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The Riverhead

Corner of Queen & York St., Riverhead, Auckland 0820, New Zealand
+64 9-412 8902
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Overview
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (40 reviews)
“fish and chips” (35 reviews)
“flounder” (8 reviews)
Closes in 29 min
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Corner of Queen & York St., Riverhead, Auckland 0820, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Riverhead
1. Stunning view of the water
"Our meal was the best we have had in the last few years."
99tamsinw
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2. Fresh & Delicious Selection
"The salmon main dish was a hit! recommended! the meatiest ribs in town"
stacejase
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3. Easter @@lunch@@ get-together
"The food, cocktails and the service exceeded our expectations."
YouAreWorthIt
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1 - 10 of 671 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed brunch at The Riverhead today- as expected! Over the years we’ve had brunch, lunch and dinner here as well as a private function at Deacon’s Kitchen and have never been disappointed. From the Peachy Prosecco cocktail I had to the Griddle Cakes and...More

Thank Nifty2013
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

It was so lovely to meet you and to be able to show you around The Boat House. We'll look forward to seeing you again some other time, kind regards, Paula

Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 27 June 2018

A wonderful environment to have a friendly catchup with family and/or friends either just for a drink, a drink with nibbles or experience their wonderful restaurant. You won’t be disappointed. Saturday night is when we went, there was a huge group of patrons in the...More

Thank MareeC76
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Thanks for your wonderful review! It was pretty busy all day on Saturday, so we make sure that the team are refreshed and on top of their game. They are usually really good at acknowledgement and smiles, so we'll just remind them of the importance...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the most amazing experience at the Riverhead last night. The setting is stunning and being seated next to the fireplace was great. The staffs attention to detail and service is everything you expect from a fine dining restaurant albeit with a casual demeanour. Generous...More

Thank IanC4849
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ah ha! Our dessert...yes, that's a winner! So pleased that you had a wonderful time here. We are aiming at non pretentious perfection so it sounds like the team nailed the other night! Thanks so much for your review, we do appreciate the feedback, kind...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have always meant to go here in the summer in our kayaks but never made until father's day. Beautiful fish and chips - huge meal with 3 pieces of fish and lots of chips and salad greens. Good range of craft beer including Lagunitas IPA...More

Thank GrantW1021
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So please you made it out here...it feels like a totally different experience when you come by water, so you still have that up your sleeve! People sometimes forget that we are accessible by road as well as by water which is really funny. We've...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First class luncheon experience Menu choices and food quality very good Service attentive but not intrusive

Thank fitzpw
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

This is exactly what we are aiming for, thanks so much for taking the time to post your review, the whole team does appreciate it! kind regards Paula

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here recently with friends and were disappointed.The setting and ambience is still outstanding but we felt our meals were not as outstanding that night,tHe chef’s salad was simply a small bowl of leaves with dressing .....overpriced and disappointing at $9!My duck leg at...More

Thank molly215
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Molly, The Chef's Salad is intended to be a side dish as described on the menu, so obviously not a salad to eat alone, but to complement a main dish. The Duck Leg is a Confit style, entire leg with baby beetroot, parsnip, chickweed...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This great little pub has a lot of area to sit and to eat. There is an outdoor beer garden (both open and under cover). There are several eateries and a restaurant. You can order and eat in the bar or you can go formal....More

Thank Pooky72
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Great to hear you've found 'Auckland's Best Kept Secret'...the Northwest! You've described the place well, and were obviously here on a Sunday when The Boat House is open to the public with Free Live Music. We hope to see you again sometime soon, kind regards...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the atmosphere when we arrived. We had a nice table outside yet still protected from the elements. The food was outstanding as was the service. Always a lovely outing!

Thank Charmaigne B
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review. Now that it's Spring everyone will be eager to enjoy more days outside in our various venues overlooking the water. We'll look forward to seeing you again, cheers Paula

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to get a drink in the lounge bar only to be told we had to go to the tavern which was like a public bar no view and smelly, not impressedMore

Thank KevinB5747
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Kevin, We have 3 venues here at The Riverhead. 'The Landing'; an a la carte restaurant with views of the water. This is our premium space and is reserved for diners. 'The Portage Bar'; a Neighbourhood Bar available to those who want a quiet...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first brunch at The Riverhead and we weren’t disappointed! A simple yet plentiful menu, choices of alcohol and no alcohol drinks for top up through out our visit. For us, great value for money, always great food and service on par. Well...More

Thank crooky1971
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Awesome review, thanks so much! Bottomless Brunch is a new thing for us. It's proved really popular and a lot of fun... we'll look forward to seeing you again sometime soon. Cheers Paula

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Sarah L
19 February 2018|
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Response from Vivie313 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do have gluten free options. Their menu is online.
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Sarah L
19 February 2018|
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Response from Paula P | Property representative |
Hi, the best thing would be to visit our website where the full menu is online and all the dietaries with the dishes. Cheers Paula
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$26
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, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, 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: Corner of Queen & York St., Riverhead, Auckland 0820, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland  >  Riverhead
  • Phone Number: +64 9-412 8902
  • E-mail
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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