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“Never Fails to Deliver on Food”
Review of The Butter Factory

The Butter Factory
Ranked #5 of 27 Quick Bites in Whangarei
Price range: $16 - $65
Description: The Butter Factory is a welcoming place for people of all ages and walks of life that enjoy good hospitality in a heritage building that oozes ambiance, and a hugely popular sunny courtyard to boot! We have a menu available from the minute we open till close, including fantastic coffee and great range of non-alcoholic drinks. We also have an extensive range of craft beers, local wines and fresh cocktails served by friendly staff. A major focus here at "Butters" is the entertainment that we host, with live music at least 2 nights a week, monthly comedy club, poetry nights and beer tasting/education! Please see our website or FB page or website for our very busy event schedule. Or contact us if you want to bring your talents to our stage. We also have a private function room suitable to host birthday parties, corporate events, staff functions, movie nights etc. With catering and bar options malleable to suit your needs, please get in touch to discuss your next function or event.
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Description: The Butter Factory is a welcoming place for people of all ages and walks of life that enjoy good hospitality in a heritage building that oozes ambiance, and a hugely popular sunny courtyard to boot! We have a menu available from the minute we open till close, including fantastic coffee and great range of non-alcoholic drinks. We also have an extensive range of craft beers, local wines and fresh cocktails served by friendly staff. A major focus here at "Butters" is the entertainment that we host, with live music at least 2 nights a week, monthly comedy club, poetry nights and beer tasting/education! Please see our website or FB page or website for our very busy event schedule. Or contact us if you want to bring your talents to our stage. We also have a private function room suitable to host birthday parties, corporate events, staff functions, movie nights etc. With catering and bar options malleable to suit your needs, please get in touch to discuss your next function or event.
Reviewed 13 May 2024

The Butter Factory never fails to deliver on food. The portions are huge and the prices very reasonable considering portion size and the prices other local restaurants charge for half the portion size, and their daily deals are excellent. We went on a Sunday and one of our group ordered the Sunday special - sirloin steak, it was a huge portion and the plate was cleaned up! Another of our group ordered the haloumi salad and it was so big she couldn't eat it all. I wasn't very hungry so just had the kumara chips, best I've ever had and such a large portion I couldn't eat them all, so I definitely recommend the food. When we were there they didn't have a coffee machine so we couldn't order coffees. I asked for a cup of tea for my elderly Mum and told the waiter she likes it really stong and hot. It came out insipidly pale and not at all strong. Rather than offering to make another one he offered to put another teabag in it, which doesn't really make any sense because tea brews better in hot water alone and with a drop of milk splashed in once it's brewed. So I hope they have their coffee machine back and some tea pots so people can have a proper cup of tea.. We'll definitely be going back for food again though.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 21 February 2024

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 ❤️

Date of visit: February 2024
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Thank Ahmadalgharably
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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 .

Date of visit: December 2023
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Thank Roving09384039498
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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.

Date of visit: January 2024
Thank chchcitydweller
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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!

Date of visit: December 2023
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