The Zookeeper’s Son
Auckland City 09 625 7550
- Mon – Wed 11am – late
- Thur – Sat 11am – 2am
- Sun 10am – late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Live Music
- Out Catering
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, AMEX
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 1-200
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
Welcome to The Zookeeper’s Son!
Dave Catchpole and his team welcome you to the newest bar in Royal Oak – and one we hope you’ll soon be calling your ‘local’.
We’re proud to offer you a modern, stylish and relaxed venue for meeting up with family and friends to enjoy a refreshing cold Heineken or other fine NZ beer (we’ve got 15 beers and ciders on tap), or a glass of wine (we offer over 30 wines by the glass) and a range of good value meals – wtih something for all the family.
Try our Carving Boards – why cook a roast at home when you can come here and enjoy one (and no messy dishes to wash up!). We’ve got pub quiz nights, live entertainment, and a few great spots for you to relax with family and friends over a cold drink and tasty meal.
Upstairs we have a fantastic private function room – Tree Tops – perfect for your next celebration or meeting. Or hire out the Mezzanine Level – an open plan space suitable for a range of set ups. Our chefs and team will work with you to create a successful and memorable event.
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31 Reviews for The Zookeeper’s Son
The service was very attentive and friendly, and the big screens showing the Blues game were an added bonus (ignoring the result).
The food was ok, but not great. The ribs came with a tasty BBQ sauce, but were a bit dry, and the accompanying “wedges” (i.e. massive chunks of spud) were undercooked and raw in the centre. The spicy chicken wings were commendable and the fish n chips weren’t too bad.
Due to the game being shown, the place was heaving. This might explain the feeling that the meals were a bit rushed.
We’d come back, but probably just for a pint and some of those chicken wings.
Visited March 2014
There is a wide variety of meals and drinks to choose from, and everything was extremely tasty and fresh. The highly attentive wait staff went out of their way to entertain the kids and make sure they were happy, which is something you don’t get often in more adult oriented dining settings.
The restaurant’s atmosphere while a bit on a noisy side is really nice and comfortable, with spacious tables.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone – definitely try the beer battered chips and salt and pepper squid!
Visited February 2014
The bar itself is spacious with ample seating and has plenty of interesting visual features to go with the impressive liquor selection. On very warm summer evenings nearly the entire shop front opens up to allow plenty of cooling airflow.
Upon arrival it turned out we had been booked for the wrong night, but it was no trouble for the staff to quickly arrange enough table space for our group, despite being a busy Saturday night.
The extensive menu resulted in some difficult and lengthy decisions on meals but the waiting staff were patient and gave us plenty of space to make up our minds. Once the orders were all in the kitchen staff did a fantastic job of getting them all out together and I can highly recommend the yellowfin tuna from the grill menu. The beer battered fries served alongside are about the best I’ve ever tried and my girlfriend was well impressed by the regular fries as well.
Pricewise the menu is on a par to most other suburban Auckland pubs, there is plenty of value to found depending on your tastes.
I will be back again soon to explore the many menu options and enjoy the friendly service and fresh atmosphere.
There uk imported ginger beer is excellent!
I always go for the jug of Tiger too!
Buffalo wings are yum yum yum, pizza is average.
Overall best bar in the small neighborhood
Wait time: 4/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Food Quantity: 4/5
Price range: $30+ pp
Special music request, birthday cake, birthday voucher….all these thoughtful touches made my night very special. Thank you.
Although they reserved a nice spot upstairs (overlooking the balcony) – it got really dark towards the night and I had no choice but scurry over the neighbouring tables to grab a couple of candles for the table – I wished the staff was more cognizant about this. It became really hard to see what we were eating at one point (there was not enough lighting upstairs).
Food was average. The waiter was really slow and clumsy with our orders (one of the ladies only got her main delivered when we were almost done with ours – they screwed up her order somehow). Seriously, how hard is it to manage 15 people in a big restaurant? My guess is it shouldn’t be that hard if you cater to that many people in the first place.
I ordered the fish which was very bland.. a couple of the others ordered the pork ribs – they weren’t done well (it tasted like they just poured sauce over it rather than allow it to marinate).
Overall, prices were okay, food was average, service was so-so. There is plenty of room for improvement.
We had the Rump steak, Lamb Rump and the Chicken Breast Proscittuo. (I cant spell). All of which were cooked perfectly and tasted outstanding!
The French waitress that served us was friendly, helpful and very attentive. (If I had any spare cash I would have tipped, but will definitely be back soon!)
Our mate even got a few phone numbers from some girls outside.
All in all a great night.
Keep up the good work Zoo Keepers Son !
Overall a great atmosphere and great staff! Would defiantly recommend this place!
Staff were great! very friendly and patient.
Food cam fast and was amazing! Great food and Great drinks.
Would come here again anytime!
I recommend the chocolate brownie dessert, yum!
I’ll Be Back!!
It was good that the sides options were included in the price of the meal. The platters looked good.
Also, love the story behind the name!
A great place to have something to eat while keeping up with the rugby or F1.
The food and service is ok. Our burgers were nothing special but the beer was cold.