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Three Lamps Bar & Eatery – CLOSED

3 star rating
17 reviews

Cuisine: Gastro Pub Food

1-3 St Marys Rd
St Marys Bay
Auckland City
09-376 6092
 

Hours:

  • Mon – Sun 11am – Late
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Business Dining
    • Private Functions
    • Private Parties
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Parking: Free On-Street
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takeaways: No
  • Delivers: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert

Three Lamps Bar and Eatery is your Ponsonby local: a bar and restaurant with good food and a huge range of craft beers at great prices.

At Three Lamps discover and share some of the better things in life. Glasses, pitchers and bottles brimming with international and New Zealand craft beer and wine; plates, boards and bowls of delicious, locally sourced food; great times, laughter and stories enjoyed with friends. Expect to find all this and more in the truly unique atmosphere of Three Lamps Bar and Eatery – your local bar and restaurant in Ponsonby, Auckland.

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17 Reviews for Three Lamps Bar & Eatery – CLOSED

4th May 2014
5 star rating
A good friend of mine who used work at Three Lamps Bar recommended the place to my wife and I. We are over from the Gold Coast on our honeymoon. The whole experience was amazing from the food to the drinks and the service. Will definitely be back when we are back in town.

Visited April 2014

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Emma W.

43

26th April 2014
2 star rating
Don’t be fooled by this place, it looks like a pub but it does not serve pub style food.

I ordered the chili prawns as a starter and what I got was a generous plate of mesclun with a tasty dressing and 5 medium size prawns hiding underneath for $14. I commented to the waitress and she questioned me if I was sure only 5 were on the plate, my partner backed me up. She apparently talked to the kitchen, came back and offered us a free drink each.

Both ordered lamb three ways which was a huge disappointment but the other dishes coming out of the kitchen looked equally uninspiring. For the most expensive main at $30 you get two tiny, but tasty lamb cutlets, a tiny ramekin of overly rich shepherds pie and one slice of poor quality roast lamb floating in a pot of flavourless broth. Also, the baby vegetables turned out to be one tiny potato and two carrots, two extra slices of raw carrot were hiding under the lamb broth. They also smear cheese sauce across the board to fill up the empty space.

The steaks looked good but still not a generous portion and table next to us had the salmon sitting in what looked like lumpy sauce which was supposed to be risotto!

My partner enjoyed the donuts for dessert and the accompanying chocolate sauce was good but the sticky date pudding was another disappointment, no dates in sight and rubbery in texture.

Received one free drink for my earlier comment but it was no way near enough to make up for the successive letdowns of every dish, will not be back.

It you want average, overpriced, tiny, pretentious meals in a dull pub style setting then this might be the place for you.

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Laurie

4

24th April 2014
4 star rating
An out of town friend had given us a deal voucher for Three Lamps Bar & Eatery. We decided to try the eatery for lunch.

The welcome was friendly – we were given a menu that had a good range of dishes to pick from as well as an extensive drinks menu.

We were not disappointed. My wife had the three lamb dish – she really enjoyed the food. The meal only had a few vegetables (and for lunch that was adequate – perhaps wouldn’t be said for an evening meal). I had the venison pie – tasty and delicious – very filling.

Dessert – Creme Brulee – “Yummy”. I had the sticky date pudding – it may have been heated in the microwave as some of the pudding was hard and dry. But – it was still enjoyable.

Presentation of the food was good, the surroundings relaxed, clean toilets, warm and friendly service – we will be going back again.

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23rd April 2014
1 star rating
Went to this restaurant for a special dinner and was disappointed thoroughly… My friend order the pork belly which was over cooked and dry and to top it off the risotto was under cooked and crunchy! The drinks kept rolling pretty quick but from placing our order it took almost 45min-1 hr to arrive! And this isn’t even a fit to bursting busy night! My partner ordered the lamb three ways… absolutely pathetic for the price.. For $30 you got 2 lamb loin chops a coffee cup cut in half sized pie and a tiny casserole! Vegetable salad was all leaf no veges! Highly recommend you don’t try this one… rip off and bad quality food and portion sizes.

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18th April 2014
1 star rating
I went here for my birthday last night and the food was shocking, the risotto was undercooked, the meals were tiny for what you paid and the roast vegetable salad did not even have any roast vegetables in it, all it was is leaves with a few carrots and parsnips on the side!!! I honestly was just completely shocked at just how terrible the food was. a very disappointing night for a special occasion. I would not recommend this bar to anyone and I definitely will not be going back!

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Comment from Frenzigroup L. of Three Lamps Bar & Eatery – CLOSED 23/04/2014   
Hi Natalie, We are very sorry that you had such a disappointing experience at Three Lamps. I have spoken to my Duty Managers, Waiting Staff and Chefs about what went wrong and we do agree that the Roasted Vegetable Salad fell short of expectations. However, I…    More »

Jan R.

