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Rendezvous Restaurant

4 star rating
35 reviews

Cuisine: European, Italian, Mediterranean

194-200 Ruapehu Drive
Fitzherbert
Palmerston North City
06 357 4060
 

Hours:

  • Tue – Sun 9.30am – Late
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, AMEX
  • Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
  • Seating for: 110, outside 30
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Parking: Free Off-Street
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takeaways: Yes
  • Delivers: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

Exquisite Food! Great atmosphere!

Rendezvous Restaurant and Bar has been serving Palmerston North the finest fresh, local cuisine for 7 years. The Menu was created by executive chef Reuben Leung Wai. After learning his art in London’s busiest and oldest Restaurants, Reuben has become renowned for his innovative and generous dishes, packed full of flavour.

Let general manager Mel, (Hostess of the year at the Manawatu hospitality awards 2012), and her team, spoil you with perfectly brewed coffee and a slice of something delicious.

Rendezvous thanks you for your support, and so will your taste buds!

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35 Reviews for Rendezvous Restaurant

21st April 2014
5 star rating
They have an excellent cocktail menu! On Thursdays they are all $10! I went here on a date and it created some excellent talking points. The Long Island Iced tea is served in a teapot in the style of the prohibition era. They have a delicious Appletini and the Rum sours is a treat. Service was great and they have a pool table in the bar. The restaurant has one of the best reputations around so I must go back and try the food soon!

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25th January 2014
5 star rating
We had one of the best meals we have had in a long time, and we dine out a lot. Salmon for me, and the steak for him. Both cooked to perfection, and with perfect flavouring. Staff were attentive, without being overbearing. Will be back again!

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Judi K.

11

22nd December 2013
3 star rating
Tasty food but the chicken was dry and overcooked. Some others appeared to have been given Christmas food of ham and pudding but it was not on the menu and we were not offered it, so I don’t know what was going on there.

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9th November 2013
4 star rating
I recently had lunch here with friends. The service was very good. I had the pancakes filled with smoked salmon, which was very tasty. The coffee was a bit weak, and had too much foam for a flat white, but otherwise it was a very enjoyable place to eat.

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6th November 2013
5 star rating
Visited here last night and the waiter explained that they have a new menu out. The Chocolate pots de creme with macerated orange is my new obsession!! We got friendly attentive service and a really nice atmosphere. The wait time for food was good and they have a really tasty mocktail called Summer Colada. They also had a promotion going where kids eat for free on Tuesday Nights although I believe that only runs this month (November). Love this place, Ill be back for my next chocolate pot fix soon.

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8th October 2013
5 star rating
I went here for the first time recently and for me, this is the best Restaurant in the Manawatu. We had actually underestimated how popular this restaurant is and didn’t book. They were completely full so I can recommend booking ahead. It didn’t matter though as there is a nice big bar area with couches and a pool table so we had a drink and entertained ourselves until a table became available.

Our waitress made us feel really welcomed and considering how busy it was, the food didn’t take long to come. I recommend the Fillet steak and we both agree that the Garlic bread was the best we’ve ever had!

Parking, atmosphere, nice bar, great food! This place has everything.

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Kate

13

24th September 2013
3 star rating
Have eaten here twice and had the same meal both times which was lovely. The atmosphere is pretty good and the wait times are not too bad. The big thing let down on both occasions was one particular staff member who was overbearing & his waiting skills were atrocious – this included pushing past and leaning across people to clear the plates before others had even finished eating, forgetting the specials & having to double check with the chef only to tell us it was then sold out when we made the order a couple minutes later & when we asked for info on two types of wine were told ”one is expensive, one is cheap”
I would still go again

Visited August 2013

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31st August 2013
4 star rating
Atmosphere and service was nice, all of our meals were delicious! We will definitely be back.

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23rd July 2013
3 star rating
Service is great, except they forget to offer you drinks when your empty.
I’ve been here 3 times and my dinner mains have been average. I had the salmon which had no flavour, and veggies doused in sweet chilli sauce. Perhaps some focus on flavour and partnering meats with seasonings?
The ambience and layout is great, it’s just lacking in the flavour.

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18th July 2013
2 star rating
I didnt enjoy my last meal here. I ordered the chicken burger on the lunch menu and found the chicken meat was dry, tough and stringy. I ordered dessert which came with icecream -Kapiti. It had lumps of ice in it and the ice lumps were large and I paid $35 for that. Prior to that experience I have had good food. Not complaining about the service or the ambience, just the food.

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Lynne

1

15th July 2013
5 star rating
After reading reviews I am writing to say I have had several visits to Rendezvous as a preferred dining out experience. The atmosphere with fire lit and decor are relaxing and very pleasant. On my last visit just two weeks ago on a Sunday brunch didn’t fail to impress. The food was perfect for that time of day, the staff were professional and polite and making sure we were happy and satisfied. My previous visits have been with staff again as a preferred place to dine. I Always leave very satisfied with every detail of this highly recommended restaurant.

