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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cozy place with good food on the expensive side….. I would though never order a whiskey there , it came with ice that js melted with my second sip , but what pissed me off is the staff saying “ thats what whiskey does ,...it must be the humidity “ some really stupid suggestions as if I was they were saying it’s my first time drinking whiskey and they didn’t want to replace my drink with a neat one since the previous one ws with ice , I ended up asking them to just throw the tainted water away , which ruined my experience of a good steak and whiskeyMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 21 April 2024 via mobile

What a great place to dine. Service and food was top notch. Made all the extra special by the free Easter dessert plate. If you’re looking for a special treat, would highly recommend this place.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 21 April 2024 via mobile

Probably the best restaurant we have ever eaten in. We visit NZ every few years and a meal here with Kiwi friends is something of a tradition. Lunched here today and celebrated our 50th Anniversary. A delightful meal, beautifully served by the most charming and...knowledgeable waitress. We hope to return in a couple of years. We will certainly eat here.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 13 April 2024 via mobile

Very nice location, I also loved the decor. Price depicts quality, at the price the lamb ordered should’ve been exceptional, it was mediocre at best; I shouldn’t have ordered lamb out of season…

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 6 April 2024

I went a few nights ago with my family for a special occasion, and in general we enjoyed the place. However as it was a special occasion I ordered the $125 steak and thought it would be life changing. As it turned out, it was...a pretty standard piece of scotch with nothing special when it came to presentation and the taste and texture was similar to what I would get from a countdown steak for $10. Also a couple of our orders were mixed up which led to my partner not having an entree and receiving her main late. The waiter was also a bit strange - having interrupted a few conversations with even stranger interjections. Pork Belly, fried squid and scallops were great though. If you go here, I would recommend those and to avoid the steak menu.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 31 March 2024

This had a great ambience and feel . Food however was poor . Steak was very tough and underdone . Couples on the table behind us sent theirs back . I am thinking I should have done the same . Wait staff we diligent and...attentive . However if I had the choice I won’t be be back .More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 22 January 2024 via mobile

We were able to score a table at BB our first night in Auckland. One of the best meals of our trip. I, myself do not eat meat so had a lovely meal of salad and various veggie sides. Our server, Jason was a delight....He made recommendations and guided us through the various lamb and steak offerings. The lamb shoulder, ribeye and fillet were enjoyed by the rest of the family. The Greens with pear were tasty as were the carrots and slaw. We did not have room for dessert.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024 via mobile

Right at the edge of the Harbor this is a red meat haven. Numerous choices and sizes. Never had coriander in a steak but it was super. Extensive wine list and not costing you your mortgage. Our server was well versed in the menu and...a real professional. Seems as though you book the table for the night no pressure to leave with a 630 seating. Want a steak: this is your place.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 December 2023 via mobile

Simply put Service was fine However I absolutely hate having Midges’ (little blood suckers) hanging around our table I killed maybe 3 of them but one started slurping on my expensive glass of wine - not good enough The duck fat potatoes were nothing of...the sort. In Queenstown they are magnificent but in Auckland my 5 yr old daughter would do better Rest of meal mint 👍🙌 Sauces with steak delicious and oysters with sauce were yum We will be back but need to up your gameMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2023

The service was excellent. The red wine was nice but pricey, as was the 'rack' of lamb. For $62 I was anticipating something quite substantial. Alas it was 4 small chops slightly undercooked and fatty. Together with the carrots, puree etc it did taste great....But yeah, too expensive for what it was. Ambience-wise there weren't many people around so if you hate crowds this could be perfect for you. Nice view of the water and people walking by. I think the decor could do with a bit of a spruce up.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 8 November 2023

First off, we were ignored upon walking in, obviously deemed to not be worth greeting despite our reservation & decent standard of dress. Average and boring food. Had a hair in my overpriced (bland) steak. Flies buzzing around. Oysters full of shell bits. I don’t...mind paying for great food & service, but save your money cos this isn’t it. Real pity because I LOVED the Queenstown restaurant and was looking forward to this for months. Incredibly disappointed.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 September 2023 via mobile

Appalling and shocking. Our last night in NZ and the food took over an hour to arrive. When it did arrive the food delivered was wrong and items were missing. The steak delivered was cold and over cooked. As a last night in NZ the...experience was utterly shocking. As a foreigner, it was saddening to see locals arriving later receiving their food earlier. A really horrible, insulting and awful experience. The approach towards is simply for being British really upset us. The worse service we’ve received at any restaurant globally, ever. Avoid.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023 via mobile

Friendly staff, excellent customer service and food was tea good! Beverage selection was unique and staff was well informed about the product and service offered.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 16 June 2023 via mobile

Four of us went for a recent birthday and were so disappointed given the super location and first impression when you walk in of a nice comfortable restaurant. The tables are well separated , seating comfortable and general decor ok . Sadly that’s where it...ends . The service was a very surly at best with no attempt to engage or explain dishes with any knowledge or enthusiasm, our initial drinks order took some 20 minutes to arrive . We asked after some 10 minutes when they were coming and were assured any minute, alas no and we were just about to give up and leave when they they came . The food for all of us ,which given the very high pricing of dishes ,should have been superb but was very average in taste, presentation and creativity . There are many top of the line restaurants now in Auckland that serve superb food in great atmospheres , this is certainly not one of them unless you just want a coffee and glass of wine in outside area looking at boats, avoid food and expect to wait for ages to be served https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g255106-d2667554-r895318571-Botswana_Butchery_Auckland_NZ-Auckland_Central_North_Island.html#More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 1 June 2023

PROS -amazing food items -great wine selection -reasonably priced for Auckland -great service from Rick -amazing location and venue I really could not find any negative other than gets some noise abatement material for your celings... too noisy.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Definitely book to guarantee a table. Was very busy when we went
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BOTSWANA BUTCHERY - AUCKLAND, NZ, Auckland Central - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

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Botswana Butchery - Auckland, NZ is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4