2

16th January 2014
5 star rating
My friend and I went to this place for a casual dinner and were fortunate enough to visit the 3 lamp. The service is impeccable (to the point of slight over-sensitivity to needs), and most importantly, the food is excellent and an experience to have if you are looking for a more simple meal.I had the scotch and he had the chicken and both were very happy with the quality and quantity of our meal. and very nice beer too.

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Momo

4

8th January 2014
1 star rating
This place was terrible. Actually that is not completely true. The staff were pleasant and the place is a great spot to spend some time.
Drinks came relatively quickly.

The food is absolutely diabolical.

We ordered the sliders. At best they were ok.
The dumplings were sent back as they were all burnt black on the bottom. I’m amazed that a professional chef had the audacity to send out such a shocking dish. The replacement was dripping in oil and no one had more than one. The potato skins were also dripping with oil.

I would not return again.

UPDATE: The manager has contacted us and apologised for the food. We may return to re-try this place.

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Comment from Frenzigroup L. of Three Lamps Bar & Eatery – CLOSED 7/01/2014   
Hi Momo, We are very sorry to hear you had such an unpleasurable dining experience with us at Three Lamps Bar & Eatery. I apologise for the way the situation with your burnt and then oily dumplings was handled, this is definitely not acceptable. We have…    More »
18th November 2013
5 star rating
Because I had worked late I decided to ring Three Lamps to see if I could dine within the hour and to my delight it was a yes!!!
Amazing service-lovely mannered and attentive staff.
Yummy tasteful food- with a touch of difference, (try the lavendar brulee…most divine)
Great music and atmosphere in fact I enjoyed it so much that I have booked dinner for three next weekend…

Hint: Maybe a little more flair needed with watercress salad

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18th October 2013
4 star rating
A very nice dinner here this week after an early movie with friends.
We all shared entrees first and had some drinks in the bar area.
Once we sat we just continued to have more of the same. Very tasty food and super yummy doughnuts for dessert.
Very relaxed and friendly waiting staff who kept the drinks coming. Boys loved the beer list.
Would recommend for any one who likes something a little some more than the usual. Great looking out door area for drink.

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2nd September 2013
1 star rating
I live locally and go to heaps of the nearby eateries more or less daily. Have not tried this place since change of owners. It was a nice sunny day so we decided to try this place out, plan being to sit out in the courtyard. Arrived to be told that not possible unless I had then swipe my credit card. It was explained that this was required in case I did a runner!! Looking at the courtyard that would have required climbing over a wall, as they had the rear entrance blocked off anyhow.
- Menu was dirty with stains on it
- Waiter had dirty uniform and her finger nails dirty
- Ordered drinks and after they didn’t arrive – after about 15 minutes had to politely remind waiter
- Menu is tapas style and didn’t look that great but it is a pub so not expecting fine dining or anything with imagination
- Notices other customers getting frustrated with service eg delays in food arriving or slack service and several people questioning their bills
- Food arrived; had ordered 3 tapas for sharing / all arrived well apart and after going to and from wrong tables
- Actual food was only just edible, but just
- Had ordered some salmon. Had had salmon at a cafe the day before and the contrast with this place could be more extreme.
- The other tapas were just as bad – tasteless, stale and uninspiring.
This is a place to avoid, at least it you want good service and interesting food.

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Lucy G.

23

10th August 2013
5 star rating
The three tapas plates that we had for a late lunch here yesterday were so delicious that my partner and I couldn’t decide which we loved most. Possibly it was the garlic prawns which the chef delivered to the table in a sizzling little black pot, and were drenched in garlic butter, and accompanied by crusty French bread rounds. While the salmon which came with beetroot and some delicious cream cheesey mixture plus devine caramelised onions and grainy bread was also outstanding. And then there were the kaffir lime crab sliders. Yummo!

Typical of tapas, it was a case of quality over quantity. With each dish averaging around $14. And we also got some sweet green broccolini with garlic and almond as a side. And by the time we’d had 3 beautiful craft beers between us, we’d spent over $75… so it was definitely a splash out for us!

Our waitress was extremely good at her job. Also the venue is really stylish with a lovely wood interior, and we very much enjoyed our table in the sunshine.

Fabulous

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29th July 2013
1 star rating
We went into this cafe and then realised it had changed hands. Decided to stay, the menu set out annoyed the males at the table, too confusing. Decided to go with small plates to share. Apart from the agria fries, all other plates were very disappointing & very much over priced. Two tasteless spring rolls for $16 is a joke. Prawns were either old, frozen burned or even worse were just off. Would not recommend at all. Huge over haul needed.

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Comment from Frenzigroup L. of Three Lamps Bar & Eatery – CLOSED 31/07/2013   
Dear Sonya, Thank you for your feedback on your visit to Three Lamps Bar & Eatery. It’s disappointing to hear that the experience wasn’t up to your expectations. Our menu is a tapas style sharing menu with snack sized Little Shares, and larger platters…    More »

Marie

1

23rd June 2013
5 star rating
Came here last Thursday night for a bite to eat and try out a couple beers, have to say this could very well be my new local, the beer selection will keep me going for months and the food is just brilliant, to start we ordered the spring rolls, fried chicken and sizzling prawns we then went for the butchers board and a side of potato skins everything was just brilliant, we were pretty full but just had to try the doughnuts and we were not disappointed simply divine our waiter was pleasant and very helpful throughout the whole night overall a fantastic night out. the beer is a bit on the expensive side but that’s what you expect for top end beer. ill certainly be back for more!!

