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The Gables Restaurant

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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7670
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a lovely evening at The Gables restaurant. We were two couples and among us were two vegetarians, but the had the meal of their life that Night... the chef created a dish specially made for them, and is was amazing with three small dishes in one. Our waiter recommeded a very good local whitewine and it was great... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious food and wine and great service. Recommended if in Russell. Lovely views over the bay to see the sun set.

Thank Mathew H
Sunnyvale, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

At the suggestion of the innkeepers at Arcadia Lodge, we tried this restaurant. Great location facing the beach, warm, homey wood tones, and excellent food/wine. A must-do in Russell.

Thank Tim_Meadows
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a delightful place. If you can book ahead ask for a window seat for around sunset....the view across the bay in the fading evening light is enchanting. The service was friendly and efficient while and the wine was superb. A great place to celebrate a special night.

Thank AndrewH233
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here twice while in Russell and had delicious meals both times. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and the service attentive. The seafood was superb: lovely oysters, beautifully served whole snapper, excellent grouper. Wide choice of both entrees and mains, with an excellent steak special, and very good wine list. Very good desserts as well. Highly recommended!

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Sydney, Australia
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant on the Strand. The fish on the menu is wonderfully prepared.... Baked Hapuna and a roasted whole snapper which was divine. Good wine list too. Staff very professional. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting

Thank Moonwaker123
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great dinning experience, food great, people nice. Had a window seat looking out over the water. Good wine selection. Waited for the window table in the bar with a nice wine.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food of the fine dining style from a quality and imagination point of view without the pretentiousness often associated with many fine dining restaurants. Staff were very friendly and the atmosphere relaxed and warm. Definitely going back

Thank Paul_explorer
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Gables is located on the front, water facing street in Russell. But it would also stand out anywhere in this lovely country. The facility is nice, not extravagant, but the food and service are excellent. Fish and chips are a staple in most every NZ restaurant but these were the best I ever had. Look for good fish and... More 

Thank Tom L
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Without doubt the setting is idyllic - the sundown we enjoyed was perhaps not one of Russell's classics but nevertheless it formed a very pleasant adjunct to our evening at the Gables I was always taught never try to be something you are not - this is a criticism which could be levelled at The Gables and I could understand... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$43
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7670
New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?