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Guest Comments


Best food in Whangarei 

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 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 

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

Fabulous service, food & location! 

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!  

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.


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!...


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 

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 

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

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

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. 

the best

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  

Like visiting friends but with 5 star food ! 

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