Sarah M. said: "Great food, my partner said the big breakfast is one of the best he’s ever had! I always have the Pizzas which are yum. Was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was actually! Service and decor is average, it does the job…" read more »
- Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
- Price Range:
- Spendy, $25 - $35
- Smart casual
- Good For Groups:
- Good For Children:
- Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- No BYO
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Meals Served:
- Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Payment Types:
- EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Outdoor Seating:
Reviews for The Phoenix
by Amanda C.
29th March 2013
Was down in Tauranga recently with my family and we decided to go out for dinner and ended up here. The decor was amazing.
I ordered the ribs, and the meat fell off the bone and was absolutely delicious. Didn’t even need to pick them up in my hands.
The staff were still in need of a bit more training, however it was still a very pleasant evening and I would head back here if I was back in Tauranga.
by Lesleyann J.
29th January 2013
We have been twice now since it’s re-incarnation. (previously the Horny Bull which we were regulars at). The food is as great as ever but we have found the service just okay and both visits we left early as we couldn’t hear ourselves over the music and other noise. The noise is the reason we have decided not to re-visit for an evening meal but we are going to give lunch a go. We guess Mark is after a younger clientele so good luck.Comment from Mark L. of The Phoenix 29/01/2013
21st January 2013
Great food, service and atmosphere. We went for a drink and a snack meal before the movies on a Thursday – perfect, yummy potato skins and pizza.
Took the family on Saturday night, had the Saturday steak special and the steaks were awesome (as was the dessert). Our teenage sons are still raving about their meal!
Great to have a place to go that feels relaxed with really modern and welcoming decor. Suits all occasions, out with friends or family, an occasion or just a drink. The food is delicious and the staff are great.
We can’t wait to go again, soon.Comment from Melissa L. of The Phoenix 26/01/2013
by Sierra S.
18th January 2013
I’ve had the pleasure of eating at this lovely restaurant.
At very short notice for the staff we turned up and asked for a table for 15 and possibly outside. The waiter came out and reassembled all of the tables so we could sit together. Service was great, drinks were great and food exceeded expectations for everyone within our group. I really must recommend the fish and chips!!
Thank you staff.
Will definitely be returning with another big group soon enough.Comment from Melissa L. of The Phoenix 26/01/2013
17th January 2013
Dinner on 24/1/2013 – GREAT IMPROVEMENT ! Staff were wonderful, service was very good and food was delicious ! The tasting plate for desert was wonderful ! Congrats to owner who has obviously taken feedback onboard.
Will dine again.
Dinner – 8/12/2012
Very nice atmosphere, quite busy !
Ordered Entrees (Shrimp cocktail with sauce on the side please and Garlic bread for me) and Mains (Eye Fillets wrapped in bacon, one without any salt please) for my husband and I.
Waiter (male) advised us of the Steak & Ale deal which was brilliant !
Entrees – his arrived as requested but mine took antoher 15 minutes to come out. It arrived – with a very big apology from another older male waiter.
Mains arrived as requested and we delicious.
Went to pay the bill – very big apology from ‘older male waiter’ who happened to be the owner – and a hefty discount for our troubles – thanks for looking out for us !!!
As a very regular visitor of Horny Bull (both Lunch and Dinner), I think they have done well with the refit, but there were definately some menu items and prices that keep us all being regulars !
The new prices are in line with any other restaurant in town and at the moment, the food, service and menu options are all on on par too.
I will happily dine her again, but I’m just sayingComment from Melissa L. of The Phoenix 26/01/2013
14th January 2013
We went on a Sunday night, they were about 70% full.
We asked for a table and the guy pointed outside and said “there was one over there” and left us to find our own way.
The two blonde waitresses were ok, but the brunette – you’d swear her face would break if she tried to smile.
The main was average, the desert was delicious. Everything took a very long time to come out to us, and the last main arrived about 3 mins after everyone else’s mains were served.
Recommend getting bubblier staff, they all seemed really shy.Comment from Melissa L. of The Phoenix 26/01/2013
by Leah G.
14th January 2013
Went in recently for drinks and nibbles and had a ball. We ordered a platter and a beer selection. The service was friendly and prompt and food was delicious (so was the beer..)Comment from Mark L. of The Phoenix 29/01/2013
by Annie H.
11th January 2013
Just had the best beef salad at The Phoenix – absolutely delicious with lots of different textures and tastes. Wonderful service and a great place to sit and while away an hour!Comment from Melissa L. of The Phoenix 26/01/2013
by Paul W.
5th January 2013
We’ve been regulars of this restaurant’s former incarnation (the Horny Bull) for years and had reserved a table at the newly reopened and renamed Phoenix. What a disaster. Got seated at a horrible table right in the doorway despite other tables being available and were told bluntly we couldn’t sit elsewhere.
Waitress didn’t ask us if we wanted breads or entrees, and removed the drinks menu from the table (somehow assuming we didn’t want to drink). Ended up only ordering mains. After a long wait (they weren’t that busy) the 2 steaks ordered medium were delivered past well done. They were boot leather. My fish was fried to death, and smelt strongly (bad fish smell). The sides were tiny compared to previous portions. Green peppercorn sauce was just a load of peppercorns in a thin liquid – not nice.
We complained about the steak and fish, only to be told that the poor food was because they were busy (!!!). Manager said he’d come back and talk to us, then never reappeared. Paid the bill and got the feeling they just wanted us out of there – they didn’t want to know about poor service or bad food at this place it seems. Won’t be going back and definitely not recommended.Comment from Melissa L. of The Phoenix 10/01/2013
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