unedible.Might not be back for a while

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LauraG
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Must recommend for anyone visiting in Blenheim.

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BethF
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food as always! Always extremely tasty and well balanced. Good serving size.

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RobynH
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food yum and attractive in presentation. Attendant helpful with answers.

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KateW
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food & wine was beautiful. We had 2019 Pinot Gris wine, which was delicious. Our party had the beef ribs, prawns & blue cheese soufflé. All the food was excellent. Service was great too. Highly recommend.

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BrigidF
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always reliable tasty, interesting food and "buzzy" atmosphere and friendly service.
A pleasure to introduce friends to our "local"!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and wine as usual. The beef ribs are beautifully cooked and melt in the mouth. My wife can never go past the pawns! The pavlova is a great way to end the meal.

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LesleyA
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Love dining at Wairau - only annoyance is the noise level. That excluded - will return.

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DebraD
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I did request to sit inthe cellar door as I find the restaurant a little loud but we were seated in restaurant.
Food was amazing. Love the prawns!

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JaneC
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food in light, airy atmosphere (we were indoors).

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WillL
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Staff were ALL friendly and food was GREAT. the fire was lovely too.

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PeterJ
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Pate to start, very generous portion, perfect appetizer.

Salt/pepper prawns excellent flavour, great mayo & best salad ever had, fruit, crisp & tangy😍
Cheese souffle delicious, light with another great salad.

Reserve Sauvignon great accompaniment.

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JENNIEB
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely loved our dining experience at Wairau River. The service was outstanding, the food delicious and the wines yummy! Would totally recommend anyone go there.

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HelenM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had an excellent meal with great service from friendly staff. Highly recomended.

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SamW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, high-quality food. Prompt service. Lovely setting.

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Adele
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

One of our favourite vineyard restaurants. The staff and service are top drawer. Cheerful, helpful and very knowlegeable.

The setting is great with good indoor/outdoor options. Looking out onto the vineyard and iconic Richmond Ranges. Quintessential Marlborough.


Wines and food always consistently good and reliable.

One niggle, I wish there could be a daily ot weekly special "chefs dish" for a little variety.

Would reccomend to anyone visiting Marlborough. A must do venue

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TiffanyT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great choice in Marlborough as not many wineries are open for lunch now due to the season and covid.

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service from Helen and very good food choice with some nice wines.

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LeighN
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Yummy food wine and company for my Mums birthday and fathers day.

FAQs

Wairau River Wines Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 202 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.