Cuisine: Gastro Pub Food, New Zealand, Share Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30

Say g’day to this larger than life local, bustling in the heart of Takapuna with an outdoor courtyard to boot. Aptly named after a lively bloke who first arrived to Auckland’s North Shore in 1912, head along and enjoy a down to earth hospitality experience with an expansive selection of crafty beverages and food that’s undeniably kiwi.

Graze away on the small plates section while you sip on your choice of beverage to match, grab your mates and get social with a sharing board or keep things classic as you tuck into a pub favourite such as a Thai Beef Salad or mouth-watering burger.

If you’re into Asian fusion food, the ‘dragon babies’ menu is going to blow your socks off.

Feeling thirsty? Whet your whistle with a selection of tap and bottled beers from NZ and beyond, or toast the good times with a quirky cocktail. The Betty Boop is a tasty combination of gin, peach nectar and fluffy egg whites that is sure to get the party started.

We’ll see you there!

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The Elephant Wrestler
138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna
Auckland

Open Hours:
Sun - Wed 12pm - 10.30pm
Thu - Sat 12pm - 1am

Phone: 09 489 8030
Website: joylab.co.nz/elephant-wrestler

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The Elephant Wrestler
Location: Takapuna
Cuisine: Gastro Pub Food, New Zealand, Share Plates
Mains: $15 - $30

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Had a great night at the Elephant Wrestler. Booked through First Table which was very easy and when arrived our table was ready and waiting for us. Great staff and good food.

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Rosie Allen

We had the Karaage chicken, scotch fillet and some chunky fries which were all really really delicious, the waitress also told us about their special cocktails which we got 2 of, both really yum. All the food and drinks came quickly and everyone was very friendly. Would definitely come back!

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Lorraine Tracey

The staff was quick and helpful. We really loved the whole experience from being seated, served drinks and the mains. Great that you just stayed seated at the table and could pay Efpos or credit card from their portable machine

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Sienna Packer

The place had a cool vibe, was definitely more of a bar than a restaurant but the menu is pretty extensive. Food was good, my friends and I enjoyed the $12 cocktails.

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Victoria Yang

Great experience and wonderful deal always. Recommend the market fish, coix seed and bean with cheese, amazing~ Have to mention the mocktails, the best ever. A little bit noisy, but that's also the way you get relaxed~

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Ariana Palmer

Server was amazing heaps of good food

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Fiona O'neill

Absolutely loved the food was so tasty and excellent attentive waitresses highly recommend

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Mark Seedall

Excellent food and service

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The customer service is fantastic. The restaurant has good selection on menu for vegetarian. The vegetarian burger I had was okay, but the small dish were good. Generous portion for small dish.

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Amanda Sobey

Good cocktails good food. Service was a lil slow but looked like they only had 2 floor staff on. Our server was lovely tho, so happy.

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Jo Morgan

Squid rings were "the best" tender melt in mouth tasty...very generous "entree". Outdoor seating in the sun, a really pleasant experience.

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Nice

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Steve Harrison

Good pub grub. although somethings not to my liking, chips too salty, overall was all good.

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Service was amazing and the food was equally as good! Our waitress was lovely and very helpful when it came to suggestions. The meals had amazing, fresh flavours and were delicious. We’ll definitely be back!

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Natalie Phillips

Really enjoyed it! Lots of different options for dietary requirements which is 10/10. Service was really good and fast too. Would definitely go back and highly recommend

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Gabriel Vilches

Lovely staff, awesome food!

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Merryn Gott

Nice food. Lovely service. Perfect if you want a pub style meal.

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Aidan Scott

Great food and service as always!

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Kind services & good foods

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Jo Langley

Good food and came in a timely manner. Very enjoyable.

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Mick Tracey

Made to feel welcome as soon as we arrived. Food was way above expectations. Slow cooked beef Madras was outstanding. Very popular venue & I'might not surprised why. We highly recommend & will be back again soon.

