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New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting.
US$7 - US$20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 14 February 2022 via mobile

So I followed this fella on social media, talking it up all bla bla. Had dinner at his ragtag pop up and it was mud. My best dish was the shredded cabbage side. The chocolate with apricot marmalade thing. mate did you taste that before...putting on the menu?More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 25 July 2021 via mobile

Fabulous dinner all round. Top place, food and service. The food was beautifully presented. Recommend as best in Russell.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 18 July 2021 via mobile

We've been to the Gables before a few times and yet again it delivered. Both the food and the service are outstanding. I think the sign of a good restaurant is its staff. The Gables always has what I consider professional service staff, knowing when...to engage and when simply to disappear into the background. Another great night, highly recommended.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 18 July 2021

I wouldn't bother with going to this restaurant, as the senior service person is so rude. When one wants to go out for a meal, one wants to have a pleasant experience. My wife and I had just moved to Russell, and were looking forward...to going to the Locals Thursday dinner. Had we had better service we would probably have been going to this restaurant at least once a week. We will never go there again. Their loss, as we can spend our money in the other, much more deserving restaurants in the town. I suggest you do that too.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 12 July 2021 via mobile

We reserved a table for two for dinner, and were assured, if we arrived early, we would get the table by the window. We arrived just as the restaurant was opening; we were in fact the first guests. We were led to a table with...a partial view over the water, instead of the table we had reserved. When we complained, we were told, quite unpleasantly, and contrary to prior information, that that table was kept back in case a group of three people showed up. After some insistence, we were given the table we had booked. As my husband sat down, a leg of his chair went through the floorboard. This, in itself, was not a problem for us, and we were ready to continue. At this point the woman who had shown us to our table swooped in, and most unpleasantly, with the words "well that settles it", demanded that we move to the partial-view table, saying that the first table was not going to be given out that evening. Needless to say, after such insulting, officious behaviour, we decided not to stay.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 28 April 2021

We had an awesome meal at Gables but felt from the time we sat down at our 7:30pm booking we were rushed. 5 minutes after sitting down, we were asked what we wanted from the menu. We did have to remind them we would like...a drink first! Hadn't even finished entree when waiter came to take dishes away! Tables all around us were getting set up for the next day/night. A shame when it is a top restaurant in Russell and we were out within an hour!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 24 April 2021 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. Delicious food - standouts were the fish which was a perfectly cooked piece of blue nose, the duck and the starter of cured trevally. Service was very good and they have a good wine selection with plenty of local...wines to choose from. On the night we were there, it was raining so we had to sit inside, but it would be nice on a warm summer night to sit outside... the views are stunning.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 12 April 2021

Beautifully presented, exceptional food with inspiring choice of flavours and excellent service. If you like fine food, don't miss out on a taste extravaganza at Gables!

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

Amazing! We booked last minute after mooching around Russell for a couple of hours. Waiter was very personable, friendly and helpful, food was great, setting stunning, Cider was cold. See you again soon.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 19 March 2021

Simply the best in the bay. Fish of the day , fish and chips, whatever we chose was absolutely amazing. Compliments to the chef!

Date of visit: March 2021
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26 June 2021|
Response from Nicholas L | Property representative |
No sorry! We are open every other day of the season.
13 February 2020|
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Response from Nicholas L | Property representative |
Hi there, thanks for visiting, I'm glad you enjoyed it. The vinegar was a shallot vinegar. I am not sure about the other one. If you email us (please see our website - sorry, it won't allow me to enter an email address... More
4 February 2016|
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Response from YvonneG501 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I'm sorry I can't be sure, however if you email the restaurant I'm fairly certain they will respond to you. They seemed very accommodating when we were there, so it would be worth trying. There are a few restaurants... More
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The Gables Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5