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The Eatery

4_half star rating
11 reviews

Cuisine: European, Italian, Family, Pizza

36 Horsham Downs Rd
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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4th February 2014
5 star rating
Went to the Eatery with my mum and my 2yo – they were fab brought out special (nice) plastic cutlery and plates and cup for miss 2 who thought it was super special, then did the make your own pizza at your table which she also loved, then whilst waiting for dinner they brought out a drawing set for her to keep/take home. So considerate to those with kids and to make it even better our adults mains were DIVINE, freshly made pasta with fabulous flavour! We will be going back!

Visited January 2014

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18th May 2014
1 star rating
Thought we would check out this place only because of the rating here on Menu Mania but was highly disappointed with the overall service and food – especially given that the restaurant was not busy and they had more than enough staff to cater to us throughout our ca. 2 hour dine.

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.

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Comment from Melissa R. of The Eatery 19/05/2014   
Thank you firstly for choosing The Eatery as your dining option this Mother’s Day. We are however very sorry that you didn’t enjoy your experience with us. It would seem that the basis of your complaint is around the time it took to have things done for you. You…    More »
8th March 2014
4 star rating
Excellent food, wonderfull waitresses ( with senses of humor!!)
Very helpful and explained what each dish was and helped with pronunciation!!!
Will be back!

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16th January 2014
4 star rating
Tried the Keg Room the week before which was really nice casual bar food… happy ……neat little bar…last night we tried the eatery as we had an occasion to celebrate…..I had the gnocci with mushroom and chicken, hubby had the salmon with risotto kids made their own pizza’s ….the restaurant is really lovely and the service was fantastic…wish we could walk here we would probably come every week……loved it :)

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30th November 2013
5 star rating
My husband and I just had a fantastic experience…great atmosphere and wonderful friendly staff that don’t harass but make sure you are well looked after…amazing food that was well presented and great portions!!!! Will certainly be back to this wonderful place.

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29th November 2013
5 star rating
We have just come home from celebrating our Wedding Anniversary with a meal at the Eatery. Everything about the experience was first class from the booking experience until we left. The service was attentive and friendly without being over powering, and the food was superb. We shared an entrée of Tre Formaggi Arancini, then had mains of Mezzo Pollo and Allagriglia Carne di Cervo. Dolce then seemed necessary to round out a beautiful meal so we indulged in Tartuffo and Affogato. Coffe and Limoncello rounded out the experience. If you have even the slightest liking for Italian cuisine you need to try The Eatery.

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8th November 2013
5 star rating
Dining at The Eatery last week was fantastic. The service was polite, friendly, attentive and incredibly professional. The food was exceptional – very flavoursome, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all, as was the wine. The night we dined, during the week was bustling but not loud, and the atmosphere was relaxed and warm. Highly recommend.

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30th October 2013
5 star rating
It was an absolute pleasure dining at The Eatery last week.

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.

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18th September 2013
5 star rating
Had a very enjoyable time with the girlfriend a week ago. Recommended to me by a friend when it was still Fuego, and was really happy with the choice.
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!

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20th August 2013
5 star rating
We made a last minute decision to have the night off cooking and go and check out The Eatery after friends of ours had recommended it. We took our chances without a booking and when we arrived the place was full. The manager got us seated with a drink in the bar for 15 minutes while she organised a table in the restaurant for us.

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.

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6th August 2013
5 star rating
Great food, we tried two of the pastas and a pizza, Pizza was amazing and their freshly made pasta was awesome. definitely will be going back for more! the staff were very attentive also. They have a very reasonably priced kids menu and the choice of going next door to the Keg room for American style food.

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