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Monsoon bar and restaurant will quite possibly be your favourite bar in NZ, with roaring fires & regular DJ's. We carry a large range of New Zealands finest beers and wines. The Monsoon restaurant will satisfy your hunger whatever your budget with all you can eat pizza nights, bar meals and a specially created ala carte menu specially designed by our head chef Ronald Lacanilao who has created a menu of mouth watering local delicacies to treat you after a hard day glacier exploring. Choose from over 40 different gin's, have a create your gonna experience Monsoon: it rains... we pour...
PRICE RANGE
AU$14 - AU$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Pizza, International, Pub, New Zealand
FEATURES
Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant! great atmosphere! friendly staffs! Especially Courtney was so lovely and friendly and accommodating our requests. Most importantly food was excellent too. Will come back again the next 2 nights.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate dinner here on our first night staying at the resort. That was a mistake. The food was terrible. We had chicken tacos (only the tortillas were good, not the filling), and lamb (tasteless). The cauliflower appetizer was also bad - poor flavor and...forget about any hint of blue cheese in the dipping sauce. Better to walk down the street and try somewhere else.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 April 2024

Breakfast menu was a bit limited, but was a fun spot to eat in the evening. Can get a bit crowded when the Kiwi Experience / Stray busses get in, but also brings the place to life. Pizzas were excellent, a fairly good selection of...drinks and good service. Prices were better than many of the other places in town. Went back again another evening for more of the same.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 31 March 2024

Fabulous service from Courtney!!! Brilliant waitress. Really helpful, friendly and gave us good advice. Great food 👍

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 29 March 2024

We had a very enjoyable experience for us first timers, my pork chops were the best I've ever had and I've had LOADS. The young staff were incredible and adapted, when a large queue occurred at the bar extra staff came in and the queue...disappeared immediately. Each staff was kept very busy but they maintained their smiles and I saw each of them clearing tables and doing the till, they were always looking for a way to help their workmates. Their conversation was excellent and I very much enjoyed tipping them as I don't think I've seen better service. Please accept this as a personal thank you and I hope your manager sees this appreciation 🩷🩷🩷More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 16 March 2024

Great pup. Very popular, so booking a table is recommended. Away from mainstreet and much better prices than other places nearby. Good food and drinks. Friendly, efficient service. Great atmosphere.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024

Good happy hour and the seafood chowder was the best I had while visiting the South Island. It's nice to sit on the sunny deck and enjoy the lovely food.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 2 March 2024

Great restaurant to use if you are staying at the Rainforest retreat. Great options on the menu for both food and drink. Excellent service

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 22 February 2024

This restaurant has great food! Happy Hour was great to have since we are from the states. The appetizers were delicious! We will definitely come back!!!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024 via mobile

Almost a 4. In NZ when you order Eggs Benedict it’s best to ask specifically for runny eggs. It’s a personal preference of mine. If the eggs were soft and runny it would have been a 4. Having said that it was very nice and...we’d come back. My Americano coffee was very good.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 February 2024

We are vegetarians and finding good vegetarian dishes in NZ is not always easy so it was a pleasant surprise to find that the on site restaurant had a few different choices. We were advised on arrival at the site that it was advisable to...book a table and we were glad we did as it got very busy.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 28 January 2024

During our three-night stay at Rainforest Retreat we had 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners in Monsoon and the food was delicious. Our particular favourites across both meals were the buffalo cauliflower, ‘wrap your own tortillas’, cauliflower steak, Mediterranean eggs and the breakfast salad. At one...breakfast we ordered the burrito and added haloumi to the order. When the order arrived it was missing both the avocado and salsa that was listed on the menu. As I didn’t realise this immediately, I asked another waiter passing to follow up the missing items for me. She sourced the salsa, reported that the kitchen didn’t have any avocado that morning, and offered to compliment me the haloumi I had added to the order to replace the missing avocado. While the original waiter should’ve informed me of the lack of availability of the menu item, mistakes happen – it’s how situations like these are addressed and the problem solved that is important, and this was handled very well. Good service, food and atmosphere. BONTAKS TRAVELSMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024 via mobile

Unprofessional in terms of opening hours and communication. We arrived at the restaurant at 20.35 H precise. On Google there was written that Monsoon was open until 22H30, but it continues as a bar apparently. Bummer

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 2 January 2024 via mobile

The number of three quarters empty restaurants that claim all their tables are booked is staggering. Especially when a person is there at 5.15pm just to grab a main course and a drink and will be gone by 6 pm. That's $70 extra you can...make out of that table. The number of restaurants that don't show a menu with prices at the door so you can work out if they cater to your needs before bothering the staff. You even had the board right there. Early eaters of the world unite and continue to explain this to restaurants. I know you've got a table of richer people that will drop $300 on that table booked for 7 pm, but at the moment, it's making you $0, just tell me how long I have got. Anyhow, the food was good quality, and the New Year's Day surcharge was not ridiculous compared to some in the township.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 January 2024 via mobile

The food was good with the exception of the cauliflower steak, which was overly garlicky. The starters were very tasty as well. The challenge was more the timing. It took 30 mins after our starters came to get three of the main courses and another...30 mins to get the remaining three. It was not very busy so not sure what the cause was for the sloooow service.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Yes, Monsoon Bar & Restaurant offers takeaway services.

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Monsoon Bar & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5