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“Great meal” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Howard Springs Tavern

Howard Springs Tavern
12 Smyth Rd, Humpty Doo, Northern Territory, Australia
610889831463
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Ranked #3 of 3 Restaurants in Humpty Doo
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Darwin, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The food here was awesome and service was great to. The prices are very reasonable so this is one worth trying.

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Bega
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Barra and Chips”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Service was very good and the meals huge. Would go back again, if I get back to NT. Nice setting and plenty of parking. A must for anyone visiting Howard Springs

Visited July 2013
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Darwin, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Sad”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Been here several times and finally I'll say:
I dont mind price, but if you order the steak, its 'B' grade and charged at an 'A' grade price. Doesnt matter if its Tbone, Rump etc.......Grissly, chewy, fatty and plain horrible.

Okay if you've been driving for hours and hours and are hangin out for a steak meal.

I was disgusted in the low quality of their steak. Heaps of salad with dressing, whether you want dressing or not, you dont get a choice and yep.... chips! They'll come on your plate, even if you dont want them.
The staff act like the customers are a nuisance.
Service is below average, decor is confusing:
band plays in a non smoking area but all the 'smokers' are outside with the non smokers, so the band plays to an empty room, funny to me......
Smoking area is right next to the play area for kids?? This concerned me when smoking is banned in other parts of the tavern that children are not allowed. Bad management.
Atmosphere is non existant.
Basic, basic, below average pub food. They will continue to deliver the same until customers stop coming. What a shame.
Wont go there again, only if there was a tsunami and they were the only ones that had food. Disappointing.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent meals at theHoward Springs Tavern”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I beg to disagree with the previous posts. Overall i have found the food to be of excellent quality everytime i have visited the tavern for a meal.
I travel from Sth Australia at least twice a year and always look forward to dining both in the restaurant and the front bar.
My congratulations go out to the whole staff for making these visits a true dining pleasure.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best Lamb Shanks you will EVER have!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We discovered this little gem just over a year ago, having been severely disappointed when our local (Palmerston Tavern) changed chefs and quality of food went downhill in their attempt to try "classier" cuisine.
We go pretty much every Saturday night for the lamb shanks. At $18.95 (or $13.95 for 1) for 2 lamb shanks in a rich tomatoey casserole laden with carrots, turnips, potatoes and served with your choice of mash or chips (Tip: go the mash!), it is not only great value for money but a treat for the taste buds.
I have tries lamb shanks in the most gourmet restaurants in Darwin (il Piatto, Buzz Cafe) and they do not compare AT ALL.
And when 2 kids eat free on a Sat night for every adult meal purchased before 7.30pm, it's an inexpensive night for the family.
The buffet (included for every diner) offers hot and cold salads (cauliflower bake, anyone!?) as well as freshly baked bread rolls and the occasional fruit salad.
The kids meals are so good, dinosaur shaped tempura chicken nuggets, mini pizzas, spaghetti bolognaise (pretty decent, too!) and more!
We have a family of about 9 that go regularly and we have never been disappointed.
The place itself looks a little tired in the Bistro and the shared bar/food order counter makes for a long wait on busy nights, but it's worth it!
The staff have their ups and downs, usually though service is pretty good and the manager does a great job as I hear they have won severalHotelier awards over the years!
All in all, pretty decent fare for those on a tight budget!
Also found out the chef that took over Palmerstom Tavern was fired
from Howard Springs Tav, which I found amusing.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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