Catherine M. said: "We had a lovely meal here recently. Amazing steak – as good as anything I have eaten, even in much more expensive specialty restaurants! They have a great wine list, but I would like to see better size and shaped wine glasses.…" read more »
I love my steak and live nearby so I really wanted to like this place. Unfortunately, our starters took over half an hour to arrive and our mains took an hour and a half. Trying to flag someone down for drinks was also a chore and we had to walk around and track someone down a few times. The food took so long that I wasn’t even in the humour anymore, I was ready to grab a burger somewhere and go home. The food itself was okay, not worth the wait and it’s not a cheap place either. The woman at front of house was very nice which is why I’ve given two stars.
Had a lovely dining experience here. Great food, great service. Was no pressure to rush through from dinner to dessert actually had time to enjoy the company of the people you were with. Recommend and will be going back again.
Went here once for dinner with my old man and it was great, big portions, delicious food & the steak was amazing. I’m a huge fan of Argentinian BBQ, this stuff was fantastic. But I went back a month or two later with a group of mates and it was cr*p. Tiny portions, quality of all the ingredients was down, just wasn’t in the same league as before. Maybe this was just one bad day, but it sucked.
Overall one of the worst dining experiences I have had. This is not a typical Argentinian way. The waiter was either blind or plain ignorant. He wasn’t welcoming quite sore faced and asked if we had made a reservation when it was know where near half full. Then proceeded to show us to the table didn’t offer a menu, nor any drinks. Ten minutes later we were served by an inexperience waitress but lovely girl. Her knowledge of food or drinks was very limited. She asked the head boy waiter to come over, I asked him for specific drink he said no but did not offer an alternative, he was quite cold. So we were left with nothing once again So my partner went over to the bar and saw different brand of spirit so ordered that. I think he couldn’t be bothered. So 30 min later the girl took our order I couldn’t get why they were so slow when they had 3 floor staff and most of the 4 tables out of 6 have already eaten. The décor was old seating very uncomfortable and no adequate heating one small wall heater right at the back. I guess they wanted us to consume more wine to keep us warm. I asked another waitress (Argentinian) if we could move to another area where it was a little warmer, she was very helpful and carried on serving us for the remainders of the night. The meals took at least an hour to get to our table, don’t know whether they were waiting for the cows to come home or the fisherman from under the harbor bridge was lucky enough to catch a fish. The fish was over cooked & dry. Steak I think were good, sides were nice enough. Dessert average but decorative. But the wine would be the top of the list for the whole dinning experience. Was not impressed even being the last customer in the house everyone including kitchen staff decided to go in the front of the restaurant which were clearly having a smoke or drinks. In my view this is poor practice in direct eye view of the customer.
The bill was $230 plus for 3 people and over 2 hours of not really enjoyable evening and money not well spent. Being a Wednesday night hmmm. Dined 10 July 2013
A group of ten us went last Thursday. The menu was typical Argentinian so nothing new there. If you ordered a main you could choose two sides to go with it. This is where we had our first problem, they had run out of the their own prepared Argentinian steak and also the Argentinian red wine was not available. We all ordered our mains individually which was no problem, however when it came to the sides only one person was allowed to order for all of us – very weird. So once the elected orderer went around the table finding out what everyone wanted it was then handed to the waiter who was standing there all the time, where he had to write the whole list down again. I have never seen this in any restaurant before where the customer becomes the waiter. Fortunately the food was good, but you can get good steaks in plenty of places in Auckland.
A great idea. ok with the service, not overly friendly or fast but sufficient. The food was average. My lamb was way too over cooked. Steaks were great. The sides were ok. The desserts were rubbish. Very long waits for food even though it was not too busy when we were there, no live entertainment either as it was a Saturday and we were under the impression there would be. Sorry we thought after the reviews we read this would be another great one for you guys but alas not to be.
We have eaten here twice now, first time a month or so ago. We had Steaks each and they where superb very nicely cooked on the BBQ, the accompanying veg / salad etc was also very nice.
We had Desert also and this restaurant makes the BEST deserts, we love the Pancakes with Dulce de Leche (pardon the spelling) we like the desert so much we went out last night for desert only.
Very nice restaurant !
Hubby is a steak connoisseur and after several disappointing experiences at fine dining restaurants, I researched for THE best steak that can be found in Auckland! All pointed to Buenos Aires restaurant and I quickly made reservation for hubby’s surprise party to be held there. Our little party of 6 thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and dining experience. Our wait staff was excellent, the Argentine beer was brilliant and the steaks… The steaks were out of this world amazing! Perfectly done and just falls apart in the mouth! I’m salivating just thinking about it! Will definitely be back!
Im not sure if I caught this restaurant on a great night , If I was lucky or if its like this all the time but my partner and I had a superb meal there earlier this year.
The steak was delicious , The sides more then generous and very reasonably priced.
Its a casual restaurant friendly and helpful which can be in stark contrast to some of its Ponsonby counterparts.
