The Oyster Inn (2)
124 Ocean View Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke. Ph 372-2222, theoysterinn.com.
Brunch, lunch & dinner 7 days. $$
The deck overlooking Oneroa and the beautiful pohutukawa-enclosed bay beyond is only one part of The Oyster Inn’s appeal, and that is really saying something. It’s a spectacular spot, on an island that despite many vineyard restaurants didn’t really have the gorgeous bistro it deserved. The Oyster Inn has changed that, creating a niche for itself in the main village with fresh tasty food, served all day long. It has seaside charm and a simple menu, but it’s all presented in a way that makes it just a bit special. There’s a focus on the best local produce available, and lots of seafood, simply treated. The service, in the hands of owners Andrew Glenn and Jonathan Rutherfurd-Best, along with their maître d’ Clare Dunleavy, is affable and friendly, and the surroundings perfectly relaxing. The Oyster Inn has swiftly become a must-stop spot on the island, and we’re so glad.
A favourite dish: A spicy Bloody Mary and freshly shucked local Te Matuku oysters.
Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Good seating outside / Private room / Takes large groups / Bar / Craft beer selection / Good for kids