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

July 28, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Matakana is a small town in the Rodney District of New Zealand. Warkworth lies about 9 km to the south-west, Snells Beach the same distance to the south, Omaha is about 7 km to the east, and Leigh about 13 km to the north-east.
Things to do in Matakana

1. Cafe Sandspit

1440 Sandspit Rd, Warkworth, Auckland 0982, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, European Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night HK$133 +64 9-425 9475
Excellent
65%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Cafe Sandspit

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT - 5 AUGUST 2017 Managers: Maree and Alison Chefs: Maree and Taz Hospitalilty Staff: Shelly, Alison and Paul We are excited to revitalise Cafe Sandspit, an absolutely amazing, little cafe, that offers spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf. Situated at Sandspit Wharf, we are conveniently located to Kawau Cruises, so drop in for a quick snack or delicious meal, before you embark on your journey.

Reviewed By Kiwigirl341 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

We decided to stop here for breakfast before our cruise and got here a bit earlier. Seemed like everyone had the same idea that day! Still, we managed to get a table and the staff were so accommodating and friendly, despite it being so busy....MoreHaha, yes, I know how fussy teenage boys can be, I have one myself! Thanks so much for your kind words, we're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you all again soon. :-)

2. Rusty Pelican Restaurant & Pizzeria

1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +64 4229122
Excellent
44%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 277 reviews

Rusty Pelican Restaurant & Pizzeria

In 1998 Daniel and Julie Baturic designed and developed the local service station workshop into Matakana's first- ever restaurant & pizzeria. Some years later the Rusty Pelican was sold. In 2007 Daniel Baturic with business partner Stu Wells repurchased the then fading restaurant to re-establish the original concept of hearty meals and pizzas to die for to make it once again a local iconic pizzeria restaurant. Rusty's famous pizzas appeal to connoisseurs of casual dining and are just the thing to top off a day at the beach. The extensive a la carte menu is sure to please with seafood, pastas, steaks and salads but be sure to leave room for the delicious desserts. The revived success of this Matakana restaurant and bar has reaffirmed Daniel's philosophy that the Rusty Pelican is a venue where people can gather with friends and family over a generous, well priced meal. Good service with old fashioned hospitality is guaranteed. The continued investment in the local community has the Rusty Pelican supporting school fundraisers and sports teams such as the Mahurangi Junior Rugby Club, Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club, and Mahurangi College Sports teams to name a few. "Matakana has a lot of visitors whom we welcome and cater for but focusing on our loyal year round local patrons is paramount" says Daniel. The Rusty Pelican Pizzeria Restaurant understands the importance of catering for families and provides a welcoming well planned family atmosphere. The Tui sports bar is also children friendly. Why not challenge Dad to a game of pool or have your family cheer for their favourite team on the big screen? Check out our unbeatable winter value meal deals which enable the whole family to dine without breaking the bank.

Reviewed By Worldtraveller146 - Brisbane

Had takeaway pizzas the first night which were good and the second night we dined in. The snapper salad was excellent but my partner's fettuccine dish was very average. The fettuccine undercooked and the sauce not mixed in well. When we paid the bill, the manager asked how we enjoyed the meal and was advised that the fettuccine was disappointing. He apologised and discounted the bill. He was genuinely concerned and offered the discount without us asking.

3. Heron's Flight

49 Sharp Road, Warkworth, Auckland 0982, New Zealand Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible International Drinks +64 9-950 6643
Excellent
50%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 45 reviews

Heron's Flight

Heron's Flight is a working vineyard and winery, specializing in Italian grape varieties. Our cellar door is open daily. Please note we are not a restaurant.

Reviewed By MusesMm - Whangarei, New Zealand

A pleasant surprise to be greeted by and enthusiastic wine maker who has been at this location since the beginning of grape plantings in this area. Learn how one Enterprise can populate the district. Well worth a visit with the added bonus of some unique wines.

4. Matakana Market Kitchen

2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana, Auckland 0985, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +64 9-423 0383
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 575 reviews

Matakana Market Kitchen

Reviewed By JackonFrodo - Lancaster, United Kingdom

We visited here as a group of 6 on a recommendation and could not have been happier with the meal.
The food was cooked perfectly, there were lots of options to choose from, the staff were accommodating with our requests and friendly and we came away very full and very happy!
As a vegetarian, I was also pleased with the selection of meals available.

5. Bridgehouse Lodge

16 Elizabeth Street, Warkworth, Auckland 0910, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +64 9-425 8351
Excellent
35%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 188 reviews

Bridgehouse Lodge

Reviewed By Carlo P - Vialfré

During my third trip from Italy to Warkworth, visiting my daughter and her husband, we decided to try this restaurant, that we didn't consider before. That was mainly because my daughter that evening wanted absolutely to eat Fish and Chips. It was a very good choice. We shared squids as starter, then my daughter and her husband ordered the Fish and Chips and I tried a Lamb Sirloin. We finished with an Apple Pie. Everything was well prepared, with fresh ingredients. The restaurant offers a good choice of beers and the service is good and friendly.

6. Plume Restaurant

49A Sharp Road, Matakana, Auckland 0982, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$259 +64 9-422 7915
Excellent
59%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 508 reviews

Plume Restaurant

Situated just an hour's drive from Auckland or Whangarei, Plume, the vineyard restaurant, Matakana is a must visit destination on any Matakana wine or food journey - we believe we are all about fabulous local New Zealand wine and produce which together can celebrate "culinary diversity." Plume is a small town, rural, rustic restaurant with friendly service from locally employed staff. It is a great change from the starchy fine dining service of a big city like Auckland yet is in a class of its own.

