Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Wairoa & Around

Eastend Cafe

A surprisingly excellent little cafe on the riverside 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 n…
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 Modern NZ in Napier

Three Doors Up

The fab old Union Hotel has ceded part of its territory to Three Doors Up, a hip new restaurant serving classic fare such as risotto, eye fillet steak, slow-cooked pork belly and seafood chowder, all done to perfect…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Gisborne

USSCO Bar & Bistro

Housed in the restored Union Steam Ship Company building (USSCO – get it?), this place is all class. Silky kitchen skills shine in a highly seasonal menu featuring the likes of soy-glazed pork belly with caramelised…
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 home-spun food (unbeatable fudge). Well worth a stop for a chomp, a …
Top Choice Cafe in Hastings & Around

Opera Kitchen

Set your rudder right with whisky porridge with cream and giant oats at this mod, stylish cafe abutting the Hawke's Bay Opera House (has the earthquake-proofing construction finished?). For a more practical start to…
Cafe in Gisborne

PBC Cafe

The creaky old grandeur of the Poverty Bay Club for gentlemen (1874) is reason enough to visit. This cafe within it certainly adds impetus: appealing counter food, all-day brunch, pizza, blackboard specials and reas…
Cafe in Napier

Café Ujazi

The most bohemian of Napier's cafes, Ujazi folds back its windows and lets the alternative vibes spill out onto the pavement. It's a long-established, consistent performer offering blackboard meals and hearty counte…
Pub Food in Pacific Coast Hwy

Te Puka Tavern

The well-run pub with cracker ocean views is a cornerstone of the community, keeping everyone fed and watered, and offering visitors a place to stay.Four natty split-level, self-contained units sleep up to six (doub…
French in Gisborne

Marina Restaurant

Oft touted as Gisborne's best restaurant, the Marina offers casual bistro-style lunches and formal fine-dining dinners, all with very Gallic vibes. The building itself is lovely – an old white weatherboard boathouse…