Hawke's Bay Restaurants & Bars

After day of adventure in Hawke's Bay, you deserve a great meal (and maybe a cocktail or three). Whether you're after a quintessential "Kiwi pub" or some fabulous fine dining, you're in the right place.

The best places to eat in Hawke's Bay's serve fresh, seasonal cuisine from the surrounding countryside. With award-winning wineries on its doorstep, the area has a list of offerings that will knock your socks off, too.

Especially in the warmer months, Hawke's Bay's wineries are excellent outdoor dining destinations. From award-winning winery restaurants to the hip and happening spots in art deco Napier, culinary delights can be found all over Hawke's Bay.

Here's a guide to where to eat in Hawke's Bay.

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  • Hawke's Bay's excellent restaurants run from casual breakfast spots to elegant fine dining. Find a great example at the very cool Mister D, a nicely laid-back bistro.
  • The award-winning restaurant Bistronomy is a casual dining space serving local cuisine inspired by the soil and sea.
  • The terrace at Elephant Hill offers amazing views of Cape Kidnappers. The delicious international cuisine and fine wines live up to the setting.

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  • From Kiwi pubs to posh cocktail dens, you'll find all sorts of drinking spots in Hawke's Bay. The cozy Rose Irish Pub is a Napier institution.
  • This is wine country, after all. Urban Winery serves a variety of North Island wines in a cool industrial space.
  • For some stronger stuff, head to Monica Loves. Tucked down an alley next to Mister D, this cool bar serves cocktails, wine, beer and tapas.

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Alfresco Dining at Wineries

  • In the warmer months, Hawke's Bay's wineries have some of the best tables in the region. There's no beating open-air dining with views of the vines.
  • Just north of Napier, Crab Farm Winery is a family-owned winery with delicious local food and their own wine. For even more ambiance, go on live music days.
  • Dating back to 1851, Mission Estate Winery is New Zealand's oldest winery. The alfresco restaurant offers stunning views of Napier and the coast.

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