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“Fantastic food and service”
Review of The Oyster Inn

The Oyster Inn
Ranked #2 of 12 Restaurants in Oneroa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Just 40 minutes from Auckland but a world away, The Oyster Inn is the perfect escape from Auckland, whether for just a night, a weekend or longer. The Inn features a large restaurant & bar, a beach boutique, a private event space three luxuriously simple guest rooms. Opened in 2012, The Oyster Inn has gained local and international attention, being featured on Travel & Leisure's 2013 IT List and Metro's Top 50 Restaurants. With a gorgeous but unpretentious interior by designer Katie Lockhart, The Oyster Inn has fast become one of the island's most popular restaurants.
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We visited the Oyster Inn for dinner on a weeknight. We had the Tio Point oysters with chardonnay vinegar and shallots, the clam chowder, the beef sirloin and the fish of the day (panfried snapper with crayfish bisque). All of them were excellent! We matched them with a pinot gris and Bordeaux red wine (recommended pairings by the waitress) and these were fantastic! The banana and toffee pudding was delicious!! Service was great! Can also see the ocean from the restaurant.

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Thank cdaustralia88
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We had heard good things about the Oyster Inn restaurant, and with my friends visiting from Sydney we decided to book dinner there for the Saturday night. Well... it seems our table was completely forgotten about, we were put down one end of the balcony and despite ordering our drinks and mains as soon as we arrived we waited 1hr 40 mins for our food, and in the meantime asked for more olive oil and breads given the wait time to be told we would be charged for it and twice we had to ask to order drinks. Once the mains eventually arrived the food was great but the service was enough to put a dampener on our entire evening.
On the Sunday, they had DJ's playing so we thought we would go for a few afternoon drinks and give them a second chance. We asked to order cocktails and were told we couldn't order these as they were too busy yet the premises was left than half full and then we were asked by our waiter twice to switch tables as other groups had come in..... We couldn't leave fast enough and took our business elsewhere. Such a shame, we won't be returning.

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Thank Jerry075
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

What a find, wonderful oysters, fish pie to die for (we got the recipe) and the wine list was exquisite...ate their twice in three days it was that good...even on a cold and blustery weekend we grabbed the table by the fireplace and had a wonderful evening.

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Thank Mike T
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Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

We'd heard good things about this relatively new restaurant centrally located on Oneroa. And for a Monday night it was pretty busy - I think you'd definitely have to book in peak season!
The restaurant is nicely presented - simple white theme yet stylishly done. You can see into the kitchen behind the bar from most tables and whilst I liked this layout we found it a little noisy at times - particularly when we got there as most tables were occupied too. Hard of hearing folk may struggle a little with this.
The guy who greeted us and showed us to our table was very pleasant and friendly.
Service from the waiter was generally ok, although he kept forgetting who had ordered was and indeed we got served each other's mains - it's details like this that make the difference between 4/5 and 5/5.
The food was nicely presented and tasty too and I particularly liked that there was a great selection if locally produced wine to try - some available by the glass if you wanted, for example, a white followed by a red like we did.
Overall a very good experience, but with some more attention to detail on service and a bit of work on the acoustics could be a truly great place to eat!

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Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch during a winery and countryside tour of Waiheke Island. Oysters were wonderful! I had fish and chips as my main. Delicious! My wife had fish of the day (Snapper) which was equally as delicious. Perry was our waiter (we later found out he is one of the owners) and he was awesome! Highly recommend to anyone visiting the Island!

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Thank Eric913
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