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“Good food, cold and quiet atmosphere”

Bluestone Steakhouse
Ranked #4 of 362 Restaurants in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$35
Cuisines: Steakhouse, European, New Zealand
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Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good food, cold and quiet atmosphere”
Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went out for a romantic dinner on a quiet and cold Thursday night. We arrived before 6pm to an almost empty restaurant and were seated in front of the door. While not too many people came in, the staff must have gone through and back that door upwards of 8 times. Needless to say we were cold and wanted to put our thick winter coats back on. When we asked to move closer to the fire, we were told all other tables were booked and this was the only one left... But the restaurant was empty. We had already had entrees and ordered our mains and thought ok we will just eat and go but when the door let another blast of freezing air in we had to complain to the manager. By this stage my husband was so irate and when she said the people who had phoned a reservation and were not here were more important than two paying customers already in the restaurant (by now only 1 other table had come in and the restaurant was still not even a quarter full) he snapped and said look we will just pay for what we have eaten and leave... Needless to say we were moved right in front of the fire. Our bodies and our spirits warmed up instantly. At the end of dinner we were actually having a good experience, a glimmer of what the night should have been. By the time we left there were still 5 other tables the size of ours that were still vacant and waiting on their diners to come in.

Overall not an enjoyable experience for us or the staff. They were very friendly and the food was good - chips were a bit over cooked and portions were small for the price.

Had the restaurant been full, the room would have been warmer and the table by the door may have been quite refreshing. Also the quietness of the restaurant would have been drowned out by happy customers, but because it was empty it was cold and unpleasant.

I'd like to give them another try and hope for a better experience next time.

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English first
Hamilton, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent Everything”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

We went on busy Friday night and chose this restaurant because it was one of the most popular. They squeased us in and we had a delicious meal surrounded by happy eaters. The service was good and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was well worth the money because the food was so good and I could NEVER recreate this atmosphere and sense of hospitality at home!

  • Visited April 2014
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Steak Heaven”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Busy Saturday night, they still fitted us in after only a short wait.
Food was brilliant, will be back for sure.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Hamish A
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Perth, Australia
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Food and service excellent”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Went to the Bluestone on our last night in New Zealand after seeing recommendation on Trip Advisor. Beautiful meal and the best service I have had in a long time. I had my first Venison meal in NZ and having it with the waitresses recommended Jus as the sauce was delicious. Husband had the Seafood Pasta and he also loved it - lovely big fresh mussels. Also had to finish off with a Brulee. HIghly recommended.

  • Visited June 2014
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Delicious meat feast!”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Needed a hearty meat meal and found this place.
Delicious - Had a pork shank. Was so much food I could have shared it with someone and still be full.
Staff friendly, price reasonable.
HINT:
If you like peace don't sit outside on a Friday or Saturday night, the place is right next door to a nightclub and the patrons from their are quite unruly and will disturb a perfect meal.

Visited June 2014
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