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International, Steakhouse
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nothing but superb. Wow what a night. Our waiter Kerry was exceptional really knew his stuff and made us all feel like we were their number one client. His service was on point and an incredible asset to the team. The food was delicious two...of us were lucky enough to have the ostrich and talk about a dish that made you want to lick the plate to savour every morsel this was certainly one of those dishes. Everyone at our table enjoyed their meals. Hats off to the team at Little SavannahMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024

Waited ages for our meal..when it arrived it was really only average..the pork belly had lots of fat on it, but not in a nice way.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 March 2024

Arrived 6.25pm for a 6.30pm booking with friends. Order would have been taken around 6.45pm. It was a group booking, so had a set menu from which to choose a meal from. There was no price on the menu, so I presumed it would be...the same as the menu price for the mains. The awkward shape of the tables meant it was virtually impossible to leave the table, but managed to leave a couple times when others from the adjoining table had got up themselves. Ordered drinks at the bar and was told they would be bought to table. Then not long after that a waiter actually came to the table for drink orders and main orders. The starter, which arrived perhaps a hour later, was a selection of flatbreads with various toppings. I didn’t have any as I’m following a keto diet. My wife gave me 2-3 pieces of pork from her two small pieces as she didn’t realise it was pork and doesn’t eat pork. The mains probably came out around 9pm! I had the scotch. It was luck warm, chewy and not particularly very nice. The butter sauce on top struggled to melt due to its cool temperature. As it was getting quite late and I was very hungry, I persevered. It was also a friends birthday so I didn’t want to make a big issue about and spoil her night, otherwise I would have said something. I had paid for our two sets of drinks separately when I purchased them. I went to pay for our meals and I said I don’t know how much it is as the set menu didn’t have a price and was told it was $60 each. I felt that was expensive for what we got and made that known to the waiter when paying. He didn’t seem too worried by that and I got the feeling he was used to that type of comment. I’ve had much better quality meals for a lower cost in Palmy. We have been here in the past and had a better experience with a smaller booking of 4, so it’s probably not the best place for large bookings. The kitchen was clearly struggling with the number of bookings/patrons in the restaurant. I’d suggest you limit large bookings to ensure a better experience, and so you don’t loose return customers.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2024

Thanks Fearless60329939887 for going to the trouble to give us this extensive feedback. We are obviously very disappointed with this feedback as we pride ourselves on the food and service we deliver. We can only sincerely apologise for letting you down on this occasion, we...More

Reviewed 2 February 2024

We cannot say enough good things about Little Savanna. We drove 8.5 hours to spend the weekend in Palmerston North specifically to dine at this restaurant, twice & it was worth it. It starts from the top with the lovely lady owner who is keeping...a constant eye on things, clearing tables, bringing meals, checking people are enjoying themselves etc. She is not afraid of getting stuck in, like the rest of the crew. Then there is the friendly staff, & a special mention must go to Tegan who was phenomenal. Nothing was too much trouble for her, & she certainly went the extra mile for us, ensuring everything was perfect. We must pay a huge compliment also for the excellent cocktails (we travel internationally a lot, & these cocktails are up there!). The meals are divine, you honestly can't fault them. The flavours, marinades & sauces the food is cooked in, just makes you want more. We were desperate for the Cape Malay Chutney sauce, & the Chicken Wing marinade recipes, or to be able to buy them! The most noticeable thing for us was how much the staff were enjoying themselves. They said they loved working there, had a lot of respect for the owners & there was a great team vibe going on. This kind of thing no longer exists in Auckland, so was such a pleasure to witness at Little Savanna. Our only regret is that there isn't a Little Savanna in Auckland, but in saying that, you couldn't replicate the service, quality of food & drink & that special atmosphere anywhere else. P.S. Make sure you leave room for the divine Malva Pudding, you won't regret it.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2024

Wow, wow, wow!!! This review has absolutely made our day - the whole team will be so pleased to read this, thank you so much!!!! I can't tell you how much we all appreciate it!

Reviewed 31 January 2024

Having sent several hours walking around town it was lovely to flop in here for a beer or two and recharge. Although we didn't eat anything the menu looked good and after an hour or so we moved on to our next walk!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2024

Thanks so much for the great feedback, we really appreciate it!

Reviewed 31 January 2024

Have dined here several times and always foiund the food to be good. Staff are attentive and the ambience is good. Willd efinitely be back at some stage.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2024

Thanks so much for going to the trouble to give us this great review, we look forward to welcoming you back!

