Restaurant & BAR

The esplanade, Gisborne


Rich in heritage and abundant in local produce, located in the inner harbor, The Works is a gathering place celebrating Gisborne’s finest. 


The only remaining portion of the original Kaiti Freezing Works, the brick building was once a sausage making factory and later a dry store, while upstairs was the carpenters’ workshop.  The building is woven into local folklore with almost everyone in Gisborne knowing someone who used to work there and is a slice of Gisborne history preserved for everyone to see and be a part of.  The freezing works used to be famed for having the largest brick facade in the Southern hemisphere.  What we see today, The Works Restaurant is the only piece of the structure retained after being demolished in 1996.



06-868 9699



41 The Esplanade
Inner Harbour
Gisborne 4010



Monday to Sunday
10am to late
for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner



Host a function



The Works is a wedding and function venue, located within the restored last remaining building of the Kaiti freezing works, it possesses its very own magical atmosphere.  The spacious layout of this beautifully renovated venue features polished concrete floors, exposed timber ceilings and exposed brick walls.  The Works has an immediate impact on all those who enter.


The Works comfortably accommodates up to 200 guests.  The Works has a sense of versatility about it and can cater a host of wedding reception styles including formal dining, relaxed buffet style or cocktail style events.


There is convenient guest parking located right outside & plenty of accommodation options are available only a stone’s throw away.


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Join us at The Works for a truly memorable dining experience in one of Gisborne’s most spectacular settings.

We welcome walk-ins and also gladly accept reservations of all sizes.

Planning to join us with a large party?  We offer set menu options for parties of 10 or more guests. 

Please call us at 06 868 9699 or email us at