The Bistro at Cable Bay

12 Nick Johnstone Drive , Waiheke Island , New Zealand, 1840
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Mon-Sun: 11am - late

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  • Alfresco Dining
  • Wifi
  • Full Bar
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About The Bistro at Cable Bay

As one of Waiheke’s top vineyards, Cable Bay attracts visitors from across the globe. With one of the city's best views, the iconic lush lawn overlooks the Hauraki Gulf. Between wood-fired pizzas, seasonal plates, and cultivated cheeseboards, there’s plenty to satisfy the table. Sip on Cable Bay’s very own wine, and take a tour through the cellar door for a real garden-to-table experience.

Cuisine: European
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

Despite the appallingly low numbers, our server provided excellent feedback on the courses offered, the wines available and their capacity to match our food choices. We really enjoyed the experience and would live to visit again in busier times to experience a true multi-guest dining experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 25 April 2021

With limited staff on Sunday the girls did an amazing job trying to keep everyone happy. We were a table of 10 but really enjoyed our day. The local wine was good and the meal superb Hopefully we will return.

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Visited On Thursday, 31 December 2020

Very slow service. One of the mains never arrived and found extra items on the bill we never ordered ordered. Disappointed

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Visited On Thursday, 31 December 2020

Well I don’t know where to start to tell you the truth! After looking forward to this night so much....our friends children ended up going back to Auckland which left them with their elderly, poorly dog that cant be left alone. Their daughter rung before leaving to ask if dogs were allowed & i received an email confirming this & a table would be set up just outside which was fine with us. Upon arrival the maitre d(who looked gorgeous i must say) clearly couldn’t find our names on the list so she told us to have a seat outside & she will come & collect us. We ordered one round of drinks Which we got fine from that waitress then after that it was all down hill. We had different staff that we had to draw their attention to come serve us yet the young group of girls sitting on the couch next to us had service continuously all night. After finally giving our drink order we were then forgotten about every single time & were just left like couch potatoes! We ended up timing between each order to finally receiving it after numerous requests & each wait time varied between 53min - 1hr 27-unbelieveable. My husband actually only had 2 drinks all night as when we finally got our order his drink was always left off. Two drinks they said would be complimentary which were added to the bill at the end! Aside from this we were fobbed off from one person to the next including the maitre d to sort out our situation as we arrived at 7.15pm by 8.30 we noticed people sitting inside eating & we were still on the couch unnoticed! FINALLY (i’ll skip more of the in between bits) they acknowledged there was some sort of muck up & we were told no dogs allowed on the Bistro side & there was no table for us that we had to stay on the couch, then told by maitre d that we can’t stay on the couch as it was already booked & after saying basically we were gutted & what are we going to do, she said to just stay there & don’t move & we will have to eat from the couch there!!!! I was appalled by this but didn’t want to make a scene & we had paid $70 each couple for our taxi there so thought we would still wait & watch the fireworks. We still hadn’t eaten by 9pm & quite honestly I would of left then but the others said no lets just wait & watch the guyfawkes & eat back at our room..... The manager George came over apologized for what had happened & told us that we still couldn’t eat the Bistro menu outside & we had to have the Veranda platter which we didn’t want but were feeling quite hungry by this time.... It finally came out & i was appalled to pay the price for 1/2 a piece of steak & bowl of fries. We don’t eat most of the foods that come out on platters thats why we don’t order them & this is why I didn’t want this restaurant for NYE i wanted the sit down 4 course meal. We rung our taxi to see if we could be picked up earlier which we were. Going up to pay the bill we were originally charged for 4 dinners at both restaurants so while sorting this out i had a private word with George on how i felt regarding the night from start to finish....I do understand this is a busy night & things can be overlooked/mistakes happen (but not to the extreme in our case) but extra staff etc should be added to cater for these nights. He did give us discount which we were grateful for however personally I wouldn’t of paid anything for the night we experienced! Our whole planned NYE was ruined & especially for me personally I have always wanted to come to Cable Bay but sadly this experience has left me where I wouldn’t return nor would I recommend to anyone! Also if we were told we couldn’t have the dog(which is why we rung first to double check) we wouldn’t of come & could just have gone anywhere else just for dinner without any celebration. I definitely would not return nor would I recommend to anyone! Feel disappointingly let down! P.s the only reason 1 star rating is given is so i can proceed to submit otherwise I wouldn’t have rated at all

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Visited On Thursday, 31 December 2020

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Visited On Thursday, 31 December 2020

The NYE menu was incredible. The atmosphere was amazing with a fantastic view of Auckland city. Would definitely go back!

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Visited On Thursday, 31 December 2020

An absolute disaster for New Years Eve - slowest service I've ever encountered and dietary requirements we were assured would be catered for, were not. Kept being served dishes with ingredients my friend is severely allergic to - she could only have 2 of the 5 courses. I gave up on final 2 courses as it was midnight. Absolute shocker

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Visited On Saturday, 10 October 2020

Outstanding venue, food and service. The meal was fantastic and very generous portion sizes. The location and atmosphere was lovely and had a vibrant vibe. Staff were attentive and despite clearly being very busy were happy to accommodate individual requirements.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

On a fine day it is a lovely setting looking out over the harbour towards the city. We took an overseas visitor and were all impressed with the total experience. We would be happy to repeat it.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Just beautiful setting and the food was super delicious. Will definitely come back

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Lovely food and wine although very disappointed with the service. We patiently waited for an outdoor table and after staring at two empty ones for most of the afternoon were finally moved begrudgingly. Wine and water glasses remained empty for most of the meal until we managed to flag someone down. We paid the bill to a woman who took a phone call mid way through and did not receive even a cursory thank you. I appreciate there was a big group at the same time but as a group of four we felt more or less ignored for the duration. Unfortunately will leave Cable Bay to the hens parties and head somewhere else next time.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Great meal at cable bay on saturday night at the Bistro - service was excellent along with the food - especially the scallops and the hoisin pork belly

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

A pleasant night,

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Lovely meal in beautiful surroundings. Enjoyed the 2016 Pinot Noir.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Staff were lovey and professional but could have been a little more attentive. Food was delicious although for a small menu there were a few recurrences of ingredients. (The same Beetroot and tomatoes featured in the entrees and in the salads). The fish was a standout as was the duck. Overall a great experience and would go back for a special occasion.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

We came for my birthday. I asked for an outdoors table, we got one. I asked to add on an extra guest, it was done. Everything was perfect. The day, the table. Emily the waitress was excellent. Food was beautiful. Thank you so much.

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Visited On Friday, 28 February 2020

Beautiful food - just let down a little with grisly scotch steak and a long wait for the steak due to a wedding. Didnt get to have a cheeseboard as we had to catch the ferry.

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Visited On Friday, 28 February 2020

Beautifully prepared food served by very friendly and helpful staff, watching the sun set over Auckland on a beautiful evening - it was perfect, thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 28 February 2020

Wonderful service, stunning view, great experience!

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Definitely a must visit when in Waiheke! Even if you only have a wine on the front lawn sitting on a bean bag! Just stunning!

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Acoustics in Bistro were very poor!

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Absolutely special day. Food and service were excellent! Will definitely come again.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 February 2020

Had a wonderful lunch with friends from the UK who were also very impressed - highly recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

The setting, food, wine and service were outstanding. A perfect wedding anniversary dinner. We enjoyed the service provided by the waitress from Albania.

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Nous avons passé un très bon moment dans ce restaurant situé dans un cadre idyllique. Je recommande à 100%

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