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Reviewed 31 January 2021

The restaurant is overlooking beautiful Lake Te Anau and offering the best cuisine and sourcing the finest ingredients. A perfect place to relax and enjoy sophisticated dinner with excellent service and a hearty breakfast. We thoroughly enjoyed chicken curry for dinner and croissants for breakfast.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 26 March 2020

We were at this restaurant on a tour. Our meal was a limited menu, choices were impressive. I had venison which was cooker medium rare but it was very rare, but it was tasty. I ordered a dark beer, which I was enjoying. And and...after about 25 min got a light lager. Food good service was not what it should have been. The breakfast buffet was very good.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 22 March 2020 via mobile

We arrived without a reservation and ended up with a lovely table overlooking the lake. The area we ate in was very small and I think we were only this lucky because Te Anau is so quiet. I would recommend booking. We had one of...the nicest meals we’ve had in our five weeks in New Zealand and the staff were lovely. Unobtrusive, professional, friendly service.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 21 March 2020

This restaurant and the service exceeded expectations. Every dish - fish and meat were lovely. Appetizers - duck egg rolls and salads delicious. Wine great value. Window seats overlooking lake divine. And did I say Henk and Luzette the hard working and attentive wait staff...make it all special.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 21 March 2020 via mobile

Just finished eating, quality and location are just great. The pork chops were the best we had for a while and the fish & chips were phantastic, too. Compared to yesterday's dinner at the Redcliff, the MacKinnon is magnitudes better

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 8 March 2020 via mobile

We viewed the menus of a number of restaurants in Te Anau and they were much the same as we had experienced in Manapouri and Queenstown then we came across Mackinnon’s The menu was far more varied and interesting and we had a great experience...with good food and an exceptional and friendly service from Evan. A really good night out.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 29 February 2020

Ate there on recommendation of the proprietress of Radford by the Sea. Ate in the Explorer bar which is part of the restaurant but it has only seven or eight tables . This made for a very quiet dinner with nice lake view and a...setting sun, simply a great combination. The seafood chowder was great and both the duck breast and local blue cod were par excellence. Excellent wait staff and Mr Prashear provided the most unobstructsive but excellent service while trying to manage the bar at the same time. A great dining experience for both of usMore

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 29 February 2020 via mobile

This is a classy hotel restaurant that offers above average food and service. Despite having a hundred guest wedding function about to start we were offered a lovely table with clear views of the lake. Friendly waitress staff and great food made for a very...enjoyable evening. Prices might be slightly higher but you get what you pay for.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 22 February 2020 via mobile

Perfect location in front of the lake We were seated at a very nice table with a great view over the lake The seafood chowder and the lamb shank are really delicious !! The restaurant manager or may be maitre D ?welcomed us nicely when...we made our reservation in the afternoon and when we arrived for dinner. he help us choose the wine for our party of 5 and treated us nicely and politely. The only problem with the service was that they didnt bring our dishes at the sane time so we had to wait approx 10 mn to start eating when everyone was served We also had to wait for 20 mn to get our desserts but they had a large group that night which could explain the kitchen seemed overbooked Anyways no big deal as the food and the place itself are really nice I highly recommend this restaurant specially for a dinner at sunsetMore

Date of visit: February 2020
orientalbay, General Manager at MacKinnon Room, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2020

Dear Kathy Thanks for your review and comments and we hope to see you back again. Regards Brent Stander

Reviewed 14 February 2020 via mobile

Located on the front overlooking the lake, lovely and comfortable and friendly helpful service. The menu has a good selection of reasonably priced dishes and generous portions. I opted for two of the entrees which was quite sufficient. The only minor flaw was that the...Caesar salad didn’t appear to have any Caesar sauce, I think the chef forgot. When mentioned they were most apologetic and it didn’t detract what was a good dinner.More

Date of visit: February 2020
orientalbay, General Manager at MacKinnon Room, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2020

Dear Hetravels Thanks for your review and we hope to see you back again, apologise the sauce was missing from your Caesar salad but great to hear this was rectified. Regards Brent Stander

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Response from EktaGdn | Reviewed this property |
I’m not entirely sure but this is a restaurant in a hotel and I’m assuming it will be dine in only.
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MacKinnon Room is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5