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SmokePit & Buoy

The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Level 1 | 9-17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland 0620, New Zealand
+64 9-916 4982
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Overview
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“sunday roast” (2 reviews)
“st louis ribs” (2 reviews)
“duck” (10 reviews)
Open Now
06:00 - 10:00 Hours
CUISINES
New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££££
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Level 1 | 9-17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland 0620, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 181 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have just finished the best meal at Smokepit & Buoy. Attention to detail, friendly staff, a great wine list and finger-licking slow-cooked pork ribs (with fries and coleslaw), what more could one ask for? You’d be crazy to pass this place up if you’re...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Felis2013
spenceronbyron, Guest Relations Manager at SmokePit & Buoy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us, we really appreciate your comments and hope to welcome you back again soon, Kindest regards, Debbie Barnett

Reviewed 9 December 2018

Fantastic everyday Lunch Menu. Light eats to substantial meals all at reasonable prices. My first choice the SmokePit St Louis Ribs.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ray B
spenceronbyron, Guest Relations Manager at SmokePit & Buoy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us, we hope to welcome you back to Takapuna again, Kindest regards, Debbie Barnett

Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

I almost never eat in the hotels in which I stay when travelling as the food is expensive, in some cases pretentious and rarely really good. I made an exception while staying in the Spencer on Byron in Takapuna both last week and this. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank CalMacK996
spenceronbyron, Guest Relations Manager at SmokePit & Buoy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us at SmokePit & Buoy, we really appreciate your comments and we look forward to welcoming you back! Kindest regards, Debbie Barnett

Reviewed 6 December 2018

Breakfast is buffet or off the menu, very convenient at the start of the day. Very nice dinner options and attentive service, room service also available

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Tracy S
spenceronbyron, Guest Relations Manager at SmokePit & Buoy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us, and we hope to welcome you back again, Kindest regards, Debbie Barnett

Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile

Cocktails in the bar were great, the bottle of passage rock that we had with dinner was also delicious. The meal started well, burnt ends were nice, although could be presented a bit better (what's with putting everything in glasses?!?!). Duck arancini tasted good, no...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Wanderer28775591694
spenceronbyron, Guest Relations Manager at SmokePit & Buoy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us, we really appreciate your comments which have been discussed with our team. We hope you will give us another try, and hope to welcome you back, Kindest regards, Debbie Barnett

Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

First time in this restaurant. Nice dinner, good atmosphere and food very nice definitely back again

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank GridaAlessandro
spenceronbyron, Guest Relations Manager at SmokePit & Buoy, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your dining experience with us and we hope to welcome you back again, Kindest regards, Debbie Barnett, Guest Relations Manager

Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Arrived by chance and excited at it being smokehouse food. The burnt pork ends is difficult to describe, I think they need to check out youtube to see what they should be like. Had kingfish for a main, portion size was disappointing, fish was overcooked...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank markhV1500XJ
spenceronbyron, Guest Relations Manager at SmokePit & Buoy, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit, I am sorry you didn't enjoy your experience, and I have discussed these particular dishes with our Head Chef: this is highly unusual, and we hope you will return and give us another opportunity, Kindest...More

Reviewed 16 October 2018

My friend and I stayed at the Byron, and decided to go to dinner at the restaurant for the Sunday roast, well actually my friend had a coupon. Service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is something I haven't experienced before, very cosy and almost old-fashioned...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank subee40
spenceronbyron, Guest Relations Manager at SmokePit & Buoy, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to SmokePit & Buoy, and we hope to welcome you back again, Kindest regards, Debbie Barnett, Guest Relations Manager

Reviewed 16 September 2018

Their speciality in slow cooked food is beyond description. Food was delicious, simple but powerful. The Slow cooked pork ribs were pretty good, nice and tender and good flavours. The restaurant is suited to any age, and you'll be sure to make friends with the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Harshal m
spenceronbyron, Guest Relations Manager at SmokePit & Buoy, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit and we hope to welcome you back to Takapuna again, Kindest regards, Debbie Barnett, Guest Relations Manager

Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Went here with a group of friends for dinner. Service was good however that was the only good thing... the food was below average. The meat was cold, lacked in flavour, the sauce was served in shot glasses which made it difficult to get out,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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spenceronbyron, Guest Relations Manager at SmokePit & Buoy, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to SmokePit & Buoy: we are so disappointed to read your review, and are trying to decipher when you dined with us, so we can have a close look at the dishes you ordered....More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$22 - US$59
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Monday
06:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
06:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
06:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
06:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Level 1 | 9-17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland 0620, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland  >  North Shore  >  Takapuna
  • Phone Number: +64 9-916 4982
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at The Spencer on Byron Hotel
Description
At SmokePit & Buoy we offer just the right service for your occasion - we're quick and discrete when you're busy working and give you lots of attention when you're out to celebrate. Choose freshly cooked food from our seasonal menu If you're joining us for dinner, you'll be eating from the varied A La Carte Menu offering in-season, fresh local dishes. The menu also caters for a range of diets and includes vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and low-carb options. As well as the A La Carte Menu, SmokePit & Buoy also offers a set-price Lunch Menu and the restaurant is open for Breakfast every morning. All of our restaurant staff are friendly, attentive and work hard to make your meal enjoyable. SmokePit & Buoy Restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate special occasions.
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