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9th June 2013
1 star rating
We came here on a Sunday evening, we live locally and had read the promising menu online, so we were excited at the prospect of having a new local.

After a couple of good tap ciders, we ordered our shares – crumbed chicken sliders, wild boar ribs and a side of hand-cut crinkle chips.

First came the crinkle chips, I was expecting fries, what we got were crisps. The wording on the menu might need reconsideration.
The waiter felt the need to tell us that the chips were freshly made, as apparently, other customers had asked if they came from a packet. To be honest, a pack of eta ripples would have been preferable. The chips were bland and all the condiments on offer didn’t make up for it.

The chicken sliders were just ok, nothing memorable or flavourful there.

Then came the ribs. This was the most disappointing dish we ordered. The meat was chewy and the smoky bourbon sauce didn’t deliver either of the flavours promised. In fact there wasn’t really any flavour to speak of.

Needless to say, we didn’t stay for dessert.

With such an extensive beer menu, this place might be fine for some after work drinks, but I recommend leaving before you get hungry.

Visited May 2013

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2nd June 2013
1 star rating
Disappointing. The only good thing about the evening was the friendly waitress.

The friend I went with knew it as the Belgium Cafe and raved about it, so wasn’t until we got there that we saw it had changed hands. Gave it a go anyway – first mistake.

There for dinner, we took an outside table in the lovely courtyard as it was quieter. The menu was all over the place, we weren’t sure where to start: “little shares” “Big shares” “Coasters”, you have to search the page, even the font is hard to read. One page for the restaurant menu, 10 pages for the beer menu! We should’ve known.

We ordered the steamed mussels for entree – second mistake. Mussels were small and tasted like they’d been microwaved. Half way through entree our main arrived – ‘big share’ meat board. The big board they serve it on can’t fit on the little table with the entree still there so we have to scoff the last few mussels so she can take the plate away and put down the main.

The meat board selection was varied which was great but not choice cuts or anything. The sliced beef was medium rare but had sinew through it so very chewy. The pork ribs barely had meat on them. The venison sausages were a nice change. The two gravies were ok.

Dessert – Friend ordered the bread and butter pudding and I had the Sugar Donuts with hot caramel & orange sauce – final mistake!. The donuts were hard, like they’d been deep fried twice (or 3 times!). I sent them back, and then shared the bread & butter pudding with my friend. It was big, and soft, but the only flavour came from the hot vanilla custard.

The best part of being at this establishment…. was leaving it.

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Liz W.

46

30th May 2013
5 star rating
Awesome! Being on a super express lunch, the orange carpaccio with goats cheese, pickled beetroot, toasted almonds was what I ordered.

Flavours were outstanding, as u can imagine. The salad was light and freshly prepared, it was a good hit of vitamin C and healthy goodness for a light lunch.

The Maitre de guy was excellent, I’d phoned first to warn of my speed visit, and he was very accommodating :)

3 lamps has a Groovy atmosphere – huge windows, so very light and airy. Plus there is lots of beautiful natural wood in decor.

Was tempted to try a cider – the beer list was huge. But lunchtime, y’ know.

Will definitely return.

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22nd May 2013
2 star rating
I went there last Saturday for lunch. I didn’t know that place had been replaced from Belgium Cafe to the current one until I got there, but me and my husband discussed and decided to try it. And that was a big disappointment. We had a dog, so we chose the outside table. While I sitting down, my husband went inside to tell wait staff that we would sit outside. Then we waited for a couple minutes until one staff showing up asking” do you guys need menu?” I looked through the menu, and decided to have egg benedict bagel, and my husband wanted something like fish n chips. I asked the waitress which one was similar to that, and she said they didn’t have f&c, but they had fish platter and agrias which was like chips. So I ordered both for him.
The food came slowly. First was the agrias which was good, but when my husband asked for ketchup, he had to ask the staff three times until he got it.
And then it was my bagel. A waiter passed the bagel to me and said there were more bacons coming and “the chef IS MAKING THEM”. WTF? Dear Chef, If the meal is not complete, do not serve it! And when I tried the egg, it was plain, cold and near to well-done! So as the spinach. No salt at all. After a while, I got my another two strips of bacon coming. Appreciated your effort, chef!
Five minutes after my meal was served, the fish platter was finally there. I knew it was a big share and the price told me it wouldn’t be small portion. But dear waitress, was that hard to suggest the new customers that with all the things we ordered, we might get too many?
I used to be a waitress. I know the basic in a restaurant. We didn’t order any entree, we were expecting everything would come at the same time, so both of us can enjoy the meals together!
I wouldn’t go there again, it was certainly a huge disappointment.

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