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 Modern NZ in Napier

Bistronomy

Bistronomy is proof that some of NZ's best food can be enjoyed outside the country's biggest cities. The finely judged seasonal tasting menus, which could include sumac-cured kingfish or chicken poached in kawakawa …
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…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Napier

Mister D

This long, floorboarded room with its green-tiled bar is the pride of the Napier foodie scene. Hip and slick but not unaffordable, with quick-fire service delivering the likes of pulled pork with white polenta or ro…
Top Choice Cafe in Central Hawke’s Bay

Paper Mulberry Café

Halfway between Waipawa and Hastings, this retro cafe-gallery in a 100-year-old, aquamarine-coloured church serves excellent coffee, smoothies and homespun food (unbeatable fudge). Well worth a stop for a chomp, a b…
Cafe in Wairoa & Around

Eastend Cafe

A surprisingly excellent little cafe on the river-side road in Wairoa. Expect the likes of tarragon chicken pie, pots of local honey for sale, local beers and wines from the bar in the corner, and occasional Friday …
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…
Cafe in Napier

Milk & Honey

One of the best options in the good eating and drinking hub around seaside Ahuriri village, Milk & Honey combines ocean and boardwalk views with a versatile all-day menu. Hawke's Bay beers and wines feature alon…
Greek in Napier

Greek National Cafe

Operated as a Kiwi diner serving steak and seafood for many decades, the National Cafe was reopened in 2017 by descendants of the original Greek owners. A few dishes from its heritage heyday linger, but now the emph…