Reviews for Stampede Bar & Grill
by Murray Field
20 days ago
My Wife and I (with her Mother) went here for lunch today to celebrate the one year Anniversary of our move from Henderson to Papakura . Me and the Mother-In-Law had Fish and Chips with a Side Salad (her's was battered and mine was crumbed - we only got one small piece of Fish each). The whole meal was small even for a $10.00 lunch and my Fish was a bit dry. My wife had a Sirloin Steak with a Side Salad, Mushroom Sauce (with about three small mushrooms) plus an Egg. The Steak looked good and was cooked just right. Mother-in-Law had a huge Ice Cream Sundae and my Wife had Apple Crumble with a Sauce. Both of these were well enjoyed. The young lady who served us had her first day back after three weeks in Samoa on Holiday so her service was a bit forgetful and all over the place at times but she was nice enough. Overall I wouldn't rave about the place. Generally it was pretty ordinary and, Oh, the music was far too loud for Restaurant Dining.
by Angela Tuala
22 days ago
10 min wait to place order 25 minutes before mains arrived.
Waiter and waitress were very friendly though busy restaurant which was a good sign.
Started with fizzy drinks reasonable to low price good very suprised, my partner also ordered a pink panther mocktail which was visually lovely, tasty and cost only $4 😋
I ordered the stampede burger which came with a side of chips. It did on the menu offer shoe string chips but was not offered the choice was extremely happy with my own burger and chips meal. Very large portion size soooo tasty had beef and chrispy bacon and some yummy amazing sauces along with the usual vege perfection! 😋
Partner had the lamb shanks gravy and shanks seasoned and cooked to perfection only gripe was the potatoe mash which was also seasoned and buttery..was a bit much with oily meat and gravy? Would have paired better with a plain mash to balance out the richness of the gravy and meat 👌
We shared our dessert half and half so we could have a taste of both 😊 I had half the Apple pie first nothing special. I've brought better at the supermarket..both desserts came with an amazing ice cream and whipped cream which paired perfectly with the desserts..
My favorite was the chocolate tart was amazinggg!!!! My new favorite dessert of all time has a very thick, solid, tough base but the innards paired with the ice cream... I want to eat it again right now 😋😋😋😋
Most definately eat here again, pricey but worth it 💙💚💛
by Jo Pullin
one month ago
We really enjoy coming here with our twins. One of the few places that have 2 highchairs to seat us all. Food, staff and atmosphere are all great! Will be back again :)
2 months ago
Came here on the 29th of July. It was date night for the hubby and i. We had both heard terrible things about the place but I remember enjoying it as a child. There were 4 or so dirty tables when we entered, the staff promptly seated us cleared a table, took our drinks order, cleared another table then took our food order which was perfect for us. It was the hubby's first time with stone grill and the waiter made sure hubby knew what he was ordering. Food was yummy, service was AMAZING and was reasonably-priced. Will be going back at a later date with kids in tow for kids dine free night.
by Patricia F
2 months ago
We had a FANTASTIC experience here on 31 July. I have special dietary needs, and I felt accommodated, and not judged for it. All of the staff were very friendly. The chef came over to our table especially to inform me of my options, and then he returned to the table, having obviously thought more about it, and gave another suggestion. The food he made especially for me was DELICIOUS. My husband had stone grilled steak, which he LOVED. Quantities of food were more than ample, and delivery was prompt, and very friendly. It was the service that made it, but to top it off, the food was great, too. Our table felt private, with high seat backs. The fun decor (cowboy theme) is creative and makes for an interesting experience. The background music was a great volume, not intrusive, but meant that others couldn't overhear our conversation. It was easy to get a free street carpark outside on a Friday evening. We feel it is worth travelling to get to this great restaurant, and we intend to return!