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Anastasia Brown

Adele the waitress was lovely as were other staff. Good food. Was loud and busy being a Friday Night but that was expected!

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First table is amazing ! We had a lovely night at the elephant wrestler. The food was delicious and for half the price why not treat yourself? the outside seating area has a nice ambience. The staff were very accommodating. I would highly recommend.

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Amazing food amazing ambience and Incredible service :) thanks so much for a great experience:)

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Excellent food, staff and ambience - a great experience - will be back.

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Habib Baluwala

My family are big foodies and we take lunch on Saturdays just to have a great start to the weekend. I discovered The Elephant Wrestler on First Table and found the name a bit quirky.

But I was glad that I was not discouraged by the name. The whole experience was fantastic. The waitress was so attentive, nothing was too much for her. The portion sizes were huge and the quality was fantastic. The earthy taste and the freshness of the food was something else.

We will certainly be back.

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Beautiful food, fast and friendly service. Will be happy to dine here again

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Careesha Russell

Elephant Wrestler, you are by far one the most amazing venues I have ever had the pleasure of eating at. Something had happened throughout the day which made our booking disappear on their system but they instantly cleared a table for us and prioritised us to which we were very impressed.

Our waiter was absolutely awesome. We ordered our entree exactly at the time we decided on what we wanted. There was not a long waiting time on the food or drinks even though it was an extremely busy evening. Our waiter was like the Flash, he was constantly on the go but had such friendly easy going approach and made sure he checked up on us frequently enough. We weren’t just impressed by the service we received but I saw how the staff were with other customers and their service was bubbly and on to it. The other ladies working approached us to check up on us which we appreciated too. Our waiter also had the courtesy to let us know the waiting list was quite long for food and asked if we’d like to order our main while we were having our entree, so we wouldn’t be waiting too long. Our main arrived in less than 20 minutes after ordering and it was lovely.

The atmosphere, the service, the wait time and the food was great. Even the music was great! We will definitely visit again. A huge thanks to the staff for catering to our booking even though it had disappeared off of their schedule. For a busy venue, you’re service was amazing. Cheers Elephant Wrestler- 5 stars :)

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Annie Yip

Fabulous food with many choices of them to choose from. Staffs are very friendly too.

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Liana De Vries

Had a great time with great food. Staff were wonderful!

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Our hostess was fabulous! What do you do when you take a booking for 20 people for post-graduation celebration, and 60 people show up? In the words of the World War II poster, "Keep calm and carry on!" The food was great, communication from the staff re status of our order was great, and all in all, it was a memorable experience. Thoroughly recommended!

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We had a really good time at The Elephant Wrestler. Food was delicious - especially the pork belly bites, and the service was really attentive. Would definitely recommend for other people, and will be going there myself again too.

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Food was very good, so filling. So many good foods to choose from on the menu!

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Rebecca Jones

The slow cooked meat on the carnivore platter was sublime.... the best we have had in ages.

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Food was amazing. New menu with a lot of great choices covering all the fuss pots in the group :) Service was great at the start but they were a bit slack about checking for drinks and several times we had to wave madly to get attention. Ended up staying and doing quiz night (every Tuesday) that was lots of fun

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Ashley Campbell

This place never fails! Always delicious and awesome service mmm

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Paea Ashton

Customer service was great and food was delicious.!

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Friday night was a noisy night to go. Recommend Dragon Babies menu for delicious bites. Overall a pleasant night.

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Robyn Eloise

Absolutely fantastic! 10/10 highly recommend ☺️ Will certainly be back - food, service and drinks all wonderful

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Shaila Studd

Great experience, good astmosphare and great customer service

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Annabelle Rose

Delicious and great service. We ordered the Elephant Platter and the Madras Curry and both were AMAZING. But we ordered far to much for the two of us and the lovely Angela boxed up all our left overs to take home. Will definitely be going again. The outdoor blankets are a bonus and Angela is fantastic!

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