Restaurants

Top Choice Modern NZ in Hastings & Around

Elephant Hill

There's plenty of great vineyard dining around Hawke's Bay, but Elephant Hill in the beachy surroundings of Te Awanga is something special. Huge picture windows provide unencumbered views of Cape Kidnappers and vine…
Top Choice Cafe in Hastings & Around

Opera Kitchen

Located in a high-ceilinged heritage building – formerly the HB Electric Power Board – our favourite Hastings cafe serves up sophisticated breakfast and lunch dishes with international accents. Spend a few hours bro…
Top Choice Cafe in Hastings & Around

Maina

Blur the line between breakfast and lunch at the best new cafe in Hawke's Bay. This former post office is infused with stylish retro Kiwiana decor, and highlights include Te Mata mushrooms on organic sourdough or cr…
Modern NZ in Hastings & Around

Malo

Hotel restaurants can be hit-and-miss, but Malo at the Porters Boutique Hotel in Havelock North hits the right notes. Harnessing truckloads of regional and seasonal Hawke's Bay produce, the open kitchen turns out di…
Barbecue in Hastings & Around

Bareknuckle BBQ

This authentic American barbecue place around 4km southwest of Hastings is hugely popular with locals. Pitmaster Jimmy Macken knows his stuff – Bareknuckle's barbecue was hand-built near the Texas-Mexico border – an…
Cafe in Hastings & Around

Wright & Co

This all-day cafe enlivened by blue butchers' tiles segues to a hip bistro from Thursday to Saturday night. Try the Thai-influenced breakfast curry bowl to start the day, or the wild mushroom risotto for lunch. Hous…
Tapas in Hastings & Around

Deliciosa

Great things come in small packages at this rosy little tapas bar. The kitchen delivers sassy, locally sourced edibles such as pork belly with pomegranate jus, and salt-and-pepper squid with orange and parsley. The …
Pizza in Hastings & Around

Alessandro's

Excellent Alessandro's does handmade wood-fired pizzas, thin and flavoursome, just like back in Napoli. Order the noci e pere (pear, Gorgonzola, mozzarella, walnuts and truffle honey) with a mean affogato for desser…
Pizza in Hastings & Around

Pipi

Shockingly pink with candy stripes, chandeliers and mismatched furniture, Pipi cheekily thumbs its nose at small-town conventionality. The food focus is on simple pasta dishes, Roman-style thin-crusted pizza, craft …
Cafe in Hastings & Around

Little Blackbird

At the bottom of an old art-deco office building, mostly full of lawyers, is this tidy little eatery with retro interior design, funky lighting, Nicaraguan beans (!) and smiling staff (always a good sign). Head for …