Reviews for Wildfire Churrascaria
Boy oh boy, what a review this is going to be! There are a lot of good things and a lot of not so good things to say about this place. I've got my harsh but fair hat on, so here goes. Firstly, the service. When we sat down I immediately noticed that our table had not been set. Glasses and napkins were missing. This is unacceptable. We wouldn't have minded waiting a couple of minutes at the bar for our table to be set properly. It would have been better than having the waitress lean all over us to finish setting the table. Our waitress was actually very friendly though and was attentive throughout the evening. But she failed dismally on two counts. I asked her if any or all of the pork was free-range. She promptly said "yes." I said, "can you please go and confirm this." She came back and said "no, sorry, it's not actually free-range" This made me really annoyed. I only eat free range pork and she had blatantly lied to me about it. I didn't think the pork would be free-range, hence why I asked her to confirm. Lucky I did, although, I probably wouldn't have risked it anyway. Her second fail happened when we were making our dessert selection. We were a party of four and one of our friends had to go home early as she felt unwell. The waitress told us that her dessert would still have to be paid for as we had all selected the $65 option when we made our booking. We pushed a little bit but she wasn't going to budge. It would have only cost our friend $55 otherwise and it was rude and unnecessary for her to have to pay an extra $10 for a dessert she wasn't able to eat. The other waiters who were going round and round with food were also attentive and friendly enough, I suppose. On to the food. The shared entrée platter was a bizarre mix of items. I only really enjoyed the crumbed capsicum. The other food on the platter was over-salted although, there were some interesting flavour combos going on. For main, you get a buffet on wheels. The waiters bring you round meat and other goodies. You also get roast vegetables and salad for the table. It's all you can eat for the main. It was great to be able to try all sorts of different things. I really liked the beef. The chicken was also pretty good. The salmon was nice but was overcooked and the lamb was too fatty. The flavours were nice though. For dessert you choose off a menu. I ordered the opera cake which was actually really delicious. My pals ordered the tiramisu and the cheesecake which were both good as well. As mentioned, our friend who had left still had to pay for her dessert so we chose the chocolate bomb on her behalf and promptly began to demolish it. It would have been what she wanted :) The décor of this restaurant is slightly strange. Our table was awkwardly shaped and too big for four people, we were quite spaced out. The restaurant is tidy enough but it's not elegant or classy. Overall, I did enjoy dining here but I probably wouldn't come back. Although the food was generally pretty good, I cannot bring myself to give this place any more than a 3 due to the waitress lying about the pork. For me, that was a big deal. It's obvious the owners of this place are money-hungry. I think it's slightly overpriced and making us pay for our friend's dessert that she didn't even get to eat was ridiculous! I wouldn't expect this place to make improvements. It's just the way the cookie crumbles with buffet-style restaurants. They simply don't have the capacity to provide excellent service because the waiters are rushed off their feet; they can't give superior food because it's all you can eat; and, they can't have a classy restaurant because there is nothing classy about buffets. To be fair, I did enjoy my night out and lots of the food was good but at the end of the day, it wasn't above average.
4 days ago
Went to wild fire yesterday for a business dinner what an experience. Food was tasty and the service was great. Good value for money. Good job keep it up
by Chris Gin
6 days ago
Great food, the meat here was super tasty. There was always a new batch making the rounds too so you never wait too long in between. Can't wait to go back.
by Vanessa Ross
9 days ago
came for valentines evening and wow! we had our own waitress who visited us in the begining as we sat down (and quite frequently during the meal to see if we needed anything) and the amount of staff that night was awesome, so many! exceeded my expectations. the entree was nice (first time trying oysters and they werent as bad as they looked) the main was a side of salad and roast vegetables and a constant array of any meat you wanted bought to your table by the waiters who were all very polite and helpful! beef was cooked perfectly, medium rare, and even had prawns and pineapple bought out to accompany! dessert was awesome as well, mocha balls, macaron and a cheesecake in the shape of a heart (awww) all in all worth it! and made our night memorable!
by Samantha Young
26 days ago
Came for a dinner date. We're sat right near the door so was kinda annoying seeing everyone walking in and everyone staring at us and our food. Starter platter was good, nice selection. Then came the main, heaps of the people with the food kept walking past us which was frustrating. We're waiting most of the time. Food was okay. Boyfriend loved it though!
by Phil Hodai
2 months ago
Went to Wildfire for our Christmas function with work. At first the staff are friendly and helpful with seating and drinks (quite an achievement as there was about 30 of us).
