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Reviewed 22 May 2022

The venue is superb. The outlook to the grounds provides a beautiful setting!. The restaurant décor is also on the money. Modern and inviting with a warm vibe Wait staff were friendly but (in our case) needed to be more on their game. Could have...done a little more to bring the dishes alive. Then when they came to take our order they just walked up and stood by the table no words spoken and we wondered why they were there?.. was it for drinks order (as time had passed) , meal order etc.... seemed it was to take both drinks and meal orders.. quite clumsy service. Later when they presented the dessert order there was no explanation the dishes nor how the dessert menu is structured (e.g. having individual chocolates inserted in the middle of the desserts is a little strange. When in the middle of a dessert menu the term "Bon Bon" can take on many meanings whereas if under its own heading it is clearer what is on offer. .. in fact it IS merely a bon bon) The market fish dish was OUTSTANDING and the side salad EXTREMELY Fresh and beautifully dressedMore

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 27 March 2022

The Sculptureum, Matakana is a truly exceptional experience. An incredible collection of art in a truly beautiful setting. The highlight for me was meeting the owner, a very humble man and a genuine art lover who was happy to indulge us and enthusiastically described items...in the collection, with attention paid to the story behind the artists. everything has been so carefully thought out and wonderfully presented. It really is a must see, and a place that can be revisited a number of times. First classMore

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 25 March 2022

Good choice for the menu, not too expensive and great staff. We had the cauliflower fritters, never tasted anything like that before and certainly be back again for more.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 13 February 2022

Was impressed at range of food on the menu, really delicious, interesting, and as someone who finds it easy to choose usually ( not much I like) this menu made it hard. All 6 of us had great meals. would defintely go back.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 10 February 2022

It was our first time to visit Sculptureum and to be honest it didn't disappoint. The truth of the matter is our family has enjoyed the sculpture gardens and art galleries reason why I personally went to the Rothko restaurant to move our booking slightly...from 11:30 to 11:45 and the lady even thanked me for letting them know about the change but no mention at all of needing to be finished by 1 pm. We came to the restaurant and was showed to our reserved table and the moment we sat down, the lady in charge told us that we have to be finished by 1 pm as another group is booked after us. I was kind of put off with these as we feel like the restaurant is quite big to accommodate other customers in case we go over our time, so why are we being rushed to finish at an exact time? I was on the verge of walking out but I don't want to ruin what started as a fantastic day for my family. So I patiently just sat there but keep on looking at the time. The drinks came but the mocktails were so disappointing, we just have to forcefully finish it as it was expensive. Food was served after 30 minutes, but feel like the size portion and the price doesn't match, the taste was there but was not spectacular. We didn't order dessert as my husband and our young adults were motioning me to pay as it's almost 1 pm. The area where to pay was the same as welcoming guests to enter and accessing the vaccine pass, so I had to wait in a queue to be accommodated to pay which I find shouldn't be the case. There should have been a dedicated person for the paying customers and another one for welcoming guests in. Overall, our experience at the museum was fantastic but cannot say the same for the Rothko restaurant. At the back of my mind, we could have settled for the Freddie's outdoor kitchen where our money would have gone a long way, instead of paying $218 knowing that the ambience is the same anyway as Rothko is not airconditioned at all. So three things that could have gotten better were: 1.Please do not rush your customers by telling them to be finished at a certain time the moment they sit down, and these being a fine dining restaurant at that. 2. Provide a separate line or area for customers paying and for welcoming guests especially as there is an additional requirement of scanning the vaccine pass 3. With the price, please match to the sizing portions and mocktails to be more refreshing considering price is at $9. I belong to a big family here in NZ and have highly recommended visiting Sculptureum but is wary of recommending the restaurants inside as there are a lot of options to choose from outside, like MMK which is just couple of kilometers away. Another thing, I wouldn't have wanted to post the review here but wasn't given much choice as the reply to the email from Rothko came back undelivered twice.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Sculptureum, Marketing at Rothko at Sculptureum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2022

Hi Amy, we are sorry to hear that your recent experience at Rothko was not up to the standard you expected. We really value customer feedback and would love the opportunity to chat to you further about your experience. Please email charlotte@sculptureum.net with your contact...More

Reviewed 7 February 2022

Gorgeous relaxing setting and exquisite food. Service was great and menu mad eit hard to choose. Will definitely go again

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 7 January 2022

We had lunch at the restaurant before visiting the gardens. Food was well presented, service was fast and friendly (despite a very busy period) and there was a good selection for vegetarian and gluten-free diets. Slightly on the expensive side, so could be expensive for...a large group of people. We were able to get a wine tasting (3 x red and 3 x white) with lunch.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 24 November 2021

Just wanted to say, Regina, was fantastic, created a table to work for us and the service was outstanding, amazing food and wine, huge thank you for making our day and our experience memorable when visiting the Sculptureum. Loved the whole experience due to the...welcoming manner Regina had. thank you.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 25 June 2021

Arrived on a beautiful warm sunny day, Grace at the ticket counter welcomed us warmly and was a pleasure to deal with. She then show us the restaurant, as we had planned to have lunch first then to the gardens & galleries. We ordered 4...mains ( Scampi, Salmon, Pork belly & Duck) All were beautifully cooked, service prompt and we left happy. Management, please take note, please look after your staff, they are an asset to your companyMore

Date of visit: June 2021
Sculptureum, Manager at Rothko at Sculptureum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2021

Hi Selwyn W, thanks so much for the great review! We are so pleased to read you had a great time at Sculptureum from the start to finish. Great choices on lunch! We love to read feedback like this about our staff as they really...More

Reviewed 30 May 2021 via mobile

Do not want say anything, very disappointed experience. Good surroundings, expensive foods, very bad service. No worth trying...

Date of visit: May 2021
Sculptureum, Site Host at Rothko at Sculptureum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2021

We are sorry to see that your experience at Rothko was not up to your expectations. If you would like to discuss further your experience so we can learn from this, please email infor@sculptureum.net.

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1 May 2021|
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5