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The Tasting Shed has one simple philosophy – a place where wine craves food. Expect to experience a unique environment where everything we are about is celebrating great food and wine pairings in a gorgeous wine country, less than half an hour outside of central Auckland.
US$8 - US$14
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
European, New Zealand
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tone was set by a young newbie waitress with an attitude. We can sympathise with staff who are not familiar with the menu but thats a management problem not ours. The front of house & an experienced waitress more than made up for that...but some of the food coming out was poor. Over cooked fish & chewy raw steak did not help the cause. For us there were no dishes that stood out except the potatoes.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 3 April 2022 via mobile

We stopped here for a late lunch and had crispy chicken, sour dough bread, hat grilled verges )carrots) and fish of the day. The food was delicious, the chick was the best I’ve ever eaten. The service was friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 1 June 2021 via mobile

If the best thing you ate off the menu was the bread with caramelized onion butter, there is something wrong! We ordered a $90 bottle of wine ($24 retail), the bread , pork rillette and smoked hummus to start. The Pork Rillette was flavorless and...destroyed by an over powering vinegar cornichon salsa. The smoked salsa…was it smoked essence added to shop bought humus? For mains, I ordered the steak. It came out as a sirloin steak in a bowl of parsnip and gravy soup. The roast potatoes were soggy potatoes. Disappointed…….More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 29 May 2021 via mobile

Simply terrible... We entered an empty restaurant which says a lot. The waiting staff were nice and friendly. We were really looking forward to this experience and we're expecting so much from one of the great chefs who owns this restaurant. The food was just...terrible 🙈 I can't even believe a chef would put such a horrible food to go out on the tables, steak was chewy with sinu, lamb was dry as, potatoes were so soggy and yuck. Overall we were so disappointed as we had high expectations.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 22 May 2021 via mobile

Despite not having a booking, we were accommodated with ease. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and service was friendly and prompt. The wine selection was excellent and food was amazing. Thoroughly recommend

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 8 May 2021

A great place that has clearly faded... food was good, but pricey for the quality. Service very average. Won’t be back.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 21 February 2021 via mobile

4 of us ( 2 couples) went for dinner on a Saturday evening. We had a semi outside patio area table which had some nice views out over the grounds and toward an outside table seating area. The food is arranged as a shared plate...type of menu a little larger than entrée size. We did the 'trust the chef' option at $60pp which worked out well, got us a great selection and saved us having to pick from a lot of good choices. The food was beautifully presented and very tasty! The beverage list also gave us some good options. Defintely worth the trip just out of Huapai, and we will be back to try some more.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 12 December 2020 via mobile

Delicious food. Great for a group to share and taste a selection of options. The market fish, potatoes, and cauliflower were particularly memorable. Very accomodating of dietary requirements, gluten free friendly and peanut free.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 23 November 2020 via mobile

Excellent experience had by all! We visited with another couple and enjoyed a great lunch in a lovely setting. Food was served promptly despite large function party in main dining room. Refreshing soda drinks, loved my guava rhubarb. Beef cheeks, fried chicken, lamb, asparagus &...potato dishes were all very scrumptious. For desserts, I had boysenberry cheesecake ice cream which was delicious. Others had passionfruit coconut also delectable, and the citrus meringue. We happily sat out on the nice deck, great weather & brought our dog. Superb friendly service. Would come again, no probs!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 22 November 2020

The Tasting Shed is now at an all time low. Very poor quality food compared to the quality many years ago. I recently visited for a lunch and couldn't have had a worse restaurant experience. The Trust the Chef menu offered sub standard food that...wasn't fresh with small portions for the high price. There was no sense that anyone was actually running the place or really cared. The owner, Ganesh, is rarely there these days and failed to return my calls so he is obviously too busy to bother with how his restaurant is deteriorating and how standards have dropped. I felt compelled to write the review in the hope the Tasting Shed would raise the food quality again and avoid more bad experiences for customers..More

Date of visit: November 2020
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The Tasting Shed is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5