Totara Restaurant

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249 State Highway 17,

(09) 415 6286

Totara Restaurant Information

Totara Restaurant in Albany offers fine food served in relaxed cottage surroundings with hand-picked wines to complement. White linen-clad tables create an air of something special. Twenty five years experience provides confidence that any dining occasion will be memorable with good reason to return.

With owners Willem and Charmaine Oliver maintaining the restaurant's high standard and assuring an unforgettable dining experience for its patrons as well as chef Peter Jackson, winner of the NZ Beef and Lamb Excellence Award for 13 consecutive years at the helm, Totara Restaurant promises to offer the best fine dining experience on the North Shore.

Opening Hours
Lunch: Tuesday to Friday (From 11:30am)
Dinner: Tuesday to Friday (From 6:00pm) & Saturday (From 5:30pm)
Essential on Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Avg Food Spend
$$$$ per person
Food Info
A La Carte Menu
Drink Info
Cocktail List available
Children welcome - Kids welcome
Outdoor Area
Private outdoor area
Chef Peter Jackson
NZ Beef & Lamb
Excellence Award
13 consecutive years (1999—2011)
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets

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Reviewer renrag
My husband and I went to the Totara Restaurant for our wedding anniversary. some of the food was not as quoted on the menu, e.g. celery instead of Fennel, thought we wouldnt notice perhaps? they should have said if Fennel was not available. Also there were nuts in the dessert which was not stated on the menu, and I cant eat nuts so would not have ordered that item if nuts mentioned! I made the effort to email them with my comments, in a nice way, and got a standard reply, very blase' I thought, no offer of a free coffee or anything which any restaurant worth their salt would have done, so we wont be going again, not up to scratch in the service department, and as there is so much competition out there they seriously need to get their act together.
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Reviewer helene84
My partner and I had dinner at Totara Restaurant last Thursday. What a great way to kick off the long Easter weekend. We had the hamhock terrine and hapuka brandade for entrees. Both tasted great although the toasted bread with the terrine was slightly charred. For mains we had the duck confit which was absolutely divine: crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and such a great balance of sweetness thanks to the kumara and cherries. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was cozy. The wine was quite over-priced, so if you're looking for something affordable, your choice might be limited. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our night and I would definitely recommend Totara let alone go back for some more of that duck confit!
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Reviewer Annie
I have been waiting a long time to go to Totara restaurant. So a couple of weeks ago, some girlfriends and I finally went. It was incredibly overpriced and underwhelming. The service was below parr (The Maitre D was uninterested and our waiter had no idea about the menu at all). At the end of our meal, we waited so long for our tables to be cleared my girlfriend cleared it herself and put them onto another table. Only to be abruptly informed that was indeed a clean table, to which she replied not my problem. A side note the interior could do with an's 2011
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Reviewer MartinZ
Wonderful experience. Food exceptional. Gracious hosts - new owners doing justice to the reputation of the restaurant. Highly recommended.
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Reviewer PipBarling
Headed to Totara in Albany last weekend and had a great meal - the decor is nothing to write home about but the service was efficient and the food fantastic. Definitely recommended.
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Reviewer Deb Kendon
A truly superb dining experience. The service is excellent - very personal and the waiter really knew what he was talking about with the wines without being snobbish. The food is first-class and reasonably priced.
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Reviewer Spotty
My Husband and myself have been coming to the Totara for years. Food always exceeds expectations! The two owners are in a league of their own for service and good humour!
Totara is another hidden gem and worth travelling to as you will not regret it!
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Reviewer Anonymous
best food, best service, best wine list and good prices. forget the central auckland restaurants, this place is where you will get the best of everything. Chef Peter Jackson (award winner of the Beef and Lamb Halmark of Excellence for 10 consecutive years - and this year, an NZ Beef and Lamb ambassador) will not dissapoint you!
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Reviewer Anonymous
We went to totra for Valentines last night but left before eating, we just paid for our drinks. The Podgy little guy was so arrogant and was very mad when I requested no eggplant with my lamb, when we asked for a min to make our minds up on something else, we were told "No! we're very busy, make your mind up now".

I know there food is good because my mate is the chef (who apologized about the service) and he cooks for us often at home.

We were shunned off as if to say "Dont like what's on the menu, dont eat here, we have enough good reviews". Well here is my bad review thanks!
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Reviewer colinalmond
We visited Totara on 5th February. We were very disappointed. The food was ok, if a little overpriced. The service however was appalling. We felt like we were an interuption to their evening and made to feel distinctly unwelcome. We weren't asked if we enjoyed our meal when we went to pay, in fact we weren't spoken to at all, we just had the bill thrust at us! Perhaps they knew what our answer would be! We will not be returning to Totara
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Reviewer Anonymous
We were given vouchers for a meal there, otherwise wouldn't normally have gone. What a delightful treat, tucked away, easy to miss location. The meals were exquisite, very high class, the service not overly friendly, but definitely waited on hand and foot. Would recommend Totara Restaurant to anyone who wants to pay that little bit extra for a high class meal.
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Reviewer Anonymous
A restaurant I would definitely return to. Excellent service, divine food and a wonderful atmosphere.
Would recommend that everyone visits!
5/5 for sure!

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Reviewer Anonymous
One of the best dining experiences I have had in Auckland. The food at Totara Restaurant was superb and the service second to none! A lovely atmosphere with warm and friendly hosts. Will recommend to all my friends and family.
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