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“One of only a few places to eat” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cook Saddle Cafe & Saloon

Cook Saddle Cafe & Saloon
Main Highway, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
(03) 751 0700
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Cook Saddle Cafe and Saloon offers locals and visitors a variety of menu options at reasonable prices in a warm and friendly country atmosphere.Our wide menu selection includes ala carte and group menu’s, while our popular western style meals are enjoyed by young and old. A children’s menu is available and we endeavour to meet special dietary requirements upon request.The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining and during the cooler months visitors can relax and unwind by the cosy open fire.The saloon is full of local history, a comfortable place for visitors to the West Coast region to catch up with the locals and perhaps hear a few good old stories from days gone by!
Takapuna, New Zealand
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84 reviews 84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“One of only a few places to eat”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2010

Had rack of ribs and greek lamb salad and that was just under NZ$50. It was quite plentiful and well cooked although the service could have been better. there is not much happening in Fox - a bit like a one horse town without the horse.

This place filled a gap - portions were reasonable but the service was slow - and they made a complete mess of the order but soon corrected it.

Beer is served in a "handle" - a smaller glass with a handle! It is smaller than a pint but costs just as much!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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La Possession, Reunion Island
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“warmful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

This saloon serves delicious dishes with typical local dishes, welcome after hours of walking in the glacier. I'd die to eat again the homemade Ice cream! Yummi!! The staff is very friendly and welcoming, the atmosphere is excellent. I really recommend this place, we returned there two nights.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tamar Valley
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76 reviews 76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“warm atmoshere and fine food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2010

Log fires, great food and drink. Loved the rib steak. The pork spare ribs were succulent and plentiful.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Good Family Dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2010

Good value, well prepared and served meals. Service was good, meals were reasonably priced and tasty

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“This was our best feed in New Zealand”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2010

This restaurant is excellent, Im craving it now just thinking about it! Good alpine food with a selection to please everyone. As a family of 4 after a huge lunch in Haast, we just ordered 4 entrees and garlic bread for our dinner. Wow, the servings were huge, the ribs were spectacular. Husband had the green lipped muscles and they were so devine, he ordered another load of them just for the pleasure even though he wasnt hungry. He eats muscles wherever he can find them and he says these were the "best he has ever had!" Staff were lovely, gave the kids some crayons and colouring activites, however once the food arrived, there was nothing but eating going on at our table. Eat at this place, its got a great atmosphere, roaring fire place, its cosy and the food is unbelievable! Great value, best feed in NZ and we ate out 3 meals a day for 10 days.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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