"On my second evening in Oban, I take an uphill stroll to Church Hill Restaurant & Oyster Bar, the island's best eatery and also - perhaps surprisingly, given its address - widely lauded as one of New Zealand's best. I'm determined to try a recommended delicacy, muttonbird (a type of shearwater seabird), which the eatery highlights as much as it showcases local lamb and seafood (oysters, mussels, lobsters and freshly-caught fish). As I'd been told, roasted muttonbird is on the menu. "How would you describe the taste" I ask my waiter. He thinks for a moment, then suggests it's "like duck marinated in anchovies". This proves to be a very accurate description of an extremely tasty dish."
Chris Pritchard, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, 14th March 2016
"4 of us dined @ Chris & D's place (Church Hill Restaurant) and had simply the most wonderful evening and dining experience. The food was delish, excellent range to choose from & a lovely range of wines to compliment our choices of meals. Chris was a superb host with interesting views of the conversation topics. D's food is to die for - so... If visiting Stewart Island, do yourself a favour and walk up the church hill and treat yourselves!!!!"
Jim K, April 2016
"A great place for a good meal on the island. The food was superb, the service great and they also had a courtesy vehicle to run you home, which was much appreciated after a busy day on our feet on the trails. Recommend the oysters!!"
Sue W, February 2016
"A must for the visitor to Stewart Island, up the hill, next to the church this lovely restaurant serves a range of excellently prepared cooked and served dinners. Never disappointed, friendly staff and you are made to feel welcome. Very good value for money."
Christopher S, March 2016
"Friendly front of house, great views, excellent food from the region, starting with seafood chowder (a favourite & well done), mussel fritters, then a superb main of blue cod & another of NZ lamb."
Noelene B, April 2016