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  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Bookings & call-ahead seating only
Updated 23/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 23/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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PRICE RANGE
US$18 - US$32
CUISINES
European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner at Mela. We ordered Venison tartar as entree, duck breast and lamb rump as main and goat icecream as dessert. Food was above average tasty but the portion were so small that don't justify the price of $32 entree, $48 main and...$22 dessert. The restaurant, although very good, is well overpriced and cannot justify these prices with such small portions. We shall not return there for that reason.More

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Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went down there with my firend last Thursday. It was quite on Thursday and the environment was good. We tried with degustation menu with wine pairing. The amout of food is a bit excessive but the taste is nice.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 12 March 2021

Food was nice, but it was unlucky that we got served by an inexperienced waitress who spilled water on our phone and seemed unfamiliar with our meals, yet had to repeat the ingredients. It was slow and painful for us as we just wanted to...get on with our meals and carry on with our chat.More

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Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 27 February 2021

Food could’ve been outstanding but unfortunately they don’t seem to cater for any dietary requirements even though I had advised them prior. The service was ok but they had to go back three times with my order to check with the chef on my choice...of main course to then only be offered the duck dish as they would not need to change any of the components. All the food was perfectly cooked. Entrees and desserts were outstanding.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 21 February 2021

Very much enjoyed everything about this lovely little restaurant. Food was beautifully presented and tasty. A special treat.

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Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 6 December 2020 via mobile

Excellent choice for a special dinner. Lovely setting with a well curated menu and exceptional service.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Mela, Owner at Mela - Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2020

Thanks for the kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your dinner with us.

Reviewed 5 December 2020

This was a very pleasant surprise. Close by our hotel it far exceeded our expectations. Beautifully prepared food with great flavour. We ate a la carte which was fabulous but I wished we’d had the 5 course degustation menu. Original combinations followed by home made...cheeses which stood out. We would be regulars of this gem if we lived in Auckland. The owner should be really proud of what he has achieved. Service was excellent, relaxed but on point. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.More

Review collected in partnership with www.restauranthub.co.nz
Date of visit: December 2020
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Mela, Owner at Mela - Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2020

Thank you so much for the lovely review and for your visit. I really enjoyed the chat with you both. I hope to see you again soon in New Zealand.

Reviewed 14 November 2020

Overall was a great experience. Not every dish was a smash hit, but every dish was a new flavour or texture, which is nice for a couple that dines out a lot. Would recommend and return. The lamb and the sortbet were our favorites.

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Date of visit: November 2020
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Daydream13013108108, Owner at Mela - Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2020

Thank you Josh for your kind words. We are glad you had a good night at Mela.

Reviewed 12 November 2020

Just had dinner at Mela and what can I say just the best dish I had for a long long time in any NZ restaurant. The food the service is really outstanding and I will be back for sure. The flavours they bring together are...not always common but their cook knows his trade and I was very impressed by the presentation and combination of the different ingredients. This is fine dining at its best.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Daydream13013108108, Owner at Mela - Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2020

Thank you Herbert for your visit. It was great to chat with you both. We are glad you enjoyed your dinner with us. Jack

Reviewed 26 September 2020

This gem is super reliable. They don't have the best views in Auckland, but the service is always warm and attentive. The food is interesting, well presented and delicious. And they have a very god selection of wine by the glass or bottle. My recommendation...would be the degustation and let the staff find the perfect wine match and just melt into the eveningMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Daydream13013108108, Owner at Mela - Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2020

Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to have you yesterday night at the restaurant, I'm glad you had a good experience. Jack

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  • Mela - Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5