Where to Eat in Matakana: The Best Restaurants and Bars

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.

1. Rothko

40 Omaha Flats Road, Matakana, Auckland 0986 New Zealand +64 9-422 7375 https://www.sculptureum.nz/rothko-restaurant Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi European, Fusion, New Zealand
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4 based on 171 reviews

Rothko

**Metro Top 50 Restaurant 2019 **Beef and Lamb Excellence Award 2019 **NZ Beef and Lamb Chef Ambassador - Head Chef Jarrod McGregor Located in the heart of Sculptureum, Matakana. Rothko specialises in modern twists on New Zealand Cuisine with a farm to ta

Reviewed By Kiwis2NthShoreAuck - Auckland

Superb

We visited the Sculptereum and we're lucky to book the last table for lunch,thank goodness this was a culinary delight,lovely location,very attentive and knowledgable staff,thanks for explaining about the Miso/plum Vinegar butter so tasty as was the rye bread would return for that alone but even better was the Blue Boar fish I had and accompanying vegetables ,our other two diners were equally pleased with their meals only sorry we couldn't fit in the desserts,never mind a good excuse to return,which we certainly will,thank you for making the whole day so special after we'd seen the gardens/galleryWould highly recommend look forward to many return visits

2. Sawmill Brewery and Smoko Room

1004 Leigh Road, Matakana, Matakana, Auckland 0985 New Zealand +64 9-422 6555 http://www.sawmillbrewery.co.nz Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service, Full Bar Bar, New Zealand
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4 based on 150 reviews

Sawmill Brewery and Smoko Room

We are now open 5 days a week from 12pm till 10pm Wednesday to Saturday and 12pm - 9pm on Sundays . We are open on Good Friday, Easter Monday and Anzac Day. As well as all the other days that week. Visit the Smoko Room inside the Sawmill Brewery for gener

Reviewed By Herbie15

Awesome food and beer

No wonder this place was popular. It didn’t open till 12.00 so check the times before you go. Food was excellent and members of the group had some great tasting beers. A little gem off the beaten track. Service was very good and meals came out quickly. Well worth the trip. Great to read you enjoyed it and thank you for reviewing us. We hope to see you again! Cheers from the Sawmill Brewery and Smoko Room team

3. Plume Restaurant

49A Sharp Road, Matakana, Auckland 0982 New Zealand +64 9-422 7915 http://plumerestaurant.co.nz Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service European, New Zealand, International
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4 based on 751 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 ca

Reviewed By Helendownunder

Post Sunday Wedding Brunch

After our Saturday marriage ceremony/reception we held a brunch for our guests on the Sunday.The morning was designed for our guests to be a little less formal in both dress and behaviour.Top marks to Farida, Sebastian and Atesh and the team.No detail was missed and the service and in particular the food was impeccable.The Plume setting has wonderful gardens and a majestic panorama unique to Matakana.Well done team.Helen and TerenceThank you so much, Helen and Terence for this wonderful review! Our absolute pleasure to have you celebrate at Plume!Dont forget where to come for the best curry in town! Look forward to seeing you again, soon!

4. Matakana Market Kitchen

2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana, Auckland 0985 New Zealand +64 9-423 0383 http://www.matakanamarketkitchen.co.nz Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service European, New Zealand
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4 based on 679 reviews

Matakana Market Kitchen

Reviewed By ausgezeichnet70 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Very enjoyable!

I defy anyone not to find something to enjoy on this menu....it’s huge. Seven of us arrived to avoid the rain before heading to the Sculptureum. It’s downstairs overlooking the river beside the Farmers Market and we were there for brunch. The waitress was very friendly and very efficient. Coffees arrived very quickly. The huge menu is divided into sections - Something fruity, something toasty, something teenage, to share, leafy, brunchy, classic, with a kick, hearty and wrapped. On the counter were big muffins and scones. I had the daily soup which was tomato and basil with garlic ciabatta and very good.Seafood chowder was on the menu too. The wraps ordered were very tasty.The food arrived promptly and everyone was satisfied. On the way out I bought a pack of Matakana Market shortbread which were delicious. I would heartily recommend this cafe.

