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“Disappointing lunch experience at Hawea!”

Sailz Lake Hawea Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Lake Hawea
Price range: $7 - $35
Cuisines: New Zealand, Grill
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Sailz Lake Hawea Restaurant & Bar is upstairs above the General Store & Cafe. Sailz offers an al la carte menu of uncomplicated New Zealand cuisine, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. With views across the lake and surrounding mountains, the restaurant seats 45 indoors, and a shaded deck seats a further 40, and is a great venue for small or larger groups of diners, year round.
Reviewed 13 August 2019

Was recommended to go to Sailz for a meal. We visited the cafe for lunch one day during the week. Was a very foggy day cafe seemed to have a few people about mainly tradies either eating their pies or waiting for their orders. We waited at the counter to be served but was asked to wait as the young person was not sure what to do. Appeared to be a student filling in and was being taught how to do the orders on the till?. Once meal ordered and we received our coffee we waited and waited for our order. When we followed this order up was told their was a backload in the kitchen. We could not see the clients about to see this however when we received our order some was still cold. As we had waited so long we just put up with it. Was really disappointed with the experience after the place being recommended to us by a local.

Date of visit: August 2019
1  Thank John M
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Reviewed 1 June 2019 via mobile

Sailz was great. Sat in front of 🔥, nice Australian Shiraz & local oat IPA beer. Pork belly, swede & artichoke gratin, Minaret venison with beetroot mash were all lovely. Lemon pot desert was citrusy & tasty. Amber was a great hostess, will return.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Kbfls
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Reviewed 12 May 2019

We live locally. We don't often drop $'s on meals out but last night we decided to treat ourselves. We both ordered the buttermilk chicken main. Despite it being only around 6pm and only one other table occupied we waited a lengthy period of time for our food. When we received it we were very disappointed. The chicken was a small slab that looked boiled. It was flat, grey in colour, tasteless, and cold. It sat next to a small limp salad. We were gobsmacked that for the price that was all that was on our plate, cold, tasteless, grey chicken that we likened to a small child's jandal. It'll be a long time before we throw another $57 over your counter. We failed to see any value on our plates.

Date of visit: May 2019
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1  Thank Melanie T
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Reviewed 19 April 2019

We love Lake Hawea to visit and stop here, they have the best burgers and the chips are big crunchy thick chips, the best I’ve had. Great food, perfect for a picnic on the lake.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Thank Tara C
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Reviewed 6 April 2019 via mobile

Waited 1.5 hours for our meals, we had a reservation, not many people there when we arrived and we ordered easy soups and fish and chips but still an awful long wait without being advised of the wait time. Also seafood chowder not your traditional chowder, more like a Vege soup with some seafood in it.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Shannonh098
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