Starters were nice, nothing too fancy, however as soon as the meat started coming out I was in heaven. From spiced pork to grilled chicken, everything was amazing.
Only thing I can complain about is the sides to meat ratio, although we asked for more salad and roast veggies countless times the waiters seemed in no rush to cater to our request (as I mentioned there was 30 of us so I guess it wasn't easy looking after that many customers).
Nonetheless, I felt as if the service gradually got worse as we ate more and would call the staff borderline rude in the way they handled drink and sides requests.
Therefore I can only give a rating of 4. definitely worth giving it a go if you are a meat lover though.
by Anu Devi
2 months ago
I went to wildfire with a bunch of my friend. The service was great. The food was also amazing. The meats are to die for and the sides were also great. Everything tasted great.
3 months ago
Been here a few times, amazing , food is great and service impeccable. Always the go to place for special events or romantic evenings. Love it
by Xandir Fatialofa
3 months ago
Pleasant experience tonight at Wildfire. With BEAUTIFUL delicious food, my family and I were all completely satisfied with what we ate. How it works is you choose if you want either entree and dinner, or dinner and dessert. We chose entree and dinner but soon after decided to have dessert as well. The waiters come around with different plates of mainly meat on poles. They ask everyone on the table individually if they would like some of what they are serving and act accordingly- cut a portion off if you do, move on if you don't. It was a thoroughly enjoyable night, it was my mothers birthday dinner and the venue turned out great as the dinner was stretched on as our food didn't come all at once leaving us to enjoy conversation with a nice pallet in front of us. The service was excellent and the location was good also. The price which usually doesn't affect me because my parents take us out, cost $70 a head just for food. We paid the extra for drinks + sides as the costs are not included in the 70. It's up to you whether you find the price able to move my scoring but I thought every cent was well spent. Maybe if I have any critique I would say the space could be worked on, it was a teeny problem in the start but we adjusted.
by Brett Nicholls
4 months ago
Where too much meat is barely enough. Try the churrascaria dining style. Great food and wine, and a really warm atmosphere. The service was excellent too. You can eat to your hearts content. I highly recommend this restaurant.
by Smita Fernando
4 months ago
My BIL took us there.... Fab meat... Seemed like an overdose of it..... Good food. Had tiramisu for dessert and spiced mojito. Dessert was excellent a bit different. But the spiced mojito seemed more tangy than spicy
by Christel Hansen
7 months ago
I've been to Wildfire twice now, once for a work do - and then again just the other night with some friends who were up from Christchurch. Now that I've been there more than once, I definitely think that the novelty of the place is a lot better than the actual food is.
If you're a huge fan of meat, then you'll probably like it - as you can pretty much have all the meat you want! Personally though, the meat wasn't really cooked to my tastes, and I feel like they didn't serve enough of the side dishes (polenta, potatoes, calamari etc) to make me feel like I got my money's worth. It was like $55 a person. I'm sorry, but that is WAY overpriced for what it is.
All the boys seemed to enjoy it, but the price we pretty much all agreed on - it was just too expensive. I do have to say that the service was great though, as always. Hate the music they play though, it's quite terrible to be honest! And they also need to improve their drink selection.
Probably won't go back... unless someone else is paying for it!
by Nom Nom Panda
Feb 04, 2014
Wildfire is a place for people who love large portions of meat, and is also popular as a group dining location. There is no chance of you going hungry here, and some of the food was surprisingly good, though other dishes were not very tasty, a bit hit and miss.
As you will have more food than you can possibly eat already, there is no need to go for the option with entrees or desserts. The whole table has to choose the same selection, so the vegetarian at our table was not able to order a la carte, but had to pick vegetarian dishes from a special menu instead (3 entrees and 3 mains for the same price as the churrasco + accompaniments). At least this was better than the time we came here a number of years ago, when the vegetarian ended up paying something like $45 for just the side dishes that came with the meat.
Before the meat starts coming out and being offered around, you are given bread and dips, fried potato and salad, no doubt so you fill up on the cheaper stuff, but these are needed to balance the meat overload. We were served a good selection of sides throughout the meal as well, including green beans, fried polenta chips and sauteed clams.
