The Elephant Wrestler
North Shore City 09 489 8030
- Mon – Wed 11am – Midnight
- Thu – Sat 11am - 1am
- Sun 10am – Midnight
- Children's Menu
- Live Music
- Private Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street, Pay, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
The Elephant Wrestler is an exciting venue in Takapuna offering a classic gastro pub menu with a bistro twist.
26 Reviews for The Elephant Wrestler
We will definitely be recommending this restaurant and visiting again. Thanks for the great night!
Our waitress was charming and bubbly – our orders were promptly taken and the drinks came soon after. One of the beers was wrongly ordered however our waitress replaced it without hesitation.
Found it a bit on the pricey side however the food was fabulous – though it was a bit of a wait but then it seemed quiet busy with al the tables occupied with people.
The beef carving board we shared was worth the wait looked amazing -and the portions were generous – loved the peppery mash potato that came along with the dish.
Amy had the Sunday roast which she said was really satisfying.
Most of all really enjoyed the atmosphere. Would certainly be back soon.
Our waitress was well presented and friendly, however was quite incompetent having to be asked a few times about basic items like cutlery, side plates (for bread), and sugar (for coffee). However, this is minor compared to the main meals. I ordered the miso pork belly and my friend ordered the rump steak. When the dishes came out they both had great presentation, however from here, everything goes terribly wrong! The taste was terrible. The pork belly was overcooked, dry and very tough. The steak was tough and tasted purely of charcoal!! We were both extremely disappointed.
The staff didnt ask us if we enjoyed our meal, if they had I would have told them what Im now writing here.
We would go back for a drink but not to eat, plenty of others in the area to choose from for that.
I really want to like this place , I love the layout the location etc.. I keep going back time and time again ( work lunches \ social drinks etc ) The food is ok and fairly priced but the staff and their service is sub par and it frustrates me that is I keep spending my money there.
I feel like staff behind the bar use it as a social club for young 20 something discussing their plans for the weekend and that customers are a annoyance they must endure to fund their lifestyle. The amount of times I have waited in line at the bar while they skip past myself and others to serve their friends I cant begin to count.
If they could sort their staff out they would be on a winner.
But worst of all was the service. It was a Sunday afternoon and not particularly busy – only a couple of tables occupied outside, not sure about inside. But the waitresses were terrible in spite of not having much to do. Took us a very long time to order drinks from one unhappy waitress and when they didn’t come, had to go to the bar to order again. Not good, guys.
Possibly a gastro pub wasn’t the wisest choice for a couple closer to 40 than 30 (however we do enjoy a good night out just to be clear), however the music was very loud (it was about 8.30pm), so much so that our friends that joined us declined to stay for dinner as it was simply too loud to have a decent conversation. Given we were on the clock with our babysitter, we decided to stay on and order.
We were looking forward to the pork board for two given the great review given here. Having ordered we were somewhat surprised when our meal was delivered, minus the crackling. When we queried this we were advised they had run out which is why we didn’t receive any. Given this is an integral part of the dish, I would expect we should have been told this upfront so we had the opportunity to order something else – which we would have – lets face it, pork without the crackling is not that special. They did offer us complimentary wedges or fries, however we said we would prefer a discount off the bill at the end and to be fair they did give us a reasonable discount (wedges and a beer off the bill).
Service was on the thin side – we would have ordered another two glasses of wine to have with our meal if anyone had come remotely near us once our meals had been served – it was literally impossible to get anyone’s attention. To be honest, we could easily have left without paying and we wouldn’t have been missed until we were long gone.
Overall, it was ok – I hate to moan – but given these days we don’t get a lot of opportunities to dine out, it is disappointing when the basics are not done right.
The enjoyment of a restaurant depends on 3 things –
1/ Value for money (good food at good price)
2/ Good service (not just looked upon as a walking wallet)
3/ Good company seated with you
The Elephant Wrestler (weird name) delivered a 10/10 for us both – well done!
Will be back!
Nicely laid out and spacious inside area, but the outdoor area makes it – will go off in summer!
The menu looks awesome, and apparently the risotto balls and are superb!
Will definitely be back to further sample the menu, and make the most of the outdoor area!