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Guest Comments


Best food in Whangarei Feb 2017

It is a lovely spot - the chef really knows his stuff. Strongly recommended if you want something a level up from the norm.


Consistently Fantastic Feb 2017

We have been to Top Sail on a few occasions over the past few years and everyone they deliver on both service and food. This restaurant is top class and can easily hold its own amongst the top ones. They pay attention to their menu choices and put some interesting combinations together which work. The drinks choice is excellent and for those wanting non-alcoholic they have a great varied selection. A small seaside restaurant with views from all tables. This is definitely one not to be missed.


Lovely meal out Jan 2017

Visiting NZ and staying with friends. Had wonderful meal at this restaurant. Great food and drinks. Fantastic service. Stunning views.


Fabulous service, food & location! Jan 2017

Loved EVERYTHING from the excellent wine, to the fantastic service, the view and the delicious food. We had a wonderful night and cannot fault a single thing. Can't wait to go back again.


Perfecto! Stella! Suberb! Jan 2017

Food seasonal, a wonderful lcognisors choice available. Personal, impeccable genuine service. Location, location, location. Best of all, the timing of bookings, to give guests the best experience. Bookings only a great idea. seating only 35-40, but doing some clever turnovers.


Delicious!  Jan 2017

I thoroughly recommend the wild game - venison on a black boy peach and a parcel of hare, and my son and daughter loved their seafood platters and duck breast. The affogato was a great way to finish the meal and they did mine with decaf espresso! The views of the sunset and colours in the sky just made it a magical evening. Loved it! Worth every penny!...


Amazing views Jan 2017

Top sail would be the best restaurant in town. It comes with a price, but worth it. Amazing views and food. Small and personable.


Highly recommend Jan 2017

My husband and I were holidaying in Onerahi and we were given a dinner voucher for Topsail as a Christmas present from our family. The outside of the building doesn't do it any justice. The sign Topsail needs brightening up. However once inside our thoughts had changed about this restaurant. Every table has a view of the harbour which is a lovely outlook. The staff were very friendly and attentive. All in all a delicious meal and we would definitely go back when we are next visiting Whangarei.



In the bleak dining out landscape of Whangarei, Top Sail stands out like a beacon. I really cannot add anything to the excellent reviews already given. I have been lucky enough to dine at Top Sail on several occasions and the standard of excellence never waivers. Beautiful fresh food, superbly cooked and presented in lovely surroundings. Book and go. You deserve it.



Fine dining Dec 2016

Fine dining at its best. Superb, fresh food. Friendly, attentive staff. Excellent ambience and awesome views over the water from the elevated restaurant.


Great food and service right on the water Dec 2016

A lovely meal, unable to fault the food and service. Would be great views over the water except night time and raining! The ambience is good for what the room size and position has to offer. Well worth going to.


Superb Dining on the Water Dec 2016

I have raved about the food at Top Sail and it has never disappointed. Book well ahead, and be prepared to be delighted.


Consistently fantastic Dec 2016

We've celebrated our special occasions at Top Sail for years. Always a fantastic meal, service and venue. Debbie and Ian are wonderful hosts and create a welcoming and polished atmosphere with delicious food beautifully presented. A winner every time.



Everything was special from the moment we arrived, we were greeted by Debbie and Ian the evening was perfect sun shining over the harbour, the meal superb the wine fabulous what more can you say we will be back.


the best Nov 2016

Fantastic food, wine matching, ambiance and lovely hosts A great spot to get a view of the harbour .Can`t get better anywhere. Love it !! janet


Celebrating a special event Nov 2016

Ian & Debbie always make you feel very welcome. The food is exceptional. Portions ammayy look small, but believe you me by the time you have finished your dish you are very grateful that it wasn't bigger. Also means that from a capacity point of view, you can still afford to fit in one of their yummy deserts. Not necessarily the cheapest restaurant in town, but by far and away the BEST restaurant this side of Auckland. We have been going here for our special occasions meals for about the last 5 plus years.


Excellence Nov 2016

If you want fine dining in Whangarei, Top Sail cannot be beaten. We've been here a few times and the food is always beautiful! I highly recommend this restaurant. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable.


Like visiting friends but with 5 star food ! Nov 2016

We even left a pair of glasses which the hosts called and organised for us to collect. Seriously exceptional food and service !!
Great staff , able to be both servers yet interesting conversationalists and sincere people liking their days work ...Beautiful views and stunning sunsets...
Consistently superb food with interesting menu ...Best in Northland !!
Enjoy and relax there


Favourite Restaurant Nov 2016

This has to be the best restaurant in Whangarei. We were there last Saturday and the food and presentation was amazing, the service was great, and it has a lovely atmosphere. My husband and I have been to TopSail on various occasions over the years and have enjoyed it on each visit as have our friends. We were a group of eight this time and everyone commented on how much they had enjoyed the evening...especially the food!! Highly recommended.


Treat yourself Oct 2016

Probably the best in Whangarei, not the easiest to get into if you don't book in advance but it is well worth the effort!! Service, Food and Drinks are the BEST, and if you have room take a walk through the Desert List!!!!!


Amazing Dinner Oct 2016

I had dinner with my family at the restaurant last week and it was amazing. I would drive to Whangarei just to eat there. Great food and great ambience. Highly recommend it.


As good as a Belgium restaurant Sept 2016

If you think the French can cook, then try the Belgium galley. And Top Sails is like Belgium at it's best. Great atmosphere, very welcoming, cosy, but professional. Stunning view over the Hatea River. Parking right outside. A place where they know your name and the only down turn is that you will be looking all over NZ to beat the experience!



This restaurant is unique in that it is quite small and ideal for an intimate dinner but I have also been there for a work dinner and it was fine as we had our own area . The food has always wowed us and the views are overlooking the sea, Service is great and always a good night out.


Delicious food! Aug 2016

Wow! The food here was amazing! Lots of flavour. Quite a different menu to what you would normally see (pork belly and snails) but it worked really well. The staff were very attentive. The beef fillet was to die for! I had the game which was delicious! Good size portions. Dessert menu was a little disappointing, not a lot of choice, However it's great to see Whangarei have a decent restaurant! Only bugbear ( if you can call it that) is we felt there wasn't enough of a time gap between each course, but that's just personal preference. Will definitely be going back to sample the rest of the menu. Loved it Top Sail!!