Carterton Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Carterton

July 24, 2017 Janette Largent

Discover the best restaurant in Carterton, New Zealand including Cafe Istanbul Carterton, Salute Restaurant, The White Swan, Gladstone Country Inn, Cafe Mirabelle, Cahoots, Cuckoo, French Bakery, The Buckhorn, Wild Oats
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91 High Street North, Carterton 5713, New Zealand Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$47 - HK$157 +64 6-379 7667
Excellent
41%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Cafe Istanbul Carterton

We are a small Turkish restaurant in the middle of Carterton. We have a range of options for Children, Adults, Vegetarians, Vegans, Coeliac and many others. We are a big range of non-alchoholic drinks, wines, beers, rtds and hot drinks. Our staff are very friendly and helpful. We have an award winning chocolate cake that just melts in your mouth.

Reviewed By Karen J - Tauranga, New Zealand

Popped in on a Friday night for takeaways..... certainly won't be rushing back.... food was cold... sauces tasteless.... the "Turkish bread ".... wasn't like any Turkish bread I have ever had & the Sigara boregi.... undercooked and the yoghurt dressing was all lumpy.... all in all very unpleasant

2. Salute Restaurant

83 Main Street, Greytown 5712, New Zealand Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar Mediterranean, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$228 +64 6-304 9825
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 284 reviews

Salute Restaurant

Reviewed By Louise I - Auckland, New Zealand

Had a very tasty GF pizza and reasonably price wine. Service seemed a little disengaged. One lass delivered to our table twice with out uttering a word. Food was great but staff lacking vibe

3. The White Swan

109 Main St, Greytown 5953, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night +64 27 549 9744
Excellent
28%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
8%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 207 reviews

The White Swan

Reviewed By Richard F

Lots of options in Greymouth, so a shame we chose The Swan. Lovely building and location, but indifferent and lax service let it down. Few were there, but drinks still took 15 mins whilst no less than 5 staff milled around the bar doing cutlery, checking phones, talking. At time to pay, despite saying where we’d sat and what we’d drunk, told “it doesn’t work like that, I’m not looking through all of the orders to find yours.” Some people are not suited to hospitality.

4. Gladstone Country Inn

571 Gladstone Road, Carterton 5792, New Zealand Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$86 - HK$196 +64 6-372 7866
Excellent
61%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

Gladstone Country Inn

Country bar and restaurant catering to local farmers and those from further afield. Good honest food, prepared with fresh local ingredients. At the heart of the Wairarapa wine trail, we showcase local wines, in particular those from the Gladstone area. Craft beers available. Open fire provides a welcome in winter, and outdoor dining is available in the warmer months in our riverside garden bar. Also known as The Gladdy

Reviewed By Edward H - Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

We booked an outside table on a picture perfect Saturday. The menu varied as were the choice of drinks. Well worth the drive too! Lovely pub. Will go again.

5. Cafe Mirabelle

31 High Street North, Carterton 5713, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night +64 6-379 7247
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Cafe Mirabelle

Http://restaurants.nzherald.co.nz/restaurant/cafe-mirabelle-carterton

Reviewed By Tracey011 - Masterton, New Zealand

We were fortunate enough to attend the 'clearing the fridge' night at Mirabelle's before their Christmas break. Fantastic night! We were treated to many of the cafe's classics as platters to share - pate, terrine, smoked salmon, pear, walnut and blue cheese salad, braised duck, a variety of desserts AND a cheese platter...4 hours of gluttonous delight! We were a table of four - the restaurant was packed and a good time was had by all. Tres bien! Oh - and you can BYO which is a major benefit!

6. Cahoots

97 Main Street, Greytown 5712, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 6-304 8480
Excellent
43%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 103 reviews

Cahoots

Reviewed By exile66 - Havelock North, New Zealand

Quick visit to Cahoots, which was chosen purely because of its proximity to our car parking space as we drove to Wellington.
Sampled their mince and cheese pie, cheese scone, a sweet slice and two coffees, all to go.
The pie had great pastry. Unfortunately the contents were bland and insipid, and the cheese noticeable by its absence.
The cheese scone was a scone, but again, no cheese flavour. One wonders if ingredients were skimped, or whether the owners buy a special cheese with no flavour.
Both these items were consumed while we waited for the coffees to be made. And waited. It was lunchtime, but there was a staff of at least four, and the barista was just plain slow. Ours was the only coffee order, and it went ignored for a long time.
The coffee came in a Supreme cup. We like Supreme - usually good roasters who produce a bean with taste. Cahoots manage to extract all the flavour while making the coffee. We suspect that the large drinks are made with a single shot, rather than the customary double.
The sweet slice was sweet. Hint of coffee flavour in the icing, which was more than was in the coffee itself.
Disappointing. Won't be back.

7. Cuckoo

128 Main Street, Greytown 5712, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Italian, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$149 +64 6-304 8992
Excellent
51%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 69 reviews

Cuckoo

Reviewed By Torquay1959 - Wellington, New Zealand

This was our second visit to Cuckoo as we are newly settled in Greytown, and we love this very welcoming restaurant with great value and delicious food. The menu is quite small but what they do is very good and we would definitely recommend it. The wine list is also good and the service is excellent. We will keep going back for more. Thanks Cuckoo and Staff

8. French Bakery

81 Main Street, Greytown 5712, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 6-304 8873
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

French Bakery

Reviewed By ElsaMiro

Stopped her for quick lunch- their French baguettes with REAL HAM OFF THE BONE..not shaved ham were a step back to Paris!
While it was later in the day the range of food in the cabinets as well as the menu superb.
Since returning to NZ my husband has tried lots of so called palmiers but these were the real thing..had to buy more to take away!

9. The Buckhorn

20 Memorial Square, Carterton, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Bar, Pub, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
21%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
12%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 33 reviews

The Buckhorn

Reviewed By FrancescaNewZealand - new zealand

Four adults two children for dinner. When we arrived we were told we had a 20 minute wait as they had a crowd out the back giving their orders so we were advised to have a drink until they could take our orders for a meal. There was no one else in the front of the restaurant, just us. They came back half an hour later and said there was still a slight delay. We waited. One hour after coming in for a meal they took our orders. We had had a look out the back to see the crowd and there were 10 people. Not a crowd. 3/4 of an hour later we had meals in front of us. I had an ocean plate dish with quid rings, mussels etc on it. Didn't really taste very nice so I ended up leaving 2/3rds of it. I shouldn't have had even a third of it. I spent from 11.0pm to 5.0pm throwing up with food poisoning.
We all agreed it was a dismal horrible experience for a dinner out. Too many good places to have a meal to put up with sub standard service and food that is off.

10. Wild Oats

127 High Street North, Carterton 5713, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 6-379 5580
Excellent
36%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 95 reviews

Wild Oats

Reviewed By MamooseNz - NZ

This will definitely be a place we will come to every time we're in the Wairarapa. The food was really great. We came for morning tea and got a black forest gateaux, a sconut, doughnut, coffee, tea and fluffies. Average coffee, good fluffies, food was great. My daughter didn't enjoy the mock cream in the gateaux, I thought it was fine. The service was average, nothing notable, but polite. I would possibly have given 5 stars had the tables been clean. I had to ask to have it wiped down. It was pretty busy though, so occasionally someone doesn't get there quick enough.

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