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Local cuisine, Contemporary, Gastropub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
A modern New Zealand restaurant with a twist on the classic KIWI BBQ. Sharing is the name of the game and you can order as much or as little as you like. Choose from the smoker, the grill, the rotisserie or the wood fired pizza oven for your protein and add as many sides and condiments as you wish
US$5 - US$24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Contemporary, Gastropub, New Zealand
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service
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All reviews pizza duck fat potatoes tasting plate ribs salad seafood chilli friendly restaurant eye fillet lovely atmosphere wine and beer great wine visited for lunch huge portions front of house cove sides
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Read all the reviews we just move to Mangawhai Ordered steak and was the worst I’ve ever had in a restaurant cannot believe how so many top reviews and such a bad experience Service was good complained about steak no response except sorry long time...before we will try againMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 24 September 2021

We dined in for Fine Thursday. Could not fault the food, each course was delicious. Staff and great and lovely atmosphere

Review collected in partnership with www.restauranthub.co.nz
Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 24 September 2021

Amazing dining experience, great friendly staff, nice variety of food! Will be dining there again soon 🤩

Review collected in partnership with www.restauranthub.co.nz
Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 7 June 2021

What an amazing night at Dune.. wonderful staff..delicious food and the atmosphere is just so beautiful. We throughly enjoyed our night thankyou so much for accommodating our large group at short notice on a long weekend.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 4 April 2021 via mobile

Fantastic family friendly restaurant with so much to choose from on the menu. The grill options are great and the sides are huge portions (can share). Service was A+ and food came out very quickly. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone! Favourites for us were...the duck fat potatoes, pork ribs and black beef sirloin.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 8 February 2021 via mobile

On a holiday Monday evening after the crowds had headed home, we were pleased to find Dune open and welcoming. It is quite a sizeable establishment with tables inside and out. The food and drinks menus are both varied with some good choices, and then...there are blackboard specials. We chose one of these - the tasting plate of four different fish options - as a shared starter, and then also shared a pizza and a salad option (Mediterranean legume salad). Both the pizza and the salad were more than large enough for the two of us to share. The meals were colourful as well as tasty and came out in good time. Despite being full, the noise levels were relaxing and we could have a great conversation. Parking right outside.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 4 February 2021

Great food, great wine & great service! Good attention to detail from the staff. Best eye fillet I’ve had!

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 15 January 2021 via mobile

Food and service was amazing. Would definitely recommend. Decent portion sizes too, I was a bit worried my entree would be too small but it wasn’t 👍🏼

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 3 January 2021 via mobile

Visited for lunch with family, had very friendly service. Beautiful food - I had the pan fried snapper and it was delicious. Great kids menu with lots of options. Other person had waffles which they highly rate. Definitely go back again !

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 20 November 2020

Superb Lamb dinner. Even though the portion was large I ate the lot as it was just mouth watering. Veg was extra cost. Wine very good selection but pricey. Casual and at times a bit loud.

Date of visit: November 2020
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1 January 2019|
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Response from vince j | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t experience any slow service on our visits to The Dune.
Katie B
12 October 2017|
Response from The_Cove_Waipu | Property representative |
I’m not sure if the restaurant manager has replied to this question yet but yes we are pet friendly. Thanks Lloyd
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Yes, The Dune offers takeaway services.

The Dune is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4