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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
European, New Zealand
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 January 2021 via mobile

Wonderful food and outstanding service, catered for our large family group with ease and humour. Very attentive with lovely extra touches. Everyone in our large group loved their meals, good sized portions (not too big). The setting is tasteful and relaxing, not too noisy either....Woukd highly recommend for a special night out.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 11 December 2020

I don't think the majority of these reviewers know what fine dining is, a Bao bun with crispy pork skin belly is not fine dining. Tiny Oysters that have not been shucked properly, is not fine dining. When you are expected to eat your oysters...with a full size knife & fork then that is not fine dining. Wait staff that try to jam dishes onto the table is not fine dining. When the owner plonks your meals on top of the share plate already at the table then that is not fine dining. When nobody (including the owner) asks you how your meal was, then that is not fine dining. Overall it was an average experience with an above average price tag, the meals were ok but definitely not fine dining.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 29 November 2020

Having just revisited Somerset Cottage after a few years can see why it STILL is claimed as one of the VERY BEST! So reliable in terms of a VERY SPECIAL evening, warm surroundings, ambience, HIGHLY TRAINED friendly staff, classic menu, and superb wine list. While...it is more expensive than some other places it's QUALITY in every respect you are paying for, doesn't claim to be a "bistro" which is casual and high prices. Presentation of food, beautiful wine glasses, and classy cutlery all add to the experience.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 26 August 2020 via mobile

Wonderful food and service, with attentive staff, a great menu, beautifully present food that tasted amazing! Yes it’s on the pricy side, but spoil yourself with a great night out. Highly recommend the cheese soufflé and the licorice icecream! It was so good we took...a tub away!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 26 June 2020

Can’t recommend enough. We went on a Thursday night and it was still quite busy. Service was friendly and professional and the food was outstanding. Will definitely be back soon.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 22 June 2020

Its so good to be able to return to what has to be Tauranga's most consistently excellent restaurant. The food is always wonderful and for the steak lovers it never fails. However there is much more on offer than just wonderful eye fillet steaks. The...menu isn't pages long. They concentrate on appealing to every diners tastes without overwhelming you with multipole options and underwhelming you with satisfaction. . The team at Somerset have the balance "just right" . They have been here spoiling us for probably over 30 years now and still haven't dropped the ball. Tauranga restaurant's seem to vary so often from good to bad and back again. But not Somerset Cottage. They have the same enthusiastic chef, Rick, and the same warm and welcoming host in Anne and they never take their eye off the ball. Consistently excellent service from the entire team , great food, extensive wine list and loads of free parking around. This why people keep returning.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 15 March 2020

This restaurant is an annual favourite when visiting and is consistently very good. The sesame 'crackers' (made in-house) are the best we've ever, ever had to accompany cheese. This property has cooking schools and visiting foodie chefs so is always keeping active. Well worth a...visitMore

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 10 March 2020

It has been a few years since we last visited, but again, a very memorable evening. Excellent food, service, and atmosphere!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 19 February 2020

It's a locals go to restaurant as their meals are consistently well prepared. Doesn't have a big menu, but the standard remains the same over the years. It's a good place to take visiting friends and family.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 12 February 2020

You know that all sorts of things get written about decor etc .... but essentially this place is a little bit of magic... Food has always been amazing and I don't think we can fault this place... So happy to be able to visit and...give another review which again is heartfelt and will be back again soon no doubt.... some places come with a flurry and disappear without noise , but Somerset endures and we know why ... excellence and attention to detail.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Somerset Cottage is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5