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Amy

1

8th July 2013
5 star rating
I went to Rendezvous for my Birthday dinner, They went out of their way to give us the best service and food. I had a table of 18 and the breads came right out, I had 2 children there and they catered to them first for me making sure they had food and drinks and were happy which made my evening very pleasant! Mains were amazing, Chicken salad was fantastic, everyone had a range of the mains and were all very happy, salmon and pork both a hit and cooked beautifully! Waiter made sure we were happy and overall it was such a great night for all. If you want that special evening I recommend this restaurant, beautiful spot on the outskirts of town, Nice food, great staff. Happy customer!

Visited May 2013

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3rd July 2013
2 star rating
Service was fine, the boy who served us was lovely in fact, however the restaurant remained understaffed and we ended up waiting over an hour and a half for our mains. I ordered a roast vege medley with cashew nuts, kumura chips and cucumber/red onion atop a coconut pilaf with vindaloo oil. I was hoping for something light and crispy, instead I received a massive plate of rice with four cashew nuts, a few roasted tomatoes and no more than three measly slices of red pepper, DOUSED in sweet chili sauce, which was never even mentioned in the menu. My sister’s salmon was also drowning in the stuff. My mother tells me they have a new chef, I can’t help but think this chef is in his or her’s second year of uni, flatting for the first time! It is totally unacceptable to use sweet chili sauce in a $30+ dish. Please reserve the sweet chili sauce for wedges and or mini spring rolls/samosas. #nevergoingbackagain

Visited June 2013

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9th June 2013
2 star rating
I went there for my birthday dinner with my husband, after reading the reviews we thought it was going to be great. What a disappointment! When we arrived there was only 3 tables being served. The service was poor! We were waiting up to 20mins for drinks to arrive. We waited to be asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu, and then no-one came back to take our order! The food was average. My husband ordered the beef fillet and it was too salty. The chicken chorizo pasta was also average! Looked like someone couldn’t be bothered to cut the onions up and just chucked it in the dish. We got to the counter to pay and was asked to wait. We spent the whole night waiting to be served. Again such a disappointment. Will not go back again!

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Andrea

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5th May 2013
5 star rating
I came with my husband for lunch on Sunday. We didn’t book prior but they managed to accommodate us without problem.
I order the chicken and chorizo Pasta and it was great!
In my experience it was good food, nice place, friendly staff… Love it here!

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4th January 2014
5 star rating
We called in to Rendezvous after a long day of moving house. Although they had an event on (and we were looking a bit shabby!) they were happy to accommodate us at an outside table. The staff were very attentive and the food was fantastic. I had the chicken pasta and it was delicious. The sauce was lovely and it had lots of chicken in it. I’m looking forward to eating here again.

I had to update my review and add another star :) We have been back several times in the last few months and the food is always excellent, as is the service. I think the fact that the place always seems to be full every time we go there says it all! In my opinion, one of the best places to eat in Palmy.

Visited December 2013

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11th January 2013
4 star rating
We went out for dinner here for our anniversary.
Loved the meals and the staff were really great.
We rang beforehand to book a table but triple checked with the waitress that there would not be a wait of any sort and that they werent busy – she said no problem, no wait. So we booked a table for the night.
Everything was great aside from the long wait for the meals – this would not have been a problem if we werent tired and exhausted and wanted a short meal out before hitting the hay! – We just would have appreciated the honesty if told there may be one.
But still a very good restaurant and delicious meals. Great service, setting and all round one of the better in Palmerston North.

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11th December 2012
5 star rating
Love it here, my huby and I love coming here for our date nights :) love it. Great location, great food and awesome service :)

Came here for my husbands work doo one year and there was a lot of us, but the food came out quiet timely and it was great. Lots of fun and good times had by all.

My husband and I like to have our date nights here but have to book in early as they are usually always booked out.

Thank you

Visited November 2012

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10th December 2012
5 star rating
One of the best restaurants in Palmerston North. Best Eggs Benedict I have either had. Staff are just amazing. Highly recommend. A warm friendly atmosphere. Waiting time is miminal. Both my husband and I are regular customers at Rendezvous. Look forward to going there every Friday for a nice wine and beer after a long week.

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3rd December 2012
5 star rating
We visited here with some pretty discerning (e.g. a bit food snobby!) European friends. The food – mains and desserts – were delicious, especially the beef fillet which was amazing. There was a bit of a wait for food to come out but worth it for top nosh.

