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Ristorante Il Grifone

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Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
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Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Food Great, service not so much

My husband and I decided to go there for valetines day, we sat down no one came near us for about 30 minutes not event to take a drinks order we finally ordered our 2 courses and 2 drinks we nearly waited 1 hour since we sat down to get our entree and it was a set menu there were... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
angwil82
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Cessnock, Australia
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90 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Medowie, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Il Grifone should be crowded, but it seems locals haven't discovered how good it is yet. Set on the waterfront at Honeysuckle, diners looks out over the harbour while enjoying fine food, good service and nice wines. Even the cheaper lunch specials (I enjoyed the fritto misto) are very tasty - the chef here knows his Italian recipes. The service... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I have read so many bad reviews on this place it is amazing. This was our second visit here, our first being for lunch on Australia Day. It is strange but it not ever really busy, probably because of all of these reviews but I can only judge by what I see and taste. We find good Italian food very... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Overpriced, rubbish service. How do they stay in business. Never any people in there but we thought we would try it anyway, what a mistake.

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Cessnock, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

My husband and I decided to go there for valetines day, we sat down no one came near us for about 30 minutes not event to take a drinks order we finally ordered our 2 courses and 2 drinks we nearly waited 1 hour since we sat down to get our entree and it was a set menu there were... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We are quite regular visitors (every or every second month). We like the most of the food from the menu, but in two situations we had to talk to the owner who fixed it promptly. Once a meal was too salty and once undercooked. The location is great and, for some reasons, the restaurant is usually not full and you... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Attended this establishment with 3 other guests ... Full of high expectations being here from out if town visiting for the asian cup our last stop on a wonderful trip. we were seated promptly (only patrons) tho .. our order was taken by a very rude young girl that semed too take no intetest in what she was saying or... More 

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Rutherford, New South Wales, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We arrived at the restaurant with high hopes. They were soon to be dashed. I will cut it short to save you all the details. We were moved from one table to another after being seated by one staff member and another TOLD us to move. The food? It was raw. And I do mean raw. The outer edge of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The food, service, atmosphere – all great. Kitchen was very accommodating. We had such a wonderful time and will be back. I was appalled though at the behavior of the general public who felt it ok to just come into the restaurant and use the facilities as though it was a public convenience. Staff could do little about this as... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We had calamari with soft batter, fillet steak that smelt so off we couldn't finish it and staff who wouldn't accept our order unless ordering all together... Surprised the place is still running. As out of towners this left a terrible impression.

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Newcastle, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We decided to go to Honeysuckle for a walk on Australia Day and needed lunch. We ended up here because it was where we could get an outside table and the menu was appealing. We love Italy. We both had the mussels as an entree served with traditional garlic bread made with olive oil. I could have eaten another serve.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Newcastle

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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