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Steakhouse, New Zealand, Bar
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All reviews steak pork belly pasta absolutely loved the food cooked beautifully good size nice meal meals flintstones accompaniments crackling tender yum
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excited to see that they had a Smoked meat menu, however only to be very disappointed and let down by the quality of the food served up. Brisket was dry ( jerky texture) and smothered with a strong sweet gravy, pork ribs also very dry...and cold to the touch ( not fresh from the smoker) it was accompanied by a bourbon gravy which was just short of being a cup of bourbon and finally the chicken wings was also very dry and not very appetising. The saving grace was the coleslaw, fries and 2 tortillas, so in a nutshell I paid $40 for a vegetarian starter at a Smoke House!!!! We mentioned this the the cashier who said “ it’s not the first time “ Do Better!!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 6 March 2024

Great atmosphere, great service. I follow pescatarian eating, so there were some good fish options. I had the salmon and it was AMAZING :) Thanks for a great meal in a wonderful setting

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 22 December 2023 via mobile

Used to love it here, but now it's decidedly average. They bought my meal without requested changes, had to ask twice for cutlery after my entree, still waiting for the dipping bowl for the ribs, the brisket was ridiculously drowned in their super sweet sauce....Wouldn't rush back.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 November 2023

We both had the fish of the day. It was very fresh, and so was the salad. Good size portion. Good for us hardly anyone else there, sad for the owners and staff. Polite service.

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

Average service - no enthusiasm, had to ask for water refill. Food took an hour & they weren't that busy, did apologize lacklusterly. Food ok, can't rave. No brisket left sadly. Also just told total price at till, I hate it when they don't read...out what you're paying for.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 3 September 2023

Went here last night, read some of the latest reviews. It’s really surprising to read down a few reviews their mushroom sauce on their flint stone steak was the best they’ve ever tasted. Changed owners perhaps? Last night the mushroom sauce was the worst I’ve...ever tasted, bland would be beyond description. Fellow family member thought the same with their exact same flintstone steak. Mushroom sauce isn’t hard to get right if you know what your doing. It tasted like it was days old or out of some can or jar from some supermarket. Didn’t taste fresh and without any flavour. The second biggest or arguably biggest let down were the chips. It’s so dissapointing when you know you can cook better at home. The chips were just disgusting. Outright disgusting. I didn’t eat them. I hate wasting food but I couldn’t stomach those chips. Salad was average. Protein was cooked well to a medium rare I will acknowledge but didn’t have much flavour. Il never come back. Others at the table also thought similar thoughts. Waitress had little energy, I get everyone has bad days but like others said, she really seemed like she didn’t want to be there. Massive investment needed here for long term business stability , otherwise just like the lonestar before. History.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 12 July 2023 via mobile

Good food but the service was pretty average. When our taxi didn’t turn up we were offered a lift home by staff which was greatly appreciated.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 25 June 2023

Had a lovely meal here with excellent staff. It was a very busy Saturday night. Service was warm and welcoming. Only criticism was the food came out warm not hot. Steaks cooked beautifully .

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 20 June 2023

DONT WASTE YOUR TIME OR YOUR MONEY AT THE BULLOCK !! We arrived at the bullock on sunday night 18th june for my birthday dinner, and was promptly advised by the wait staff that almost half the menu was not available...! We were ready to...walk out then ,but decided to try and make the most of it anyway. We had drinks arrive and staff could not tell us which one was which ,the burbon and wiskey tasted the same ! They didnt seem to care .... I ordered the rib eye BIG MISTAKE ! I ordered it medium , yet it was almost raw and still bleeding...The quality of the steak was terrible and i only ate half, the salad was dry and the so called steak cut chips were in actual fact french fries.... REALLY ?! DO YOU GUYS NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE !? I CAN BUY A BETTER QUALITY STEAK IN ANY SUPERMARKET ! ALSO I CAN COOK IT BETTER ! IM REALLY DISAPOINTED IN THE QUALITY OF BEEF IN NEW ZEALAND RESTURANTS ! AS A RESULT I HAVE TOTALLY GIVEN UP ON BUYING STEAK IN ANY NEW ZEALAND RESTURANT OR SO CALLED STEAK HOUSE ! NOBODY SEEMS TO CARE ANY MORE ABOUT QUALITY OR SERVICE ! I INFORMED THE WAIT STAFF OF MY EXPERIENCE ,YET STILL NOT THEIR CONCERN! THE ONLY REASON I PAID FOR THE MEAL WAS BECAUSE I DIDNT WANT TO CAUSE A SCENE... I GAVE 1 STAR , AS THEIR IS NO PROVISION FOR NO STARS !More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 5 June 2023

We wondered why an online booking for 4 p.m. dinner was accepted when the kitchen didn't open until 5 p.m.. A peaceful drink to wait in the warmth. The steak we each had was cooked perfectly and the accompaniments were just right. The go-to place...for steak in Timaru. A second visit and will return.More

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

Average at Best, unfortunately the waitress seemed like she would rather be somewhere else, steak was just like cooked gristle, , drinks were ok price

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 8 May 2023

This is a great venue with great food and super crap service to be honest. Asked for the desert menu 3 times over 1 hour and neva got given it went to the bar to ask and they were like we will bring you it...i sat down 20 more minutes and they still didn't come so got up paid my bill and left didn't deserve more money from me. My meal however was sooooo yummyMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 1 May 2023

11 year olds family birthday. Excellent service and very accommodating for a large group. Great kids menu aswell

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 4 April 2023

A first visit and will go back! The service was impeccable, attentive and friendly in a genuine way. The steak was cooked just as requested and was the best steak I have eaten for quite some time.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 25 March 2023

I had the Flintstone. It was cooked to perfection. The mushroom sauce has to be the best mushroom sauce I have eaten. Wife had pork belly. Just enough fat, crackling was as it says on the packet. It too was cooked to perfection. Our meal...has to be the best meal we have had for quite some time. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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BULLOCK RESTAURANT AND BAR, Timaru - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Bullock Restaurant and Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5