Reviewed 10 December 2023

True Excellence and my honest opinion. We went to Little Savanna in Palmerston North last night for dinner and not only had a delicious meal but also a wonderful dining experience. This restaurant values its customers, the staff are outstanding and so professional, the quality...of the food is truly excellent. I cannot speak highly enough about the way we were treated. This restaurant is without a doubt is as good as any you would experience in NZ.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2023

Wow, thank you so much for this amazing review - it has made our day!!! Nothing makes us happier than knowing our guests had a great experience with us. The whole team will be so pleased to read this - thank you!

Reviewed 10 December 2023

What a fantastic evening we had. Our meals were amazing and plentiful. The service was exceptional- thankyou to our wonderful server Kerry - who never let our glasses get empty and was quick with a joke to keep us amused. AAA +++

Date of visit: November 2023
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2023

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, the whole team but especially Kerry will be so pleased to read this. He really does know how to give our guests a great experience. We really do appreciate this fantastic feedback!

Reviewed 7 December 2023

Great service , great food and good atmosphere. Dined here in the past and was just as good so very high standard all round. You must try the chicken livers they are very good, my wife had the prawns pan fried in garlic for starters...she said was a very good choice. For mains she had chicken skewer and I had the beef fillet and fries as I always do. Our meals where perfect from start to finish and the young girl that served us handle her self very well even though it was her first day on the job. Thumbs up to this restaurant,, I recommend this stop if you are in Palmerston North.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2023

Thank you so much for the fantastic review. Nothing makes us happier than knowing our guests had a great experience with us. Kate, your server will be so pleased to read this, as will the chefs. We really appreciate you going to the trouble to...More

Reviewed 1 December 2023 via mobile

Exceptional meal and great service. The chicken Portuguese skewer is a must. I will definitely return for another scrumptious meat dish.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2023

Thanks so much for going to the trouble to give us this fantastic review! We look forward to welcoming you back!

Reviewed 29 November 2023

Great wee spot in Palmy. Was a Wednesday night and I was surprised how full the place was. We had an el fresco table which was perfect because it was a pleasant night. Wait staff were amazing. Waitress suggested Ostrich because she loved it. She...wasn't wrong. It was fantastic. Then she suggested the Apple Cigar for dessert because it was her favorite. Again, she was bang on the money. Ambience, staff, food, and location all get the highest mark from meMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2023

Wow, thanks so much for going to the trouble to give us this fantastic review! We really do appreciate it. Nothing makes us happier than knowing our guests enjoyed their experience with us. The whole team will be so pleased to read this, thank you!

Reviewed 13 November 2023 via mobile

The shared platters were adequate at best. Not enough goats cheese balls., The pork on mash swimming in a jus was disappointing in that there were no seasonal veg and the crackling was flat out hard and a tooth breakers so did not eat it....The pork was delicious and tender which was a plus, just too much mash. I should have had the fish which my husband had, I tried his fish and it was beautiful. The accompanying seasonal veg of asparagus and carrots were perfectly cooked, The desert of Lemon cheese cake was a very weird texture, very stretchy and chewy. Too much xantham gum I suspect. However what I did eat the flavour was perfect. Staff were attentive and got the meals out to everyone at the same time which was great, Not sure what others at the table thought. This was just my own experience.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2023

Thanks for going to the trouble to give us this feedback which we always take seriously. We will certainly address the comment on the crackling and cheesecake. Pleased to read that you enjoyed a lot of the food!

Reviewed 9 October 2023

We had a wonderful experience at Little Savanna. We arrived stressed (we had raced by car from Whanganui, after a flight to Auckland had been cancelled - we had secured a later flight from Palmerston North). Little Savanah treated us like honoured guests. We all...needed a drink! They took our drinks order quickly, first allowing me to sample different wines before making a choice. They then served our meals quickly, the food was gorgeous, and we had plenty of time to get to the airport. It was a very busy night (the restaurant was full) and yet we received individual attention and great service. Special thanks go to Margie Holmes for making sure our evening was relaxing and enjoyable.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2023

Wow, thank you so much for the wonderful review, this certainly has made our day! Nothing makes us happier than knowing our guests could relax and enjoy their experience with us! We really appreciate you going to the trouble to give us this great feedback!

Reviewed 26 September 2023 via mobile

Both the food and the service at Little Savanna’s was superb. The staff were attentive without being intrusive and the food was amazing. Looking forward to coming back here when I next visit PN. Make sure you book in advance for a Friday or Saturday...night.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2023

Wow, thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. Nothing makes us happier than knowing our guests enjoyed their time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back!

Reviewed 23 September 2023

Went for a friends birthday celebration,even though the place was packed the service was very good and the meal was excellent,our fillet steak was perfectly cooked and tasty,would highly recommended!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Margie Holmes, Owner at Little Savanna, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2023

Thanks so much for giving us this fantastic feedback, we really so appreciate it!

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