Top 10 restaurants in Gisborne, New Zealand

July 13, 2017 Oliva Fomby

Discover the best restaurant in Gisborne, New Zealand including The Works, USSCo Bar & Bistro, Verve Cafe, SoHo Bar, Lone Star, Zest Cafe, The Marina Restaurant, The Vines, The Rivers Restaurant and Bar, Bookshop Cafe
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1. The Works

41 the Esplanade, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +64 6-868 9699
Excellent
42%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 154 reviews

The Works

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, after work get together's, birthday parties, business lunches, a romantic table for two, family gatherings - or no reason at all. Enjoy the unique ambiance of the iconic Works Restaurant and Bar, situated in all that remains of the historic Kaiti Freezing works. Fabulous food, warm friendly atmosphere, professional service. Exceptional wedding venue hurry book now.

Reviewed By Katie_Coetzee - Auckland, New Zealand

We made it into Gisborne on Boxing day with our two dachshunds in tow, hoping to find somewhere dog friendly for lunch. The Works surpassed all our expectactions... we sat under the vines on the patio, enjoyed excellent service, a bottle of chardonay and lunch. The menu was a small selection, but there was something for everyone. My husband felt like fish and chips, which he smacked his lips over. I had the marinated fish (ceviche) with wild rice. It was fantastic! We finished off with a blue cheese served with freshly made lavosh and a raisin preserve to polish off the last of the Chardonnay. What a fabulous afternoon under the vines. My dogs were welcomed and because the staff were relaxed, so were the dogs. I would recommend this gourmet pub.

2. USSCo Bar & Bistro

16 Childers Road, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night +64 6-868 3246
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 323 reviews

USSCo Bar & Bistro

Reviewed By richiesmum - Rotorua, New Zealand

Really good place to eat, menu has great variety and the food is delicious. Very impressed with how fast it came out from kitchen when restaurant was busy. Great service too.

3. Verve Cafe

121 Gladstone Road, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 6-868 9095
Excellent
36%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 157 reviews

Verve Cafe

Reviewed By 586shane - Napier, New Zealand

Very very good coffee. Scrambled eggs perfect and omelets really well made. Happy staff who seem to never have a bad hair day! Recommend. On main street of Gisborne (Gladstone Rd) and open for breakfast and lunch.

4. SoHo Bar

2 Crawford Road, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol New Zealand, Bar, European, Pub, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 8683888
Excellent
42%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 90 reviews

SoHo Bar

Reviewed By Christine B - Auckland, New Zealand

Arrived in Gisborne, staying with friends, they took us for a short walk to lunch, this place is great, the kitchen shuts later than most, we had the opportunity to order brunch, or lunch, I had eggs Benedict because I could, very tasty and worth the price, those I was with had tapas, Mac cheese balls, fish tacos, and slow cooked brisket, the wine list was good, as was their beer list. Enjoyable and truly unexpected.

5. Lone Star

60 Inner Harbour | The Esplanade, Shed One, Gisborne, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$8 +64 6-868 3257
Excellent
41%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 148 reviews

Lone Star

Reviewed By Patrick B - Maastricht, The Netherlands

Nice pub/restaurant looking out on the harbour that serves decent pub food. Good selection of drinks. We shared nachos for starters and they were quite good. The mains (veggie burger and burrito) were OK. The salad accompanying the burrito had too much dressing on it; the burger could have done with a species dressing. Our expectations weren’t very high, so overall we were satisfied.

6. Zest Cafe

22 Peel Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$8 +64 6-867 5787
Excellent
47%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 123 reviews

Zest Cafe

Reviewed By ExplorerGG - Tauranga, New Zealand

First time visit to Gisborne. Stopped off here this morning for breakfast. Service was friendly, fast and efficient. We didn't wait long for our meals, both were presented nicely and tasted good :)

7. The Marina Restaurant

1 Vogel Street | Marina Park, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available French, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$94 - HK$243 +64 6-868 5919
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 193 reviews

The Marina Restaurant

Ultimate fine dining in Gisborne- Michelin Style Dining, Bistro style lunches

Reviewed By Nick G - Perth, Australia

Friday night dinner. Nice simple french inspired menu. Food was well prepared and towards silver service style. An ok regional wine list and we enjoyed our fish with a good bottle of Gisborne Bridge Estate chardonnay.
Book ahead recommended although was quite quiet on the night we ate.

8. The Vines

166 Main Road | Bushmere Estate, Gisborne 4071, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards New Zealand, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch HK$110 - HK$283 +64 6-868 9317
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

The Vines

This is a first rate restaurant serving excellent, imaginative and reasonably priced food.

Reviewed By intootravel - New Zealand

My mouth is still watering, 2 mths later. I can not speak highly enough of the flavours, freshness and taste of each incredible course. Attention to detail at this restaurant is number 1. Service, wine, food and fabulous location! I can absolutely highly recommend and was definitely the same response as from our well traveled American guests!

9. The Rivers Restaurant and Bar

Cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Qy, Gisborne, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Irish, Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$173 +64 8633733
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 327 reviews

The Rivers Restaurant and Bar

Reviewed By SAINTCHRISTOPHER - North Island, New Zealand

Definitely great for steak! They dont hold back on size. Yummy meal with mushroom sauce, veges galore and potato slice. Would come back in a flash. Only upset was having to wait for the food to come as was so busy there. Worth the wait.

10. Bookshop Cafe

62 Gladstone Road | Above Muirs Bookshop, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 6-867 9742
Excellent
44%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Bookshop Cafe

Reviewed By mailmannz - Huntingdon, United Kingdom

Stopped by for lunch with the family but was disappointed by the limited offerings.
Don't get me wrong, what was available was really good and the fact we could help ourselves to as much cream, yoghurt or butter as we wanted was a nice touch too.
Also the place itself, on top of Muirs bookshop was a very pleasant venue to be in! Pity about the rain as being Now to sit outside in Sunshine would have been awesome!
However we still come back to the limited menu! Had their been a bit more than a few cakes and frittata on offer then I would gave been happy with a 4 star rating.
Nice place to sit and have a drink with a really nice bit of cake BUT it could have been so much more.

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