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European, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a gorgeous 3 hours at Tantalus with a premium wine tasting hosted by the enthusiastic and very knowledgeable Ben, followed by the degustation "Trust the Chef" menu with perfect service from the lovely and equally knowledgeable Orlando. The surroundings are beautiful, right amidst the...vines, and I appreciated the stellar service I had as a solo diner. The meal begins not with a single amuse bouche but 4 "snacks" plus bread. The bread was served with the most amazing butter, honey and balsamic vinegar that serially wowed every table in the restaurant. 5 stars for flavour (the winemaker's honey is excellent), 6 stars for presentation. Next up was a perfectly cured trevally, then melt in your mouth pork belly, then a triumphant serve of lamb (rump, plus confit of shoulder), while the palate cleanser was a home made popsicle. Finally an epitome of french pastry chef talent in the dessert - a slice of opera style cake with two sorbets and two sauces - and a chocolate and double espresso to end (Orlando makes one hell of a coffee). Winning tip of the day (unusual for me) from the staff - knowing I'd done a tasting already - was to order wine by the glass rather than go the wine match, end result I drank less but top-notch quality. A privilege to enjoy such a beautiful chardonnay right next to the vines, and to have a ten-year old "left bank" style bordeaux in the 2014 Ecluse cab sav on special release. This was incredible value for money and exceeded my expectations. I think the only fault I could find was the confit parsnip with the lamb was a little crunchy. Full marks for a beautiful experience of food, wine and hospitality, and compliments to the chef and front of house and cellar door teams.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A stunning lunch. Amazing food, service, views. Was certainly the best on my visit to Waiheke, and one of the best during my NZ trip

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024 via mobile

Absolutely fabulous wine tasting and lunch. Best meal I’ve had in the Southern Hemisphere. Stunning presentation and flavours. Every mouthful from oysters to petite four was magnificent.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023 via mobile

We’ve been to some excellent Michelin restaurants and if NZ had similar ratings I have no doubt that Tantalus would receive many stars. The food is unbelievable and the staff are first class. Highly recommend Trust the Chef dinner.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Chelsea T, Marketing at Tantalus Estate Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2024

Thank you immensely for your kind review. We're honoured by your comparison to Michelin-rated restaurants and deeply appreciate your kind words regarding both our cuisine and our exceptional staff. The Trust the Chef dinner is indeed a showcase of our culinary passion and expertise, and...More

Reviewed 24 December 2023

The place is very nice, the wines are very good, the food quality is awesome but overall if you decide to go to this place and "Annabelle" is available to attend you, you'll feel like in a michelin star restaurant. This girl who amazingly is...not a Kiwi, instead a Denver Colorado girl, knows so well all the gritty nitty of the menu of the place and recommends you the prefect mixing of plates with wine, that you wont regret asking for her attendance and don't know which is her profession but she's definitely a natural PR (public relations) person, she makes you feel like you were the most important customer in the place. Congrats Tantalus people.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Chelsea T, Marketing at Tantalus Estate Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2023

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review. We are thrilled that you found our place, wines, and food quality to be top-notch. We're delighted Annabelle made your experience memorable, providing expert guidance and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Your kind words mean a lot to...More

Reviewed 24 December 2023

We showed up 30 minutes early to our reservation and were ushered in almost immediately. Our host provided plenty of detail about our wines, which were flavourful and tasty. The bread plate was scrumptious and a great value for only $9/pp.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Chelsea T, Marketing at Tantalus Estate Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2023

Thank you for sharing your experience. We're delighted that we could accommodate your early arrival and ensure a seamless start to your visit with us. It's wonderful to hear that our host's attention to detail enhanced your wine experience. We look forward to welcoming you...More

Reviewed 28 October 2023

Our experience at Tantalus was amazing from the first sip of bubbly to the final sip of coffee that accompanied the chocolates that wrapped up the “Trust the Chef” tasting menu and wine pairings. My favorite courses were the oyster on the shell with pomegranate...and the buttermilk blood orange popsicle, but every single course was fresh, locally sourced and delicious. The staff were all friendly, knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the food and wine they were serving. Thank you for helping us start off our NZ holiday.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Chelsea T, Marketing at Tantalus Estate Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2023

Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your fantastic experience at Tantalus. We're delighted to hear that from the first sip of bubbly to the final sip of coffee, the "Trust the Chef" tasting menu and wine pairings left a lasting impression. Our...More

Reviewed 15 October 2023

This restaurant is one of the best restaurants that we have been to. We have been to excellent restaurants around the world and this is up there for the food and service. We had the lamb main and strawberry dessert and wow. Thank you so...much for an enjoyable lunch for my husband's 70th birthday. If we ever come back to Auckland we will certainly come back for a meal. Well done!!!!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Chelsea T, Marketing at Tantalus Estate Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2023

Thank you so much for your glowing review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the food and the service during your visit. It's truly an honour to be considered among the best restaurants you have visited worldwide and that you chose to celebrate such a...More

Reviewed 14 October 2023

We loved our experience at Tantalus. The wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The service was quick and the food was amazing. On top of all that, the views were just beautiful.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 8 October 2023

Our place to eat for a special celebration. Always exceptional food its up there with the best, on world class standards. Amazing flavours in every dish. Wine and cocktails perfect. And service was 100% thank you Orlando and Tantalus for top notch experience.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Chelsea T, Marketing at Tantalus Estate Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2023

Thank you so much for choosing us to be a part of your special celebrations. We're thrilled to hear that your dining experience surpassed expectations. Orlando and the team are delighted to have provided you with top-notch service and we will pass on your kind...More

Reviewed 6 October 2023 via mobile

Everything about our visit was outstanding! The staff were friendly and informative and the food was to die for! Seriously some of the most delicious dishes I’ve ever tasted! We went for the wine tasting prior to our lunch which I’d highly recommend. We then...went for the ‘Trust the Chef’ menu with wine float. In the words of my partner ‘After that meal I’d trust that chef with my life!’ 😂 All of this, set in exquisite surroundings. Honestly worth every cent!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Chelsea T, Marketing at Tantalus Estate Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2023

We are absolutely thrilled to hear that you had an outstanding experience during your visit! The wine tasting is indeed a wonderful prelude to the exceptional dining experience, and we are delighted that you enjoyed it and that our staff contributed to the overall experience....More

Reviewed 1 October 2023

A real taste experience, certainly made the occasion quite exceptional coupled with lovely surroundings and friendly staff.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Chelsea T, Marketing at Tantalus Estate Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2023

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! We're thrilled to hear that your visit to our establishment was a "Waiheke Delight" and that it added to the exceptional nature of your occasion. We are proud of our lovely surroundings and the warm...More

Reviewed 1 October 2023

We booked in for a ‘trust the chef’ dinner. This blew our expectations out of the water! The food was absolutely delicious, the flavours were beautiful and the portions were a great size. We had never tried anything like it before. We were full halfway...through so worth every dollar spent. The staff were absolutely amazing and friendly. Well worth visiting! Thank you Tantalus Estate.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Chelsea T, Marketing at Tantalus Estate Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2023

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted you enjoyed the Trust the Chef dinner; it is such a treat! We're absolutely thrilled that we could exceed your expectations and provide you with a memorable dining experience. We will be sure to...More

Reviewed 23 September 2023

Next level gorgeous food!! Service was lovely and just right. We loved everything about it, thanks for such a lovely experience all round!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Chelsea T, Marketing at Tantalus Estate Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2023

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're absolutely thrilled to hear that you found our food "next level gorgeous." Our team takes pride in crafting dishes that not only taste amazing but also look stunning. We believe that exceptional service is a crucial...More

Reviewed 22 September 2023

Four of us had an exceptionally good meal here, not only was the food prepared to perfection but the presentation itself was outstanding, including as it does local flora. Service was professional and knowledgeable.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Chelsea T, Marketing at Tantalus Estate Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2023

Thank you so much for your kind words and for dining with us! Our culinary team takes great pride in preparing and presenting our dishes with attention to detail, and it's wonderful to know that you found both the food and presentation outstanding. Providing professional...More

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Tantalus Estate Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5