The two of us went to Villa Maria today for a late lunch at 1:30pm. We were denied service stating that the venue was “fully booked”. We would have been very understanding however the parking lot was half empty. Also only the outdoor section of the restaurant was full. There were about 4 tables being used indoors and the remainder of the restaurant ( which was quite a large space) was totally empty. You can imagine how hilarious it was to be told the venue was “booked” and “full” when it was at least half empty visually. No offer for drinks or for a wine tasting or a nibbles platter, they just wanted us out the door. It would have been hospitable to at least offer some drinks at one of the many free tables available. I won’t be returning because I think there are many similar locations in Auckland that appreciate business and take care of their customers. If you are planning a visit to Villa Maria I would suggest booking a table even at off peak hours rather than taking the chance of being turned away.
The view was incredible as well as the food and wine. The recipes were original and very well made. The only thing that wasn't that great was the dessert. The service was v good as well.
Beautiful surroundings! Nice food and wine. Such a nice peaceful restaurant in Airport area. Price is quite reasonable as well. Seems like it is always fully booked in lunch time.
I received some vouchers for my last bday and thought I better use them before they expire. The ambience, is really nice, modern and relaxed. Service is good, plenty of staff on. We had the current wine tasting at the table, Duo of Duck, Marlborough Salmon, Crushed Baby Potatoes, Vanilla Sago Pudding, Baked Rhubarb Cheesecake, Dark Chocolate Namelaka and a flat white. Everything came out in a good time and was pretty tasty, my favourite being the potatoes and least favourite was the cheesecake. The mrs didn't think much of her coffee and didn't like a couple of the wines though. Not a bad place at all to have a flash lunch. Will be back again as I still have a voucher left over.
Lovely place.Excellant food and a local favorite.Food is always perfect with lovely flavours and service is very tentative. Lovely location in any weather :).