5. The Matakana Village Pub

11 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana, Auckland New Zealand +64 9-422 7518 http://www.thematakana.co.nz Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service Bar, British, Pub, New Zealand
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4 based on 408 reviews

The Matakana Village Pub

Reviewed By DoctorADAM - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Fantastic Kiwi Pub

It’s great to see that places like this exist in New Zealand - not only is the ambience relaxed yet sophisticated the service is proficient and food choice excellent. We have taken our children and dog there a number of times and they are very welcoming. There are few better places to sit and eat on a summers evening.Hi there. Thanks for the review. Much appreciated. Sounds like we ticked all your boxes and hope to see you again soon.( Along with the dog)

6. Rusty Pelican Restaurant & Pizzeria

1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, Auckland New Zealand +64 4229122 http://www.rustypelican.co.nz Lunch, Dinner Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Servic Pizza, European, Pub
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4 based on 338 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 t

Reviewed By Dawn P - Cockermouth, United Kingdom

Very much ‘Style over substance!’

Travelling back we were looking for somewhere for a snack when we saw this place. Lots of outside tables, a decent looking bar inside, looked promising!We walked in, expecting to be greeted by a waiter, or someone, nothing. There were sandwiches and rolls on a table under a net and a few things in a heated cabinet.Still no waiter....what do we do?In the end we grabbed two nice looking sandwiches and walked to the bar, the barman who appeared couldn’t really be bothered?‘Can we have a coffee?’Answer ‘this is bar, we don’t do coffee’.Ok two sandwiches and a drink then, the Local Pale Ale was good, the sandwiches which looked good were very bland.There were several bars and restaurants in the immediate area, and I feel all would have been better than here.

7. The Stables Restaurant Matakana

1151 Leigh Road, Matakana, Auckland 0948 New Zealand +(64)422 7360 http://www.stablesmatakana.co.nz Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Table Service Bar, New Zealand, Gastropub
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4 based on 152 reviews

The Stables Restaurant Matakana

Reviewed By Lois G - Auckland, New Zealand

Sunday brunch

We visited The Stables for Sunday brunch. Excellent menu with salads, hot snacks, fish and chips. Interesting building adjoining a huge barn with craft shops and art gallery. A great spot for a Sunday drive. Children's playground, too.

8. Jin Jin Matakana

44 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana, Auckland 0948 New Zealand +64 9-945 0909 http://www.jinjin.co.nz Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai
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4 based on 80 reviews

Jin Jin Matakana

Delicious Asian food in the heart of Matakana.

Reviewed By Rotiman1 - Sydney, Australia

What a gem!!

Were recommended by friends and dropped in on Waitangi Day without a booking Luckily for us there was an empty table for two. Young waitstaff were friendly, efficient and knowledgable Water was quickly delivered along with menus and specials explained Second piece of luck was that it was Curry Night, and the specials included two of our favourites Thai green curry and massamam beef curry, which we promptly ordered Both curries were full of meat, beautiful fresh ingredients and packed with flavours Each dish came with rice, salad and a roti Serves were very generous A local Sawmill Pilsner and a glass of Chardonnay added to an excellent meal Will definitely return

9. Ravish

726 Matakana Road, Matakana, Auckland 0985 New Zealand +64 210 247 9396 http://ravish-hq.com Breakfast, Brunch Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand
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5 based on 24 reviews

Ravish

Come & see us 7 days a week, year round. Open from 6am week days & from 7am Saturday & 8am Sundays for your coffee & food fix. Freshly baked Scones, quiches, rolls and delicious sweet treats. All freshly prepared on site, wherever possible we use local pr

Reviewed By johnamason - Barry

A good watering hole

Called in for a quick snack and drink.It was a pleasure to be served by the staff and for us to choose the food we wished to eat.The coffee was excellent the food was of good quality well worth the visit.The choice of menu was varied to satisfy most palates.Worth a visit with food good value for money.

10. Ascension Winery

480 Matakana Road, Matakana, Auckland 0985 New Zealand +64 9-422 9601 http://ascensionwine.co.nz/ Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Italian, European, Wine Bar
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4 based on 173 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

Reviewed By ianedwards381 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

SERVED TO PERFECTION

I have been to Ascension many times for lunch but this was my first visit for wine tasting and tour. I wanted something special, to learn something new, to try new wines and I was not disappointed.The property is beautiful and the wines are special. The host spent so much time with us and answered our 100's of questions. We took friends who were visiting from Canada and they said it was the best wine tasting they have experienced.We decided to make this an annual tradition for us and our friends.

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