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MacKinnon Room

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Distinction Lakeview Hotel & Villas | Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
+64 3-249 9700
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Booker Bay, Australia
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281 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dined at this restaurant one night and had a breakfast, and it was a very enjoyable experience. The dinner menu is not extensive but features the best of local fare and is appetising. The drinks list is adequate with choices of international and local wines. Prices were reasonable for wine by the glass and bottle. We selected the potato... More 

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Sheringham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying in Te Anau we were looking for somewhere quiet to have a meal and chanced upon the Distinction Hotel on the lakeside so called in to see whether they served non residents. We were greeted at the door and shown to the Mackinnon Room Restaurant. Micheal and her team were very professional and service was prompt. The food was... More 

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Thank Teresa W
bstander, General Manager at MacKinnon Room, responded to this review

Dear Teresa W Thanks for your review and we are blessed with a fantastic Restaurant Manager Michela and a wonderful team. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your meals and service and we sincerely hope to see you back again in the not too distant future. Regards Brent Stander More 

New York City, New York
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80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017

Although a hotel restaurant, we were pleasantly surprised with our meal. The lentil soup was excellent and so was the gnocchi. The salmon with the Israeli couscous was one of the best I had but the lamb shank was just so so. The restaurant is quite expensive but it was convenient for us to have dinner without ever leaving the... More 

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Thank Alon G
bstander, General Manager at MacKinnon Room, responded to this review

Dear Alon G Thanks for your review and I agree the salmon dish is one of my favourites too. We will be sure to focus on our lamb shank and ensure it is as good as all the dishes on the menu. Regards Brent Stander More 

Manteca, California
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190 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We were there with a tour and I'm alway suspicious of hotel restaurants but this one is a gem. We all had the venison. Tow of us had the he smoked,chicken salad and the other two the seafood chowder. Every thing was excellent. The dessert buffet wasn't quite a spectacular but still very good.

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Thank stevej2001
bstander, General Manager at MacKinnon Room, responded to this review

Dear Steve Thanks for your kind words of encouragement and I will liaise with our team regarding enhancement of dessert buffet and consistency. We hope to see you back again Regards Brent Stander More 

Houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Had a great dinner at the MacKinnon Room Restaurant in Te Anau. We were seated in the lounge and attended to by Robin who gave us outstanding service. Good meal with great view.

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Thank Chris L
bstander, General Manager at MacKinnon Room, responded to this review

Dear Chris Thanks for your kind words of encouragement and I am delighted to hear Robin made a lasting impression during your meal in our Restaurant. We hope to see you back again in the future. Regards Brent Stander More 

Christchurch
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Robin did a brilliant job serving us and I think we had the best seat in the house! Loved our meals and wine, don't miss this for a reliable and very enjoyable experience.

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Thank melissabU7491WS
bstander, General Manager at MacKinnon Room, responded to this review

Dear Melissa Thanks for your glowing review and I am delighted to hear Robin made an impression during your meal. We hope to see you back again Regards Brent Stander More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

My mate and I checked in on the 10th of January and were immediately greeted by Manish at reception with a large smile and a professional attitude combined with an urgent approach as we had been boating and needed a room and food from this restaurant,after cleaning up we had a beer or two and at this point we met... More 

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Thank John D
bstander, General Manager at MacKinnon Room, responded to this review

Dear John Thanks for taking the time to review us and I am delighted to hear our team made a lasting impression and you enjoyed the wonderful food and fantastic service. We sincerely hope to see you back again soon. Regards Brent Stander More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Good food. Good service. Try the tenderloin! Cooked perfectly medium rare. Dessert was also quite nice.

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Thank Robin F
bstander, General Manager at MacKinnon Room, responded to this review

Dear Robin Thanks for the great feedback and I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your meals with us. We hope to see you back again in the not too distant future. Regards Brent Stander More 

Danville, Ca
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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We had dinner in the bar (the lake view). Far from the kitchen and the wait and was over stretched. When time for dessert came, the menu sat on table for 15 minutes before anyone came back. The wait staff had to cover the bar as well. Diners had to wait. We were the only ones having a full dinner.... More 

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Thank TomBrodehl
bstander, General Manager at MacKinnon Room, responded to this review

Dear Tom Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your valuable feedback and please accept my sincere apologies that the service lacked on your dining experience. We have addressed this with our team to ensure we are consistent in our approach and goal of everyone leaving the hotel recommending us. I apologise this happened and we will ensure... More 

San Jose, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised to have stumbled on the Mackinnon Room restaurant at our hotel the Distinctinction Te Anau. Our server Robin did a great job pairing the wines with the food. The venison was fantastic. The seafood chowder was excellent as well. The glazed chicken dish was tender. The dessert our group chose the vanilla creme bruce and the... More 

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Thank samirortho
bstander, General Manager at MacKinnon Room, responded to this review

Dear samirotho Thanks for taking the time to review us and I am delighted to hear your kind words of encouragement. We are blessed with a talented group of chefs and service staff and I am humbled to hear your feedback. Regards Brent Stander More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Distinction Lakeview Hotel & Villas | Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Fiordland National Park  >  Te Anau
  • Phone Number: +64 3-249 9700

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?