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Black Barn Bistro

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New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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Black Barn Road, Havelock North RD12, New Zealand
+64 6-877 7985
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a perfect dinner. The outside location is beautiful, and the food absolutely delicious. The only point that is less positive is the inside dinning room, which is too big and doesn't fit, in my opinion, a vineyard nor the rest of Black Barn.

Thank timamsterdam01
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unfortunately we were really disappointed with the Black Barn. We were a corporate group of 20 and had booked 4 months in advance to ensure we could all dine in the outside area. We also arranged our whole winery tour around our lunch which involved us starting our tour much earlier than anticipated to ensure we secured our outdoor seating.... More 

Thank 497kendalle
Management response:

Hi 497kendalle, Thank you very much for your feedback. We're very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your corporate lunch over the weekend. Further to our conversation upon your arrival and after a long and thorough conversation with the previous management we did not receive any communication relating to your reservation being guaranteed outside. We have gone through all... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended Black Barn for lunch yesterday and could not fault a thing. From the immaculately presented, delicious food to the outstanding service. We especially enjoyed the vibrant maitre d and the nod to the outstanding local produce that is on offer. The out door seating was a fantastic spot to enjoy a few wines in the sun. Keep it... More 

Thank robertwatson66
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined at Black Barn Bistro while visiting Hawkes Bay last week, what an amazing experience. Lovely food and great friendly staff. Can't wait to come back on our next visit.

Thank stef b
Hastings, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband I lunched here on Saturday. We had the pork which was lovely.. We were served by a lovely waitress too. Just wanted to say well done to the new owners!! and thank you guys for a lovely afternoon.

Thank theledwords8
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being from Auckland Black Barn has always been on my radar, whenever friends came back from the Bay it seemed to be the 'go to' place for lunch or a special dinner.Located on the hills among the vines it has al fresco dining unmatched anywhere in the area. After going to one of the supposedly best restaurants in the Hawkes... More 

Thank Maia A
Hastings, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a Tour Guide and take many guests (both couples and groups) to Black Barn for lunch and this place has become my Go To place due to its great location,beautiful courtyard setting,friendly and efficient staff and of course great food and wine. The menu changes with each season and I can't wait for the Summer Menu to be... More 

Thank 293EddyG
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with a group of 6. 3 couples and we were seated outside, under the beautiful shadey vines on a warm spring afternoon. The waiter was excellent, profesional knowledgeable and relaxed. He gave his honest advise on what he thought were the best dishes on the menu and we were all stoked with his recommendations. Will be frequenting this... More 

Thank Laver & W
Napier, New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice saturday lunch out with friends to Black Barn, we have been over the years and not been stunned by the food but our friends told us about new owners and great food. A great recommendation. The wait staff however really let the experience down. The maitre d was pleasant and welcoming but after finding it too windy outside... More 

1 Thank Cheryl J
Management response:

Hi Cheryl, Firstly thank you very much for your feedback. We're very sorry to hear you had a sub par experience. It's alway difficult when that nasty Hawkes Bay wind picks up and everyone decides to move inside at once during the middle of their meals. We pride ourselves on our staff being knowledgeable and professional and have been focusing... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for lunch as visiting Havelock North for the weekend. Food was very tasty, well presented and served professionally. Staff knowledge on local wine to accompany the meal was also excellent. Definitely a place I would re-visit. They also have a shop area with beautiful cheeses and other goodies

Thank Moya K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Black Barn Road, Havelock North RD12, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Havelock North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-877 7985
Open for lunches and Friday evenings for dinner, Black Barn Bistro is the perfect place to spend an hour or two absorbing the atmosphere of Wine Country. It is in the heart of the vineyard surrounded by vines and a table on the large generous veranda lets you look right out across the region. In warmer weather a courtyard covered by a canopy of grapes is also a perfect place to enjoy lunch and a glass of wine. The restaurant menu is light, fresh and delicious. There is an emphasis on freshly grown Hawkes Bay produce, the selection changes with the seasons. The bistro is available for private functions, evening and during the day, it is also the perfect venue for a very limited number of weddings, for bookings or enquiries please give us a call.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?