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- Mon – Sat 11am – Late
- Sun 9am – Late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Scenic View
- Live Music
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 150
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
‘The Riverhead’ is New Zealand’s Oldest Riverside Tavern.
The Riverhead is just 20 minutes North West of central Auckland by car sitting between Westgate and Albany and is close to Kumeu. Riverhead Tavern is also the only tavern directly accessible by boat from central Auckland.
Winner of the top National award in Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence for:
Best Lamb Bar Meal 2012
New / Redeveloped Bar / Restaurant, in the 2011
Best Music /Entertainment Venue 2012
Best Country Hotel 2011
28 Reviews for The Riverhead
We came by the Red Boats – which was just a fantastic trip and well worth it!
We got told on the boat to get your orders in early as they do get very busy and the boat leaves at 3pm sharp.
We did not realise you had to book the restaurant – its a pity they don’t tell you that as you book the boat trip…
so upon arrival we got shunted out into the boat shed…after finally getting to the bar was very disappointed with the choice on the menu…. it is very very basic!!
The place was absolutely heaving and on this wet cold day the only option left was to sit outside in the wet paddock. Partner finally found a table up in the outside bar area that at least was firm under foot and had umbrellas open -so we took the kids and went up there.
Chaos then ensued. Because we had ordered our meals in the downstairs bar area – we had now committed the cardinal sin of moving to a new zone.
Meals took over an hour to come. They were very disappointing upon arrival.
Its the little things that stand out- no butter on the burger or even mayonnaise, no tomato sauce on the kids hot dogs, very bland boring food. paper plates for serving.
Not quite what i had been expecting.
The boat trip is well worth it – but don’t have high expectations for the food when you get there.
They would be better off having a fantastic carvery on a Sunday where at least you could get a delicious hot roast dinner – have more time for another drink and even dessert – enjoy the music without having to be pinned to your seat waiting for food. Good luck it is a fantastic venue.
Service was slow at times, and rapid service was usually the harbinger of nuked food. Table staff didn’t seem to be happy in their work.
This could be an excellent restaurant. It’s attractive, but the food needs work. All that being said, we’ll go back – it is a “find” as a place to take visitors.
I opted for the halloumi salad which was disappointing – very basic, just three strips of halloumi placed onto three slices of tomato, then onto a few lettuce leaves and some dressing, very bland and at $15 made me feel quite sad. Sorry it could have been made heaps better.
It’s taken us a while to find a restaurant with a combination of tasty food, great atmosphere and efficient service. The Riverhead has it all. Their extremely welcoming staff and talented chefs made our night out a true pleasure. They have an awesome menu, with many of our favourites listed. We had a thoroughly wonderful family night out in comfortable surroundings and will definitely be regular visitors in the future.
I have given The Landing rave reviews in the past and, on that basis, we decided to celebrate my wife and eldest son’s birthdays at the Landing on 13 January 2013.
My daughter made the booking and was told that they could not book the “outside” tables in case it rained and that they only booked the number of seats that could be accommodated inside the restaurant. She was told that “if you get here early I’m sure we can get you a table on the deck”.
My son arrived early at 11:30 AM and got a great table that would accommodate the expected party of six. Unfortunately three of the party had had to cancel due to illness on the day, so the three of us placed our orders for drinks, starters and mains with our very pleasant waiter.
The drinks arrived and we were thinking to order another bottle when the mains and starters arrived at the same time carried by three waiters.
It seemed a little strange to receive mains and starters at the same time.
We decided to eat the starters and mains together. The pizza and the steak were good, but the fish was dark and dry. When we finished, our waiter cleared the plates away.
The waiter offered us the Dessert menu, but we declined at that time having just finished our starters and mains.
Imagine our surprise when a blonde lady, clutching her spectacles, arrived at our table and, in a loud voice, told us that we had to move inside as she had a booking for our table at 1:00 PM ! (Remember – we had been told that they could NOT book the “outside tables.) When we pointed this out to the blonde lady, she, again in her strident voice, told us that she couldn’t have three people occupying an eight-seat table.
We were humiliated and embarrassed at this rude and abusive treatment, especially as we had been refused the opportunity to “BOOK” the table ourselves.
We advised the person at the cash-desk of this humiliation andMore embarrassment, but this lady tried to say that she had put the wrong BOOKING on the table. (This is on a table that cannot be BOOKED ??)
I had been recommending The Landing to my friends and acquaintances as THE PLACE to go, but I will advise them to be cautious as it seems that on the whim of the blonde lady you could be told to move off your table. I will give the Landing a miss for a while.
I recently went with a large group of friends on a Saturday night for my birthday. The service was excellent and our meals had arrived within 15 minutes of them being ordered. not only that but they were amazing and well worth the money. everyone was raving about how awesome their meals were. I thought this was fantastic especially considering they were packed when we arrived and we had expected our meals to take ages.
Highly recommended. We will definitely be back.
Thank you so much ‘The Riverhead’ !
Highly recommend this place.
We wont be put off and will try a lunch or dinner someday.
Breakfast was better than lunch or dinner but not really up to scratch for the prices.
Would have a drink there but it’s a no for the food unfortunately.
The staff seem friendly and we love the snuggly blankets for outside. Best of luck and we will be back!!
Both alcohol and food prices are on a level with the viaduct but the service and quality/presentation of the food was well below what one expects from an eating establishment nowadays.
In summary – over-priced and average food.
We ended up extremely disappointed with how our evening turned out. My partner’s beer on tap tasted a little weird so he ordered a cider, he had to wait well over 20 minutes for it, despite asking 3 times. When it arrived it was a pear cider – not what he wanted, but after waiting so long he decided to drink it. We had to ask twice for the bottle of red wine which was then plonked unceremoniously down on the table. We did tell the waitress not to pour it, but we did not expect it to hit the table with a thud. The entrees were good – although the sauce on the prawn cocktail was in the bottom of the glass, meaning you had to eat prawns and lettuce before you got to the sauce. The kumara chips were absolutely cremated and black. My partner and sister’s calamari and Dad’s mussels were good as was my ostrich. However the mains were terrible – my father’s fish came with broccoli instead of salad as our waitress had told us, my mother’s lamb was a little overcooked, my partner’s burger was very plain. My sister’s vegetarian lasagne was 10 minutes later than the other mains. The worst however was my fillet steak – I asked for it medium and at $36 you would expect that it would come as I asked. It was cooked completely through and didn’t even look like fillet. I returned it and was then brought another meal well over 20 minutes later– by this stage the others had finished their mains. The second on was exactly the same. At that point we’d had enough. The chef obviously has no idea how to cook a steak and to repeat the same mistake again is ridiculous. Not only customer service, but what a wMoreaste of ingredients! I am certainly hoping for their sake as a business they do something about the chef and the waitress.
Although I will say the restaurant was apologetic and generously did not charge us for our food but money aside my mother’s special birthday dinner was ruined. We will be having another dinner out – just definitely not there! The best thing about the whole evening was the amazing view and great hand basins in the ladies toilets!
We took a family member for lunch as a treat and were embarrassed. From trying to get water for the table, salt and pepper to paying our bill – we felt invisible. The waiting staff seemed confused about which tables they were working.
The three of us all ordered the same main – fish of the day(hapuka) and they were all dry and one plate had enough sauce for three meals, the other two had hardly any.
A lovely venue with such promise but we will not risk it a second time.