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Barracuda Restaurant & Cafe

4 star rating 10 reviews

Telephone 09 534 1989

32 The Esplanade
Eastern Beach
Manukau City

Cuisine:
A La Carte
Hours:
Tues 5 pm - late
Wed & Thur 11.30 am - 3 pm, 5 pm - late
Fri 11.30 am - late
Sat & Sun 9 am - late

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Categories:
Restaurants, Cafes
Meals Served:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Reviews for Barracuda Restaurant & Cafe

5 star rating
by Saif A.
12th March 2014

I have been here few times! I absolutely love this place, and I love the non-pretentious and friendly waiters, the waiters never got our order wrong, the service is fast and the food is always amazing!

5 star rating
by Suzie
10th March 2014

It’s become our favourite restaurant since the new owners.
Kids love it for their chicken and chipped and ice cream.
Our favourite during weekday special.
Pork scoloppine and my husband loves the Fish n chips.
Weekend drink escape always there enjoying the view while drinking. I thought I must write our lunch yesterday. Went with the family the restaurant was full but we still got same welcoming.
Service was very fast. Must say staff are always friendly, food is the best. We love you Barracuda team

2 star rating
by Judith B.
22nd February 2014

Went to Barracuda at Eastern Beach on a Wednesday night in a group of six. The restaurant was full and we were looking forward to a meal reminiscent of the old Barracuda under Larry’s expertise at Bucklands Beach.
The food was so disappointing. We were not told it was necessary to order vegetables as a side. The $12 mains were a limited choice of mussels, pork on mash, a pasta dish with bacon and onion and fish and chips. I had the fish and it tasted fishy and old. Several of our group had desserts which looked uninspiring and tasted artificial to match the colour.
Towards the end of the meal I went to the toilets which were dirty and the floor was dangerously greasy as it was beside the kitchen door. We won’t be returning.

2 star rating
by Judy E.
24th January 2014

I went to this restaurant with my fellow staff members as it was my farewell dinner. The evening was going quite well and the entrees were ok but I enjoyed my main dish which was the chicken. The service was a bit slow and the staff not overly friendly. When we had finished our dinner the staff asked if we would like to see the dessert menu which some of us looked at.
Just as I was about to order a coffee the owner came over to our table and said he had had complaints from the other diners and that we were making too much noise.
I was absolutely amazed – not in what he said, but the way he said it! If he had asked politely if we could be quieter we would have obliged, but we were at the back of the restaurant and I am sure we weren’t making that much noise!
With that we all got up paid the bill and walked out. He came out after we left and asked if we wanted our wine? He was politely told what he could do with his wine!!!!!

It put a real dampener on the night suffice to say we will not be going back to this restaurant.

It is such a shame as when it was owned by the previous owners they could not do enough for you. How to spoil a great night!

5 star rating
by Margaret
29th November 2013

We had our staff end of year Christmas function at Barracuda last night. Food was fantastic everyone was very happy with their dishes, choices and presntation. The staff were very attentive when required. We have a great night and will certainly be recommended Barracuda to all our friends and will be back again soon.

5 star rating
by Sarah
20th November 2013

Absolutely delicious dinner at Barracuda tonight. So nice being right on the water, my salmon was THE best I’ve ever had (and I’m a salmon connoisseur:-) and my husband had two lamb shanks which he said were delicious but could have had a little more flavour. We had bacon wrapped scallops to start which were yum, but no dessert as we were absolutely stuffed full. Very good sized portions, lovely ambiance, friendly and efficient service. We will definitely be back. Thank you.

4 star rating
by Kathy
21st October 2013

Lovely food and service. Would appreciate if music could be more soft, relaxing background music.

5 star rating
by Nawar
13th October 2013

First visit after change name and owner.
Restaurant was packed with big groups, bit noisy but was great happy atmosphere.
Had the Parmesan chicken with risotto and my partner had the eye fillet with prawns, both delicious.
With great presentation, very friendly staff and well presented food we are happy to have a great local great restaurant like Barracuda.

5 star rating
by Louis
9th October 2013

Sunday lunch went there with my overseas visitors.
Find out that the name is changed and owners as well.
Was a bit worried first time but as soon as we stepped in the restaurant was full.
Lucky we scored a window seat.
And what a freindly staff warm wellcoming.
Fast service, food yummy and well presented and generous size. Coffee was great and the best part, the tiramisu dessert.
Thanks Barracuda for making our lunch. A great day to remember. We definitely be back

1 star rating
by Lisa
27th September 2013

Arrived at Barracuda hoping for a lovely atmospheric experience but we were in for a disappointment. The restaurant seems to not know whether it’s a cafe or a bar or what. The tables were really sticky and the chairs made it feel like we were eating in a school staffroom. The owner didn’t come near us which was surprising seeing that I mentioned when booking that we lived round the corner and were trying it out for the first time. The duck envelopes as entree were barely warm, I’ve had better won tons from the Howick takeaway…..the squid coating was wet and falling apart, way over priced for $20 and $14.50 each. The lamb shank was fatty accompanied by rock hard veg, my knife wouldn’t cut through and I kid you not. The t- bone was 5 mils thin and as a result could not be cooked correctly. The lighting was too garish and the whole place just lacked atmosphere and warmth, we will not be back, we will not recommend this place, how unfortunate as being locals we could have come back and brought more business. The owner looked bored rigid behind the bar and was practising juggling. Chips were killed with salt, soft drinks were half filled with ice, the owner welcomed some of the diners who he must have remembered from the days at the old Barracuda on Bucklands Beach but never came near us…are we not important?

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