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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles181 reviews
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Janine W
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 friends
Please make sure you stop in here for a meal when you visit Tanaka - we did and were extremely happy with absolutely everything. The vibe is cool and laid back, the night we dined there it was reggae night, the music was sublime. The burgers we ordered (beef burger and pork belly burger) were both DELICIOUS and the chips were perfectly crisp and salty. We were served our food within 15 minutes. We finished off sharing a banana split with candied almonds - omg so good. Will be a highlight of our trip for sure.
Written 4 January 2020
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Philip Horan
Hastings23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 solo
A small /medium establishment Roots has a friendly and inviting atmosphere. The staff set the tone which is reflected by the customers. The highlight of the visit was the burgers which are excellent. And when paired with the local beers on tap create a great meal
Written 1 January 2020
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K1ngsGld
Lincoln244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
We called in for a meal on the first night of level 2 lockdown. They weren't really organised and all though the food was great we did have to wait for 20 minutes before being asked if we would like a drink and then our order was taken. Disappointing that we received our food after people who had arrived 30 minutes after us. Recommend the Tar Shanks & Goat curry.
Written 17 August 2020
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RootsB3
Thanks for the 4 star review regardless :) It's always a big change from 'order at the bar' to table service and we have been working very hard to try and re-train our brains to remember we sat people down and that we need to find them again! Apologise you had to wait so long but happy your meals made up for it. We appreciate your patience!
Written 25 August 2020
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Bill D
Auckland346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 none
We were totally stuck on Takaka hill with a chemical spillage delaying our journey over 8 hours. Local advice was head back to Roots Bar where we were looked after with brilliant burgers and local beers (just the one) On a cold night the welcome was genuine and the log fire very comforting. Thanks Roots bar you guys were amazing in this hour of need,
Written 17 June 2021
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NMVino
Hamilton303 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 none
Service was fast and efficient by the first person we had but our second server, he was great, very friendly and so accommodating. Good food, the chicken burger was ok not exceptional and a bit smaller than I thought it would be but the chips were lovely and well cooked. The salad was great and it was a lovely big salad with plenty of variety and great dressings. The pan fried chicken that went with the salad was chicken thigh and it would’ve been nice to have had chicken breast but just a small thing. Ordered a craft beer but unfortunately, they didn’t have any left of the particular one I wanted so a little disappointed.
Written 15 March 2021
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JG675
Nelson49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
Great atmosphere and great food, we'd had a walk in one of the local forests and it was pretty steady rain. Thought we'd try a different local cafe and Roots was the perfect choice. Right from the start service was great, lovely selection of regional brews and food was superb definitely recommended.
Written 23 August 2020
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tintin630
North Yorkshire340 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 couples
The interior of Roots Bar is interesting and in places rather odd. On the night we visited business seemed to be quiet as there weren't many diners. Similarly service was rather lax and informal - the eagerness to please just wasn't there. The averageness continued with the food - the portions were good and the chips were nicely cooked however the filling of my pulled pork burger was rather disappointing as the pork wasn't crispy (as described in the menu) and there was very little evidence of jam or sauce. My wife was also disappointed with her burger as it was lacking in cheese or mushrooms. We left feeling underwhelmed by both the food and atmosphere and disappointed we didn't try somewhere else instead.
Written 30 May 2024
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Andrew Stratford
Kuaotunu13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 couples
Roots bar (also known as Mussel Inn) in the town of Takaka was ok. The beer was very good. I had a Townshends hazy pale ale that was superb along with a nice goat curry. My wife had a pork belly salad that was pretty average for the price paid. Not a lot of options in town - the fish and chips place seemed to be humming though. May have been a better choice. The service was pretty good, though one of the waitresses had very little warmth - she reminded me of a Viking shield maiden - not to be messed with
Written 14 February 2023
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Antony & Fiona
Golden Bay38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
We are lucky enough to be able to use the Roots a few nights a week. Great Beer, Great Food, Great vibe....... Great staff !! Chris pointed us in the direction of an organic Tempranillo last night and it was lovely....... a Spanish flick to a autumnal evening in Takaka 🍻
Written 11 March 2020
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Becky Spiller
Otaki4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 family
We wandered in on a quiet Monday mid afternoon as a group of 7 adults and the setting and friendly reception was exactly what we were after. The food was amazing, reasonably priced and quick. The owner was incredibly friendly and helpful. Definitely would recommend Roots to have a drink and a meal with friends
Written 17 August 2020
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Paul L
Kirwee136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 friends
Talking to locals, we were warned that Roots is popular, only because it is about the only restaurant offering food on nights early in the week and the owner also owns the only other restaurant. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the place but have to say that the food, was at best bar food and extremely average with a price tag way and above could be termed reasonable. We can’t recommend this place but good evening choices are limited in Tākaka.
Written 3 March 2023
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EleanoreM
Eskdale74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 couples
With so many eateries in Takaka closed, I think there were only two choices left for dinner last night, and this place was absolutely chokka. Tiny place, great atmosphere, loud and busy, excellent service. Lovely outdoor area with fireplace too. Very good burgers, local ingredients. Casual, noisy and fun.
Written 26 July 2022
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WJnCJ
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 couples
Great selection of craft beers. Excellent meals. I had a huge steak and my wife had the venison shank that looked like it was out of the Flintstones. Both were cooked to perfection. Was a busy place with no slot of seating but well worth a wait. Would definitely recommend.
Written 28 July 2020
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Dean M
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 couples
Went to our favourite place in takaka But unfortunately the meals just weren’t the same as they have been , The lamb flat bread was something I could have put together my self from the supermarket across the rd , the standard pita pocket bread across the counter. The burger was tasty but not like they were even the chips weren’t the big flat type served with the chutney more the standard out pub chips with tomato sauce. Come on Roots don’t cheapen up ! stick to your Roots! Your rep was built on it .
Written 13 May 2024
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swampykevin
Mairangi Bay360 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 couples
Beer and dinner. Started with just a beer but ended up staying for dinner. Staff were really friendly and helpful, the food was lovely. We had the venison berger and the naked chicken burger. Both really good. Lots of good craft beer to select from and the staff knew the story of each. Pricing was fair and overall great value for money. They even lit the fire which was a nice touch as the temperature dropped a tad. Certainly high on our "would return" list.
Written 5 March 2022
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