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Food and ambience

Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 19 February 2024

This restaurant used to be the first pick of anything in the region, however it has gone down hill over the last couple of years since Covid. After the last visit when our mains arrived before our drinks we thought we'd give it one last...shot and booked a table for a group of 10. The 20 minute wait for drinks and lack or service to order a second one wasn't a great start. However having been frequently in the past we held hope for the food and while it tasted good, the meals were half the size of what they used to be; the Risotto had about 5 spoonful's and the Pizza's had shrunk from last time. All in all this made for a thoroughly disappointing evening as we left feeling like neither our stomachs or wallets were as full as they should have been.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024

Okay, they were busy, but this is self-inflicted they took on the customers if you can’t provide good service then turn them away it is quite simple. Starter / Drinks – Cheese Bread and Dips (when they turned up(had to ask)) were good, Drinks were...okay. Except Cold beer with warm glass and not poured.. What is it with water, does Matamata have a shortage as had ask for this a couple of times. Main – Asked for a break between starter and main, mains turned up 90 seconds later not really a 10-20min break.. Food was dry and looks like they had been under “warm” lights for a hour plus.. Dry and just nasty, next to no flavour I will not say heat lamps as that would infer the meal was hot, it was warm at best. No cutlery and had to ask for that after plates were dumped on the table. Drinks through meal required you to go to the bar to order - WTF Desert- if you are going to advertise Apply pie at least put SOME Apple in it, ice cream was good and the only reason for the second star. Service, has allot to be desired, was almost like the persons first day, did not even know what the “special” of the day was. I was asked how was meal response was "don’t ask as response will likely offend", not sure they knew how to take that or was complexly oblivious and was asking just to ask with no interest. Internal voice, I must write the odd positive review as they are many great places, this is just not one of them..More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 19 January 2024 via mobile

Tasty food, generous serves with relatively quick service. Good place to get a meal before heading to Hobbiton. Pleasant service.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

Lovely Italian restaurant - good variety on the menu. The homemade gelato was divine in particular!

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

Really disappointed this time around. Food was average and when we went to pay found that we were charged for a much more expensive bottle of wine than we ordered. Took another 5 minutes to sort out which annoyed the other 3 people behind us...waiting to pay. Horrible way to finish our experienceMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 November 2023

Efficient service but poor food. We last ate here abut four years ago and our meals were terrible, this time it was a little better but not good enough to justify the prices. Our steaks were large but poor quality meat (in an area where...good beef is readily available) and overcooked. The peppercorn sauce was awful - vinegary and harsh.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 31 October 2023

Great evening out with friends. Food was delicious, wine cold and the service provided by Charlotte was exceptional!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 6 September 2023

Osteria has always been a big favourite Restaurant of mine, but tonight my partner were highly disappointed. I asked for a coke with no ice as ice waters the flavour down. I got a warm coke in a warm glass! Helo, keep your drinks in...the fridge! My partner's beer took nearly 20 mins to arrive, until I asked where it was. Meals were rather bland, sauce around the lasagna was more like a tomato soup. We didn't stay for dessert as had a feeling I was also going to be disappointed in the Tiramisu. We won't be going back, so sad really, I used to rave about this place.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 July 2023 via mobile

We were really surprised at how good the food was here! Delicious Peroni on tap, amazing arancini with a feta centre, and great caprese salad. It was a bit dear but the food was very high quality. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 17 June 2023 via mobile

Overpriced and below average food. If this is the best Matamata can do then that is a poor reflection of the great produce New Zealand has to offer. Some of the best ingredients on the planet are available here, use them! Not the premix sauces...or whatever you are using. We had a flavorless lamb shank with what tasted like instant potatoes, a very un lamb like reduction and my wife had a rather dry lasagne with too much cheese and no discernible ragu. Actually I kind of liked the lasagne. It reminded me of my mothers version….only issue was that she couldn’t cook either. If you charge these sort if prices then you should deliver the goods! We love rustic Italian as much as the next guy , however this is not particularly Italian. It’s probably on par with the deli counter at the supermarket. Service was amateur but that’s not the fault of the server. They need experienced supervision , that’s not a teenager.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 17 May 2023

First of all and really important, the food itself was very very good, The service on the other hand was downright appalling, No waitress bothered to service us at all unless we got their attention, took 3 attempts and 40 minutes just to get water...to the table, drinks were an age to be served and our spiritsmixers were served warm and coke was dead flat! Meals were eventually bought out after being in the restaurant for over an hour except the one that was forgotten, same with dessert, 1 of our party got her dessert after another 20 minute wait then after another 1/2 hour the rest of us decided to just pay and leave, while trying to pay the manager(or maybe head waitress) came out with 2 more desserts and expected us to put them in takeaway boxes, too little too late, and according to the ladies at the adjacent table, we weren’t the only ones to be utterly underwhelmed by the service. Shame as we had heard great things about the restaurant and I really hope it was just a bad night and they get their ducks in a row soon or at least give their staff some basic training!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 24 April 2023 via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely dinner here. Opted for the venison starter and scallops, both were delicious! We also enjoyed the spaghetti Bolognese and a pizza. Cannot fault the food!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 8 April 2023

Like all food and drink in NZ, it's more expensive than you would be used to for a small town. However, the service is efficient and the food very tasty.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 9 February 2023 via mobile

On holiday with my daughter in Tauranga. After a full day made a detour over the Kaimis to Matamata to visit the osteiria Restaurant. Mouthwatering fettuccine pollo, superb pizza, great price for 3 inc wine beer & ginger Beer & lime. 90 NZ. Great value...and great foodMore

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 5 February 2023 via mobile

Great ambience, fabulous service and delicious food! Some Italian or easy dining music would make this spot perfect.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Response from llad2512 | Reviewed this property |
Hello....their menu should be up on their website..... you won't be disappointed no matter what you choose.
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Response from Bookbatty | Reviewed this property |
They have a vegetarian menu with many vegan options which look delicious! It is now on their website.
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OSTERIA MATAMATA - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Osteria Matamata offers takeaway services.

Osteria Matamata is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4