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The Talisman Hotel Gardern Bar and Bistro has been providing hospitality,friendship and entertainment to locals and visitors for over 130 years Call in today and be welcomed by our friendly staff and enjoy a beverage in the public bar, Dine in the beautiful restaurant or relax in the Garden Bar under our amazing avocado tree. The Talisman is proud to be owner operated and working closely with our large team.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand
FEATURES
Television, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I ordered the everything pizza, it didn’t have much flavour.. the middle of it was cold. The lady behind the bar was salty and quite rude but the waiter and waitress were really nice.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 12 May 2024 via mobile

Came in to have a few drinks and a meal with my husband for Mother Day. Was more than impressed with the level of service and the meals were first class. Very well presented a top quality dining experience. My husband had the Short Ribs...which were extremely tender also generous portion. I had the fish of the day which was panfried Tarakihi with mash & vegetables. Amazing! Also ordered the Chefs accompanying choice of wine the Kahurangi Estate Rose which complimented the meal beautifully. Top it off with the Apricot Tart for dessert … soooo yumMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 13 February 2024

Starving on the way back to Auckland so knew this was the last stop with choice so we bundled in. A typical old hotel vibe, had to laugh, It was empty and we asked for a table for two. The waitress said she would check,...why yes we do, you can have this table. :) browsing the menu we were sitting pondering and the waitress came over and recommended the everything pizza. We asked what was on it and her reply kept me giggling the entire night...Read it! To be honest I thought the whole experience was a hoot and the pizza was ok but not great. I really liked the waitress although she was abrupt and quite curt she was really a breath of fresh air, no stuffy behaviour. I still think about it on occasion and still laugh.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 January 2024 via mobile

Based upon a recommendation, we made a reservation for dinner. It was quite crowded when we arrived but were seated promptly. The drinks menu met our needs. My wife had the avocado and pork croquette which was quite good. The seafood green curry was quite...lovely. I was thoroughly impressed and the mixture of seafood was complemented by the spicy coconut sauce. Green grapes threw me, but it worked well. I would definitely recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 January 2024 via mobile

Haven’t been here before but thought we’d pop in for lunch. Exterior is quite deceiving as it has a lovely outdoor area where we sat under a huge avocado tree. We had a lovely waitress Stacey who was knowledgeable and had just the right amount...of contact. We had the fish burger (great!) and the special of the day a pulled pork & avocado croquette. Chef Chanuka did a fabulous job on the croquette and we hope it will be a permanent fixture on the menu as we will be back!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 September 2023 via mobile

We had a lovely lunch there. The service was great, very polite people. Extensive menu food was really nice. Definitely recommend it.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 30 June 2023

we met with friends and each had a lovely meal for a good price. Each couple took the Friday night special option with three of us having a chicken dish with a sauce of our choosing, ample salad and vegetables for a reasonable price. The...fourth member of the group, an avid fisherman usually spoilt by the freshest fish at home yet still thoroughly enjoyed his terakihi dish, pleasantly appreciative that it was so fresh and cooked to perfection. The service was relaxed, warm, friendly and efficient and we didn't feel we waited long for our meal. Just as well we booked, plenty of other diners knew where to go for a good meal.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 26 June 2023

This place is spacious, clean with friendly staff but poor food. Heating non existing. Chips and batter soaked in stale or old oil. Lack of ambiance

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 14 March 2023

Mum's 82nd birthday. We always love the chowder... but the waiter just didn't hear us... 3 times we asked for ice, had to ask for drinks twice. The Manager Lady was intimidating and had the persona of a squashed bug... telling us, we HAD to...order a BOTTLE of that wine or there's only 2 choices of chardonnay and both were not good. For the price, it could have been a far better experience, it was a Tuesday, and hardly anyone around to take so long and forget orders...More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Talisman K, Owner at Talisman Hotel, Restaurant and Garden Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2023

Hello, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to respond to this, although being family owned and operated we always appreciate if you could speak to us directly as we genuinely do care and do our best and understand there is always room for improvement....More

Reviewed 2 February 2023

A good restaurant to entertain friends. Two visits in the last week. Crowded on the weekend, quite empty during the week. Good food on both visits. Nice wine list and selection of local beers

Date of visit: February 2023
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Talisman K, Owner at Talisman Hotel, Restaurant and Garden Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2023

Thank you for your review and glad you enjoy the effort put into the wine and beer list. We look forward to seeing you again :) Many thanks, Danielle

Reviewed 20 January 2023

Have been twice in January 2023, food was ok. Fish and squid over cooked in my opinion. Meat eaters I dined with were very happy with meal. I went same time in 2022 and was much happier with the standard of food and the price....Feels like price out ways quality. Shame because the service is fabulous and the restaurant is a lovely space for both large or smaller groups. New Years was both years was super fun. Great outside space and shots!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 7 January 2023 via mobile

We have eatern here many times pre covid and it doesn't disappoint. Had seafood chowder, fish and chips, chicken burger and pizza. All very good. Seafood chowder my favourite 😍

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 20 December 2022 via mobile

Bitterly disapointing experience. Looks like we've lost the only restaurant in town. Table booked at 7pm, still waiting at 9pm for our main meal. Walked out at 9.15pm. Resturant unable to cope with their bookings. Establishment really badly managed and a total embarrassment for us...with overseas visitors.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Talisman K, Owner at Talisman Hotel, Restaurant and Garden Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2022

Hello, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to respond to this, although being family owned and operated we always appreciate if you could speak to us directly as we genuinely do care and do our best and understand there is always room for improvement....More

Reviewed 9 September 2022

Time to catch up with friends without being rushed. Warmth, atmosphere and decor felt inviting as soon as we walked through the door. Waitress was exceptional, thanks for recommending 'cheesy loaf', yum! Our meals were tasty and a good size, though I would have liked...more green vegs and mash. Comfortable padded chairs were a bonus.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 21 July 2022

It was a bit of a mixed bag - one server was faultless, the other kept forgetting us or not seeing us. I think the junior staff need some more training (slopping a coffee all over the saucer and tablecloth and then just walking away...is really not done). Some of our dishes (such as the chowder and one of the pizzas) were terrific - others disappointing (burgers). All in all nice place though.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Talisman Hotel, Restaurant and Garden Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5