2 months ago
Very poor service, average food and grubby tables, seats. We used to go here a lot as my 4 yo daughter loves the cowboy theme and its closer than the city for us. Since the change of ownership the place has gone backwards by miles. The staff are very poor both in service and attitude. The new owner works the floor often and she is the grumpiest lady I have ever come accross....at least smile and say thank you to your customers. Good point is prices are fine for such a place.
by Lisa Feek
2 months ago
Very poor service and rude staff. Particularly one female staff member with a bad attitude. We walked in the door to have a nice lunch... and we were looked up and down by the one and only staff member working. And without even a hello, she requests We show her ID with a sour look on her face. That's when we left and will never be back :)
by Fare Henry
2 months ago
Service wasn't good and the food wasn't great. Waited 20minutes before getting served and the waitress told us she forgot that we walked in. Besides that we ordered a lot of food from here as we expected great things. We ordered the ribs, steak, fries and a steak burger. I asked for medium rare and my steak was well done and parts were burnt at the bottom. There were inconsistencies with the ribs as some were burnt/ dry and some okay. The steak burger, slaw and fries were okay. Nothing was seasoned although maybe that's why we had salt and pepper on our table? not sure. I dont mind if places are pricey as long as it delivers and unfortunately for me and my partner this place did not both service and food. I would not recommend.
by Kelsie Wiki
3 months ago
I would have rated this higher a year ago, but since then the service has seemed to have fallen. This time it took much too long to be seated, when there were clearly multiple booths free, then much too long for mains to arrive. Given I ordered a hotplate so I was cooking it myself I cannot for the life of me work out what took nearing 30mins to put salads and chips on a plate. For dessert I had creme brulee, with a very soft shell and watery type inside. Cannot recommend that.It still tasted very nice and the drinks were flowing with a very good waiter always making sure that was taken care of. I hope to return, expecting faster service, and a tasty meal! The atmosphere would be worth returning for again.
by Nicole Mae Flores
3 months ago
A great place to eat especially the cob loaf and the Lamb dish. Lamb was cooked to perfection and the cob was soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Their butters taht comes with the loaf is amazing as it has flavours. Their stonegrill meal is great. Overall the food was amazing. Only downside is how their policy doesn't allow siblings to take their younger siblings to eat here. Besides that customer service is amazing and they really attend to you quite well
by Joseph John Moore
5 months ago
Been here a few times, also in a large group and I have found the service fast & friendly with great tasting food. Great country and western themed restaurant.
by Keith Eades
5 months ago
After travelling at least 10 minutes to the next town to try somewhere new, we were not disappointed in our lunch. I had the Cherokee Chicken and my wife had Gold Miners Chicken. Both felt suitable filled afterwards.
Would try again another time
10 months ago
My husband had been wanting some ribs, so we went down here on a week night a few weeks ago - totally dead inside which is not usually a good sign. The wait staff are a little scatter brained - had to come remind themselves of our order. Their food philosophy seems to be that if you can't actually make food, then either deep fry it or cover it with sauce to make up for it. Good ribs need a nice slow cook to make tender meat, these were stringy, tough and drenched with sweet sauce. We had a mixed appetiser that was 100% deep fried, the mussels had a strong fishy taste which was offputting, calamari over cooked, but the onion flower was nice. It's just pub food so you can't expect much, but this place is just not very good.
11 months ago
Love the theme, that aside price was not worth the wait or the food (mediocre). McDonald's is a better/cheaper option, never returning.
by Lara Wharepapa
11 months ago
Had lunch here on Saturday 18/10 2014. Ordered a cola, sipped it to find a cockroach in my drink! I took it back up and told the lady who served it, she didnt apologies or say anything just walked away with the drink. Another waitress came back minutes later with another cola in the same cup. The food was average but ok considering the price. There customer service seriously needs working on. The waitress looked like she hated he job and never smiled once. They didnt charge me for the drink but charged for the meal which I thought was not good as I didnt even get an apology for the cockroach incident. I would never eat here again!
by Heidi Mcholm
Sep 27, 2014
I have aten at this restaurant on three seperate occasions ordering different dishes
all there food was relatively good, id recommend items from the grill, a few waitresses
here where amazing but you will get the odd bar staff member that is a tad unapproachable.
by Marina Harding
Jul 24, 2014
LOVE eating here. The food is always on point! They have a $10 lunch menu that has a variety of meals on it they also have some stonegrill options if you would like to experience that. Personally I dont like Stonegrill just because you have to cook your food while everyone else eats there. Must try Stonegrill at least once though. The main menu for me is a tad expensive. Customer Service is usually ALWAYS good as well. Love Stampede. I'd encourage anyone to come here ;)
May 28, 2014
Stampede Restaurant used to be a place to enjoy a nice quality 'pub' like meal with the horsey girls!
We hadn't been for awhile but decided to go in Dec 2013 for our regular catch up.
The food was good, tasty and filling. However, it took a long time to get to us. The service was utterly crap - we were ignored whilst the girls chatted amongst themselves.