The staff were friendly and attentive, formally dressed in white shirts and black ties. Along with the table-side service, they turn otherwise unremarkable food into a more memorable dining experience.
The pictures attached are mostly of the vegetarian dishes. See a few more pictures from our meal here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=771124936249494&id=526938997334757
by Tessa Bailey-Lont
Dec 29, 2013
I have been here a few times and I liked it before I lived in Portugal and visited Brazil where you find similar places all you can eat for 10 euros or less. So when I came back I felt a bit ripped off paying about 50 dollars and the taste half as good. However location is prime and the restaurant is lovely, interactive dining experience for people who have never had the experience of a Brazilian churrasco.
by Victor Geraldine
Dec 29, 2013
My goddaughter's baptism was decided within days & we had to find a venue downtown to host 40 people for lunch. We booked at three venues & confirmed with Wildfire. What a fantastic decision that was.
Fabio the manager was superb in explaining all the choice of set menu Wildfire had & the payment. He gave us several options & did not push us to go for the expensive one. He then advised us of several seating options & we went for the private dining area overlooking the Harbour.
On the actual day of the lunch, our private waitperson, Lucy, was magnificent!! She was attentive, charming, calm & warm. She was fabulous with the table full of kids and accommodated the extra cakes we brought in for my goddaughter. Fabio also came in to serve at times, he knew beforehand we had guests who could not eat beef & pork, so came and assured them that Wildfire had extensive vegetarian menu but when the guests said they were fine, Fabio ensured more chicken & seafood arrived at our table.
All 40 of our guests were happy!!! Not an easy feat but Wildfire's fabulous staff's attention to details & professionalism and amazing selection of beautifully cooked food did the trick. We came under budget & were happy to be able to tip the staff.
We will be definitely prioritize Wildfire Steakhouse in our decision for large family functions.
by Penelope Chua
Oct 12, 2013
When my sis brought us here, it was a near perfect experience. I loved everything except for the polenta. the service was excellent. They were all attentive. Im looking forward to my next visit. :)
by Amelia Leath
Sep 23, 2013
Went to Wildfire last week for date night on Wednesday. It was pretty busy for a weekday which is always a good sign. I ordered an amazing fruity cocktail jug which was probably the best cocktail I've had in a long time, and the jug lasted me my entire meal. We ate off the churrasco menu (we got the special and used our Entertainment card discount). The food was absolutely amazing. Especially the glazed pork and the sirloin. It was good that they only gave you small amounts of each meat so you can try more and you can always ask for more or wait until they offer it again. Only let down was the calamari but I definitely recommend. We loved it and will be back for a special occasion. Cool way of dining - kind of like a seated buffet with amazing quality food. A larger variation of sides would also be a welcome addition.
by Lenn Jhay To'o
Aug 25, 2013
Service was great! The food was full of flavour. If you have not yet been there add to your wish list :)
Aug 04, 2013
We have dined at Wildfire before and dine out a lot but my visit to Wildfire this time was an unpleasant visit. The Person who greeted us (Fabio) was rude as we walked in. We were meeting 13 adults already in the restaurant eating and drinking and I came in to join them with 3 children (under 10 yrs old). My daughter was carrying 1/2 slushy from MacDonalds and he said straight away that she was not allowed in with her drink. I thought that was ridiculous, I mentioned she is just a child and the drink was non alcohol of course. So the kids and I had to go outside, to finish it as she didn't want to throw it away, it was quite a cold night and the kids were saying they were freezing, my poor daughter tried her hardest to drink it quickly. My family had to come out and ask what was happening and I explained to them. I thought it was so ridiculous that I decided that we were not going to dine with them. It was a real shame as my family had come over from Australia for a special occasion for that weekend and was spoilt by bad customer service. If my family had not started they would of walked out as well. I felt that if he was not going to allow my daughter in with a small drink, and we were paying customers, that was a joke so I decided that he was not going to get my patronage or money!!! Absolutely bad customer service!!!! Will definitely not recommend your restaurant to anyone and will be spreading the word!!!!
by Anita Elliott
Jun 20, 2013
Had birthday dinner here the other night. Greeted by somewhat rude head manager. Forced to get breads as after 7pm. Also tricked into desert as you MUST decide there and then or price is higher. DON'T get desert or bread or fancy cocktails. They are a waste of money. The BBQ pork was great. The chicken too salty. Average experience.