Reviewed By FranNewZealand - Palmerston North, New Zealand

Another delicious lunch sitting on the Terrace . As we arrived just before the kitchen closed from lunch service we had to quickly make up our mind so we decided to just go with 2 entrees accompanied by Runner Duck wine . We shared the Chilli, Garlic Pizza Bread & the Venison Tataki which we’re both nicely presented , tasty & just enough for two to share . Friendly efficient staff & nice surroundings made it a very enjoyable lunch

7. Ascension Winery

480 Matakana Road, Matakana, Auckland 0985, New Zealand Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$102 - HK$228 +64 9-422 9601
Excellent
43%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 161 reviews

Ascension Winery

Discover why this family-owned winery has been described by NZ wine author Peter Saunders as "the regional star of Matakana".Just 39 minutes north of the Auckland CBD, Ascension handcrafts critically-acclaimed wine from both rare and well known varieties and is home to a multi-award winning cellar door, Ascension Osteria restaurant and garden bar and a stunning functions centre for weddings, corporate and private events.Relax alfresco with views of vineyards, rolling farmland and the Fountain courtyard which is planted with heirloom herbs and vegetables for Ascension's kitchen.

Reviewed By natashacubis - Hamilton, New Zealand

We made a reservation (for 12th August) for a party of five booking via email and everything was confirmed late July. We booked accommodation and drove up from Hamilton for the special occasion - what occurred next was somewhat dumbfounding! As when we got to...MoreUnfortunately due to the function being so large, we did have to close the restaurant for the night. We were under the impression that all customers were phoned and notified of this, including you. Please accept our apology for this inconvenience.

8. Chocolate Brown Cafe

6 Mill Lane, Warkworth, Auckland 0910, New Zealand Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Reservations, Serves Alcohol Cafe, European, New Zealand, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$31 - HK$196 +64 9-422 2677
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 229 reviews

Chocolate Brown Cafe

Award Winning - cafeteria and chocolaterie A Kiwi Styled menu, Handmade Cabinet food and Specialty drinks. Next door in the Chocolaterie are British Sweets, Dutch Licorice, Kiwi lollies, Fresh Fudge and Handmade on-site chocolates. Come and be warmed by our fire in Winter or sit in the sun over a beautiful Kiwi Summer. We would love to see you here soon. Open for Breakfast, Lunch & now Dinner on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights.

Reviewed By Sandiwells13 - Durban, South Africa

We were traveling though this town and I looked up the reviews for a great venue for breakfast. Seemingly this establishment got the prize but sadly this was not our experience. The food was nicely presented but lacked taste - eggs were far too runny - probably made in great haste as the place was busy. The bathrooms are unisex and one was actually filthy. We were served our coffees in takeaway cups as they had run out of China!? Sorry guys - I saw a 'vote for us - best restaurant in NZ' but you are nowhere near the top. I wish I had chosen another venue.

9. Plume Cafe

Matakana Wharf Road, Matakana, Auckland 0985, New Zealand Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards New Zealand, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$94 - HK$133 +64 9-422 7915
Excellent
57%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 148 reviews

Plume Cafe

A delightful "local" Matakana Café in the heart of the village with ample parking - breakfast, brunch,lunch and counter food as well as freshly baked breads and pastries from our on-site bakery, great coffees and wines from our hand-tended local vineyard Runner Duck Estate

Reviewed By cathyfromwelly - Wellington, New Zealand

Good breakfast menu and good coffee. I had delicious French toast. My partner had the corn fritters.Thank you Cathy - it is so lovely to read you enjoyed the coffee and the meals at Plume Café! Would love to see you the next time you are up our way! Happy Holidays though they are coming to an end now!

10. Brick Bay Glass House Kitchen

17 Arabella Lane, Snells Beach, Auckland 0982, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$173 +64 9-425 4690
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 350 reviews

Brick Bay Glass House Kitchen

Discover a new world as you gaze down on The Glass House, hovering like a coloured jewel beside the vineyard, cantilevered over the waterlily-fringed lake. This unique building is open daily year round, where you can choose to taste our range of wines, enjoy a glass as you relax on our generous decks or simply purchase bottles to take home. We're excited to offer you our fresh new menu, showcasing local produce and seasonal ingredients. Do come and experience dishes that we love and flavours we are passionate about. Download the Menu> This is truly a building for all seasons as you watch the birdlife on the lake on a summer's afternoon, or feel the fury of winter as the rain lashes the lake and sends the overflow beneath you in a veritable waterfall. Metres away are the vines, with the building's transparency letting you possibly observe the pruning process, leaf-plucking, fruit thinning, and if the time is right, the harvest itself!

Reviewed By elliemae2015 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

On a beautiful day with out of town visitors we thought it would be nice to take them to Brick Bay Winery for a glass of wine.
On arrival staff were just standing around talking to each other. Plenty of empty tables.
On approaching a staff member we were told to go to the Hostess and get a table, on doing so were told no tables available for just a glass of wine.
We were not there at a prime busy time so asked if we could have a glass of wine, were told NO.
So we left, we will never return and will tell others of the terrible attitude.

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