Food & Wine

Whether you’re looking for your daily coffee pick-me-up, a relaxed family lunch spot where the kids can run around, or somewhere special to go for dinner, Omaha has them all – and everything in between. And with over a dozen wineries within a short drive, many offering superb locally sourced, seasonal menus, you’ll never run out of places to eat and relax with family or friends. 

 

The Farmer’s Daughter
The Farmer’s Daughter

Just over the bridge – easily within a short cycle or a long walk – is The Farmer’s Daughter Café that offers a delectable range of seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced goodies, in partnership with local growers and artisan producers. Owner Kate Rose has a strong background in restaurants, honing her craft in famed Auckland establishments such as Prego and The Grove. Following this she was one half of the renowned Ponsonby cocktail bar, Mea Culpa, which has won multiple ‘Bar of the Year’ awards.

The Glass House Restaurant
The Glass House Restaurant

The centrepiece of Brick Bay, one of the region’s most well-loved and established tourist destinations, is its restaurant. Aptly named The Glass House, its award-winning architectural structure cantilevers out over a man-made lake and makes a perfect year-round eatery. The menu offers relaxed all-day dining and showcases the freshest seasonal produce – much of it sourced from its own farm, orchard and vineyard – and all carefully crafted to match Brick Bay’s own wines. Make a day of it by taking a stroll around the amazing sculpture trail before or after your meal.

Charlie’s Gelato
Charlie’s Gelato

Charlie’s Gelato is more than just an ice cream shop – it’s considered an institution in this part of the world, with locals and tourists alike flocking to Charlie’s to enjoy the gelato, sorbetto and seasonal fresh produce, all made and grown on site. Charlie’s make their award-winning delights the same way the Italians do: from scratch, in very small batches. If you have time, stay a while and chill out in Charlie’s Gelato Garden. They also serve locally roasted coffee and fresh home-baked goods.

Rothko
Rothko

Five minutes up the road from Omaha Point, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Sculptureum, is Rothko. Sitting mid-way between a winery restaurant and a smart-dining museum restaurant, this Metro Top 50 Restaurant has successfully created a city-standard restaurant with the rustic appeal of a country escape. At Rothko, the chef Jarrod McGregor, ex-Orphans Kitchen, has created a refined but comforting menu that is inspired by the sea and the fertile land that surrounds it. Add to this a full range of Sculptureum wines (grown on the hill behind the sculpture gardens), and you have a local restaurant, right on your doorstep, that would give many of Auckland’s top restaurants a run for their money.

The Rusty Pelican
The Rusty Pelican

Located right in the heart of Matakana village this long-established, Swiss Army knife of a restaurant is firm favourite with locals and tourists, alike. Mostly known for its delicious pizzas, The Rusty Pelican also offers an extensive la carte menu featuring seafood, pastas, steaks and salads, plus there’s a kid friendly sports bar, where you can challenge dad to a game of pool. And for those looking for something on the go – or to take home to eat on the deck of your new home at Omaha Point – The Rusty Pelican also does takeaways.

The Matakana Pub
The Matakana Pub

Built in 1903 by the local postmaster from a single kauri tree in what was to become the heart of Matakana Village, this family friendly local pub is a bit of an institution around these parts. Drop in for a beer, or settle in for the afternoon in their garden bar for a glass of locally produced wine, a plate of oysters, or a hand made burger. On the weekends, listen to live music, or dine on what they claim to be one of the best steaks in the north, chargrilled on their American-made Montague Steak Grill.

Matakana Farmer’s Market
Matakana Farmer’s Market

In 2002, locals Richard and Christine Didsbury had a vision to transform this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rural backwater into a destination village with heart, by establishing a farmer’s market. With the market up and running, they then invited award-winning architect Noel Lane to create a village complex that respected Matakana’s rhythm and history, while linking the main street to the largely forgotten riverside. Every Saturday the market becomes a true foodie’s heaven with a focus on fresh, sustainable and local artisan goods.

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