Apr 22, 2013
I do know Brazil and I think that NZ deserves more.
Brazilian food, especially barbecue, are very different.
No doubt: Very good restaurant but not Brazilian food.
by Candice Nicol
Apr 20, 2013
Have visited a few times with usually great service. Sometimes I feel like they rush you out if you decide to "take a break". My last experience has put me off going there for a while or at all. On a very quite evening our waiter introduced himself he was never to return to our table again, I had to ask 3 times before somebody filled my glass of water up, and I complained as through out the meal me and my partner were fighting off sand-flies putting us off our food. Terrible experience when I paid my $120 bill for my 1/2hr fly frenzy I told the manager my complaints he didn't seem to care. A real shame as it used to be one of my favourite restaurants to go to.
by Robyn Trinick
Apr 17, 2013
Great food and excellent service! All the staff were very friendly and extremely efficient. The meats were cooked beautifully, and there were plenty of choices. Accompanying salad, potatoes, breads and dips were great. Our family are real "foodies" and we have beautiful meals at home, so eating out is sometimes a disappointment, but this was a really good dining experience, and very good value for money.
by Heather Oades
Apr 08, 2013
So disappointed rude senior staff, we had 18 people at our table and two of them did not bring cash staff turned it into an argument they did not want their expos transaction. A wine glass was smashed by a staff member above our table and went all over two people we had to tidy it up ourselves they weren't even asked if they were ok. Only eight of the 18 people wanted dessert which we were told was ten dollars they said no all 18people had to have it at ten dollars, there was 3 staff having a group meeting about it, we told them to take it away in the end the meat beef, pork and lamb just tasted of salt. Waiter corrected a man on our table on his knife and fork placement he was shocked at his rudeness. Then corrected the lady next to him. The red green stick was put on its side just so we could enjoy our dinner without the constant interruption while we're eating got told off for that. They made our evening out unpleasant when you pay good money for dinner to celebrate a thirtieth. So, so disappointing .
by Amy Saleman
Apr 08, 2013
Absolutely appalling management!
If you are a group do not waste your time or money. Made to feel unwelcome from the second we walked in. Misleading regarding dessert price and an ordeal when half of the group wanted dessert and half didn't. The most rude and obnoxious management I have ever come across who have no interest in resolving issues or treating their guests like human beings. Abused by management when the group tried to split the bill in half. Not impressed.
Wait staff were fantastic, food was interesting.
Jan 19, 2013
We go to this restaurant regularly and always leave happy and satisfied. The food is always good and the service fast and pleasant. The staff are all friendly, helpful and competant. Will continue to dine here, impossible to leave here hungry.
by May Langley
Dec 17, 2012
We went to Wildfire for an end of year Xmas function on Saturday 15th December and it was beyond belief - if you are a group going here - do not waste your money. They made us wait for our tables at the bar when the tables were free. The food was terrible / re-hashed, the toilets were not serviced, there was no toilet paper in the women's toilet and everything was filthy. The duty manager was not interested in getting it sorted, Wild Fire may adhere to the liquor licensing laws but the hygiene factor is a lot to be desired, not the excellent place it used to be.
by Chris Beale
Nov 04, 2012
Table for two at Wildfire.
I doubt it is true Brazilian cuisine, but I could be wrong.
Anyway, the deal is you pay a set fee for their food and they keep bringing it out! You have four options. See their web site.
The option we took saw them bring out breads and stuff to start with (to fill us up before the expensive stuff) then some broccoli and potato (large chips). Then there was a constant flow of meat that was on a spit e.g. lamb, pork, beef. Also some salmon (we asked for it). Meat was generally well cooked and very tasty. I did feel the meal lacked a bit of variety e.g. they needed more veges and other options. But overall, I was happy.
Staff were very well presented and professional.
This restaurant is a sort of all you can eat place, and if you are someone that likes eating huge amounts it could be for you.
I would go again if I was particularly hungry!
by Maddy Ruawhare
Oct 09, 2012
I have been to Wildfire Steakhouse for a numerous amount of different occasions and have never been disappointed. Love this restaurant and well worth every dollar. Food: excellent, Service: impeccable, Venue: divine. Would strongly recommend.
Jun 09, 2012
We have been here a number of times and always have great service and very good food. Any visitors we have from overseas we always bring to Wildfire and they also love the food.
The meats are very tasty, we have not have a bad experience with any of the meats and have been here approximately 12 times.
