Mon - Sun: 7:30am - late
- Car Parking
- Full Bar
About Castaways Restaurant & Bar
The unbelievable view almost overshadows the incredible food at Castaways. Sitting on top Karioitahi Beach, the restaurant is home to one of the most magnificent views that you can only see to believe, while the dining room lets sunshine flood through the windows. The menu is full of different flavours, with plenty of fresh seafood of course.
We had a lovely lunch there with our family. Very friendly staff and we all enjoyed our food and the view. Not a nice day weather wise but a lovely way to spend it.
Nice place, great service, shame about the food. It just wasn’t to standard for the price and quality they are boasting. The lamb cutlets were gristly, there was lots of unrendered fat and they were chewy. The orange cheesecake was extremely dense and heavy. The scallops and seafood chowder were nice. The choice of wine wasn’t great. Very nice atmosphere though and friendly staff.
I celebrated my birthday dinner with my partner at castaways restaurant today. A tall english lady served us, we had received an exceptional service from her. The foods are delicious and we are satisfied with the portion. Many thanks for making my dinner memorable. Please keep up with everything, we look forward to come back again with our families!
The food was amazing!! The service was fabulous. Friendly and helpful!! We had the best evening!
Unfotunately very poor food!! Menu confused and a missmash of flavours and textures - trying too hard to make it look and sound complex. Poorly cooked - sent back a main dish twice as lamb was still running around in the paddock. Needs improvement!!
Absolutely awesome food. Worth every penny
Food was wonderful, will have to come back to try the other desserts
Wounderful and amazing food & service
Lovely lunch great atmosphere
Totally enjoyed our time here. Restaurant was beyond our expectation and the workers were lovely and friendly. Definitely highly recommend
The lunch menu is not as interesting as before and lacks quality dishes and the Stone grille. The wines were a level down and less of a selection.You travel a long way to this restaurant so the food and service has to be good. The prices were a little steep for the type of food served. I will need to be assured the menu has changed before I would go back again. It was disappointing actually as we were comparing to visiting several times before the change of ownership. If we were staying at the chalets we would not go to the restaurant for lunch.
The food was nice and full of flavour, however the portion size for the price you pay is pretty ridiculous and was quite a let down for us.
Great view. Friendly helpful service and good food
Hidden gem. Generous accommodation. Great quality meal and service. Very comfortable sleep. Definitely will do this again.
Absolutely horrible dining experience!! 3 Scollops for $24 and then $32 for steak that is just full of fat and doesn’t get cooked to how you ask. Took half an hour just to get our entrees and then another 50 mins to get our mains when there were only 2 other tables in the restaurant. Food looks nothing like the meals on their website!! Will NEVER go back and NEVER recommend to anyone!! Would give no stars if I could!!
Complements to the chef
A wonderful night with excellent service and food. Many thanks. Simon
Really nice service but the quality/presentation of the pictures on the website do not match what you are served in person. Even though the food tasted nice, it was equivalent to pub food and overpriced. My “grilled ciabatta bread” came out as a sesame seed burger bun instead. Lovely place but doesn’t quite match the experience that you have with the rest of what Castaways has to offer.
food was amazing, hubby had the ribeye steak, it was a nice big, thick cut and was cooked to perfection. i had the beef wellington, it was great! will come back again
Excellent friendly service. Resturant was very good, food great and great atmosphere. Would recommend
The food was ok, but there's room for improvement. Cafes in NZ have a high standard when it comes to breakfast and brunch and it could be better. Service was very good and the location is beautiful.
One of our favourite spots for weekend getaways. The food and service was great. Highly recommended.
We enjoyed Castaways restaurant - overall the food was very good and staff were lovely. We gave some feedback on individual dishes at the time. One thing I would suggest (for any restaurant) if a customer gives reasonable feedback about something that could have been improved, then make a gesture to compensate them e.g. a discount, a drink/coffee or voucher etc. - tap beer would be good, especially if a larger serving was better value! beer is expensive enough in NZ, $9 for a bottle is harder to swallow than $10-$11 for a 'pint' The ambience is good bit we thought it could be improved by the following: - get rid of the plastic plants - please! it felt nicer at breakfast with those out of the way - lights are too bright in evening (some lights were dimmer than others, better if all at the lower light level) - end of restaurant where the fire is, is quite dark/dull .. could do with some art like the opposite end - not getting maximum out of the view/deck area. Trimming the bushes down a metre would really improve the view. Deck is odd .. a bit of a 'higgledy-piggledy' layout - too much going on. A nice big deck would be much better and provide better views. finally, your name is Castaways Restaurant & Bar.. but for us there is no bar area, its just a restaurant. If you can find space, I would consider creating a proper bar, more intimate/comfortable where people can just hang out for a drink. Would add to the resort.
Surrounded by incredible views with amazing food and the staff went above and beyond.
The lady who served us was so polite and friendly and bubbly was awesome service from the moment we walked in absolutely love the food it was delicious thank you all very much for your service and the night complements to the chef for each meal.