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Somerset Cottage

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30 Bethlehem Road, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
+64 7-576 6889
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Auckland, New Zealand
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasant surrounds. Would be nice though if you could see more of garden, we couldnt at all. Food very nice. Wine expensive. Service was proficient but could not be described as warm and friendly especially on arrival. Not that busy but pretty much dumped at table with no welcome or explanation re menu etc. no checking on whether we we... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has wonderful atmosphere, an excellent wine selection, and exquisite food. Service was excellent, and hostess very friendly. Portions a bit light, so more of a romantic evening than a place to take a hungry family, or a man with big appetite, unless "pre-loaded".

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Wellington, New Zealand
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123 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I gather from the locals that this is a husband & wife team. The waitress was obviously new from her nervousness but made up for that with sweet enthusiasm. The ambiance is dimly lit and quaint albeit a bit confusing as to which decade the style is going for. A larger party was being catered to in an enclosed porch... More 

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Thank Andrea S
Tauranga, New Zealand
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162 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were gifted a voucher to go here, and enjoyed a special night out. The setting is a character cottage with an old-English style garden outside. It was very busy the night we went, but thankfully the music levels were low, so we were able to talk without having to raise our voices. I enjoyed an excellent Bostock chicken -... More 

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Thank MRS565
Warrington, United Kingdom
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466 reviews
299 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had a dinner here after a long time between visits and generally it was very nice. Most of our dishes were great, and the service was friendly. It is however very expensive for what it is.

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Thank JetSetterJim
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Beetroot entrée was amazing! Good menu and good service. I would definitely come back! Wine list is pretty solid too... thanks

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Thank Reginaldo A
Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Four of us visited this restaurant while staying in Tauranga wanting something that was off the tourist fare. Menu is available online. We took advantage of this feature before booking on phone. We were not disappointed. Setting is great. There is a small garden in the back which is nicely done. The inside felt cozy. Acoustics were excellent; although it... More 

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Thank 832halimam
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Right from the greeting at the doorway we felt welcomed like a guest for the evening. Ordering was unhurried, as was the entire evening, which ambled along at a relaxed pace. We felt like we could have remained for hours if we wanted. And the food, beautiful as always! This is the best place in Tauranga for celebrating those special... More 

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Tauranga
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Some years ago we ate at Somerset Cottage and were underwhelmed by the experience. Decided it was time to give it another go as it is clearly a very popular choice. We booked well ahead but perhaps we should have booked even further in advance in order to secure a table in the main part of the restaurant. As it... More 

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Thank Bglbudi
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We went to Somerset Cottage on Saturday night. Had a nice table for two and wait staff were very good. We selected our entrees - chicken livers and pate and both were delicious, especially the chicken livers. For mains we had fish and a steak, both again were delicious. A nice bottle of Cianti topped it off nicely. Prices quite... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Bethlehem Road, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Tauranga
  • Phone Number: +64 7-576 6889

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?