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The Riverhead

$$ - $$$
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Cnr Queen & York | Riverhead, Auckland 0820, New Zealand
+64 9-412 8902
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 01:00
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1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely location and building. The biggest disappointments were with the 45 minute waiting time from ordering until the food arrived on a quiet wet Saturday, made worse by having two hungry children. I would have expected the kids food to have come out first and much much earlier. Additionally when the food came out the steak was cold and the... More 

Thank Andrew M
1 review
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a lovely time! Excellent food for less price. Definitely recommend to friends! Thanks for a superb experience!

Thank Jane S
Orewa, New Zealand
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went for lunch on a week day for fun. We were surprised to find that it was still busy due to a launch trip that had delivered 60 or so people some time before we arrived. The staff warned us that things would be a bit slow when we arrived but we were in no hurry so didn't mind.... More 

Thank AllanOrewa
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Great that you came out and had a nice relaxing mid-week experience with us. It's great when you can just take your time and enjoy the atmosphere here without fretting about the time. Love to see you again soon, regards Paula More 

1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been regular customers to this restaurant for years and spent a lot of money there. The last three or four occasions we have noticed a marked decline in the service. Our last visit was on Easter Sunday. Due to it being a religious holiday we were informed we needed to order our food with our drinks so as... More 

Thank Karen B
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Hello Karen, It is against New Zealand law to serve you alcohol on that particular day without an order of food. This is policed rigidly by the Liquor Licencing Authority and any violation can cost us our licence and our team takes their responsibility seriously. What you demanded our staff to do was against the law. This was not helped... More 

1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been back after a few years & we had an even better if not more amazing experience. The food, cocktails and the service exceeded our expectations. The lovely Jules won us with her knowledgeable, warm service - funny, attentive, patiently guided us with ordering for our group of 11. All with a smile & swinging into the rhythm with our... More 

Thank YouAreWorthIt
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your wonderful review and especially for acknowledging the numbers that we are dealing with. We really hate to turn people away as there are only a few other good hospitality outlets out this way and like us they are usually chocka-block too! We look forward to seeing you again some time soon! kind regards Paula More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good atmosphere, waitresses great, food pretty poor - the roast potatoes tasted like they'd been made the day before and reheated and the fish was dry. Most of us enjoyed the puddings but not the main. Not enough selection of mains and desserts - I think you need to go back to hearty and warming main meals and puddings like... More 

Thank steerpam
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback. We are in process of developing our new Winter menu and we'll take on board your suggestions, hope to see you again... kind regards Paula More 

Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Situated about 30 km from Auckland's centre, the restaurant offers pleasant views from the balcony dining area. Being a week day the balcony dining area was almost full, though with plenty of seating inside. We found the service was fairly prompt, with our food arriving soon after ordering. Being a pub means pub food, (albeit at not cheap pub grub... More 

Thank Adrian S
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Thanks for your in depth review...that sums things up quite nicely. Love to see you out here again soon time, kind regards Paula More 

1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was there today and how the old pub has changed, we all thought this was going to be great. The food for the table was at best lukewarm to cold and my steak was cold and looked pre cooked ? Hungry so eat it but was considering saying something with every mouth full... my mistake I didn't.. did mention when... More 

Thank Ian M
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Hello Ian, Yes, we have spent a lot of time, energy and money in renovating the historic tavern, so it's disappointing to hear that your meals weren't perfect. Everything here is cooked from scratch and we pride ourselves on providing wholesome kiwi style gastro pub fare. We will look into this as this is not acceptable, kind regards Paula More 

Cork, Ireland
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427 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a late lunch here last Sunday and it was super busy but there is plenty car parking a space to sit we chose the bar for food which is a nice spot . there was a smaller menu on due to a function but ordering was easy and good quick service. The burger and pizzas ordered were great pub... More 

Thank niamhs456
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

Hi, It sounds like you enjoyed your time in The Portage Bar which is our classic kiwi bar. Next time you might like to try The Landing Restaurant which has views across the water. Thanks for your comments and I'll certainly pass them on to the chef. Thanks and hopefully we'll see you again, regards Paula More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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80 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely setting, excellent menu choices and service, staff were wonderful and we all enjoyed our meals. If you prefer less of a crowd, try a late lunch on a weekday. will dine here again, thank you!

Thank fandingo
Ribs300, Owner at The Riverhead, responded to this review

That's awesome, we'll look forward to seeing you on a weekday when its peaceful! You can't beat the view and tranquillity when there fewer people around! regards Paula More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$26
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cnr Queen & York | Riverhead, Auckland 0820, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-412 8902
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?