Cuisine magazine just announced its 250 best places to eat in New Zealand. 

Says Cuisine, “This list showcases over 250 New Zealand restaurants that have been carefully assessed by the 40-strong Cuisine Good Food Guide judging panel comprised of food writers and critics, chefs and hospitality-industry professionals…”

Seventeen Hawke’s Bay establishments made the list. And with maybe one or two exceptions, it’s definitely a list favouring $18 glasses of wine, $20 cocktails and $25 entrees!

Here they are … did your favourite make the list? Who would you add?

AlessandroMission Estate
Black Barn BistroMr D 
Cellar 495Pacifica
Central Fire StationPipi Cafe
Clearview EstatePoivre et Sel
Craggy RangeSai
Hunger MongerTeresa
MaloWallingford Hotel

On 7 August Cuisine will announced a whittled down list of NZ’s best restaurants and chefs, with 18 category winners and the awarding of 1, 2 or 3 ‘hats’ to the very best.

Good luck to these Hawke’s Bay contenders!


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  1. Mangapapa.Serene location and setting,the cuisine and wine presentation of a high class,with service provided with a smile.Always a pleasant occasion.

  2. Mission estate restaurant was amazing last two times we went
    Craggy range is always perfect
    And HungerMonger is constantly brilliant in both presentation and menu

  3. Great to see Central Fire Station and Clearview on the list both are genuine favourites for me

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