Freeman & Grey

4 star rating 23 reviews

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09 3786496

43 Ponsonby Road

  Pizza, Italian
12 Noon to 11 PM (Mon-Thu, Sun), 12 Noon to 3 AM (Fri-Sat)


Reviews for Freeman & Grey

5 star rating
by Steff Bedford
5 days ago

We come here regularly for pizza and a glass of wine during the week. Such a good cheap dinner option when you're too late/can't be messed cooking. The pizza is so good,heaps of options including VG and super cheap. It's usually enough for dinner but we'll often get chips too. The staff are always so friendly and helpful,the atmosphere is buzzing and vibrant,especially when there's live music. And they have VIP memberships which gives you wicked perks too. Definitely one of my favourite spots

5 star rating
by Renee Arihia Mihaere
13 days ago

The atmosphere was amazing, the food was so quick and delicious ! Would definitely go back no hesitation!
The staff were amazing and polite as well.
I would say the music was abit loud and I felt like I had to yell across the table but it's so minor compared to all the great things I could say 🙌🏽
Loved it !

5 star rating
by Emma Magee
25 days ago

I had been meaning to try this place for awhile & finally got the chance to on Tuesday. My friend and I were pleasantly surprised to have gone in at the time for $4 pizzas and they were delicious! The fries were also probably the best I've had in awhile. In regards to the service it was very friendly and welcoming :)

5 star rating
by Annette Wong
one month ago

My flatmate and I had been eagerly wanting to giv the $4 pizzas a go. We both ordered the Panacetta which was great. We were really impressed with the quality for the small price. The pizzas are thin based, very cheesy and presented on a nifty wooden tray

A definite "must go"

4 star rating
by Johann*
one month ago

Dropped in for a quick bite to eat during a week day to F&G, a relaxed but sophisticated pub on the Ponsonby road food scene.

Our orders were good and took little time to arrive and the service was great.

F&G make great pizzas and offer a substantial selection of pub food and a few healthy options.

I noted that there was a kids menu so bonus points here.

Rating out of 5 (5 being the highest):
Food – 4
Ambience – 3
Presentation – 3
Service – 4
Environment – 3

4 star rating
2 months ago

Outstanding customer service, very friendly staff - had a lovely French waitress who indulged in telling us about how she loved New Zealand and the culture compared to her life in France. Sadly I think she clocked off before we could tip her; but would highly recommend having her wait your table as she's very informative about the menu too.

The venue is fairly big expanding to an upstairs level - not too sure if there's seating as I didn't go up myself but was advised that's where their toilets are. Each table is adorably decorated with different cities on a little sign.

We started with two sets of sliders for the boyfriend, his mum and myself. We also got the meatballs, chicken tacos, croquets and a cocktail and a pint of beer (water for me the sober driver)

These dishes were more like tapas style food and is actually quite filling. My top favourite was surprisingly the chicken taco!

4 star rating
by Lucy Martin
2 months ago

I was invited to a friends birthday dinner here and was definitely impressed! We had a booth out of the way and the pizzas were delicious! Small enough that you could eat one by yourself, I had a Margherita pizza and it was lovely. My friend and I also shared some fries which were also very nice. The waiter was very helpful, and they were happy to provide a cake knife for us when the time came. I will have to make another journey back!

5 star rating
by Erica May Dean
4 months ago

Really loved this place! I have been here a couple of times, only ever trying there $4 pizzas. And boy, they were tasty! They may not be the most fulling pizza but at $4 a pop I could afford two :p I had my boyfriends birthday celebration here and we kept ordering pizzas and alcohol (mostly beer) everyone left on a good buzz and it was a great success. The staff were very helpful and friendly, service was quick and food was superb.

Thumbs up!

4 star rating
by Leanne Schou
5 months ago

This is crazy value for money. Went to try it out for a drink but got peckish and the waitress, who was happy to show us through the menu pointed out the $4 pizza offer. We had seen another table receive pizzas but figured they looked too good to be the $4 ones. Nope.. They were. Tried one and it was excellent.. So good we got another. Seriously $8 and we were full. Love this place, will definitely return with a group for a weekend lunch.

4 star rating
by Chloé Manihera
6 months ago

One of my favourite Friday night spots. They have a great pizza selection and often have a $4 pizza promotion during the afternoon which is great on a tight budget, good selection of drinks and I particularly enjoyed the feijoa crumble cocktail which I will definitely try to recreate at home

4 star rating
by Two Dark Coffees
8 months ago

As a student it becomes second nature to keep your eyes peeled for the deals.

I'm not one to sacrifice quality for quantity believe me, but here at Freeman and Grey you get both!

Normally lying around the $12 mark, Freeman and Grey's pizza range is wide enough to suit most peoples likings. They have your classic meatlover and vegetarian equivalents covered and even options that may push your comfort zone. And if $12 wasn't good enough, if you rock up around lunch time or before 7:30pm, you only pay $4 for your pizza! Dominoes can't even compete with that pricing. So if you thought you couldn't hang out and eat out in Ponsonby on a budget, think again!

The service has always been pretty good - the staff are all really friendly!

Freeman and Grey loses a point just on the fact that occasionally the waiting time is a bit long. That being said, it's not that big of deal with good company and drinks are always delivered quickly.

For a good dessert option I would recommend the sticky date pudding!

Overall, I really like Freeman and Grey. The restaurant itself has a cool industrial and bar vibe. With live music playing some nights and a rugby game on a couple of the flat screens, Freeman and Grey offers a pretty neat place to bring the lads for a drink or two at the end of the week.

