12 Nick Johnstone Drive,
(09) 372 5889
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I don't recommend you make a group booking here. I recently had a birthday at Cable Bay for around 20 guests. The communication wasn't at all smooth leading up. I had to mention 3 times that there would be someone attending who was lactose intolerant and even went in the day before the event to check everything was actually booked because no one had emailed me back. The MORNING of the event they emailed me asking to confirm numbers - even though I had been into the restaurant myself the day before to do this in person after no response by email. They also had my mobile number so I don't understand why they didn't phone, if they were still confused. We also felt like we were in the cheap seats a bit, my friends were joking that maybe they didn't want to wash a whole lot of napkins, because we had paper and everyone else in the restaurant had cloth. When I went to order sides for the table we could only choose from fries and salad. When paying $70 for an entree and main, it would have been nice to have something other than fries to accompany it. Although, the salad was really nice. The food in general was very good and the staff very friendly. When we got back to Auckland a few days later I went through the bill and realised we had been charged for an extra bottle of wine. When I rang Cable Bay to discuss this, they said that there wasn't anything they could do about it as it was too long ago. I guess its my fault. I didn't think there would be any trouble trusting them with the bill as they have a good reputation and are a quality establishment. Considering our bill was over $1,600 and we spent over $300 at the bar before and after the lunch I didn't think I would get the response I did, when I rang telling them what had happened with the bill. We spent nearly $2,000 in one afternoon and they won't refund for a bottle of wine that cost $52?I wasn't going to argue over it, so just left it. Just put a huge damper on my birthday. For 10 or less ppl, this place would be
Since arriving in Auckland Cable Bay has been on my restaurant bucket list. The acclaim is widespread and after our experience over the weekend, richly deserved.Admittedly our visit to Cable Bay was through a privately organised Waiheke fundraiser but the cuisine and wine left me hankering for similar experiences.The first course of the salmon ceviche with grapefruit was the perfect combination of flavours. Beautiful lamb with dukkah followed suit (although it would have been topped off with a few greens at least) and the piece d'resistance was the chocolate trio - just wishing there was more.Cable Bay is one of Waiheke's most awarded eateries and you can see why it is consistently one of it's most popular. If you can, get there!
Every star is earned, every single time we come back for more. I wish there was no such thing as too much of a good thing, because if I had my way I'd eat and drink at Cable Bay every day. One hallmark of a great restaurant is to not just have a great meal and experience, but to have these things consistently. We sometimes spend up to 5 hours here eating, drinking and having the best times with family and friends. We have never had a bad or even mediocre experience here, every box is ticked as you would expect from a truly 5 star restaurant. Then there is the wine, but Ill leave it to you to find out how bloody good it is! This place is just too perfect, it almost feels as if it should somehow illegal because it leaves you feeling so good!
The boss finally splashed and put us on a ferry ovcer to Waiheke for the day. We had a tour round and ended up at cable bay for a pre arranged lunch. Being a booked outing with a sizeable group we were welcomed very nicely by staff and placed at a table with amazing views. The wine was understandably outstanding and the food was of great quality.
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