Restaurants

Top Choice Bistro in Gisborne

Crawford Road Kitchen

Attached to the Gisborne Wine Centre, this bistro combines culinary smarts and international flavours with an interesting location beside Gisborne's inner harbour. Good-value shared plates could include feta-crusted…
French in Gisborne

Marina Restaurant

One of Gisborne's best restaurants, the Marina offers casual bistro-style lunches and formal fine-dining dinners, all with a Gallic accent. The building itself is lovely – an old white weatherboard boathouse by the …
Pizza in Gisborne

Neighbourhood Pizzeria

Serving pies out of a hip caravan, Neighbourhood Pizzeria draws loyal locals most nights for what we reckon are among the country's best pizzas. Traditional flavours like margherita segue to pork and jalapeño or chi…
Cafe in Gisborne

PBC Cafe

The creaky old grandeur of the Poverty Bay Club for gentlemen (1874) is reason enough to visit, and this cafe inside certainly adds impetus with appealing counter food, all-day brunch, pizza, blackboard specials and…
Cafe in Gisborne

Flagship Eatery

East Coast sunshine often floods Flagship's heritage space, a relaxed location for breakfast or lunch. The rancheros eggs with chorizo and chilli is a spicy way to begin the day, while on-trend lunch plates include …
Modern NZ in Gisborne

USSCO Bar & Bistro

Housed in the restored Union Steam Ship Company building (hence USSCO), this place is all class. Kitchen skills shine on a highly seasonal menu featuring the likes of roast duck with kumara (sweet potato) fondant, a…
Cafe in Gisborne

Muirs Bookshop & Cafe

Situated above a beloved, age-old independent bookseller in a lovely heritage building, this simple cafe offers a small but sweet selection of counter food and cakes. Fans of fine espresso and literature may need to…
Cafe in Gisborne

Frank & Albie's

'We cut lunch, not corners' is the motto at Frank & Albie's, a neat little hipster nook on Gisborne's main drag (check out the old art-deco leadlighting above the door). Nifty plywood benches, recycled timber ta…
Cafe in Gisborne

Zest

Pop quiz: how many cafes are there in the Western world called 'Zest'? Plenty. But unoriginality aside, this is one of the East Coast's better cafes, offering pizzas, pastas, big breakfasts, salads, wraps, waffles, …
Bakery in Gisborne

Morrell's Artisan Bakery

Artisan bakers with killer pies, wholesome bread, delicious pastries, soups and cookies, and friendly staff, all made on-site (except the staff). Overlooking the espresso cheesecake brownie would be a mistake, and w…