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$16 - $38
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Grill, New Zealand, International, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived at opening time (11am) and we were fortunate to get individual attention as the only patrons at the time. Anderson was our tasting guide and made our tasting casual, relaxing and informative. Personally preferred the non-peat whiskies, as well as a couple of bourbon...styles, though they also offer tasty gin choices and four beer choices (IPA, Stout, Lager, and one I forget) for non-whisky lovers. We ate lunch here (smash burger and southern fried chicken), was tasty and reasonably priced. Overall high recommendation if you enjoy whisky.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for such a detailed and helpful review! Just in case someone else reads this lovely review - we're now open at 12 noon for winter hours, but we can take reservations in advance for 11 am! Thank you again for the fabulous review...More

Reviewed 15 April 2024

Perfect long lunch. Everything was delicious, including the beer, and the service was proactive and cheerful. We'll be back!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for this lovely review, we would love to have you back soon!

Reviewed 15 April 2024

Top quality food and unrivaled service. The owner even gave us a ride back into town so we didn't have to wait for the bus. Would give Heke 10 stars if I could!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Michelle thank you so much, it was fun having you here and it was no trouble to drop you off int he village as we were heading that way too, we're glad you had a great visit, see you next time!

Reviewed 31 March 2024 via mobile

5/5 so welcoming easy to order wait staff great (especially Rosie 😂) food delicious all in all totally fabulous thanks to everyoneMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2024

Ha ha I told you I'm a better owner than I am waitress... ! Lucky for our guests we have some amazing team members here to look after you, and I'm always here to help and add to the 'smiles for miles' that we're famous...More

Reviewed 29 March 2024 via mobile

Such a nice space to visit with kids and the outside area was super accommodating for us with a big group. Service was great, prompt and friendly. It was easy to order off the QR code which was such a great set up for a...big group of us. Food and drinks were tasty. Will be back many times. 🙂 Thanks guys!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2024

Thank you SO SO much for this wonderful review, we try to find new ways to do things well, and it is very rewarding when we hear from people like you that we have got it right! See you (many more times) again!

Reviewed 29 February 2024

We had a wonderful lunch here. My partner had the burger, best ever. I had Prawn Tosteda amazing spicy experience The owner even dropped us at the bus stop as my partner was on a walking stick. They go above and beyond.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2024

Thank you so much for the lovely review - it was my pleasure to drop you to the bus stop, and we are very lucky to have such wonderful guests.

Reviewed 25 February 2024

Enjoyed a late lunch at The Heke on a hot and very busy Saturday afternoon in January 2024. Food was great, drinks deliciously cold, and the service was friendly. I bought a bottle of gin from the distillery to take home.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2024

Dear Erica, thank you so much! We love our neighbours on the 'West Island' of New Zealand (Australia!) and your visit and review means the world to the team. You are lucky to take a bottle of our Waiheke Jardim Gin home, as it's not...More

Reviewed 20 February 2024 via mobile

Great place for families to come as they have a huge trampoline pillow for the children. 
Nice views over the Onetangi Straight and Sports Park.   Gorgeous setting amongst the trees.

We booked for lunch and were the third table to be seated.

It took...1 hour and 20 minutes for our lunch to be served. We ordered a burger and a salad. Nothing complicated in terms of creation or cooking time. The other two tables were parties of two, so we weren’t waiting on a group.   Our waitress kept apologising for the wait but did nothing to ease our hunger. 
And when the food arrived it was disappointing in size and appearance. 
The gin that they brewed here was nice.   We wouldn’t return as first impressions last and there are plenty other options to choose on Waiheke.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2024

HI SD, we are at a loss as to how this occurred, and we are very sorry it did. If you look at our other reviews, including Google Reviews, you will see that guests find the food to be incredibly quick - and there is...More

Reviewed 19 February 2024

Incredible mix of chilled island vibes, fabulous food and the service is next level. I arrived on my own for a casual meal and Harry made the experience something beyond amazing. His attention to detail, impeccable service and light humour to ensure I felt completely...relaxed were on point. Standing ovation team Heke. Harry, you are an absolute star!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2024

Tessa! How do we say thank you enough for this. Dining alone can be tricky but we try to make you feel ike you are NOT alone, you are here with us. WE LOVE that you had a great experience and we welcome diners and...More

Reviewed 8 February 2024

As always Heke delivered a fabulous a la carte lunch. Just a note from the past visit which was a set meal for a group of us as a Christmas celebration. Heke you need to scrub up on this one. We all went away hungry....We will however with a bit of discussion perhaps on menu, try again this year. Because we love Heke.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2024

Dear Sara, we love your group of local ladies of a certain age and we enjoy your visits. That's lovely you had a great meal. I believe on the occasion of your set menu you had said you were not satisfied, and we brought more...More

Reviewed 7 February 2024 via mobile

This place is excellent! Great location, awesome atmosphere and a fun vibe. The young man serving the whiskey and beer tasting was fabulous. We went to Man of War too but The Heke was way better. Will definitely recommend The Heke. Loved itMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2024

Hi Jo - that is so so kind of you to say, and we are very glad that you found us. Your review helps other people to find us too, and feel like they can trust us - so thank you for taking the time...More

Reviewed 7 February 2024

Best spot for a group of mates, large or small. Service with a smile always. So much to do and experience for all ages. Kids and dogs treated like royalty. We are so stoked to have this gem on the island.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2024

Thank you so so much !!! WE love to hear this from our locals ESPECIALLY - it means the world to us thank you, and see you next time!

Reviewed 7 February 2024

Always a great time at The Heke! The investment of the owner's own time, energy and passion, into ensuring all their patrons have a great time, is evident every time one visits The Heke; from the service to the food - can't fault it -...and then there is the setting it is just so perfectly, quintessentially Waiheke - that a visit to the island would be incomplete without a visit to The Heke!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2024

Dear Claire, you and the gang are amongst our favourite guests and we are very grateful for your wonderful review, and your continued visits, which are always such fun!

Reviewed 1 February 2024

Fabulous atmosphere. Super friendly staff. Amazing smash burgers! Great for families too. Definitely would recommend a stop here on your trip to Waiheke.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2024

Dear Michele, Thank you so very much for coming to The Heke - we know you have choices and we are so happy that you chose us. And Ngā mihi for the review, it means the world to us all!

Reviewed 29 January 2024

Great place for family lunches. Very relaxed friendly vibe, and plenty of space for kids. Even a special menus for them! The Smashed Burgers were a top choice for everyone except me - I had a delicious Ceviche dish. The food was served quickly, and...the service was attentive. As a semi-permanent Waihekean, I'd vote The Heke as my top choice for casual eating out. (I have been to many of the other restaurants on the island, and still like this one best)!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Roanne Parker, Owner at The Heke Kitchen, Brewery & Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2024

Dear Magnolia48 Thank you! We had a couple of very busy days and we're so glad you found a relaxed vibe and great meals. We know you have a lot of choice and the fact you choose The Heke as your favourite means so much...More

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