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Cafe, New Zealand, Seafood
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Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 17 September 2023 via mobile

Really slow service and average food. Popped in while waiting for daughter’s hockey game to start. Had 1 1/2 hrs up our sleeve. The cafe was busy but not packed. We were advised it would be 30-40 mins for food to arrive. After 45 minutes...we asked how much longer, another 10 mins. Two out of 5 orders came out. The rest arrived after another 10 minutes. Daughter had the picnic plate- crackers were wet and the lolly cake. I ordered mushrooms on toast, no flavour and the bread was soggy with mushroom juice. All in all not a great experience and unlikely to return. Did not seem short staffed, maybe behind the scenes they were.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

A quirky and very well put together coffee. Good coffee. It is in the front of the Richardson Transport museum and is the same high quality as the museum. Plenty of room, not crowded, has some entertaining features associated with the museum. The cabinet food...looked good. You should try this cafe.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 8 September 2023

Fancy ordering an eggs bene and it comes with NO bread? Truely an odd experience. “Comes with hollandaise sauce” barely any sauce on the shrivelled up chook offspring I received. Tips to help: perhaps offer bread as part of the eggs bene. Cook the eggs...and lather those chooks goodness in sauce. Life is hard, but those potatoe cakes you offer are harder.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 8 September 2023

Food was disgusting highly ashamed to have even gone and spent my money definitely won’t be going back -karen

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023 via mobile

Group of 6 for Sunday lunch, wasn't overly busy at all. First meal arrived OK, for my friend who ordered first. Then couple who were last to order food arrived, then mine. 2 others had ordered first, sat waiting for only salads from cabinet. Waited...10 minutes while others ate food. Went up to ask, still another 10 minutes. Couple had ordered coffee in mugs, were shown mugs when they ordered, coffee arrived in small cups. Told run out of mugs. Staff seemed untrained. Cabinet food underwhelming. Salad was tasteless. Glad I only had hot chips. Won't be back.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 July 2023 via mobile

Amazing Soup! A great place to shelter when it’s cold and wet after an afternoon visit to the museum. Coffee was great too!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023

Very disappointed. Had tried a few weeks ago and was not overly impressed but then they advertised a new menu so thought i would give them another chance. Ordered waffles. Long wait and then one was burned on the outside and uncooked inside. I finished...my meal before my friend even got hers. She had eggs Benedict. Eggs overcooked. Bacon tough and very thick. Won't go backMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

We have been here numerous times in previous years and always been very happy with our experience, but sadly this time was very different. We had booked a table, they had forgot to put our name on one despite having it recorded on paper but...put us on a table that had been reserved for another party - when that party walked in after us they had no seating available for them and they had to wait for a table to become available. We ordered and our drinks came quickly but that was where it ended. We waited just over an hour for our meals, by which time our 3 year old had had enough. To top it off, the food was very average and not what we had come to expect from The Grille. Very disappointed customers who will not be back, they were clearly not expecting to be so busy and were either understaffed or overwhelmed and it showed badly. Shambles is the polite word.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 July 2023

Had lunch yesterday, soup of the day - nicest soup I’ve ever had, delicious. Service also was great. Highly recommend this place

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 1 July 2023

2 meals delivered were missing key elements - one missing bacon, the other missing a poached egg. One meal was brought out completely wrong, explained what was ordered but the correct dish still wasn't brought out. I then went to ask staff where the meal...was and was given no explanation or apology, dish arrived 6 minutes later so was clearly forgotten. The dish brought out was also super disappointing so definitely not worth the wait. Most terrible service I have had in Invercargill. 01/07/23More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 27 May 2023

Best cheese rolls themed venue was very warm ,comfortable and children friendly Good range of food on the menu or in cabinet

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 11 May 2023

Ordered the chicken/ slab. A few pieces of slightly thin chicken on a very dry piece of bread sprinkled with aioli. Wha a waste of time and money. Lovely waitress and very friendly but I wouldn't serve that muck to my dog. Went there a...couple of years ago and it was brilliant, sadly they have set the bar extremely low and we won't be back.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 19 February 2023 via mobile

Had breakfast there today. Eggs bene was great and eggs were done perfect! Caramel slice was one of the best I’ve ever had. Coffees and food came out very fast.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2023 via mobile

We came today with hubby and son. Ordered a big breakie for hubby, a children's big breakfast for my son, and french toast for me. What a lovely meal! Fair prices, friendly staff, and decoration are a must. I'd go back again!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 3 January 2023 via mobile

We had lunch after the terrific. Transport museum visit. I had the seafood chowder and wifey had the ceaser salad. The Chowder I rated due to complexity of taste and the large array of included seafood as the best eaten in NZ. My other gave...a big thumbs up for ceaser salad So no complaints from us.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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THE GRILLE, Invercargill - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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The Grille is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4