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“Stunned. Not by the food but by vulgar service.” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alice May

Alice May
Ranked #2 of 19 Restaurants in Franz Josef
Price range: US$7 - US$23
Cuisines: European, New Zealand, International, Healthy
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: As warm and welcoming, as a traditional English Carriage House. The white walls and exposed rafters are adorned with riding tack, farm tools and other historic artifacts. While the wooden floors, wagon wheel bar stools and open fireplace add to the warmth.
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Stunned. Not by the food but by vulgar service.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

As a group we visited this restaurant for dinner after an awesome Skydive but our celebratory moods were soon quelled by the rudest female waitstaff in existence. She has short blond hair, regarded us with indignity and aversion for "noise-making" which certainly didn't go above reasonable levels. Sure, we get it, Kiwis like peace and quiet and we try to respect that. But in a restaurant that serves beer, and seemed more casual (people walked in wearing t-shirts and trek shoes, there was no dress code and music was being played fairly loudly), we were certainly caught unaware that loudness (think: excitable young ladies who just completed skydiving) was unacceptable.

We can easily accept if the woman had come up to us and told us POLITELY to keep our voices down as we may be disturbing the other customers but God forbid, no! She stomped over and told us that the noise we were making was "awful!" That was the single, rudest thing anyone has ever said to any of us, and even more horrifying that it shld come frm a SERVICE PERSONNEL to PAYING customers!

Part of any dining experience is often social and includes the company of friends. I think it is not unreasonable to expect that sometimes, people do get carried away and talk above the normal tone of voice. Why, if keeping a restaurant quiet is so important, surely Alice May shld spare no expenses on having sound proofed rooms? Perhaps the cost can be deducted from this rude female waitstaff's salary since she's such a strong proponent for silence.

A real disappointment. I have been to New Zealand twice and had such a good impression of the people until i met this woman.

I'm hard-pressed to even give a rating for "bar scene" and "atmosphere" for this place on Tripadvisor because there is only one honest answer, zero.

Visit this place only if you want your dining experience to be quiet as a temple.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Jeanlsh
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
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English first
Brevard, North Carolina
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Wonderful meal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

This is a cozy restaurant with great service. I had the winter special ..pot roast with soup and dessert for 30 NZ. It was delicious. My husband had the venison which was outstanding. It was prepared perfectly and mixd with spinach and potatoes. Don't miss eating here if you are in the area.

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank DebbieL44
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South Australia, Australia
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lovely food in a unique historical setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

We couldn't figure out how anyone could give this restaurant less than a very good review and are glad we decided to go despite some of the lesser reviews. The food was excellent (ribs & venison were had) and the service very good despite them being quite busy. Suggest you don't come too late as they do fill up. I think we went around 5:30pm and within an hour, they were packed out, mid-week.

Visited April 2014
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1 Thank trixdm
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good food and a warm welcome”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

We ate here shortly after power was restored to Franz Josef following the storms caused by Cyclone Ita. As a result it was extremely busy, hence we were pleased to be offered a table despite our not having booked.
The service was friendly and courteous despite the number of customers - and our food was delicious, well presented and without delays.
Recommend a visit if you are in town.

Visited April 2014
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1 Thank PeteWR1
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Wellington, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“winter special”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

we have a dinner here last 2 nights ago and we have their winter special which is $30.00 where you can have soup and roast or fish chips and dessert which is very cheap yet very delicious meal ,with a friendly staff.
I just read their review and Its not right what they post its opposite for us, actually that Chinese group are the rude one not the staff.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank zarah143
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