Cuisine: A La Carte
Invercargill City 03-214 4214
- Mon – Fri 10.30am – Late
- Sat & Sun 10.30am – Late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Scenic View
- Live Music
- Out Catering
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 100 diners and 28 person bar seating
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
Buster Crabb specialises in lunches, dinners and suppers.
Allows casual drinkers.
Has morning and afternoon teas available.
Separate private areas for meetings.
Has a high definition projector and large screen available in a separate area.
Has free courtesy vehicles available at all times.
43 Reviews for Buster Crabb
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I’ve been disappointed far too many times dining out in Wellington paying high prices for tiny portions of food, often having to pay extra for sides (and I’m a slim woman in my 20s, not a hulking male). Buster Crabb was excellent compared to many of the places I’ve tried in Wellington, and no extra sides were required!
Wine – was good however we mentioned there was no pinot gris on the wine list. So we bought a bottle of sav, only to be disappointed to notice afterwards they had a bottle of pinot gris on the special board that the bar staff could not be bothered letting us know about.
Entree – mussels were superb would recommend (should have got it as a main though)
Mains – Steak – sent it back was overcooked and instead of being on mash it was on mash and chunks of potato
Lamb – cooked perfectly but lacking flavour and mash full of lumps also.
Went else where for dessert as dissappointed enough.
To top it off we were given a courtesy drop off at the end of the evening.
Well done Buster Crabb staff. Will recomend to everyone.
As for some of those other coments,I found the staff friendly and ambience great. Being of average height the chairs and tables are just right, I guess you must be a rather short person.
Will certainly be back, you made a Birthday quiet special
In a nutshell
Cutlery placed on the outside edge NOT on diners left always as should be (picky I know but irritating )
Tables too high
Chairs to low
tables and chairs need sorted
tables and chairs need sorted
TOO DARK tables and chairs need sorted
This visit blue cod batter burnt way to far beyond decent though fish was good
Just love their prawn entree
Oh and must say before I forget
Chairs too low tables too high and its tooo dark Like as in too dark !!!!!
And to cap it all off Watties brand or similar tomato sauce Served with the blue cod How naff id that !!!
I mean like I went there with my parent’s and uncle’s.
the water was nice
the waiters were a bit long like 10 mintues for you to take your order
20 minutes to get your food
so bring something you can play with. ipod.psp.phone. etc.
really nice i mean i ordered the chicken brest with fries. salad.
the chicken brest’s were superb
fries were nice awesome w/ tomato sauce!
salad was ok.. sauce was a bit.. :p bad
BUT THE DESSERT
was so nice!
hot fudge sunday with starwberrys/ ice cream. choc ice cream. cream.
btw the hot fudge sunday was never hot
The tables and chairs still dont match up height wise.
Cutlery needs to be on LEFT not the right !!! OK its only 31/2 star dining but attention to detail is important.
Lighting is still a little dull.
Portion size is still too large for an enjoyable experience.
Otherswise Much much better!!
A staff member to meet and great arrivals would be pleasant instead of standing there like a great pillock waiting to be seated
Dont have those 2 tables on the walkway through. people brushing past is not pleasant dining
Teach staff that side plates ALWAYS go on the left,
Either lower the tables or raise the chair heights Husband dosnt enjoy eating his tie. A request for a better chair wasnt well received comment made was everyone says they are too low.
For Gods sake pay the power bill and have some light
Dont serve such wopping great entrees That ruins having a main.
Vegetables seriously lacking Far too many un asked for chips too
When the bill is asked for deliver it dont keep the customer waiting until in exasperation he goes to the bar.
Am returning on Saturday night Have made some requests re seating so we shall see what we shall see.
We had finished up paying $30 for another table’s drinks. Check your bill!
2nd visit – have just been again. Dry chicken and took 30 mins to get our orders taken then 55min for the meals (8 in our group) to arrive. Sorry but it’s a lovely restaurant but understaffed with semi trained wait staff. Disappointing
as visitors to Invercargill in March 2010 for only a short time, we were advised to go to Buster Crabb for dinner. Couldn’t book a table till 9-00pm, which was great for us, as we had travelled from Wanaka that day and were still busy exploring Invercargill. ( Burt Monro’s at E.Hayes and sons is great )
On arrival,I admit, that we had to wait 10 minutes, as all the staff were extremely busy. The place was packed.
After that, all plain sailing. Not a complaint with either the food or servive.
From the squid entrees to the large steaks and desserts, all served to perfection.
When we left the restaurant we knew we had been fed properly.
5 Stars to the staff, that enquired how the meal was , and if we needed more drinks. It’s called service.
To those that have bagged the place, go back and see the improvements made by management, maybe your comments helped them to improve to what it is to-day.
Errol and Beryl , Brisbane Australia.
PS wish we had service like this in Brisbane.
1. Nobody greeted us or guests as they arrived so we were all left to figure out where we were seated
2.Lighting far too dim couldn’t read menu hardly
3. Service appalling! My daughter had to get the dessert menus herself for our table as no waitress was to be seen!
4. No wine waiter/ress came back for further drinks orders (sad for them because there were 13 people all needing refills throughout the night)
5. 2 guests had enough of waiting and left without dessert or coffees
6. We even had to wait to pay as nobody came to the check out desk to bill us!
We all agreed we wouldn’t go again.
secondly i see the mussel entree has changed to 1kg of mussels rather than 24 in a bowl, is that maybe because we complained there was only 17 in our basket?? suppose changing it helps you as nobody’s likely to carry a scale around are they??
Drinks ladies extremely slack at coming round, but on a brighter note when you do get your food an hour after you order it!it is quite enjoyable
Update – Dec 2011. I’m surprised at the wildly varying reports on Buster Crabb. I ate here again last night, and, as always, it didn’t fail. Very nice food, great service and good prices.
I guess the only disconcerting thing if you’ve not been there before, is that you enter the front door and have to walk all the way to the back for reception
We went to Buster Crabb the week after it opened one week night.We didn’t have a booking but the place was nowhere near half full. We were met by a girl who told us they had not long been open and they “did not want too many diners”! OMG! She then went away to ask the chef if he/she could do meals for 2 people and came back to tell us no.We left very disillusioned with Buster Crabb and were unbeknown to them going to book a large function there later this year. That won’t be happening now. I telephoned the owner who to this day has never rung us back.Good service??? who knows, front of house certainly wasn’t.
Our full menu’s will be available in about 3 weeks. We’ll be doing breakfast, lunch and dinner until midnight.
thanks for your feed back.
we really do appreciate it.
My mother went to the restaurant 2 days before our booking and left a card and paid for a $80 voucher to be given to us on completion of our meal. Needless to say we never received either the card or the voucher that evening and had to go and collect them the next day. We cashed in the voucher as in the absence of an apology we disappointment with the service we decided not to return. If you are going to train staff then they need to be supervised. Nobody seemed to be incharge from what we observed.