5 star rating
by Maria D
9 months ago

This is one of the best spots in Ponsonby and really making an effort to pull in the locals with specials. The $4 pizzas are probably one of the best I've eaten and great value! If you join their loyalty scheme you get a free pizza, $10 voucher and $7 wines/beers 24/7. I'm loving the $7 wines because of I'm sick of paying $10 for a glass when you know a bottle is $10 at New World! To top it off, very friendly staff- all round a great night out!

1 star rating
by Shannon Duffy
11 months ago

Tried to book for quiz night a week in advance but no reply via email so tried to call Monday and Tuesday but no answer then at 4pm while we were getting ready to go (hoping that they had a spare table) we try one last time and are told sorry we're full - even though I had emailed TWICE a week before!! Terrible customer service. Won't bother to try and book again

5 star rating
by Kellie
May 03, 2014

I have only ever had the $4 pizzas and jugs of beer from here - and both are awesome :D the $4 pizzas are a sweet deal, they always seem to have a pretty good amount of toppings despite the tiny price, and are a decent size (can't always finish a whole one myself). Huge selection too. The atmosphere is always good here, usually pretty busy with after work people, nice sitting outside when the sun's out

5 star rating
by Rocky Rolls
Apr 23, 2014

Freeman and Grey is right now the best place to eat lunch in ponsonby.... They are having so many cheap lunch deals that can get one to think a lot on what you eat.... They have more than 10 options to select from their $4 lunch pizzas.. Who provides such deals now a days... I ordered gamberetto pizza which is full of garlic prawns chilli mozzarella and Parmesan and I will truly say this that I wasn't dissapointed a bit... It was really filling... With great service this place adds to my everytime go to list... Strongly recommended....

4 star rating
by James
Dec 07, 2013

Tried this place with deal voucher. The customer service was excellent. The food portion is big and very reasonably priced. The food taste just a bit above average. But overall had good experience here.

4 star rating
by Loni's Girl
Oct 04, 2013

Great place to kick back and let the world pass you by for a while - and you can watch it go. Freeman & Grey seating options are many and varied but supremo on a good afternoon/evening must be on the verandah on the first floor. Salute the setting sun. There are big screens inside and plenty of space, plenty of sharing plates and although the ambiance can be more than the food quality, it all balances out. And, if you join their 'club' they regularly text and invite you for a free beer or wine after work. Can't be bad.

5 star rating
by Dorothy Riley
Aug 19, 2013

Awesome Restaurant/Bar. Friendly welcoming staff. Awesome fun and happening atmosphere. Rugby/sport screen which is cool. Great food. Pizza awesome and very well priced. Beer batter fries YUM. Highly recommend.

2 star rating
by Carol Hiku
Apr 04, 2013

I have dined in at Freeman and Grey and have mixed reviews for it.

For food, my partner and I ordered a platter and 2 tapas. Drinks were vodka/soda/lime and a Bloody Mary. The platter was mega. Initially the $50 outlay was a bit of a shock, but not when the food arrived. It was of decent quality and quanity. No complaints there at all. The tapas were average, nothing to write home about and not a reason to go back for.

When I ordered a Bloody Mary, I was told that they could not make it because they had run out of Tomato Juice. This is in spite of a supermarket being less than a km away and a dairy being open directly across the road. I would have been prepared to have waited for the juice, or at least given the option to wait, so this was disappointing.

On the toilet front, the floor was sticky and dirty. The cubicles were clean.

The service of the staff was friendly from the waitress but very casual and a bit 'too cool for school' from the bar staff.

The loyalty programme that Freeman run is also great, short term, but I have become very over receiving regular texts from them.

All in all, a sub-optimal experience.

3 star rating
by G R
Jan 22, 2013

Dined in at this establishment two weeks ago. The front of house staff were diligent and quick to attend to us.

We ordered a couple of the small plates. Some were very tasty. Others ( calamari ) may not have been at its freshest.

Beers on tap were reasonably priced.

Ordered the chicken pizza, which stated ingredients such as " sweet chilli- chicken- cream cheese- pinenuts- with a tomato base". But there was no cream cheese on our pizza. HeH.....

Overall a good night out for a dinner.

Would recommend

4 star rating
by Stu Hector
Jan 18, 2013

Went last night for first time, the place was busy but not packed with your typical Ponsonby crowd which was nice for a change. Pretty relaxed atmosphere for a beer. Didn't sample the mains menu but snacks where great. Stuffed mushrooms yum! Some of the tables next to us where dining and it looked pretty good. Little annoying that the toilet is upstairs but that's about the only negative! Definitely heading back soon.

4 star rating
by Regan Doyle
Dec 22, 2012

We went here for our staff Christmas party. I felt the food was very reasonable and well prepared and came to us in a timely fashion. The staff were helpful and friendly for the most part and the location is top notch. Nice layout and decor and awesome balcony up top for hanging out and shooting the breeze. Great one for summer.

3 star rating
by Ellie Miller
Dec 21, 2012

Cool venue that was really let down by the service. There were quite a few staff on but we had to stand at the bar for a good ten minutes before anyone acknowledged us; I totally get that you might be busy, but a smile and an “I’ll be with you in a minute” wouldn't go astray so we knew you weren't just blatantly ignoring us. We went on a Wednesday night, was pretty quiet and managed to get a seat down the front by the footpath, ideal for a yarn and some people watching. Didn't have any food but they had a reasonable range of Mac’s; not too much on the cider front though but tried the new Ginger Brew, pretty good.
I guess it was only one visit, might have caught them on a bad night so will go back for sure.