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The Riverhead

Cnr Queen & York, Riverhead, Auckland 0820, New Zealand
+64 9-412 8902
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Overview
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good27%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (31 reviews)
“flounder” (7 reviews)
“beef burger” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Cnr Queen & York, Riverhead, Auckland 0820, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 553 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Second time having lunch at the Riverhead Tavern. Great location, beautiful scenery. Great food. Had Marlborough Salmon. OMG the best salmon I’ve had!!! Great service too.

Thank yasmin2488
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Awesome to hear!...thanks for taking the time to post your review, hope to see you again soon, cheers Paula

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Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Yeehaaa the drive to this Historic Riverhead venue is a scenic beauty 153 years old it stands nestled above the edge of the upper waitemata river You arrive to ample safe parking in front of the Tavern and along the roadside Through The Landing Rst...More

1  Thank Foodbusters_Rebecca
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Awesome review...thanks! It is a very special place and we are so proud to be a part of it, along with our team of pretty special people too. We'd love to see you come back soon...cheers Paula

Reviewed 4 days ago

Great place, interesting history, friendly service, lovely food. We did have a bit of delay in service, but was made up for by not charging for the dessert to say sorry. Overall most impressed!

Thank Terese B
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

My apologies for the delay you experienced. It can get extremely busy here over the summer but the team do their absolute best to make sure the service quick & efficient as possible. Love to see you again soon, kindest regards Paula

Reviewed 4 days ago

We haven't been back for a long time as we were disappointed last time. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner - the food, the service and atmosphere. We will be back soon.

Thank Vivie313
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

So good to hear you had a wonderful time here. We'll look forward to seeing you again and hopefully on a regular basis! kind regards Paula

Reviewed 4 days ago

Mid week lunch in December. Restaurant very busy but service still very good. Food quality and presentation very good and portions very generous.

Thank Brian M
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Brian, Thanks for your review! Stephen and I are really proud of our team who do a stellar job given the number of people who visit us and the spread out venue. We love it when everything comes together like this...kind regards Paula

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Riverhead yesterday and had such a fabulous time. We were seated outside under a beautiful big tree. The views were wonderful. Service was really helpful and friendly. Food was amazing. We couldn't decide what to have as the new menu was so...More

Thank sharyn315
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks Sharyn for your review. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful venue with the trees and the view. It's a very special part of New Zealand. Love to see you again soon, kind regards Paula

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to this place with family visiting from overseas. We were out and about the West Auckland area and needed a place for dinner. We've always heard about it but never actually went. So when the opportunity popped up, we decided this would be the...More

1  Thank Sammy I
Ribs300, Manager at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Sammy, The Riverhead is an Historic Tavern and offers gastro pub fare. The Fish & Chips are a favourite of our guests, and have been the best selling meal by far since re-opening after renovations in early 2011. We make no apologies for choosing...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to The Riverhead in advance of a kayak trip and some of our party had already had a light breakfast and therefore settled for the crepes whereas others chose the Smugglers Breakfast and everybody enjoyed what they had ordered. My only criticism would...More

Thank Warwick H
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Kayaking around the sheltered waters on the upper harbour is a one of Auckland's best kept secret and we are glad to be a part of it. I'll pass on the comment about the bread to the chef...thanks for that, cheers Paula

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here on our way back from the gannet colony. We had seafood chowder, good. Pepper squid, very good and Duck Parfait (Pate). We all tried the parfait and rated it the best we have had. We all had a local Pinot Gris which...More

Thank apodave
Ribs300, Front Office Manager at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to post this review. We really appreciate the excellent feedback. The gannet colony at Muriwai is amazing and we love being in the perfect postition for a stop off, either on the way or the way back...Thanks again...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was invited to go along for Rib night with some friends who go regularly. Or used to. After last night's experience I don't think they'll be going back. We had to signal for the wait staff every time we went to order something. Not...More

Thank TonySteve-KahuiRangi
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi TonySteve, Yours is the second one star review from the same table last Tuesday night. I have posted the response I send to Corey who contacted me directly and also posted on it as his response on Trip Advisor below. It explains why our...More

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shazziec2015
9 October 2016|
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Response from Martin D | Reviewed this property |
A quick phone call should answer your question...I reckon it would be an excellent venue for Christmas day
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Marcus L
3 September 2015|
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Response from Ribs300 | Property representative |
Hi Marcus, Accommodation is rather scarce around here. These are some suggestions depending on your budget and numbers. Riverhead Retreat 021752556 25 George St, Riverhead O275710032 #27152 - Kumeu Book-a-Bach 22... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$27
Cuisine
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cnr Queen & York, Riverhead, Auckland 0820, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland  >  Riverhead
  • Phone Number: +64 9-412 8902
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Description
Nestled on the shores of the upper Waitemata, The Riverhead is steeped in local history and was a vital part of the development of early New Zealand. Prior to The Riverhead being built on this site, Thomas Deacon, the original owner, owned a pub on the point just below where The Riverhead now stands. The early Maori used this landing point as the place to disembark and portage their waka across land to the Kumeu River to get easier access to the lands in the Far North. Early immigrants then used this same route to travel north, disembarking at Helensville and continuing by ship north via the Kaipara Harbour.
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