No holiday is complete without treating your tastebuds to some exceptional local cuisine. With incredible seasonal produce and regionally-produced wines served with a side of colourful history, the dining scene in Tairāwhiti is truly one-of-a-kind.
Named for the historic Union Steam Ship company building, USSCO is the place to go for good vibes and warm hospitality in the central city. The delicious bistro menu has been carefully curated by their award-winning chef and owner and the classic cocktails and fine wines are all class.
If dining alfresco, beneath the glimmering fairy lights in a vibrant outdoor space sounds like a dream, then Dome Bar and Cinema is a dream come true. Looking for something a bit more intimate? Pop inside to their colourful bar for the perfect mix of vintage elegance and romance, before catching a film on the big screen. Tapas are the crowd-favourite here, but don’t forget their pizzas – enjoy one in the bar, dining room, or even in the comfort of your cinema chair during intermission!
Take your pick from the delicious dishes featuring exceptionally-fresh produce at The Works. Found in the heart of Gisborne’s inner harbour, the building is steeped in local history and offers a casual yet cool dining experience. With frequently updated menus, you are guaranteed to enjoy seasonal offerings using the best ingredients from the land and the sea, straight to your plate.
You can’t go to Tairāwhiti without enjoying a meal at the beach! This isn’t your ordinary takeaways - grab a hot hand-stretched pizza straight out of the oven from the friendly team at Neptunes, bursting full of flavour. Then pop down to the beach and soak up the scenery – it’s a feast for all the senses.
With views over the harbour enjoying the stunning Gisborne sunset, Crawford Rd Kitchen is a must do for any visit to Gisborne. With an extensive wine, cocktail and beer menu you are sure to be be well looked after for that late afternoon drink or special celebration. The seasonal local menu offers a variety of amazing sharing style options sure to please all.