Monday - Sunday - 11am - Late
- Disabled Access
- Free Wi-Fi
- Alfresco Dining
About The Zookeeper's Son
In 1912 J.J. Boyd's zoo opened in Royal Oak with lions and all manner of exotic creatures.
Before long one of the lions decided to escape - only to be recaptured by Mr Boyd's son.
We've named this establishment The Zookeeper's Son, as a reminder that sometimes you need to be let loose....
The usual unwanted 2 fingers of froth on the top of a beer, when will pubs provide the prescribed level of actual beer for the excessive price they charge? Despite booking in advance and requesting a table upstairs this was not granted and no explanation was provided. I requested a gluten free burger, the barman reported they were UNABLE to provide this which I find appalling but would replace the bread with lettuce!!!! really is this the best you can do? When the food came it contained coated onion rings which probably contain wheat and therefore gluten!!! Luckily she spotted this. You really need to think what you are doing.. The bar staff were busy but waiting time for a drink was longer than expected. All in all not a positive experience.
Great place for a nice Sunday roast. Not too busy, Nice decor and a nice place. Blackend Brussels sprouts were delicious! Friendly helpful staff too,
A great spot to watch the rugby.
Awesome place ecspecially when taking kids however service wasnt that great and they weren't even busy. 2 of the lady staff sort of forgot about me and my family and we had to keep repeating what we wanted or needed like cutlery and water ....food was ok tho dont get the kids Bento meal it is not good value for money
We came for a meal and left a little disappointed with the quality of the food and service. The curry didn't have a lot of taste to it, the lamb shank the same and the lamb roast was a little ordinary as well. Service was sub standard and send rushed with out the care and consideration you should get.
We always love going to the Zookeepers Son. Food is great and the staff always look after us. Thank you for another wonderful night!
Thank you for a wonderful lunch on Fathers Day.
Kids meal took too long to come There was no real difference between an adult pizza and one from the kids menu apart from price Table by kitchen so constantly felt like we were sitting in the way
Very disappointing. Food was expensive. The chips were awful! Luckily the kids meals were free, as their burgers were burnt and the only had 1/2 a patty for $15! Anyway. Pretty much found the whole afternoon a major let down.
Such an incredible place to have my 21st! All the bar staff were so lovely and accomodating and many of my guests also commented on how great the venue and service was! Thanks so much for making my night amazing :)
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the atmosphere - always enjoy the zookeepers and it is very close to where we live so very handy .Thanks
bit disappointed bar staff don't actually fill a beer glass to the top, 2 fingers of froth is ridiculous especially with the high price charged for beer.
Good night as always at the Quiz. Would be good to see a change in the menu and perhaps a rethink on portion size with the steak - only getting 3 potato cut chips was a bit disappointing seeing as it was $36.50!
The service was good , however the drinks pricing was all over the shore. We had a group of 12 people and everyone of us was charged completely different pricing for the very same drink- We obviously only found out about it the next day. I would caution everyone around this to check the pricing at the bar.
We booked an area for 40plus and received such awesome service all staff accommodated our every need the atmosphere and food was amazing and all guest were happy with their food and service! Definitely will be back again! And loved the live band 😊
Service was great, staff were amazing. Enjoyed the atmosphere and the food.
I had booked your venue for a company lunch yesterday and was very happy with the quality of the food and service. Simple yet satisfying for a good price. I have no issues recommending you to my friends and colleagues alike.
very happy with our meal last night. Our waiter was lovely and friendly. My steak was perfect! happy to visit again
usual poor NZ pub value, on a par with most other places for that, however service was good. Main issue is that we were there for the trivia quiz but again had the table next to the pool table and were frequently interrupted by pool players trying to play a shot. Asked staff for an alternative they said they were fully booked, suggest you either close the pool table or the duration of the quiz or not use it.
Great staff but I thought the food was very average.
Awesome meal, and well looked after!
Kids area is fantastic. Took a while for service to come up there mind...had to go down and order a couple of times and ask for table to be wiped down etc. Sides and drinks were all good. Didn't love the chicken burger, but no worries there. All in all a nice afternoon out with a few little things that could be improved on here and there.
Staff was nice and very approachable. It was my mom's birthday dinner so we ordered quite a few mains. The food we ordered though lacked some of the ingredients that was listed in the menu like the Poutine, the list of ingredients included Cheese Fondue but there was no traces of any Cheese Fondue on top or at the bottom of the Poutine you guys served and the well-done Rump Steak that we ordered was not well-done, it was burnt so it was not fit for eating, it was bitter as. Won't go back and won't recommend.
Steak meal unbalanced and needs a salad on the dish along with steak and chips. No brown sauce for chips (tomato sauce is too sugary and similar sugar to brown sauce but tastes too sweet). Table for 3 was too small for 3 big men. No space on little square table. Such a table should be for max of 2 people.
The best boy comment was the noise level but it was busy and we couldn’t find a quieter table