Would recommend to anyone
Been to Buenos Aires now maybe 5 or 6 times. It is absolutely top notch. We love it. The food, the atmosphere, the staff, all combine to make this a fantastic restaurant every time we go. Its a lot less pretentious than some of the ponsonby/herne bay restaurants. we’ve tried pretty much everything across the menu. Never had a bad dish. The meat speaks for itself. I have not had better steak anywhere in the city. Nothing less than 5 stars from us.
Surprised at all the raving reviews on here, if you could give 2.5 stars I would.
The salad was meagre, small and unimpressive. Steak was very middle of the road had a lot better in steak houses in the center of town and to top it all off it was incredibly noisy, may just have been the seat we were in, we were in the far left hand corner as you go through the door, seemed to collect all the noise so you had to shout to be heard.
Ah…. so it wasn’t up to the price tag but the staff were very friendly and attentive and have cool accents but you can get that with a burger and a guiness at an Irish bar.
If you love meat, this is the Restaurant in Auckland. Having said that, my partner is vegetarian and she loves the selection and flavors of the vegetable dishes. The wine list is very good and features Argentinian wines and beer. ( the more expensive wines are not necessarily that much better than the cheaper offerings).
Although the mains seem expensive, the fact you get the choice of two vegetable sides and the size and quality of the steaks makes for very good value. The staff, usually South American, are excellent and I guess what sums it up is that the restaurant is always busy. A taste of Argentina in Auckland.
food was great!!! would go again.
I was invited to this restaurant for a friend’s birthday dinner at the end of last year. The restaurant was absolutely packed on a Friday night, which made the place very loud and noisy. We were seated in a large table with a big group, and I found it hard to speak to my friend sitting next to me. It also took very long for the waiters to take our orders, as they had to go through each person and talk above all the noise. It was a long wait before the food arrived, but I would have to say it was worth it. The entrees were heavenly – absolutely delicious. And the steak we had for the main was delicious, but huge! Fortunately I was sharing with a friend, otherwise I don’t think I would have been able to finish it (and I’m a big eater!). The good thing is, if you can’t finish it you can take the rest home. Overall, I had a an enjoyable experience here, but I would suggest you go on a quiet night if you don’t want to find yourself in a noisy and busy restaurant.
The food was delicious and very Filling. If you want something decent and that will fill you up, this is the place to go. Good atmosphere. The meat was cooked perfectly. I found was expensive. But you get what you pay for. Was very tasty!
Buenos Aires is THE BEST restaurant for steaks!
We went there many times, either on our own or taking family and friends with us. My boyfriend even had his 21st birthday party at Buenos Aires, and all of his friends loved the food!
The best steaks are scotch fillet wrapped in bacon and eye fillet wrapped in prosciutto, cooked perfectly to the level you want it to be! Two free sides come with the main course, great value!
Needless to say, the service is superb too! All the waiters and waitresses are really friendly. There was a mistake about how he wanted the steak, and he was immediately compensated with a free chorizo sausage.
Just a note to people who wants to try there, please book in advance because they are extremely busy! Enjoy the steak!
Fantastic! Started with 1/2 a Choripan, wow, so good. Then got Eye Fillet wrapped in prosciutto, perfectly cooked, for $34 including 2 sides (portobello mushrooms and roast kumera) it was excellent value, you could pay $40 for an eye fillet at other places and then pay extra for sides. Great place to eat.
I was in Argentina as an exchange student in 2009. When I learnt there was an Argentinean resturant in Auckland I couldn’t wait to go try their food! And boy was I not dissppointed! We had choripan which is sausage in bread and it was amazing! We also had Milanesa’s with potato chips which were huge! We couldn’t finish them all! Overall an amazing experience, amazing food and would highly recommend to everyone wanting to try Argentinean food
I live in Freemans Bay and the best thing that happend to the area in 2010 is Buenos Aires restaurant. It’s a meat lover paradise. I became a regular of the restaurant and go there once or twice per week. I dine out regularly and always look for new options but I must say now that my wild scavanging looking for new restaurants has slow down. I have tried almost all the meat cuts from the menu and the portions were always cooked to perfection and big (I am 6 foot tall and have a big stomach). Normally when I go out I’ll have entree, main and dessert and still be hungry afterwars due to the small servings some people do, but in Buenos Aires I don’t get to eat dessert because I am full after the entree and the main (that comes with two side dishes of your choice for FREE!!)
I definitelly recommended to everyone. I even go sometimes with a vegetarian friend and according to her they have good vegetarian options.
I am from Argentina and have been here 8 years. FINALLY someone opened an argentinean restaurant. I went to dine at Buenos Aires last Sunday and the restaurant and the staff exceeded all my expectations. There was a latin duo playing and it was a fantastic night, we really enjoyed the life music, the steaks and argentinean wines. It is a must for those that want to experience typical argentinean food without leaving Auckland
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