Social Kitchen

4.7
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396 reviews
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$31 to $50
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South American
Situated in the former Salvation Army Citadel, the Social Kitchen's cosy environment surrounds you with character and charm. At Social Kitchen we enjoyed a shared dining environment, the use of a Mibrasa charcoal oven allows our chefs the ability to cook with authenticity which retain the natural flavours.

Please note that early bookings prior to 7.30pm may be turned over in two hours.
What 396 People Are Saying
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4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic :) thanks to everyone.... Would Definately recommend to friends & will be back soon...

E
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good food and good size portions. Friendly efficient staff.

s
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding- great service and friendly staff- food and drinks were amazing- you could think of adding one more vegetarian option to entree and main as options were limited. Sides were fantastic
Juno gin was superb!

RK
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it all, been lots. We keep coming back, very nice food.

GK
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were greeted by a very friendly maitre d, who immediately showed us to our table in a very busy Friday night restaurant. The wait person was also very friendly, helpful in what she thought we should consider when ordering, and informative. It was very busy, but the wait person was attentive, and struck the right balance when taking our orders. She asked us if everything was OK after delivering our main courses. There were five of us, and the emphasis was on plates we could all share. This was a novel approach, but one that worked for our group. A very nice dining experience. Thank you.

RB
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food, great atmosphere and awesome service

DF
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always. Service and good consistently good.

MB
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous restaurant with beautiful food and helpful, friendly staff. Loved the idea of sharing delicious plates. The "big plate" lamb was to die for. The accompanying side dishes were yum as well, as were the entrees and desserts. The cocktails were great - loved the names! The quirky decor was cool. Overall, a fantastic place for us Wellington tourists to go to on our last night in Taranaki.

S
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food - we probably ordered one dish too many though. The wines went well with the food . Attentive service (which is a good thing). If you come to Social Kitchen you need to be prepared to spend more than you ususally would on a night out but in saying that it was amazing !

JV
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Would go back anytime I'm next in NP. Innovative, delicious and healthy, we shared 2 dishes and it was plenty for 2.

BL
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic Food and service! Always love dining here! Will 100% be back again for more.

MT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Interesting menu, done well. Excellent service and wine knowledge. Would definitely recommend and will go again ourselves.

R
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a lovely evening. The charcoal Marguerita was to die for. I was very impressed with our waitress (Courtney) explaining the menu, and making sure we didn't over-order because the servings were quite large.

I would definitely recommend this place to anybody visiting New Plymouth.

GN
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

this place was very memorable. great service and amazing food. i'd move to NP for it!

MC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food, very tasty and well worth the money spent. A wonderful evening, attentive staff and a great night out. Thank you

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We love to bring visitors to SK and our last visit was generally an awesome experience.
The beef brisket was fantastic as were our sides and dessert but we were not fans of the pork, it was very fatty and unevenly sliced, the crackling, however, was delicious

AF
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Prompt service. Delicious food. I can always rely on social kitchen for a delicious meal and a great night out.

HF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it. Great food , ambience and stuff. Absolute must dinner.

LG
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great recommendation from a colleague. Beautiful food. Excellent surroundings. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff.

JF
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and very nice ambience - the food was very good value for money - will definately be back

JP
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

awesome !! always love going to Social Kitchen. Service is brilliant, food is amazing.

B
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, fast service! Will be recommending :)

C
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience1

Stunning food and friendly service. Really glad I didn’t see the skinned pigs heads hanging on butcher’s hooks until after I’d eaten, though! Seriously? In the dining room? Gross!

HG
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently excellent dining experience. My go-to venue when I have visitors from out-of-town. Food is always delicious and service was polite, accurate and attentive. My favourite restaurant in New Plymouth.

ST
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was great! And value too! Ribs and Firecracker chicken mmmmmm!

OT
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect place to take out our out of town guests who were just as amazed as we were ! Thank you Social Kitchen

L
New Zealand
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our 4th dinner at Social Kitchen and we will definitely go back again. We've never had a bad experience. Their food is amazing, staff friendly and knowledgeable, great atmosphere. Consistently fantastic. Our favourites are firecracker chicken, gnocchi, peas, slow cooked lamb, garlic potatoes...so delicious!!!

JN
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and very well priced. Would highly recommend 👌🏼👍🏼

SF
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Oh My Goodness 🥰 AMAZING
Exceptional Food
Exceptional Service
Stunningly Beautiful Decor & Atmosphere
Our group of Four ordered Sharing Plates Mains with some Sides 😋😘
Highly Recommend for any Occasion or just a night out.
Spectacular way to spend our Third Anniversary 💖

GM
New Zealand
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

As always we had a lovely time at social kitchen.

m
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fave restaurant in new plymouth Ticks all the boxes.

SM
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I loved the dishes which we ordered (quinoa & prawn balls, Fire-cracker Chicken ((Bloody hot)) and the Lamb Shoulder). However, the dinner plates still had some remnants of food from whenever (probably the dishwasher not doing its job properly). The service was excellent though and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

E
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been to social kitchen many times now, and each time we’re blown away by how delicious the food is. The gnocchi is sublime as always, the carrots are delicious, and the cocktail selection is fantastic. Will be back again.

SB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Attentive service. Delicious food, atmosphere and noise levels were right for a good night.

I will be back

O
New Zealand
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Booked for 10 people on Saturday night, leading up to this booking, the person I dealt with on email and phone was amazing, so helpful.
Via email the person I was talking with suggested that the chefs can make us a vegan dish which was so cool because not many places will do this.
We arrived for our dinner and immediately the waiter was agitated. He was so rude and annoyed by us. I have had this waiter before and he has been amazing, but for some reason he was terrible on this night. It was a real shame because I had friends from out of town and had been raving about how amazing Social was and then we immediately were greeted with a bad attitude. I told the waiter we had been contacted about a vegan dish which seemed to really annoy him , he said that the staff had told him they never heard back from me which I assured him I did but if it was too much trouble it wouldn't matter because the sides are amazing. He was then rude to everyone else ordering, and rushed us. It was just so disappointing as it made everyone uncomfortable and for me it ruined my birthday dinner.
Then at the end, we went to pay but the payment went wrong and some people from another table paid for our table and it was all a mess. Took about 20mins to sort out. I understand mistakes happen but it just further added to the disappointment. I also was disappointment that our vegan meal, which was nice, cost 37$. It was pumpkin and broccoli with a tahini sort of hummus which we loved but it wasn't very big and yeah was just pumpkin and broccoli.
Social Kitchen has been my favourite restaurant to come to in New Plymouth, finally havng top quality service and food, but Saturday night really ruined it for me so I don't think I will be suggesting/coming back here in the near future.

TP
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Excellent food and ambience. Waiter was a bit pushy and annoying but it's hard to please everyone :)

KJ
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent definitely recommend to others wanting a night out with friends

TW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Continuous perfection ! After all these years you are still delivering amazing food and service. Thanks guys x

AP
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A buzzy atmosphere, just enough lighting to feel intimate without being too dim to read the menu.
Seating at the tables was comfortable, with enough room for the platters, glasses, wine.
Not so sure about the higher bench-style tables with stools as seating. Looked crowded from where we sat.
Wait staff very professional, answered a couple of our questions and came back to check that things were going smoothly.
Decor was quirky enough to create interest without going over the top and dominating.
A smooth operation, leaving us feeling relaxed and cared for.

JL
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Food was amazing and excellent service. A wonderful time highly recommend.