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$16 - $66
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is a wonderful for eating,thy host saterday nights with beautiful, atmosphere ,Nice service lovely people adrien she was very wonderful and welcome for us about the food it’s very nice if i will come back to the restaurant of the wonderful host form...adrien ❤️More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 January 2024

The first time we came for dinner around May or June the staff we awesome. Even though we did not stay to eat due to time constraints we made a plan to go back . We went back in December 2023 for a 80s themed...night, the vibe and the staff were totally different. On arrival I'm sure due to changing over from dinner to the 80s do the staff were very absent and not very welcoming. When we went to order drinks we asked what cocktails they had available and the cashier said she didn't know just the purple drink that was written on a board as the special . We later asked for drink menus which was ignored then we went and found some menus by the wall and those were food menus. We then decided to just try the purple drink . Even though I'm not a 80s fan we were happy to go for a night out together . The band was awesome, the security team were great but the actual bar staff let the night down .More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

We visited The Butter Factory for lunch today. Wow, we were so impressed by the beautiful building, absolutely delicious food, and excellent service. The owner was also kind enough to offer lots of local knowledge relating to our onward journey which we were very grateful...for. She also took us on a wee tour of the building and was happy to share lots of information on its history. Our boys were also excited to be given a special souvenir from the building to take home with them. The owner’s recommendation of the garlic prawns was spot on. This is not a dish I would normally go for as it’s often tasteless and watery with very few prawns but in this instance there were lots of prawns and a beautiful, very thick and tasty smoked cheese and garlic sauce with two large pieces of garlic bread on the side. My husband had the garlic salad which he loved and once again there was a generous serving of prawns. Our two children had kids meals which they thoroughly enjoyed as well. We will definitely return to the butter factory next time we are in Whangarei, and would not hesitate to recommend it to others.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023

Absolutely terrible experience Ive had in years. Working in the food Industry for multiple years I was very disappointed with service and food here. Waited for over an hour for meals that were brought out individually. I definitely will never return to this place again....ABSOLUTELY DISMAL!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 28 December 2023 via mobile

Staff treat us like family. We are able to walk in without a booking. We always come for the Special Wednesday $20 Ribs or Lamb Shanks. Friendly staff, lovely dining space, clean toilets and yummy food

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 7 November 2023 via mobile

Initially came for Taco Tuesday, but saw other things on the menu to try: chicken and cauliflower tacos(preferred cauliflower ones), vegetarian nachos, smash palace burger, chips, cheesecake, brownie and date pudding. All food was well presented and we were thoroughly satisfied. Adrian provided is with...unparalleled service as well as some helpful local knowledge.The place, the food and atmosphere is definitely unique. We would love to visit again.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023

Fabulous Staff, delicious food, awesome vibe. Reas prices. Love it here. Heading back shortly. Those ribs n shanks, throw in the tacos mmmmMMM. Carol

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 27 July 2023

Thanks for a great lunch Butter Factory, we'll definitely be back! Turned up for lunch and were greeted immediately by a friendly staff member who dried a couple of seats for us as there'd just been a light shower. After seating us and taking our...drink order he returned with our drinks and also one for our wee dog. We ordered 3 meals and he made great suggestions and remembered our orders without writing them down. Our meals turned up really quickly and they were all awesome. They were all really tasty, a great size and great value for money. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and appreciated the great service and atmosphereMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 11 June 2023 via mobile

I was staying in Whangarei for work, and this restaurant was close to my accommodation. They were happy to do a take out meal for me The Moroccan chicken salad was excellent! I would definitely go back 😃

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 20 April 2023

Extremely slow and the salt and pepper squid was mushy and smelt stale. It was drowning in sweet chilli sauce and cheap mayonnaise. Waited for 40 minutes for our meal and 20 minutes later the restaurant closed at 8 pm. Will not be back.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2022

This place was amazing. Great value food, we had the Nacho special as well as the chicken and an absolutely delicious sticky date pudding! Friendly staff, you can't go wrong.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 10 October 2022 via mobile

Popular busy restaurant with friendly service and regular specials. Ribs were tasty but blown away by the prawn salad. Tasty prawns and HEAPS of them. Yum and fun venue

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 14 June 2022

I found this restaurant on the web for use on a weekend in Whangerei. The venue is a little hard to find but it is near Farmers store with a car park just handy. The setting takes getting used to. There is a marque type...outer area, not so warm in winter [June NZ time] and a smaller indoor area which is clearly an old factory building and left looking 'distressed'. The staff were great and so was most of the food. The pulled pork burger was only OK but the lamb shank was very well cooked and tasty. The garlic prawns in a 'crispy straw' arrangement was fantastic and I could have easily just eaten a couple of portions of that, but I had already ordered the fish chowder - wow - for me it was one of the best I have tried, creamy, lots of fish bits and delicious. Being of mean Scottish ancestry it must have been a good experience as I even left a tip. I do not give 5 star ratings but this nearly got the whole 5.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 20 April 2022

Happen to come across this place down an alley way, how lucky were we, the place is rustic and a bit quirky, but the think that stands out the most is the amazing staff and particularly Jess. Jess was just brilliant and made our visit...very memorable she was helpful funny attentive and just extremely good at her job. We were there just for a drink but as we were having so much fun we ended up staying for a burger as it was burger night and all burgers were $12.50. My husband thought his was one of the best burgers he had for a very long time and it was a proper bun not a brioche bun which he doesn’t like. Extensive menu with something to cater for most people. So if fancy something a bit different go see the team there.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 22 December 2021

Lovely place, nice outdoor area, Sunday steak special is awesome. Staff were excellent, only bad thing was chips were quite salty on all 4 meals, other than that would go back again next time were in whangarei.

Date of visit: December 2021
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THE BUTTER FACTORY, Whangarei - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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The Butter Factory is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4