Beef & Lamb Excellence Awards 2019

Want to know which of your local restaurants cook the very best beef and lamb?

The Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards are New Zealand’s longest running culinary awards, for 23 years they have been acknowledging the skills, expertise and talent of our greatest chefs. New Zealand is renowned for its world-class beef and lamb by locals and visitors alike. The intention of the Excellence Awards is to further extend the remarkable New Zealand food story by seeking out and acknowledging the great work our chefs do to contribute to this. So, whenever you see the prestigious gold plate hanging on a restaurant wall, you can expect tasty, skillfully composed and superbly presented beef and lamb dishes.

See the newly named 2019 Excellence Award holders below:



Marsden Estate Winery - Kerikeri

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel - Russell

Te Koha Lodge - Te Ngaere

The Quay Kitchen - Whangarei

Number 8 Restaurant & Bar - Whangarei



Cibo Parnell - Parnell

Soljans Estate Winery - Kumeu

Knights on Albert, Stamford Plaza Hotel  - Central Auckland

MASU - Central Auckland

21 Days Bar & Brasserie - Browns Bay

Annabelles - St Helliers

Giraffe - Central Auckland

Manly Bar & Grill - Whangaparaoa

The Square, Novotel Auckland - Airport Auckland

Mr Toms - Ponsonby

Queen's Head Bar & Eatery, Four Points by Sheraton - Central Auckland

Oyster and Chop - Central Auckland

Vineyard Café, Villa Maria Estate - South Auckland

Regatta Bar & Eatery - Takapuna

Jervois Steakhouse - Herne Bay

Pilkingtons - Central Auckland

Ampersand Eatery - Central Auckland

Bracu - Bombay

Black Cottage Café - Coatsville

Rothko - Matakana

Plume Restaurant - Matakana

Casita Miro - Waiheke Island

Cable Bay Vineyards - Waiheke Island

The Archive Bar & Bistro - Waiheke Island

Tantalus Estate - Waiheke Island



Pepper Tree Restaurant & Bar - Coromandel Town

Koru at Rapaura - Thames

Marina Bar & Grill Tairua - Coromandel


Bay of Plenty

Central Park Bar & Kitchen - Katikati

Latitude 37 - Mt. Maunganui

Mount Bistro - Mt. Maunganui

Tay Street Beach Café - Mt. Maunganui

The Crown & Badger - Tauranga

Halo Lounge & Dining, Trinity Wharf Tauranga - Tauranga

Bistro at Falls Retreat - Waihi

Waihi Beach Hotel - Waihi Beach

Imbibe - Mt. Maunganui



Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar - Cambridge

Zealong Tea Estate - Gordonton

Palate Restaurant - Hamilton

Bluestone Steak House - Hamilton

Furnace Restaurant & Bar - Hamilton

Smith & McKenzie Steakhouse - Hamilton

The Redoubt Bar & Eatery - Matamata

The Wooden Farmer Restaurant - Putaruru

Fahrenheit Restaurant & Bar - Te Awamutu

Huhu Café - Waitomo



Dukes Restaurant, Princes Gate Hotel - Rotorua

Stolen Bike Café - Rotorua

Mokoia Restaurant  Waiora Lakeside Spa Resort - Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Restaurant & Wine Bar - Rotorua


Taupo/National Park

Ruapehu Room, The Chateau - National Park

Victoria's Café Kitchen Bar - Taupo

Edgewater Restaurant, Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels - Taupo

The Brantry - Taupo

Plateau Bar & Eatery - Taupo

The Bistro - Taupo

Tongariro Lodge - Tongariro

Bistro Lago, Hilton Hotel - Taupo



Gusto Restaurant Café & Bar - New Plymouth

The Orangery Restaurant, Quality Hotel - New Plymouth

Bella Vita Restaurant - New Plymouth

Gover St Bistro - New Plymouth

Meat and Liquor - New Plymouth

Fork n Knife - New Plymouth

Table Restaurant, Nice Hotel - New Plymouth

The Good Home - New Plymouth

Stony River Boutique Hotel - Okato



The Barrelhouse - Dannevirke 

Amayjen The Restaurant - Feilding

Nero Restaurant - Palmerston North

Table 188 - Palmerston North

The Fat Farmer - Palmerston North

Aberdeen on Broadway - Palmerston North


Hawkes Bay

Mangapapa Hotel - Havelock North

Namaskar Indian Restaurant - Havelock North

Emporium Eatery & Bar, Art Deco Masonic Hotel - Napier

Philippine Asian Kitchen, Westshore Beach Inn Hotel - Napier



Wharekauhau Country Estate - Featherston

Union Square, Martinborough Hotel - Martinborough

Pinocchio - Martinborough

Tirohana Estate - Martinborough

Eatery 10 Restaurant - Martinborough



Sea Salt Café & Eatery - Wellington

Artisan Dining House, Bolton Hotel - Wellington

Cashmere Lounge - Wellington

Grill Meats Beer - Wellington

Logan Brown - Wellington

Noble Rot Wine Bar - Wellington

Olive Restaurant - Wellington

One 80 Restaurant, Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay - Wellington

