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Butlers Reef Oakura

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1133 South Road, Oakura 4314, New Zealand
+64 6-752 7765
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good51%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (2 reviews)
“scallops” (2 reviews)
“pub food” (3 reviews)
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New Zealand, Bar, Pub
€€ - €€€
1133 South Road, Oakura 4314, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely evening out on the denk with the sun setting. Started with bruscetta (yummie) and followed it with one of the specials (steak on ciabatta and mushrooms) while my friend had the chicken salad. Everything was very well prepared. Spontaneously decided to pair...More

Thank Renee S
TanyaJFa, General Manager at Butlers Reef Oakura, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Many thanks for your lovely review. We are glad you had a nice experience here at Butlers Reef and thanks for taking the time to write a nice review.

Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Called in for lunch, the toastie was lovely with chips and great for sharing. The bbq ribs were lovely and plentiful all washed down with a nice cold beer. Really nice setting and love.

Thank StacksnTressels
TanyaJFa, General Manager at Butlers Reef Oakura, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Thank you for your lovely review. We especially appreciate people taking the time to write something nice in this social media driven age. Glad to hear you had a nice relaxing time here at Butlers Reef!

Reviewed 1 January 2018

The first steak I ordered I was told sorry they had run out, then an hour later I got told they had now run out of my 2nd choice of steak, so had to change to a burger. Meal arrived an hour and a half...More

2  Thank Mandy R
TanyaFarrant, General Manager at Butlers Reef Oakura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

We are very sorry to hear of your experience. This is disappointing for us as we dont want this for our customers. We have been experiencing supply issues at this busiest time of year for us. New Years is a crazy time. Apologies again.

Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

I had the special of the day open steak sandwich, it was a perfectly cooked piece of steak with nice tasty condiments. Hubby had the Wild Burger and loved it. Everyone else was pretty happy with their choices. It was prior to a concert and...More

Thank Lmh968
TanyaFarrant, General Manager at Butlers Reef Oakura, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Many thanks for your lovely feedback - we always appreciate it when people take the time to do this. Thanks again.

Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

I have been here a few times in July/Sept/Oct but food is hit or miss. I assume this depends on the chef working. I have had the same dish three times and each time it was different and different isn't good (Southern fried chicken burger)....More

Thank rec998
TanyaFarrant, Manager at Butlers Reef Oakura, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Thank you for your feedback. Yes you are correct about the change of chef’s but we are working hard to rectify this. Once again thanks for your feedback

Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Smart, comfortable happy vibe, not been here for many years glad to see it's been well looked after and updated, with open gas fire, TVs, pool tables and more. Glad to see they kept the outside seating which is covered. Friendly smiling greeting as we...More

Thank Marlaina C
TanyaFarrant, General Manager at Butlers Reef Oakura, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

Many thanks for your lovely review Marlaina. We really appreciate the feedback and are glad you had a great experience with us!

Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Excited to revisit Oakura after some years away. Decided to have a pub lunch at Butlers. Devoted old and tired but that didn't bother me. What was disappointing was the lack of interest by the staff, slow sloppy service and the fact I had to...More

Thank halcioneminx
TanyaFarrant, General Manager at Butlers Reef Oakura, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Hi There - we are very disappointed to hear this as this is not how we conduct our business. We will be speaking to our staff about this and we appreciate the opportunity to improve on this matter. We have also private messaged you to...More

Reviewed 24 May 2017

Had lunch at Butlers recently, & overall we would recommend it. Cheerful informative waitress, nothing too much trouble. My scallops & salad with a glass of Chardonnay was just right! Hubbie had a venison burger which he enjoyed. It was a relaxing ambience, only two...More

1  Thank Anne W
TanyaFarrant, General Manager at Butlers Reef Oakura, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Hi There. Thank you for your review. Unfortunately to the eye it looks dirty but it is very stained from being 30-40 years old. We are in the process of getting new vanities for both the mens and ladies at the moment so they can...More

Reviewed 27 April 2017

A surprisingly good restaurant on the main road leading to surfers' beach at Oakura west of New Plymouth.

Thank KiwitrotterAuckland
TanyaFarrant, General Manager at Butlers Reef Oakura, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2017

Thank you for your great review!

Reviewed 18 March 2017

Butlers Reef has always had a good reputation for good food, good location, friendly service and atmosphere. It is 37 years since my last visit and nothing has changed. The service is friendly, the food was excellent - I can't even say it was good...More

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Katie B
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Hi Katie, Yes, dogs are more than welcome at Butlers Reef.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
New Zealand, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:59
11:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1133 South Road, Oakura 4314, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Taranaki Region  >  Oakura
  • Phone Number: +64 6-752 7765
  • E-mail
Butlers Reef is located ten minutes south of New Plymouth on the famous Surf Highway 45. A family friendly cafe and bar with a relaxed atmosphere, fabulous food and coffee from ARROSTA. Sports fans are welcome with three big screen tv’s and 2 pool tables. Our sunny decks add to your dining enjoyment. Out back is a permanent marquee and garden area where the kids can run around and we hold functions and bands. Located next door is Butlers Bottlestore with a great selection of your favourite beers, wines and spirits.
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