Where to eat

Waiheke is spoilt for choice in terms of cafes/restaurants, so you should find something to meet your needs. To avoid disappointment though you may wish to ring ahead, as in winter/off peak periods some places are closed, and during summer/peak periods the more popular restaurants can be heavily booked. Here are a few of our favourites:

Closer to home:

The Point Discount Card Icon-smallStefanos
, 18 Hamilton Rd, Surfdale, Ph: 372 5309 www.stef.co.nz

A family run Italian restaurant that’s popular for its great pizzas. It’s a more affordable dinner option (and it’s BYO) and it’s only a short drive from the house (approximately 5 minutes) or a short walk down the public track off the property down that leads down to Surfdale. They also offer gluten-free options on request.

The Point Discount Card Icon-smallDragonfired, Little Oneroa beach, Ph (021) 922289  www.dragonfired.co.nz

This is a mobile restaurant serving amazing organic, macrobiotic and cheap eats from a caravan. From pita pockets, to calzones, to wraps, to a polenta platter, to woodfired pizzas, it’s all good. And best of all, it’s based on nearby Little Oneroa beach downhill, so you can be eating your lunch/dinner whilst sitting on the grass verge/sand on a rug looking out to amazing sea views. It can get super busy in summer so it may pay to phone them with your order and then wander down 30 minutes later when it is ready … or just stroll down, order and chill out …  Note: During non-summer months it’s best to give them a call to check if they are open (e.g. in Winter, their hours are usually only Fri/Sat/Sun 1030am-730pm).

Little Oneroa Fish & Chips, Little Oneroa Beach, Ph:  372 3288

A relatively new but ‘kiwi old school’ fish and chips joint on Little Oneroa beach. They do fish, chips, sausages, burgers, fritters and all that classic stuff you’d expect at really reasonable prices. We love this new addition to Little O – as it means you can take your newspaper-encased pack of goodness down to the beach/grass verge and eat great kiwi tucker in a superb location (or just take it back to The Point to enjoy:-)). Our local tip – if they are doing the fresh snapper, go for it, it’s pricer than their standard fish but at $5.60 (at time of writing) it’s still almost half the price of the competitors in the village or at Palm Beach.

Oneroa Village:

Cove ‘Bites & Brews’, 149C Ocean View Rd, Ph: 32 8209 http://www.dcbrewing.co.nz/OurFood.aspx

Next to the Red Crab (see below), this is a great casual, bistro-style place with craft beers and reasonably priced yummy ‘surf n turf’ type platters (they do mains as well). We’ve been a few times and highly recommend it.

The Point Discount Card Icon-smallLittle Frog, 153 Ocean View Rd, Ph: 372 7659 https://www.facebook.com/LittleFrogCafe/

Delicious healthy food, fresh juices, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic ingredients + produce grown on Waiheke Island. Plus, they are giving The Point a fantastic free coffee with breakfast as their The Point Discount Card deal.

Red Crab, 149 Ocean View Rd, Ph: 372 9185 www.redcrab.co.nz
This is a fairly reasonably priced, newish Thai restaurant in the centre of the main Oneroa village/shops. It has a set lunch which is great value and has a nice view of Oneroa beach and the sea – so try and get an outside table if you can. They also do takeaways.

Fenice Italian café/restaurant, 122A Oceanview Road, Ph: 372 8711 www.fenice.co.nz/

Relatively reasonably priced Italian home-made food (including fresh pasta made daily), open from breakfast until late, located in the heart of the village.

Wai Kitchen, 1/149 Ocean View Road, Ph: 372 7505 www.waikitchen.co.nz

Set on the top level above Red Crab, this restaurant serves a varied menu in a great location. It also has a bakery on the ground floor in case you want some fresh baked goods to go.

Oyster Inn, 124 Ocean View Rd, Ph: 372 2222 www.theoysterinn.co.nz

Waiheke Island, AucklandGreat décor with a buzzy vibe, this place serves tasty wines, small bites and more substantial mains – all of which are great examples of fresh NZ fusion cuisine. It’s a bit pricey but the two owners (Andrew and Jonathan) are super friendly and we just love it.

Ostend Village

The Annex: Set in a quaint little villa on Putiki Road (runs parallel with the main road running through Ostend village), this cafe is new to Waiheke and already getting rave feedback. It offers speciality teas and beautiful, locally famous ‘Island Coffee’. But the real jewels in the crown are the amazing array of cakes. It’s only open 3 days a week (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). So if you are on the Island then, it’d be rude not to visit :-). Just like the cakes it makes, the villa is sweet but small – so be prepared to squeeze in where you can.  This article is worth a read if you want to know more about The Annex:  http://sharedkitchen.co.nz/2015/12/cake-cutie-waiheke/

Further afield:

The Shed (Te Motu Vineyard)76 Onetangi Road, Ph: 372 6884 www.temotu.co.nz/the-shed

The 10 minute walk up their ‘bumpy’ driveway is definitely worth it. Chef Bronwen Laight  produces fantastically fresh, simple and modern dishes (mid ranged in price) in the most beautiful of settings – overlooking a natural amphitheatre/valley attributed with producing some of NZ’s finest red wines. Te Motu also has ‘The Terrace’ – where you can have wine tastings and lite bites (in case you are not in the mood for a full meal).  Call +64 372 6884 to enquire about current opening hours, tastings and restaurant bookings.

Casito Miro, 3 Brown Rd (Miro Vineyard, Onetangi) Ph: 372 7854 www.mirovineyard.co.nz

A fantastic tapas restaurant serving great wines and fresh food in a beautiful setting. This place has won numerous awards and deserves its reputation.

Te Whau Vineyard and Restaurant, 218 Te Whau Drive, Ph: 09 372 7191 www.tewhau.co.nz

Situated on a superbly elevated peninsula with unbeatable views, this is another ‘fine dining’ vineyard restaurant serving exceptional fresh seafood, nice wines but with prices to match.

Poderi Crisci, 205 Awaawaroa Road, Awaawaroa Bay, Ph: 372 2148 www.podericrisci.co.nz

We had heard good reports about this place from friends/guests, so had to go there ourselves of course! The food, wine, olive oil and ambiance (set in a rustic Italian vineyard surroundings) are top notch. It is a fairly long drive from the house (25 minutes) but for a fine dining/a special occasion, the drive (and the whole experience of course!) is likely to be worth it. Our Local Tip: Go on a Sunday for the ‘Long Lunch’ ($70 per head at time of writing) – they only do a ‘degustation’ menu which means you don’t have to think about what to have, you just sit back and they bring out course after course after course … Given its popularity, it’s highly recommended you book in advance.

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