John Hawkesby

Perfect with lamb. It’s rich, velvet and soft with aromas of black doris plums, morello cherries and a whiff of cigar box. Subtle, fine-grained tannins. Good value.

Louise Woods

I have been meaning to thank you all very much for such a super lunch a few weeks ago!! Don’t worry – you will not see us for a while! A few of my friends are so excited to try this place- and am sure they will.Thank you once again!

John and Debbie

Hello there,  We would just like to thank the team at Poderi Crisci for a PERFECT lunch last Friday. We were extremely fortunate that our lunch booking was accepted ( as we were the only people there) but everybody was so welcoming, the food was outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, blessed as we were with a stunning day. So, once again thank you, a memorable lunch, a great team, we cannot wait to return. Our recommendation is assured.


***** Review Trip Advisor February 2018

You can’t find a better experience
Looking for the perfect place for a long lazy lunch, with spectacular food, wine, setting and service…….then you need to head to Poderi Crisci. Such a fabulous way to celebrate my birthday . James and his team gave our party of 17 an outstanding personal experience whilst also having a full restaurant. You will not be disappointed!

Richard S

***** Review Trip Advisor February 2018

Italian Experience at its Finest
Starting with the waiter we felt we had been transported to Italy for our Sunday lunch
This was a wet day in Waiheke but we managed to have a walk around the gorgeous gardens and take in the view of the vineyard
This was a four hour five course lunch which was delicious
Top main is the beef
Tiramisu is the finest I’ve had
Wines were great and we took a couple of bottles away as souvenirs

Michael Cooper

Merlot-based blend with good weight and strong, ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, showing good complexity. Already highly enjoyable.


***** Review Trip Advisor Valentine’s Day 2018

I came to Poderi as a table of 6 for a valentines day lunch, we wanted to show around some guests visiting from the UK, and it did not disappoint, it was absolutely beautiful we had about 4 courses and all were to die for, wine matches were on point and the setting is absolutely gorgeous.The staff are wonderful and we were very well taken care of. We will be back.


***** Trip Advisor January 2018

I was lucky enough to have a booking over the peak holiday period. The venue was at capacity but still had an intimate, personable sense that you were sitting in your own personal paradise. The Italian owner has managed to evolve a scene that transports you somewhere to iconic parts of Tuscany or Provence, but still so Waiheke! The service was impeccable and the food to die for…..with the bonus that you lived to be glad that you’re alive to experience such scenic and gourmet enchantment. Go there if you can!

J Cowy, U.K

***** Trip Advisor December 2017

Perfect and delicious example of the Long Italian Lunch
At a huge farmhouse table our party of 18 members of the extended family enjoyed the most extraordinary array of exquisite dishes that seemed to never end. No dish was huge or heavy – it was possible to comfortably complete the meal, despite the multitude of courses. Yellowfin tuna with artichokes; “simple” breads with light and peppery olive oil; lamb chops with aubergine-stuffed potatoes; an amusing but delicious version of tiramisu… this was not even half of the list. And the wine complements were inspired.

Of course I have eaten Italian food in many restaurants in many countries, including Italy, but this felt more authentic. After our relaxing sojourn, we felt like we had truly experienced a fine example of a Long Italian Lunch.


It’s not often that I find myself writing a letter to the owner of a restaurant and I am not a food critic by trade (although I’d love to be). I do, however, have the fortune of travelling the world on business and have the wonderful privilege of dining in some truly remarkable restaurants. Poderi Crisci on Waiheke is one of those that are of particular remark. My partner and I visited for a long lunch on Sunday and were treated to the absolute gastronomic adventure, which is, Poderi Crisci. The uncomplicated nature of both the food and environment with the touch of indulgence and flare is a true point of differentiation and I wish you all the success in future. We are so glad we visited and will no doubt be back soon!

Summer 2023/24 Hours!


As we look forward to summer we also look forward to welcoming our regular guests and new faces to Waiheke and Poderi Crisci.

Our updates hours for summer 2023/24 as well as some special new offerings are below.

Poderi Crisci Restaurant will be open 7 days for lunch from 1st December through to mid February, offering dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Monday to Friday Lunch service we offer both a la carte and long lunch menu options to groups of 5 or less diners. Groups of 6 or more enjoy our long lunch menu or sharing menu options.

Friday evenings we invite you to join us for our weekly Aperitivo event. Enjoy a drink to ease into the weekend with and indulge in a complimentary selection of canapes and nibbles. Restaurant open for A la Carte dinner service.

Saturday and Sunday we serve our acclaimed long lunch in the main restaurant, with the Locanda open for lighter meals and tasting platters.

Saturday evenings in the resaurant we serve our 8 course degustation menu which can also be enjoyed with matching wines from the Poderi Crisci range.

We will be hosting a series of exciting events over the summer months. Please get in touch should you wish to Keep Informed.

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