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Uncle Mike's Kansas City BBQ

230 Jackson Street | Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand
+64 4-589 7441
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good23%
  • Average21%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible10%
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“wings” (14 reviews)
“beans” (13 reviews)
“burnt ends” (4 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Bar
$$ - $$$
230 Jackson Street | Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

True American style food with service to boot after noticing we had a wobbly table, without prop print a staff member came to move us to another table. Will definitely be back.

Thank Amy T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best restaurant in New Zealand!!! Really nice and cute service. Best burgers I have ever eaten. Yummy :)

Thank Nikola B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ruined Mothers day for my wife and family, the food was poor, most of it was returned, the fries were the only things eaten. Please don't call your burgers "The Worlds best" when they a far from the best, I've had better from the local...More

Thank Jerm64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great friendly service, we are regulars and the staff always make us feel welcome. Burnt ends were excellent and the steak was cooked exactly as I ordered. Love the cheesy mash! Have been going for years and will continue, it's my husbands favourite!

Thank flissy15
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This has got to be the best place to eat in Wellington.The ribs are the best.Doesn't matter what you order it's perfect.Laura is the most welcoming person & her team are the best,Well done everybody.

Thank Rob M
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Food was average. We got the meat platter for two, so we could try a few different things. Nothing spectacular, pork ribs were dry, but side salad was fresh at least. Sauce on the meat was nice. Curly fries dont come with sauce, and when...More

Thank Court N
Mike O, General Manager at Uncle Mike's Kansas City BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Court N, Thank you for your review. The meat platter is a very popular dish from our menu. Every single item from the meat platter was slow smoked, they were not boiled or baked.This is authentic American BBQ, they have some texture and do...More

Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Was really looking forward to a delicious bbq meal. Sadly got overcooked chicken that was tough and chewy. Also got a Steak Sandwich and ended up giving it to the hubby who also decided not to eat it. With other BBQ options now in the...More

Thank Jessie l
Mike O, General Manager at Uncle Mike's Kansas City BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Jessie I, We do not have Steak Sandwich on our menu at all.

Reviewed 15 March 2017

We went as a group for lunch, we were expecting a good hearty meal. But, my meal was not great! the meat was well over cooked to the point it was chewy, dry and uneditable. The bread bun was very stale and not fresh. The...More

Thank Toni T
Mike O, General Manager at Uncle Mike's Kansas City BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Toni T, Thank your for your feedback. We do value all our customer review. We would to clear a few things here. 1, our bread buns was delivered to us from local bakery on daily basis, so if it does not taste fresh to...More

Reviewed 28 February 2017

I had the "Half anf Half" (beef and pork ribs, fries, coleslaw). The meal arrived in a timely manner. The beef was lovely and tender and the fries and salad were great. At the end of the meal I mentioned to the server that the...More

Thank DougieNZ1
Mike O, General Manager at Uncle Mike's Kansas City BBQ, responded to this review

Hi DougieNZ1, We appreciate your feedback. Hope we will see you again some time soon.

Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Whenever we drove pass this place, it was always crowded. So we said we will have to try it one day. We booked a table but the rest was quite empty to our surprise. We got seated to a nice table which was away from...More

Thank Joyce W
Mike O, General Manager at Uncle Mike's Kansas City BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Joyce W, Thank you for your feedback. The buffalo wings are traditionally served medium to spicy, we do offer bbq or teriyaki wings which are not spicy. We will consult the chef about the cold ribs, there is no excuse for that. Are ribs...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230 Jackson Street | Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Lower Hutt
  • Phone Number: +64 4-589 7441
  • E-mail
Uncle Mike's is New Zealand's only authentic American BBQ restaurant. American BBQ features a 'low and slow' smoking process. After being seasoned with a special dry rub, meats are SMOKED from 4 to 14 hours, depending on the thickness of the meat, at low temperatures over apple wood, never boiled or baked. some of the meats have a pink finish, that is the "smoke ring". they are not raw. The smoked chicken, ribs and beef are juicy, tender and delicious, and unlike any other BBQ served in New Zealand, meat do not fall off bone. Our meats are then topped with Uncle Mike's home-made Kansas City BBQ Sauce which balanced between sweet and spicy. Note- the chicken will have a pink finish due to the smoking process. Note- the ribs will have a pink finish known as the smoke ring.