Orca Restaurant & Bar
Waikato District 07 825 6543
- Mon – Sun 9am – late
- Children's Menu
- Scenic View
- Live Music
- Private Functions
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 100
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Orca restaurant and Bar is Raglan’s newest restaurant that has received great reviews since it opened in December 2008 by Kerry, Corrina and Sonya Wells.
Situated at the jetty end of Bow Street, it overlooks the harbour and the Raglan bar providing a unique dining experience as customers watch the sunset behind the breakers and out to the Tasman Sea.
Orca’s friendly front of house team is committed to excellent
service enhancing customers dining experience with the offer of simple, fresh and elegant dishes to tempt your taste buds. The menu includes brunch, lunch, children’s and evening meals with hot bar snacks always available. Functions are welcome, set menus, buffets or platters can be tailored to your needs.
After extensive tasting Orca’s staff have handpicked a robust international wine list for customers to enjoy while Orca’s award winning Toasted Espresso coffee is available day and night.
The bar offers wide variety of Lion beers including Waikato and Summit on tap.
Orca has a variety of entertainment with the pool table complimenting the live sport on the large TV. Our wine Club and food and wine matching dinners are also popular events.
12 Reviews for Orca Restaurant & Bar
Not sure if we would eat here again.
YUMMY food. The bread and dips where great, the steak was perfect and the smoked salmon was delicious! Our boy enjoyed his kids meal! The staff was very friendly and the ice cream for desert great!
Went there another time for morning tea and man that black muffin with the little marshmallows in it was the best muffin ever!!!!
No atmosphere and food pretty basic when it finally arrives. There are places in Raglan with more atmosphere than this. could be quite a good place on a hot day for lunch but doesn’t quite hit the spot for a dinner.
The table location was where we expected, having booked ahead. This is always a good sign as some restaurants put advance bookings in the worst spots, reserving the best tables for walk ins. The welcome was friendly and the young woman who served us most of the evening was genuinely delightful, striking a nice balance of being attentive but not fussing too much. The décor was bright and open but we still felt like we had our own little corner. It was a busy evening, but staff seemed to be on top of it all.
The food was what we had come for of course, and we weren’t disappointed. We had already discussed the menu when we booked and were really pleased to see an imaginative vegetarian entrée and main. Sure, there could always be more choices, but Orca steered well away from those tired old clichés, Fettuccine Alfredo and Vegetarian Lasagne! Other restaurants take note! We can cook this stuff at home! The dishes were elegant without being pretentious and were a taste sensation, especially the mushroom entrée. The Gnocchi dish was lovely too. I suspect it was done in a skillet instead of simply being boiled. Venturing into meat territory once in a while, I had lamb which was very good indeed.
We had three courses with wine and the quality and presentation were excellent. There was just the right amount of time between courses too, so you never felt either rushed or neglected. A big test of an evening is when the dessert menu is presented. Many restaurants either shove it your face as an afterthought or leave it so long that you simply go off the idea. No problems here. We had a lovely tart tatin and gratefully accepted a dessert wine suggestion. It was all rounded off with a good coffee.
So all in all we had a very pleasant evening. Lovely staff, great food and definitely somewhere we would recommend.
I have been to the Orca restaurant several times over the last few years and up until this occasion have always found it a good place to eat. The front of house staff are always friendly and helpful and this time was no exception. however if your kitchen staff have absolutely no customer skills then they should not be interacting with customers.
I find it absolutely disgusting that anyone should be treated in the way that we were even if the staff believes the customer to be wrong (although i find it hard to believe that it takes longer to cook French toast than a full English…).
Raglan has plenty of other restaurants to try and i suggest the reader of this do exactly that.
We had the fish soup and pork belly for our entrees, both were excellent, as were the mains of steak tartare and duck leg. Service was good, and the staff friendly. Would definitely recommend.
Both of us had the fish with hand cut chips and when next in Raglan we will be heading back.
It does look popular so you may need to book.