Hamilton City 07 852 5925
- Tue – Sat 5pm – late
- Payment Types: EFTPOS
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
The Eatery serves modern Italian food and wine, in a relaxed and family-friendly environment.
Enjoy exceptional service in comfortable surroundings.
The Eatery is a local restaurant you’ll want to dine out at every week because it’s an affordable and easy option.
Formerly as Fuego.
11 Reviews for The Eatery
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Visited January 2014
Booked a reservation to celebrate a Mother’s Day dinner for two adults and two small children and was seated by 7 pm (2 hours after it opens) – not near the end of the dining period – and it was clear that the restaurant was not busy. There was no urgency among the waitress staff and there were obvious clear tables available for more customers prior too and throughout our dine.
They reserved a very small table that would normally be sat for only 2 adults at other restaurants around Hamilton. We ordered a few minutes after being seated and before our entrees were brought to our table, the waitress for some strange reason removed the children’s plates.
No water bottle or jug was given to us, but instead the waitress came to fill our cups (but only one time throughout our 2 hour dine) even though our glasses of wine arriving promptly. The children were bored waiting for the food and began to use the cutlery to tap the glasses. Our entrees came at a reasonable time, some 15 minutes after we ordered, however the children had no plates to eat their bruschetta on but fortunately after one bite they both decided they did not want to eat anymore.
It took about 20 minutes and 4 neglected looks by waitresses, who walked by, to clear our dishes after we had finished eating the entrees. We ordered the “make your own pizza” for each child which took the waitress 20 minutes to get back to the kitchen after the kids had already put their toppings on the dough and attempted to eat it. Finally, after 1 hour and 15 minutes, after the entree, our mains, including the cooked pizza for the children, arrived at the table which was cluttereMored with excess cutlery left behind by the waitress.
I would rate the Salmon main a 3/5 due to the risotto tasting a lot like poorly mashed potato with prawn and peas in it, however the orange complemented the salmon, but the wine made it easier to digest. The Steak main would be rated 4/5 due to the main disappointment that the steak was not warm enough. The pizza had the same taste as Dampa (bread dish made while camping in the woods) so gets only 1 star – also based on the fact that the children could not all of the pizza despite having waited almost 1.5 hours for their dinner!
The overall quality was exceptionally low for the pricing of the dishes however, I am glad that one waitress offered, at least 1 child, a plastic cup and that after the entree meals had already been eaten, that they decided to entertain the kids with some crayons and a waterproof picture to colour.
Sadly however, I would not like to dine there again. Would suit adults dining out on a date, as the environment has a nice feel with the wood and chandeliers, but there was no soft music playing so the hour plus long wait for the food would be boring, if you’re not much of a talker, and you might get a sore butt from the poorly cushioned seats.
Would not recommend families dining there and not as affordable as they claim. Had hoped to say nicer things, but we paid over $130 to dine there and the experience was not worth the price.
The food was incredible, I highly recommend the calamari as a starter (a little chilli kick, nothing too hot though if chilli isn’t your thing) and the veal as a main. I highly recommend you get as many desserts as you can fit in your stomach, I went with my partner and ended up having 3! The chocolate dumplings were mouth watering, the Tartufo was delicious and the creme brulee was a perfect balance between crunchy and smooth. The service was really friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere was a good vibe for a Thursday evening, especially when sat by the fire.
I gave my 5 star rating because it was just a wonderful evening all round.
Firstly the atmosphere was nice, it wasnt too loud, and good choice in music.
The service was also worth a mention, my girlfriend and I were well looked after, but never harassed.
We settle for a nice garlic pizza to start, came out very quickly. To me it lacked a little garlic flavour, but the girlfriend loved it!
I order the sirloin steak on offer, while my girlfriend went with the half a chicken, with a side of green beans each.
Again, the food arrived promptly, but did not sacrifice on the quality. The steak was cooked perfectly, with a wonderful array of flavours. My girlfriend gave the nod of approval for the chicken also.
We finished the night with a creme brulee and a wonderfully chocolate gelato.
The food was well priced, atmosphere just what you looking for, for a quiet evening out.
Will definitely be returning, next time with more people to share the experience!
We shared the Calamari and arancini for entree, I had the wood roasted chicken and my wife had the house made pappardelle with braised duck then we shared a tiramisu for dessert.
We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service was attentive without being intrusive. Plenty of parking right out the front always gets a big tick from me too! We will be back again for sure.