Monday7:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Tuesday7:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Wednesday7:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Thursday7:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Friday7:30 am – 3:00 pm.
306 Eastbourne Street East
06 870 6020
Opera Kitchen in Hastings is somewhat of an institution, having been on the dining scene for over 15 years and accumulating a very loyal customer base while also being at the top of many visitors ‘must eat at’ lists.
Along with sister eateries Picnic and Smiths based in Napier, the philosophy at Opera Kitchen is “eat, drink, share”. Being in such close proximity to some of the country’s best orchards, market gardens, vineyards, and other producers means that the very best local and fresh ingredients are the inspiration for the menu here. Opera Kitchen is the place to gather with friends and family, with an expansive dining area and covered courtyard. With pops of plant life and beautiful high ceilings, it’s a space you want to linger in and enjoy.
If the interior isn’t enough of a selling point, once you see the Opera Kitchen menu, you will absolutely be won over. Their all-day breakfast dishes are classics you know well, with a twist and elevation. Think pancakes served with honeycomb butter and porridge with whiskey or a rhubarb crumble. Your tastebuds will be well and truly satisfied!
Adjacent to the main dining room, there’s also a specific takeaway section, which means if you are short on time, you can pop in, place your coffee order and be away in no time. That is, of course, if you don’t get trapped looking at their very tempting cabinet full of moreish sweet treats, stacked sandwiches and savoury goodness in the form of quiches and sausage rolls.
Just a stone's throw away from the newly revamped Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre, Opera Kitchen is perfectly positioned within the thriving centre of Hastings. So next time you’re booking in a brunch or lunch date, why not make it here?
Words by Julia Rutherford & Photography by Anna Briggs
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306 Eastbourne Street East
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