We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Reserve a table

Ratings and reviews

Travellers' Choice2023
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Food and ambience

About
We have a lovely warm and inviting restaurant. We use all locally sourced product with very generous servings with an emphasis on the meat portion of the meal. Our steaks are 250gms up to the "Donald Trump Choker", which is 500gm and cooked slowly over 20 hours. We use fresh Blue Cod and locally caught wild Venison. Buster Crabb is the best choice
PRICE RANGE
$20 - $39
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Seafood, European, Gastropub, New Zealand
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
Reviews (628)
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
Filter reviews
607 results
Traveller rating
325
173
68
21
20
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveller rating
325
173
68
21
20
Show reviews that mention
All reviews steak mixed grill oysters salad blue cod great restaurant cooked to perfection excellent meal nice atmosphere fabulous food south island great menu meals
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 14 January 2024

I ordered the picanha steak- medium rare with a peppercorn sauce and roast veggies. The veggies and sauce were perfection- juicy on the inside and crispy outside. The steak was rare even though I requested medium rare and served on breadcrumbs that reminded of sawdust....The chili oil was excellent.More

Date of visit: January 2024
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 11 December 2023

ridiculous wine 'customs' / rules / bylaws preclude sane practice notwithstanding- can't do this can't do that = overpriced mediocre selections on carte des vins no byo allowed nor taking home un consumed but PAID FOR product- staff are marvelous youthful enthusiastic made our evening...enjoyable- ambience unremarkeable- food better than 'good' - steaks char broiled excellence- sides ok - 3 tiny chili prawns underwhelmed when spending 200$ plus dinner for 2 - value questionable.More

Date of visit: November 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 20 November 2023

Lovely dinner and great service. We started with the whitebait fritter and I had the blue cod and my husband had the Fijian yellowfin tuna for our mains. Whitebait was okay nothing to write home about but it was a generous portion of whitebait definitely...didn’t skimp on the whitebait and give us more egg. The cod was beautifully cooked, and again the portions was very generous. My husband felt his tuna was slightly over cooked, but he was very happy with his meal. Service was quick and friendly. Would come back again.More

Date of visit: October 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 26 October 2023 via mobile

The history behind the name is interesting. The menu is very good and beverage selection is broad. Nice cosy rooms. Staff were very welcoming.

Date of visit: September 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 7 October 2023

We went for a work colleagues retirement dinner. I had for my main meal a Seafood Salad which was a nice enough meal. I then ordered the Coconut & Whittakers Milk Chocolate Arancini. It was nothing like they described on the menu. The rice balls...were dry and bland with little chocolate inside them. (One of the rice balls had no chocolate) The mango sorbet part was nice, but the coconut foam was bland as well. Another friend had the same dessert and was of the same opinion. My experience I thought it was disgusting .🤮 Very dissappointed and the prices for dessert are too expensive $19.00 😕 Just a suggestion bring back your Creme Brulee. Other than that Buster Crab meal experience was a nice night.More

Date of visit: September 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 21 September 2023 via mobile

Had a great dinner here. Staff was great food very good drinks fantastic had beef filet good selection of food great gin apps and deserts

Date of visit: September 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 4 July 2023 via mobile

Amazing meals of oysters with vegetables and blue cod. Loved being picked up and dropped off so we could share a glass of wine. Great ambience and wonderful understanding service.

Date of visit: July 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 19 May 2023 via mobile

We stayed in Invercargill and ate at this restaurant on a Tuesday evening. It was really busy with a great vibe. The bar man was friendly and knew his wines. Great food (big portions which meant no pudding!). Fabulous blue cod and oysters. Thoroughly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 2 May 2023 via mobile

We are so happy we gave this place a chance. Excellent service, good food and welcoming atmosphere. We would recommend and go back if ever in the area again.

Date of visit: May 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 11 April 2023

A great menu quality wine good service and excellent food .. a pleasure to dine here whilst in Invercargill

Date of visit: March 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 7 April 2023 via mobile

Michael, Nick and Becky demonstrated exemplary service to a whole new level…..lovely atmosphere delicious food and amazing service. If your into cocktails just make sure Nick looks after you. He knows flavours like no other

Date of visit: April 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 6 April 2023

Walked out after one and half hours. For the 4 of us only one starter had arrived. The order seemed to be messed up. The excuse was they thought we wanted the starters with the main course! Manager was called who seemed out of his...depth. Clearly they are suffering a shortage of experienced staff. When we stated to walk out we were told that our order was underway! Several tables who arrived after us were eating their main course. They then wanted us to pay for the drinks we had consumed but I refused to pay. Perhaps they are living on a past reputation that is no longer deserved. My message to the owners is sort it out now. There is no excuse for the way we were treated.More

Date of visit: April 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 6 April 2023 via mobile

Pleasant venue , good meal, very irritating waiter, who was trying far to hard to be funny, but wasn’t. Good wine selection, nice whiskey

Date of visit: April 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 1 April 2023

Meal was very good but let down by slow service but more importantly the menu didn't indicate any dietary options as indicated in this listing & the staff didn't know what was & wasn't. As the wife is a coeliac she didn't know what to...order & when ordering coffee they had no soy milk which amazes me as how hard is it to have a few bottles of milk. Lastly if you need a drink go to the bar & get a drink it's a lot quicker than waiting 30 mins for a drink.More

Date of visit: April 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 23 March 2023 via mobile

Fantastic location with very, very good food and pleasantly relaxed and un-upscaled atmosphere!!! Thumbs up! Very nice staff, good selection of wines - a memorable evening!

Date of visit: March 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Homestead Villa Motel
191 reviews
.08 km away
Queens Park Motels
161 reviews
.58 km away
Golden Leaf Apartments
28 reviews
.72 km away
The Langlands Hotel
103 reviews
1.38 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
The Rocks Cafe
428 reviews
1.24 km away
Waxy's Irish Pub
309 reviews
1.25 km away
Industry Cafe
92 reviews
.68 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Classic Motorcycle Mecca
179 reviews
1.61 km away
E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian
861 reviews
.97 km away
Invercargill Water Tower
133 reviews
1.57 km away
Burt Munro Statue
34 reviews
1.10 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
darylsutherland
27 May 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from bustercrabbziffs | Property representative |
Yes we definitely do vouchers. If you call me on 027 433 6408 I'll certainly arrange it for you. I'm not sure adamant21 is and how he h=can answer questions for us........ We do this all time. Sell vouchers I mean... More
0
Votes
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

BUSTER CRABB, Invercargill - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions about Buster Crabb

Yes, Buster Crabb offers takeaway services.

Yes, Buster Crabb offers delivery services.

Buster Crabb is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4