After mains our plates were cleared within reasonable time, yet we waited 45 minutes - and actually had to call out to the waitress for the dessert menu.
Dessert was disappointing.
This place used to be a place to go...
I hear it's changed owners since - I hope that the next time I return, there will be better feedback.
by Kerin Malskaitis
Apr 24, 2014
It took me 8yrs of living in Papakura to be brave enough to try Stampede, once stepping inside I was pleasantly surprised to see the restaurant was quite separate from the bar area. Attentive waiters and great atmosphere. The Cherokee chicken is amazing. Prices are a tad on the high side for a local eatery but we really enjoyed our meals here.
by Anne Freeman
Oct 19, 2013
I found this place frightfully expensive and really nothing to write home about. $143,00 for 2 adults and 7 yr old (who ordered spare ribs as adult size). A piece of steak about 20cm long and less than half that wide $28 !!!! a cup full of chips and a small bowl of uninteresting salad. We asked for surf and turf and had to pay a further $8 for a few prawns on a skewer. The spare ribs were in a bowl no bigger than a small cereal bowl, and were far too spicy. How much ? $27 with a small bowl of funny tasting coleslaw thrown in. No chips or anything else. Ordered 1 bowl of seafood chowder and got a scooped out bun with about 3 table spoons of soup in it, which of course 80% had soaked into the bun. $13. Desert menu said sundae had selection of ice cream. They did, vanilla or choc. The waitress said that was it, and if they did not have more it was probably because they ran out !!!!!!!!! $13 for 3 scoops and at tiny bit of cream and choc sauce.
Wish I had gone to Sky City Fortuna Restaurant where the total cost would have been $95 for everything including soft drink for the child. The lighting is better there, the tables are fresh and crisp, and above all the staff don't flounce off because you say something they don't like.
Would only recommend Stampede to my worst enemy..
by Karen Silk
Oct 12, 2013
Just went last night for dinner with a family of 9. Beautiful meals - chicken cooked to perfection. Service was brilliant, wait between courses was just right. From 9 years old to 77 years old, everyone loved the place and the food. We will definitely be back :)
by Kathryn Cheshire
Jul 21, 2013
We visited the restaurant with our three children on a Sunday evening and were very impressed. The decor has a lot of character, the staff are very friendly and eager to help, the prices were reasonable (for the most part), the venue seemed clean and well looked after, and the food was delicious!
Compliments: our extremely friendly waiter who had no problem bagging up our lamb shank bones to take home for our dog and who charmed our two youngest sons by letting them wear cowboy hats.
Could improve: the ladies toilets need renovating. Whilst they may have been clean, the toilet fittings were so old and horrible looking that my five year old didn't want to sit on them.
by Gaye Whyte
Jun 12, 2013
Rump or Blade ?
Do you fancy being held hostage ???
Locked in a Restuarant waiting for the police to arrive ????,
All because one unlucky cow girl was dished up this piece of meat which is meant to resemble Prime Angus Rump steak ?
Not only was the steak bad, the service was more appalling than normal and the attitude was rather astounding after it was pointed out this was not 'Prime Angus Rump Steak'.
It is worth noting that one of my friends who was with me works in the Hospitality industry and is a strong believer of customer service and was appalled at the way this incident was handled. The cow girl involved, being my other friendl has worked in a butchers shop for 30 years and knows her meat !
After many arguments with the staff and management she was finally asked if she would like something else. She opted for chicken kebabs and when we went to pay for the meals they expected us to pay for both !!!!
Then the police arrived, looking rather baffled as to why we were locked in ??? As we wanted to take the steak for assessment, which upset the Stampede Bar immensely, the Police suggested we should just photograph the steak for evidence, Hence the doors were unlocked, unchained and unbolted and we were let out, we were released at last. Thank Goodness and Thank You to the local police for the good advice.
I have been eating at the Stampede Bar for four years on a weekly basis and will never cross their doorstep again after being treated the way we were.
by Zoe Marr
Feb 07, 2013
Went here when we moved to the area, expecting some big dinners and friendly local service, however we were very disappointed.
More thought appears to have been put into the names of the wild west food featured on the menu, than the actual food. Food was hideously expensive - I have eaten far better and cheaper food at the Viaduct. I had the surf and turf which was almost $50 for an OK steak and a handful of reheated prawns. They got mine & my husband's steaks mixed up, and as the steaks come smothered in their sauces we weren't able to swap. Service was less than attentive, bordering on rude. The deserts were insipid - just frozen cheesecake defrosted.
