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The Oyster Inn (1)

Jun 24, 2015 Restaurants



124 Ocean View Rd, Waiheke. Ph 372-2222,
Brunch, lunch & dinner 7 days. $$

Finalist, Best All-day Restaurant


Each part of The Oyster Inn is delightful: the oysters, of course, and the rest of the food produced by chef Anthony McNamara (above, flanked by inn keepers Jonathan Rutherfurd Best, left, and Andrew Glenn); the winelist; the immensely affable service; that veranda with its views out over Oneroa Village and the bay; and also the knowledge they have a few lovely private rooms and maybe, you think, you’ll treat yourselves one weekend…

Yet, welcome as all those things are, the sum of the place is even greater than its parts. The Oyster Inn, the epitome of a summer holiday pub, elevates your appreciation of the good things in life.

A favourite dish: braised beef cheek & oyster pie (because it’s good in winter too!)


3 Spoons

Shared-plate options
Good seating outside
Free-range chicken and/or pork
Private room
Takes large groups
Craft beer selection
Good for kids


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