- Mon – Fri 10:30am – late
- Sat – Sun 8:30am – late
- Children's Menu
- Scenic View
- Live Music
- Private Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: No
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
The Phoenix is Tauranga’s newest Monteith’s Craft Beer Bar situated in the newly build complex next to Masonic Park, The Strand Tauranga.
The Phoenix is Tauranga’s newest home of Monteiths, risen from the ashes of the most disastrous fire that occurred on The Strand. Well sort of.
In 1916, 11 shops, a Hotel and a timber yard were reduced to ashes. 96 years later, the area that you sit, housed the famous Horny Bull restaurant which also came crashing to the ground in a controlled demolition. The site was one of many Tauranga buildings which was listed as earthquake prone and had to meet strict council laws. You are now sitting in a state of the art green star insulated building. The first of many to be erected on the Strand to comply with new earthquake laws.
The Phoenix pays respect to the Horny Bull by using the brick work and hand crafted toilet doors from their old restaurant. Our name has been inspired by, and pays homage to the past and present fire brigade of Tauranga in our themes and touch points around the bar. Keep up the good work, and we look forward to sharing a beer with you.
13 Reviews for The Phoenix
Visited March 2014
I ordered the ribs, and the meat fell off the bone and was absolutely delicious. Didn’t even need to pick them up in my hands.
The staff were still in need of a bit more training, however it was still a very pleasant evening and I would head back here if I was back in Tauranga.
Visited February 2013
Visited December 2012
Took the family on Saturday night, had the Saturday steak special and the steaks were awesome (as was the dessert). Our teenage sons are still raving about their meal!
Great to have a place to go that feels relaxed with really modern and welcoming decor. Suits all occasions, out with friends or family, an occasion or just a drink. The food is delicious and the staff are great.
We can’t wait to go again, soon.
At very short notice for the staff we turned up and asked for a table for 15 and possibly outside. The waiter came out and reassembled all of the tables so we could sit together. Service was great, drinks were great and food exceeded expectations for everyone within our group. I really must recommend the fish and chips!!
Thank you staff.
Will definitely be returning with another big group soon enough.
Visited December 2012
Will dine again.
Dinner – 8/12/2012
Very nice atmosphere, quite busy !
Ordered Entrees (Shrimp cocktail with sauce on the side please and Garlic bread for me) and Mains (Eye Fillets wrapped in bacon, one without any salt please) for my husband and I.
Waiter (male) advised us of the Steak & Ale deal which was brilliant !
Entrees – his arrived as requested but mine took antoher 15 minutes to come out. It arrived – with a very big apology from another older male waiter.
Mains arrived as requested and we delicious.
Went to pay the bill – very big apology from ‘older male waiter’ who happened to be the owner – and a hefty discount for our troubles – thanks for looking out for us !!!
As a very regular visitor of Horny Bull (both Lunch and Dinner), I think they have done well with the refit, but there were definately some menu items and prices that keep us all being regulars !
The new prices are in line with any other restaurant in town and at the moment, the food, service and menu options are all on on par too.
I will happily dine her again, but I’m just saying
We asked for a table and the guy pointed outside and said “there was one over there” and left us to find our own way.
The two blonde waitresses were ok, but the brunette – you’d swear her face would break if she tried to smile.
The main was average, the desert was delicious. Everything took a very long time to come out to us, and the last main arrived about 3 mins after everyone else’s mains were served.
Recommend getting bubblier staff, they all seemed really shy.
Waitress didn’t ask us if we wanted breads or entrees, and removed the drinks menu from the table (somehow assuming we didn’t want to drink). Ended up only ordering mains. After a long wait (they weren’t that busy) the 2 steaks ordered medium were delivered past well done. They were boot leather. My fish was fried to death, and smelt strongly (bad fish smell). The sides were tiny compared to previous portions. Green peppercorn sauce was just a load of peppercorns in a thin liquid – not nice.
We complained about the steak and fish, only to be told that the poor food was because they were busy (!!!). Manager said he’d come back and talk to us, then never reappeared. Paid the bill and got the feeling they just wanted us out of there – they didn’t want to know about poor service or bad food at this place it seems. Won’t be going back and definitely not recommended.