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The Church Bistro Is housed in the original Church building from the early 1900's, and relocated from its original home, Taumarunui. The newly refurbished Church Bistro is run by Brazlian Father & Son duo Chef Guto Souza & Chef Gabriel Souza. You can expect to see International style cuisine, prepared by 4 hands with over 50 year experience influenced by their homecountry as well we their travels and stays in many countries!
PRICE RANGE
$20 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
European, New Zealand, Brazilian, International, Mediterranean, South American
FEATURES
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Food is so delicious! We had entrees, mains and desert and all of them where amazing! The service is excellent. Just go and give you taste buds a treat!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 10 April 2024 via mobile

What a good find in the small village of Hahei. Small menu, but everything was wonderful with amazing flavors. We ate on patio, but with heaters and walks it was very comfortable on a chilly Easter. Family run and fun to see everyone involved. Wine...recommendations were right on. Book early. It does get busyMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 15 March 2024 via mobile

Fabulous crab gratin, pork belly and fillet steak with chimichurri sauce in a wonderful setting, overlooking exotic gardens and with friendly, attentive service. A great find and another must do if staying in or near Hahei, highly recommended

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 14 March 2024 via mobile

We have just returned from an early supper on the covered terrace at The Church Bistro. Good service, good ambiance, delicious food. Limited menu and a special but done very well. Much preferred to a huge choice and mediocre. We were glad we went and...would recommend. 20 mins easy walk from Hahei Beach Resort.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 12 March 2024 via mobile

This is such a gorgeous restaurant - a great example of everything being done right! Fabulous food; charming service, gorgeous historic building; great music and vibe - plus reasonably priced good local wine - all set in a lovely wrap around garden. A small menu...of circa 6 starters and 6 main courses and 4 desserts - but all done exceptionally well! We opted for the NZ steak which was cooked to perfection, plus the lamb shank special (which everyone around us seemed to order and enjoy!). Book a table as it’s popular and we saw several potential diners turned away as it was popular. Would I return? Absolutely!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024 via mobile

Nice dinner with ample wine options (also beer and liquor). Fish and beef cheek special were delicious. I’m shocked at the quality of food in such a small town.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 February 2024 via mobile

We loved the hospitality, the food was extraordinary and we had such a lovely time there… If you have time, one must see restaurant…

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

Dined here last night. Attentive service, great wine list, fabulous menu and the food was excellent. Probably the best dining experience of our 3 week tour of New Zealand.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 29 December 2023

Great decor, amazing service and great delicious food with a twist! We have been in the region for holidays for the last five years. I just wish we had taken the drive to the restaurant five years ago. Now we will go whenever we are...around! I highly recommend! The menu has a lot of good options... so much so I had to convince myself not to order two mains.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 December 2023 via mobile

Our visit was for a friend’s 80th birthday bash - 32 people.They opened specially for us on Boxing Day, The whole experience was excellent. We felt so welcome as soon as we entered the building. We started off with an array of appetizers, scallops, octopus,...pulled lamb, beef cheeks, and many more. Quite frankly I would have been quite happy with just those, they were so good. We had a choice of four mains (pre-ordered), fish, lamb, beef, pasta -all of them were beautifully presented and all very tasty, and they all came out without much delay - a pretty impressive feat for 30-odd plates from a relatively small kitchen. Desserts were also excellent (I had a trio of tartlets - lemon, chocolate with candied walnuts and summer berries). The staff were all super friendly and super helpful, accommodating any late tweaks to orders for dietary reasons without fuss. Next time we’re in Hahei we will definitely be visiting.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2023 via mobile

A complimentary appetiser was very welcome and extremely delicious. We all had the lamb for main and it was lovely and cooked perfectly. We stayed quite late chatting but we didn’t feel like we were being made to leave. Fantastic food and great relaxed service.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023 via mobile

We had a loverly time at the Brazilian night were looked after superbly just would have loved to have something light with all that meat maybe a light salad. Always thought I was a meatatutan. But I was beat. But great food and service Good...on you guys good to see the chef out mixing with all the patrons.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 10 October 2023

Had the pleasure of attending the Sunday roast at the church last Sunday gone and I was blown away by the amazing food/atmosphere and service! Will definitely be back! If in the area make sure you pop in ! Thanks guys

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 18 June 2023

Fabulous food, beautifully presented in a cosy setting on a winter night, efficient, friendly staff, great drinks menu, we are so fortunate to have this place in our neighbourhood!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 5 June 2023

While staying at the Church accommodation and reading the menu in our house, we saw drinks were available at the restaurant. Dropping in 15 minutes before opening, we were told the restaurant was full booked, and although not a soul in the place, we couldn’t...buy a drink. I’m thinking the art of service is lost in the Church Bistro- shame.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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The Church Bistro, Proprietário at The Church Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2023

I'm sorry we couldn't accommodate you that day but as you mentioned on your review, you came when we were still closed hence why there was no one inside. You also did not have a booking. We were indeed fully booked, so all tables were...More

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kiwijokers
20 January 2019|
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Hi Yes, we offer a child friendly menu. We offer smaller size snapper and steak for Children. These are both suitable for children under 12 years. We include a small ice cream for dessert and the cost is $12.
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Yes they have a kids menu suitable for that age group.
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THE CHURCH BISTRO, Hahei - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, The Church Bistro offers takeaway services.

The Church Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5