As a family the early dinning Churrasco 5pm - 7pm is very good value.
by Dylan Conolly
Jan 30, 2012
Tasty BBQ and good value for money. Great service too considering how busy they were.
by Joanne Rome
Oct 02, 2011
Great place for groups, busy atmosphere. Meat could be better but they are catering for a lot. Wine list was very good and staff very efficient. A very entertaining night. Thank You
by Zhe Min Shao
Aug 29, 2011
Service and staff were very friendly and I liked how there is a good mixture of both European and South Amercian staff there but the food was average at best.
by Rachael Murray
Aug 23, 2011
Meat Lovers Restaurant!
The meats are deliciously cooked. The dessert trolley was beautifully laid out and the desserts we had, was exquiste!
Note: If you're a first timer here. There's a small wooden roller on your table, remember to turn the roller with green side upwards if you want to be served :)
by Dine In
Aug 19, 2011
Went to both Takapuna and Quay street one for the birthday party, was not my choice as I would not go back. You have to order all the same for one table for the BBQ buffet. We chose the one with desert, Entertainment book says a SELECTION of desert, it turns out you can only choose one slice each - it is clearly misleading. It is not worth for $10 more as you can certainly buy from other places with better quality. It is pricey and the meat selection is not good enough, after a while everything tastes the same, you can really tell the difference from Chicken to Lamb.Side dishes were OK, dishes are small and no one really wants to eat them = bread and hummus, veges etc. Would not go back again.
by Danny Gere
Aug 17, 2011
Have visited Wildfire on a number of occasions and love it every time.
I'm not into the bread and humus, so I don't have them and just leave them or ask the waiting staff not to bring them.
The beef, lamb and pork are succulent and very tasty.
The only down-side to Wildfire is that I just want more, but can't fit it in :)
by Grant Harper
Aug 09, 2011
This is a very poor example of an Brazilian BBQ restaraunt.
They try and push bread and side dishes on you prior to giving you any BBQ meat. The side dishes have nothing to do with Brazilian food - Hummus and Tomato Pesto!? And the Hummus was very ordinary! Also, whilst waiting for the BBQ meat, a waitress pushing a cart, visited our table three times trying to sell us an expensive 'Brazilian Cocktail'.
The BBQ meat does taste nice. But the 'Lamb' is very chewy, probably 'Mutton'. Beef was tasty, chicken good, sausage nice as well and Pork chop OK. We were offered Chicken and Sausage at least 10 times more often than the 'Premium' meats. Also, there was only one type of all the different meats, which is very disappointing for a $50. At good Brazilian BBQ restaurants, I have had Beef - Rump, Sirloin, Fillet and Rib Eye. Lamb - Leg, Rump. Chicken - Leg, Breast, Heart.
At the end of this meal, I felt that I had been involved in a money machine with no real commitment to the food. Try a good Brasilian BBQ and you will never go back to this restaraunt. Don't try another and you will probably be happy.
May 28, 2011
nice food, but the price is really high comparing with other restaurants ,but i enjoy it, my be i will visit them next year again
by Urzila Carlson
Feb 06, 2011
Best lamb and also the best prawns I've had EVER. Service was excellent and everyone is friendly. Great experience.
Sep 30, 2010
Came here for a friend's birthday. First of all the food. I enjoyed it especially their chicken. As long as you can tolerate eating heaps and heaps and heaps, you'll be fine. The food is good in general.
Service. I think their tables are too small. we were 5 in all and we were in such a crowded table. I mean for example, they gave us the veggies placed in a big platter (not too mention it was quite high) and it almost occupied 1/4 of the table. imagine we have our plates there plus 2 glasses each, for the wine and the water. Well, we were just laughing at it coz we didn't get to see each others faces any more. (Good thing, we were enjoying the food and we didn't care that much any more)
It takes too long for the food to arrive at times. it would be good if there will be more servers especially on weekends that there are lots of people dining. Guess they got too busy that night, they totally forgot to serve our dessert. I bet we waited for almost an hour for it and we kept following up. Seemed like the staffs didn't get to communicate very well. And to make up for it, they gave us a bowl of fruits...
Aug 21, 2010
Great place to dine, especially for large groups. If you like meat you will love this place. The salads and veges are not spectacular, but it is an enjoyable dining experience and quite unique. Overall very good
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