Vivant! Restaurant & Bar, Ibis Hotel - Wellington

Hummingbird Eatery & Bar - Wellington

Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant - Wellington

Chameleon Restaurant, InterContinental Hotel - Wellington

Boulcott Street Bistro - Wellington

La Bella Italia - Wellington

Portlander Bar & Grill, Rydges Hotel - Wellington

Shed 5 Restaurant & Bar - Wellington

Tinakori Bistro - Wellington

Jackson Cafe & Bistro - Wellington

Bellamy's by Logan Brown - Wellington



Harakeke Restaurant, Awaroa Lodge - Abel Tasman NP

Quench Restaurant & Bar, Chateau Marlborough - Blenheim

Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen - Blenheim

Kai Restaurant - Kaiteriteri

Precinct Dining Co. - Nelson

Comida Café & Restaurant - Nelson

Cod & Lobster Brasserie - Nelson

Foredeck Restaurant, Bay of Many Coves Queen Charlotte Sound




The Lake House - Ashburton

The Polo Bar & Restaurant - Christchurch

Costas Taverna - Christchurch

Pescatore, The George - Christchurch

Strawberry Fare - Christchurch

Chillingworth Road - Christchurch

Merrin Street Brewery Bar - Christchurch

Terra Viva Café - Christchurch

The Old Vicarage - Christchurch

5th Street - Christchurch

Cook 'n' with Gas - Christchurch

Pattersons Restaurant & Bar, Commodore Hotel - Christchurch

The Flaming Rabbit - Christchurch

Christchurch Tramway Restaurant - Christchurch

The Happening Bar & Kitchen - Christchurch

Café Valentino - Christchurch

Coasters Tavern - Christchurch

The Square, Novotel Christchurch - Christchurch

The Good Home Ferrymead - Christchurch

No. 31 Restaurant - Hanmer Springs

Governors Bay Hotel - Lyttleton

50 Bistro - Christchurch

The Craft Embassy - Christchurch

Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar - Ashburton

Carlton Bar & Restaurant - Christchurch

Bully Hayes - Akaroa


Dunedin/North Otago

McGavins Restaurant & Bar, Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge - Dunedin

Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant - Dunedin

Ombrellos Kitchen & Bar - Dunedin

Vault 21 - Dunedin

Prohibition Smokehouse - Dunedin

Cucina - Oamaru

T Bar Restaurant, Brydone Hotel - Oamaru


Central Otago

Millhouse Restaurant, Millbrook Resort - Arrowtown

Kobe Cuisine, Millbrook Resort - Arrowtown

Carrick Winery Restaurant - Bannockburn

Olivers Restaurant - Clyde

Captains Restaurant - Queenstown

Prime Lakefront Restaurant & Bar - Queenstown

MacKenzies Restaurant, the Heritage Hotel - Queenstown

True South Dining Room, The Rees Hotel Queenstown - Wakatipu

Wakatipu Grill, Hilton Hotel - Queenstown

Muskets and Moonshine - Queenstown

Roaring Megs - Queenstown

Observatory Restaurant, Millennium Hotel - Queenstown

Bistro Gentil - Wanaka

Wanaka Gourmet Kitchen - Wanaka

Cardrona Hotel - Cardrona

Pitches Store - Ophir


South Canterbury/Mackenzie Country

The Dubliner - Methven

The Panorama Room, The Hermitage Hotel - Mt. Cook

Stronechrubie - Mt. Somers

Poppies Café - Twizel

Carnegies Fairlie


West Coast

Matheson Café - Fox Glacier

Waterwheel Restaurant, Stations Inn - Hokitika



The Whistling Frog - Catlins

Paddington Arms - Invercargill

Redcliff Restaurant & Bar - Te Anau

The Fat Duck - Te Anau

Two Fat Stags - Waikawa