The Tasting Shed
Rodney 09 412 6454
- Wed – Thur 4pm – 10pm
- Fri – Sun 12noon – 3pm, 5pm – late
- Business Dining
- Scenic View
- Children's Play Area
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 120
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
- Wi-Fi: Free
Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2012
The Tasting Shed has one simple philosophy – a place where wine craves food. Expect to experience a unique environment where everything we are about is celebrating great food and wine pairings in a gorgeous wine country, less than half an hour outside of central Auckland.
Located on State Highway 16 next door to Coopers Creek vineyard, and conveniently on the way to Muriwai beach, the Tasting Shed is quickly attracting attention.
Designed in conjunction with the owners Jo and Ganesh Raj by Maggie Carroll and Jessica Barter of Bureaux, the space exudes rustic charm. Walls lined with ageing crates, exposed steel beams and an assortment of low slung lanterns give the sense that this place was always meant to be here.
Plus the free courtesy shuttle for 11 people adds a level of convenience not seen before in New Zealand’s oldest wine country.
17 Reviews for The Tasting Shed
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I live nearby and have been here a couple of times, once when it first opened and once recently.
The food is exceptional as is the ambience.
Unfortunately it is a bit out of a lot of locals price range to eat there regularly.
Before it opened, a lot of locals wanted a basic tasteful wine bar that we could frequent. Unfortunately, it is a little expensive for that.
I would recommend it, but not if you are saving for something else.
The Tasting Shed is delightfully different. You order small plates which can be shared, the ambience is eclectic, they give you little torches to look at the menu with, the bathroom is the best I’ve seen.
Great location, wonderful service and even better food. They had great vegetarian options and I would like to see more!
P.S. Try the beetroot dish.
Jo and Ganesh have hit the sweet spot and are a unique restaurant that actually walks the talk. Keep it up. But please don’t tell too many others!
I thought that all the dishes were exceptional, except for the Duck and the pistachio cake. Although the pistachio cake was delicious, you really just get one bite, I know it is fine dining, but when I order something I do expect more than a bite.
The Duck to me was just very disappointing, it was not very flavoursome, and I felt that it was mediocre for this type of dining establishment.
All in all, the food was tasty, and up to a high standard, I do think thought that the options are very rich.
We stuck to the Small Plate menu and the highlight for me was the Seared scallop, jerusalem artichoke, curry and marshmallow.
A wide selection of wine is available, served by fast and friendly staff.
Well worth the trip out west.
I’ve had Sara’s food before at a different venue and she has always been innovative with ingredients and flavour combination.
Just when I thought she couldn’t possibly outdo herself, she did!
My friend and I had dinner at The Tasting Shed Easter Sunday and were pleasantly surprised with unexpected treats: specials for the day not listed in their on-line menu.
We indulged in pig’s head and sweetbreads, salt cod and tongue and cheek. The flavours were absolutely sublime: the tongue literally just melted in my mouth.
Dishes are perfect size, so we tried a little bit of everything and still have room for dessert. That was another treat: delicious beyond description Creme Caramel.
The food really suits the environment and the service was outstanding.
Would definitely recommend.
Last weekend I held my 30th birthday lunch at the tasting shed – in the grotto area! Not only was the wine amazing, the food amazing, the setting amazing but the staff were EXTRA amazing! They made the whole day so easy… I had corresponded with Jo before the event to sort out a set menu… she was so helpful!
We had a group of 19 adults, 5 toddlers & 3 babies – everyone enjoyed themselves… the kids had a great time playing on the lawn!
I cannot recommend this place highly enough!!! We defiantly will be back!
One of our friends is already going to book it for a hens party lunch!
Thank you so much!
Glenn & Stacey
A brilliant location right beside Coopers Creek winery, excellent seating indoors and outdoors (can’t wait for summer!), and wonderful hosts.
Oh yes, and the food!
The food is excellent. I went with a group of 12 so instead of ordering individual dishes they suggested we had a bit of everything. So we did, and what a great idea. My favourites were the pork belly, and the meatballs, and the marinated chicken, and the cauliflower fritters, and the triple cooked potatoes, and the mushrooms, and the fish, and and and…
And of course the rolled pig’s head. Oh yes indeed, the rolled pig’s head. No really, don’t be put off, it’s sooo good.
And I haven’t even mentioned the desserts (which were outstanding, particularly the rice pudding and the churros).
The wine was gorgeous, especially a sweet one they recommended for dessert, which was just beautiful. I have no idea what it was, but it was perfect. They certainly know what they’re talking about.
And they even have a complementary shuttle service if you live within 10km. What service!
I’m definitely going back. Not sure what I’ll eat this time, maybe a bit of everything again?