Visited November 2012

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30th October 2012
4 star rating
In the past six months I have visited Rendezvous six times, twice for breakfast, once for lunch and twice for dinner. The other visit was a Saturday night when we hadn’t booked and unfortunately couldn’t get a table. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the food I have eaten at Rendezvous, especially the Angus Fillet Beef dinner main. My partner and I dine out regularly and both agree that this is the best beef you can get in Palmy. All of the other food that we’ve tried is delicious as well. The only disappointing thing with our most recent visit was that twice we had to go up to the bar to order more drinks when our glasses were empty. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere warm. Overall I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Imogen

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13th August 2012
4 star rating
Eaten there regularly and very nice experience, sometimes a little longer than one would expect to wait between courses but food makes up for this. It would be great to have more sofas for sitting and chatting for drinks before meals perhaps but suppose there is limited space. Some theme nights would be great or perhaps even a party. Keep up the great work team :) Looking forward to our next visit

Visited July 2012

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7th June 2012
5 star rating
A group of six of us went out for a meal on a weeknight to Rendezvous, probably about my 5th or 6th visit but I haven’t reviewed the restaurant before. It is definitely one of the best restaurants in Palmerston North.

Our waiter was really friendly and professional. Entree of garlic bread topped with cheese and drizzled with balsamic delicious, lots of flavour. I ordered the chicken and chorizo salad (which is not on the menu as listed here, as the menu has changed for winter I think), which was delicious. Plenty of salad greens as well as meat, and the capsicum, mushroom, pine nuts, crispy noodles and other toppings were well-matched with each other.

There was a slight wait between finishing our mains and clearing of our plates, which I was surprised about as the restaurant was not full. However, once cleared and dessert was ordered it was brought out promptly. I didn’t have dessert myself, but a hot chocolate that was sufficiently chocolate-y. Desserts that the others ordered looked delicious.

Rendezvous really does deliver when it comes to both food and hospitality, which is why I’ll continue to go back there. The pricing of the food is on par with other restaurants around the city, and very reasonable for an enjoyable dining experience.

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Sarah

3

27th May 2012
5 star rating
Awesome atmosphere. Feels really fancy but with good pricing and happy, smiling staff (so not snobby fancy!)

I would pay more for the big breakfast, its that good! My partner and I nearly go there every week. We recently tried it out for dinner and it was very good! Delicious food very very flavourful. Pretty standard pricing I think for restaraunt food these days.

Will continue to frequent Rendezvous, getting hungry just thinking about it! YUM.

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9th June 2012
3 star rating
Just updated my review after seeing the new ones above as I am not sure I believe all the reviews written for this place – looks like a few staff, friends and family are chipping in – its a good place but not really warrenting the gushing 5 star some reviews make it out to be. For example check up “Sarah” above who says she actually wants to pay MORE for the breakfast its that good!! lol what dribble – nobody would normally say that lol. Good try but you would be better just to up the quality a bit than manipulate the reviews.

this place has all the potential to be really good but was disappointed last time i went.

had a Sunday breakie and the tomato’s were burnt on outside and stone cold in middle – I can do it like that myself guys, that’s why I pay top dollar to dine with you. the waitress were on automatic – nothing really wrong but like they really didn’t care if we where there or not.

have been there for lunch during the week before and it was always good but also been for Sunday lunch and it was very average

almost like great when boss is in and then steps down on weekends?

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12th May 2012
4 star rating
Popped in whilst driving past and had a Pinot Gris and their bar Wedges, friendly staff, great atmosphere, TV wasn’t on so asked if was OK to put on to watch the rugby, no problems at all, their wedges was fantastic…will return to try out a main next time….

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16th December 2011
4 star rating
Had a vegeterian fritata other day. was not nice no taste at all. My flatmate make better than this at home. Very small proportion for price and tasteless. My friend had pasta hers was ok and average size. could not even fill myself. I heard OK things about it but it was very bad. table for 2 was extremely small. Although nice environment and toilets were very clean. Does not want to go back again. Not recommended.

Went their again to give it a go….this time we all had lovely yum meal. as usual the place n sitting was always nice. I was only disappointed with the food. Which I hav told them and they actually were good this time. Good meal we enjoyed it this time…cheers

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25th October 2010
5 star rating
Great food and service here, been back many times.

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9th March 2010
4 star rating
Good food with excellent service, slightly on the high side price wise but worth it. Pity I cannot afford to eat here all week. My favourite ‘European’ style restaurant so far in Palmy.

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Kim

43

9th February 2014
4 star rating
Been here a few times for brunch. Really love the Scallops and Prawn brochettes…The eggs bennedict is also one of the best I have tasted..Great choice selection in menu and friendly staff.

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5th February 2010
4 star rating
Good food at a reasonable price considering the quality. Definitely be back for more.

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LG

3

25th June 2009
5 star rating
One of Palmerston’s best places to eat! Great service, delicious food & nice wine list. Nice atmosphere & good for big or small groups. Will go back time after time.

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K.T

9

30th March 2009
5 star rating
The food and staff were excellent!

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peter

1

10th December 2008
4 star rating
Dine there frequently.Food is excellent & so is the service.One of Palmerston Norths better restaurants

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2nd September 2008
5 star rating
Had dinner there recently with a group of 28 people and there were three other large groups there.
The service was excellent with no waiting at all. Good menu choices and the food is superb.
Great ambience, lovely fire on a cold winters night.
Will definitely be back!!

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