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Cook Saddle Cafe & Saloon

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Main Highway, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0700
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015

Sometimes you don't want to pay $35 per person for a meal that the kids are going to turn up their noses at and complain "what's this glop on my salad". Sometimes you just want a reasonable meal at a reasonable price and that's what we got at Cook Saddle. We had been stuck inside all day while seven inches... More 

Thank GeisslerFamily
Tallinn, Estonia
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133 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2015 via mobile

One of the few places in town that was near full. This is the first invite when one considers where to dine. This was the reason we decided to eat there. Service was very nice, this cannot be said about the food which was an average expensive pub food. Their special Whitebait was tasteless, another specialty that was recommended by... More 

Thank Joona S
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2015

We waited for half an hour for one toasted sandwich. Staff were quite unhelpful and made a rude comment about one of our boys spilling a glass of water

1 Thank GEHCTaske
Wilmslow Cheshire
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241 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2015 via mobile

We had both lunch and dinner here and both were really good. Well cooked and presented and the staff were both helpful and friendly. There are many eateries in Fox this one is one of the best.

Thank Wilmslow_People
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2015

My finance and I visited Fox Glacier in November 2014. We had afternoon drinks at the Cook & Saddle, and returned later that evening for dinner. The bar staff were extremely friendly, and went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Shaun was our waiter for dinner, and provided nothing short of perfect service: He was attentive, efficient, and... More 

Thank CaitlinGrace88
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2014 via mobile

We had such a wonderful lunch... We decided to go there for dinner aswell!!! Not only was the food fantastic, (the best we have had on our trip so far) but the service was amazing. All the staff went the extra mile to provide a great service. Great variety of choices ne the menu and well priced. A timely service... More 

Thank Laurashawx
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2014 via mobile

We ordered 2 toasted wraps with a side of fries, took the best part of 45 minutes. When it arrived it was lukewarm, sub standard and arrived with a bonus side of attitude. To top it all off it didn't meet with the definition of "affordable" for what it was.

3 Thank Hugh S
Te Anau, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2014

Great food, great staff, good prices, clean, open and friendly atmosphere. Must try the Whitebait patties.

Thank JGO916
Traralgon, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2014

Ideally located in the centre of town...it's appealing because it's quirky. You wander in and the unique setting jumps out....chunky wood tables, comfortable seating. It certainly looks great. The service is average and so is the food. The appetiser was served at the same time as the meal. It almost hits goals and yet...it's not quite there.

2 Thank Crystalline4u
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2014

Nice atmosphere, casual but with a soul to it that few other places nearby do offer. We were short of milk for one of our kids and they kindly offered us some for breakfast. Diner was good, and even the kids menu did not offer the usual junk, but something original instead.

Thank FrRu

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Highway, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)  >  Fox Glacier
  • Phone Number: +64 3-751 0700
Cook Saddle Cafe and Saloon offers locals and visitors a variety of menu options at reasonable prices in a warm and friendly country atmosphere.Our wide menu selection includes ala carte and group menu’s, while our popular western style meals are enjoyed by young and old. A children’s menu is available and we endeavour to meet special dietary requirements upon request.The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining and during the cooler months visitors can relax and unwind by the cosy open fire.The saloon is full of local history, a comfortable place for visitors to the West Coast region to catch up with the locals and perhaps hear a few good old stories from days gone by!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?