Our bill was over $150, which included a few drinks but not a bottle of wine, very expensive for lack lustre service and nothing to write home about food. Save your money and have a nice dinner somewhere that cares more about the food than all the jazzy names it creates for the menu. We wont be back.
by F Cube .
Nov 15, 2012
A good place in its own category: nice décor, good beef, cooked as ordered. No thrills, but the basics are covered. Ok for a simple outing with the family or amongst friends.
Negatives: staff was slow to attend the table, but mostly friendly. Fries were just warm. I ordered the $6 tap beer and was charged the $6.50 (no biggie, but a matter of principle). Chocolate tart could have been more fresh (maybe it is just not ordered often). The worst of it all: the coleslaw - horribly bitter!!!
As I said, an ok place for a laid back tex mex steak restaurant.
by Helen Gill
Nov 11, 2012
The only reason I give this two stars is the others 3 in our party had a good meal. The prices here are ridiculously high, been to steak houses in the city cheaper and better than this. The staff for the most part were pushy tried to be clever but failed making them sound cheeky. I ordered a scotch fillet rare when it arrived the steak seemed to be doubled over for some reason, the vein of grissel running through the middle of it was huge and instead of rare the steak was blue luckily i can eat blue steak but it was certainly not a good cut they did handle the complaint quite well asked what I wanted to do about it, did I want another steak and offered a free desert when I said I would pay half because I had eaten about half. All of us in our party of 4 thought; overpriced food; mid to lower end service, greasy menu to much fried non of us would go back' next time I'll buy a steak and cook it myself.
Oct 15, 2012
Was there last Saturday for dinner, bought two deal vouchers for 4 Stonegrill Steaks and 2 bottles of wine. Immediately was disappointed when we arrived to find out merchant insisted we have the printed voucher.
Finally got vouchers and sat down and ordered their six-shooter platter, which was greasy and bland, with no taste at all, with everything pretty much deep-fried. The cactus flower was disappointing, wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Our stone-grill steaks arrived, and they were all very average, and I would not recommend all four people getting stone-grill, as our table started getting pretty smoky and the air-quality of the restaurant started to go down pretty quickly from there. Several other tables around us also ordered stone-grills, and the whole place was covered in a layer with smoke.
We finished our mains and ordered dessert, and for $13 dollars each, the sundown sundae came out melted and overflowing, the boomtown brulee was average, and my partner and I shared a bullet treat 4-treat with everything $17.50. Everything the bullet treat on it was below average, the lemon-tart was chewy, chocolate tart was too sweet, lemon sorbet just tasted like crushed frozen sprite, and the brulee probably the highlight of the whole dessert, but still below average comparing to other restaurants.
All in all, I would definitely not go back there even if they did another one of these deals, as the food isn't even worth the drive. And I won't even consider them if I was paying full price. I also note that the waitress who served us failed to provide us with water when we arrived, and didn't change our cutlery between courses. We had dirty napkins through out and has to request for extra napkins to clean our mouths after eating. Disappointing service and disappointing food.
Sep 25, 2012
My friend and I decided to purchase one of the living social deals and have a quiet girls dinner. It was so tasty! Good service. It was that good that we ended up purchasing another one. I would definitely recommend the spur fillet steak with either a bernaise or a red wine jus SO DEVINE!! Would certainly go back. Yeah prices may be a bit pricey but it's worth it if you know what to order. YUM!!
by Leanne Taylor
Sep 18, 2012
Would actually rank this a 4.5 if I could. Have been twice over the last couple of years to Stampede Bar & Grill, once for lunch and this time for dinner. It is an 85km round trip from where I live, but I can happily say worth it. Their steaks are superb and I loved the scallop entree - lovely big juicy scallops wrapped in bacon and served on a little polenta cake. The staff are also very friendly and nothing is too much trouble. I'd be there more often if I lived closer!
by Noelia Gonzalez Quiñones
Mar 08, 2012
Stopped to have dinner here with a friend tonight as we thought the place looked interesting from outside, and indeed it looked even more interesting in the inside. I liked the whole Wild West theme - even the waiters wore cowboy hats. The food was very nice, but definitely a bit on the pricey side and not very good value for money. The scallops we had for the entree were delicious, and the mains we ordered were an interesting experience on their own - the meats are served to you on a very hot stonegrill, still raw, and you have to cook them yourself! I prefer to be served food that is already prepared and ready to eat, but nonetheless this was a fun and different experience. The dessert I ordered, the brulee, was absolutely delicious. My friend however was not very impressed with the banoffee he ordered. Overall I had an enjoyable experience at this restaurant, but it's too expensive for my budget and not really worth the money, so I don't think I will go back any time soon.
by Kelly Sturgess
Jan 27, 2012
Hard to find anything that hasn't been battered and deep-fried! The prices are ridiculous, they seem to think they can pass off the cheapest crap as top quality.
