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“Worst dining experience in a very long time.”
Review of Cobb & Co. Taupo

Cobb & Co. Taupo
Ranked #32 of 139 Restaurants in Taupo
Price range: US$11 - US$22
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Welcome back to New Zealand's original Restaurant and Saloon! Visit Cobb & Co. for a friendly environment and warm charm that is uniquely kiwi. Cobb & Co. is the best place for families, offering a fantastic kids area packed with toys, PlayStations, and a large fish tank. We also have a special menu for our valued seniors. Cobb & Co. prides itself on having the best steak around: our beef is AngusPure,' beginning it's natural journey within the beautiful green landscapes of New Zealand and finishing it on your plate, topped off with one of our homemade steak sauces! Here, at Cobb & Co. there is something for everyone, offering a huge menu range, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Enjoy our wine list, a classic handle of beer, or a colourful traffic light. Welcome home to Cobb & Co.!
Whakatane, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Worst dining experience in a very long time.”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Our group of 4 friends dined here on a Saturday night. We were told they were busy as there were a couple of birthday parties on, however, we thought we were lucky in being shown to a table. Not So!
We arrived at 7pm but should have been told that we would not be receiving our meals until 8.20pm.
We were also seated beside the children's area, with toy's and games. Children were left here by parents to run amok. More than once a child nearly ran into a waitress carrying food to tables. Children are unsupervised in this area.
It's all very well saying 'we are busy tonight' but you need to give guests the choice about whether to wait over an hour for food or simply leave - as we would have, given the choice.
Upon complaining to a waitress after being seated for an hour, she told us the kitchen is in a bit of chaos and they would not listen, even if she did go in.
This Cobb & Co has more tables than they can comfortably service - or not enough chefs.

As for the food, my lamb shank was tough and the cauliflower under cooked. Another of us had the half chicken with was also tough, overcooked; another had chicken alexander which was ok but her mashed potato was cold.

We definitely won't be back.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Disappointing Experience”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Place was busy with mixed ages during the school holidays. An expensive place for the amount of food. They're not very obliging as my partner cannot eat a full meal and asked if she could have a kids meal without the desert. The on duty manager would not assist in a smaller dish, so we had to get a main meal to which only a quarter was eaten by her. I ordered the ribs, to which was sauce dumped over the the top, small amount for the price paid and certainly not the best around. The kids meal however was a good price and my lad enjoyed the meal. He knocked over his drink and they replaced it which was a surprise. Would I go back, sadly no. There are far better places and better value in Taupo.

Visited July 2014
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Amazing FOR KIDS!”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

We had a great time here last night. The kids loved it. The special menu, the slushy drinks and the entertainment area with computer games! We could have stayed all night. If you have kids under 8 - you need to come! It will be the only time you have a meal in peace!

Visited July 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
333 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“AdBlue Trip Tauranga -Taupo”
Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

We had A lovely meal and caught up with friends over dinner here.
Friendly staff sat us Aucklander's down near the fire.
The meals were large and very good.
Service was a bit slow but as we were catching up, it didn't bother us.
They forgot our coffee order but did not charge us.
Nice place which has been done up recently.
Good value for money.

Visited July 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Located in the heart of the dining district we went with two children and they were pleased with the offerings.
The food was really nice and the atmosphere was relaxing.
Would definitely go back.

Visited June 2014
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