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The Riverhead

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, European,
Corner of Queen & York St., Riverhead, Auckland 0820, New Zealand
+64 9-412 8902
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“ribs” (40 reviews)
“fish and chips” (35 reviews)
“flounder” (8 reviews)
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Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Corner of Queen & York St., Riverhead, Auckland 0820, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Riverhead
1. Stunning view of the water
"Our meal was the best we have had in the last few years."
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2. Fresh & Delicious Selection
"The salmon main dish was a hit! recommended! the meatiest ribs in town"
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3. Easter @@lunch@@ get-together
"The food, cocktails and the service exceeded our expectations."
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1 - 10 of 684 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

After hearing great things about the The Riverhead Tavern, we decided to pop in for Labour Day lunch. As the car park was pretty full, we weren't too sure we'd be welcome, however, there was no problem at all and we were promptly accommodated. We...More

Thank Jorged3672
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 26 June 2018

A wonderful environment to have a friendly catchup with family and/or friends either just for a drink, a drink with nibbles or experience their wonderful restaurant. You won’t be disappointed. Saturday night is when we went, there was a huge group of patrons in the...More

Thank MareeC76
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Thanks for your wonderful review! It was pretty busy all day on Saturday, so we make sure that the team are refreshed and on top of their game. They are usually really good at acknowledgement and smiles, so we'll just remind them of the importance...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the best meal of our NZ trip Gnocchi to die for and Fish and chips. Lovely ambience and friendly staff. Obviously tried and true run operation.

Thank Anthea L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lived in NZ many years ago and back for a visit . My friends and I decided on having a special meal before I go home and it was special. Several of us wanted a steak and it wasn’t on the menu but it was...More

Thank kentishman76
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great venue for a function, if the owner/host is present, as the staff alone need greater supervision to provide the expected service than what we experienced without the owner/host present. The issue we had was making sure the food and beverage service was up to...More

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an amazing bottomless brunch at The Landing restaurant with bottomless bubbles and an amazing meal. The view was fabulous and the service was excellent. Highly recommend!

Thank ChristianNewman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My sister and I and 20 others celebrated our birthday yesterday. The service was outstanding and the food and wine was perfect. Definitely recommend. (Lovely outlook over the estuary too)

Thank 193tarar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service and staff wonderful, they make you feel so welcome and remember you by name. The highlight this visit was the incredibale dessert with mandarin & chocolate and we got to meet the lovely young chef who created this. Can't wait until our next visit.

Thank Discover822458
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

...and we can't wait to see you again! That dessert is to die for, isn't it.... kind regards Paula

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch today and the quality of the food was simply outstanding. It was however topped by the service we received from Caitlin ( sorry if spelt incorrectly) Caitlin went out of her way to make us comfortable and arranged a couple of off...More

Thank Brett W
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for posting your wonderful review and we'll definitely make sure the Caitlin sees it...sit will make her day! We'll look foreward to seeing you again soon, cheers Paula

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting of the Riverhead is so beautiful. We had a table on the deck and we could have sat there all day as the view was so tranquil and picturesque. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming. A pleasure to dine there and...More

Thank Jigginsfamily
Paula P, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I agree...roll on summer when the decks are open and in hot demand. The atmosphere out there is wonderful on a hot summer afternoon and lucky for us, the sun sets behind the building so it's beautifully cool and we get to see the view...More

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Questions & Answers
Sarah L
19 February 2018|
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Response from Vivie313 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do have gluten free options. Their menu is online.
Sarah L
19 February 2018|
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Response from Paula P | Property representative |
Hi, the best thing would be to visit our website where the full menu is online and all the dietaries with the dishes. Cheers Paula
8 October 2016|
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Response from Martin D | Reviewed this property |
A quick phone call should answer your question...I reckon it would be an excellent venue for Christmas day
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 26
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner of Queen & York St., Riverhead, Auckland 0820, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland  >  Riverhead
  • Phone Number: +64 9-412 8902
  • E-mail
Nestled on the shores of the upper Waitemata, The Riverhead is steeped in local history and was a vital part of the development of early New Zealand. Prior to The Riverhead being built on this site, Thomas Deacon, the original owner, owned a pub on the point just below where The Riverhead now stands. The early Maori used this landing point as the place to disembark and portage their waka across land to the Kumeu River to get easier access to the lands in the Far North. Early immigrants then used this same route to travel north, disembarking at Helensville and continuing by ship north via the Kaipara Harbour.
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