The beer is often flat and to ask for a replacement is almost not worth the hassle and dirty looks from the staff. Do not ever have a cocktail here! Couldn't believe that it took 20 minutes for two margaritas, that were made out the back, came in plastic glasses and had been made with lime cordial!
Bad, bad, bad!
Jul 10, 2010
Eaten here a few times plus taken visitors to Stampede for dinner. Nothing wrong with the venue or choices of food. Everything is tasty, if maybe on the wee high $ side (for what it is). Have had a few isolated incidents with staff not taking orders correctly/service issues etc but usually has been good service.
Jul 04, 2010
i have never eaten at Stampede but we would normally go down on a Friday after Murphy's Law. the service seems to be really rude and never ending fights between all the drunks . not a good look at all .
Not intending of ever coming back to stampede.
May 27, 2010
Had a reasonably important chat planned with a mate here since Robert Harris wasn't our scene and we wanted a beer with lunch.
Our waitress was almost surprised we had arrived for lunch, which should have been a sign. Would we like menus? Yes, please. Why she had set the table with 3 knives I never found out.
Engrossed in our conversation, she came for our order and we explained we weren't ready. Then, UNBELIEVABLY, she sat at our table.
When asked what she was doing she told us she would just sit there until we were ready. In a state of shock we just stared until she asked "oh are you having a private chat?".
When asked about "NZ's most tender & juiciest Sirloin" she needed to ask the Chef to answer our question about what breed the beef was - this was a good sign since I would prefer the right answer to a lie or a guess.
But the answers the Chef gave her were
1. Scotch Fillet? (no, it's a sirloin)
2. Cow? (I was hoping so)
And the final one:
3. The chef says he has no idea as it just comes in a box from the butcher.
I chose the chicken burger. At least that's what it said on the box from the butcher.
My mate had the ribs since he knows how to cook them really well. They came tough, poorly smoked & with deep fried undercooked potatoes. For his dish with 2 parts, and both of them poor, it wasn't an enjoyable lunch.
We weren't trying to be arrogant, rude or overly demanding. In our waitress' favour the service was quick & pleasant, but obviously comes from an environment where familiarity is promoted before politeness.
The cook (not a Chef) needs to spend more time learning his trade, and less time making his hair look like Snoop Dogg.
Overall, memorable for all the wrong reasons.
by Matt Farley
May 25, 2010
Very bad service. there seam to be no staff training very Little knowledge of the menu from the floor and kitchen staff. The pork ribs tasted like they had been smoked with an old tyre my potatoes were still 1/2 raw. I din't think I will be going back again.
by N Walsh
Apr 26, 2009
Went at the beginning of the school holidays and now 2 weeks later going back as it was soo good.
Food very good - prices very reasonable and great surroundings and service.
Jan 28, 2009
We dined at Stampede Restaurant with 6 other people including children. The kids have a fantastic time looking at all the western memorabilia, as well as having crayons & paper provided. The food was absolutely scrumpy & very fast. Staff professional & friendly. I can not fault this restaurant. We will definitely be back there.
Dec 30, 2008
Love the food, love the service & love the music. Its a place that makes the best seafood platters & ham dinners.
by Mathilde Schuurkamp
Oct 26, 2008
The Stampede is a very family-friendly restaurant, there is lots to see that speaks to children's imagination. Kids are well-received by the staff and get coloring-in pages straight away. The food is absolutely beautiful and and fresh. The ribs are finger licking yummy. The only downside is that it seems to take a while before the food arrives at your table. Not a place to go when you're in a hurry, but when you're in for a fun night with friends and family I can well recommend it!
by Guy And Shirley
Jul 06, 2008
been there 5 times now and service and food just gets better each time. friendly,relaxed very family .
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