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Ascension Winery

) #8 of 20 Restaurants in Matakana ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Italian, European,
480 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
+64 9-422 9601
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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Open Now
10:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, European, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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480 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 148 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

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...More

Thank natashacubis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a party of four and live locally so have been to this restaurant before. It's a beautiful setting but On this occasion were not sure if they changed the chef. Three of our party ordered lamb shanks. Call me old fashioned but when...More

2  Thank Alan A
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing .The waitress was very friendly. We loved the fireplace, made our experience very cosy. Food was very yum, I had the shpagetti di mare and Chardonnay it was delicious. Highly recommend!

Thank Jovana C
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

The best place ever. Great relaxing room with the most unique fill to It. Great walk, great food, great service.

Thank Pedja M
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

My husband I came here for a romantic meal and it was lovely, the Italian man serving us was very helpful and him and the chef went above and beyond to cater to my Gluten free diet even with their fixed specials menu which was...More

Thank chrissyRichie
Reviewed 23 May 2017

My husband and I went for lunch to mark our wedding anniversary. It was mid week and there were only a couple of other diners there. The setting is lovely, we sat next to the window with a view out to the courtyard. The wait...More

Thank h8bnl82016
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Hi h8bnl82016, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us for your Wedding Anniversary. Thanks a lot and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely venue. Great food . Wonderful staff. Our 2nd family visit here. A good experience. Well worthwhile. Will come again. The staff are excellent.

Thank fionajane2015
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

WE are so glad to hear that you had a great experience with us here at Ascension Wine Estate! Hope to see you again soon :)

Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Last Saturday we went out for a family dinner at Ascension. We chose from a varied menu and were served by a great waiter who looked after our needs and had a great knowledge of the local and imported wines on offer. We were all...More

Thank Fiona M
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Hi Fiona! Thanks for this amazing review. We are so glad that you enjoyed all of the food and how it was cooked. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 May 2017

Amazing, amazing setting, and delicious platter for two. House chardonnany beautiful and reasonably priced. Service was warm, friendly and efficient. We were made to feel special.

Thank Eve364
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thank you for your kind words Eve364. We are so glad that you felt special and enjoyed our friendly service.

Reviewed 18 April 2017

All of the wines are unremarkable and way overpriced at $42 a bottle. This winery seems to cater to weddings and special functions. I can't imagine just how expensive that would be along with very poor wines.More

Thank bronzebabe
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Hi bronzebabe, Sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the wines at Ascension. Our soil type is a lot like that of Bordeaux - our wines are more French in style than perhaps the type of wines you are used to. Most people love...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 29
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 480 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Matakana
  • Phone Number: +64 9-422 9601
  • E-mail
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.
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