Reviews for Euro
by Auckland Based Critic
8 days ago
Had a big party here 2 weeks ago, B.Y.O Cake and the staff took great care of it. With harbor view and friendly helpful staff you cannot go wrong here
Price is good for what they serve too. My friend loves the bluff oysters here!
Wait time: 4/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Food Quantity: 4/5
Price range: $60+ pp
by Rachael Claudette
2 months ago
I was really happy to see that Euro caters to vegetarians, with a whole separate menu for them, not just one or two dishes.
I got a bit worried when nothing on that menu was vegan though. But after my partner finished speaking french to the waiter, he informed me that the chef has always been happy to adapt any meal to suit dietary needs. That was great to hear, it shows freshens and that Euro values the people that dine with them.
I went with a lemon risotto and my partner had a lamb stew (the best he had ever had apparently.) The atmosphere in Euro is nice, very clean but also quite homely. I, however, found my food to be very average. I know I am capable of cooking a risotto of far better quality myself, but my partner did really enjoy his food.
I guess, even if a place is willing to help you out, they don't necessarily know what they're doing. I was happy to try Euro out, but I won't be going again.
2 months ago
After alot of recommendations, I came here to try it out myself. The service was friendly and we were greeted upon arrival. The interior was well done and we had a good view towards the Maritime Museum. However I felt that the food offered was quite un-interesting, nothing that really surprised me. But then again maybe I should have booked for the degustation instead of the ala carte menu.
by Maye Elle
2 months ago
Service was not the best when I went but given it was busy I do still think it could have been better.
I got the $49 special running at the time. Without the champagne it came to only $39.
The toilet was really pretty -just thought I'd add it. It reminds me of a changing room at a designer store. Very interesting haha.
I definitely will want to go again for different food. I loved seeing the chefs so openly and they were extremely lovely (:
More pictures and details here: http://septemberandmay.blogspot.co.nz/2014/06/aprilmay-favourites.html
2 months ago
We were celebrating our anniversary and went for lunch. Of course we were expecting to be wowed but this experience left us a little disappointed. We had the oysters (excellent) and the rabbit for starters. Beef cheek (bland) and the lamb (over cooked). The sweets were ok but rich. Maybe we expected to much from an award winning and recognised restaurateur but for $400 including wine for two, we felt it was not value for money and would think twice before visiting again. For a special anniversary occasion this was not a masterchef experience to remember, sorry.
by Jandre Daniel Opperman
2 months ago
Few at food great service. Not much we can find wrong with our evening there and definitely would go back!
by Meagan Kerr
3 months ago
I had high expectations of Euro when I visited there for my birthday dinner and was sadly very underwhelmed. I thought that the atmosphere was more "pub" than "fine dining", with obnoxiously loud patrons and staff that were overly friendly.
My partner ordered a fish dish that arrived very overcooked and my steak was more "well done" than "medium rare". The ability to cook fish and steak are two very basic technical cooking skills, and I was extremely disappointed to find that Euro was lacking in this department. Some of the dishes were absolutely amazing however, with the truffle mashed potato being the absolute star of the meal - I would go back just for that, and hope that the rest of the meal is up to the same standard.
by Anna Lyudin
3 months ago
Every time i used to visit this place it was absolutely wonderful.
The staff are so friendly and welcoming.
The warm olives are very tasty and leave you wanting more.
The salmon and i added the creamy mash was really amazing. That scallop with it was perfectly cooked! juicy and tender!
Haven't tried the dessert menu yet, but this one is definitely fine dining at its best! good work Simon!
I have been to allot of restaurants and reviewed several fine dining restaurants and this one tops them all.
Don't look at the price, just go!
4 months ago
Euro Restaurant is a definite stand-out in the CBD, stunning food, great service, great views and atmosphere. We have dined here many times and cannot fault the experience. Highly recommended!
by Lisa Blanchfield
4 months ago
My family went here as we love watching master chef and love Simons style of cooking. We were all disappointed and expected much more from such a qualified highly renowned chef.
The calamari salad was ok. I had the rotisserie chicken which came with a slaw which was less than average and the chicken was rubbery. The whole dish was bland. My husband and daughter had the ravioli which was again average. We decided to go to Milse for dessert so we weren't again to be disappointed.
It is expensive, the decor is dull but the waitress was very pleasant. I won't be going back!
by Rice & Kai
4 months ago
In the last few years, at the start and end of the Bluff oyster season, Euro have had fantastic lunch deals. We went along and took advantage of it - a dozen Bluff oysters in the half shell for $19. That's cheaper than buying them from a pottle at the supermarket! On a sunny day, there's nothing better than watching the boats on the wharf, enjoying a cool drink and squirting lemon and white balsamic vinegar on fresh, sweet Bluff oysters. We also had a side of onion rings, which were pricey (for onions!) but really crispy and tasty. The service was really attentive and we left happy and satisfied. Keep an eye out for these lunch deals if you love oysters! But of course, realise that in the end you will be paying quite a bit more for any sides or drinks.
4 months ago
We were on a last night meal with my sister in Auckland before she headed home to England. It was a choice between Sky tower and Euro...so we chose Euro...Ben was our waiter he was great very friendly great knowledge of the food ...he made everything we ordered sound like the best food ever...the food was really good, I had clam chowder and Ben explained I should eat the food from the clam first and advised me to stir it through my soup, to get the flavour it was gorgeous. I then had the salmon that was lush and lastly the lime meringue pie omg that was fantastic I could of eaten lots of those. Ben didn't hurry us was very attentive very polite he's a credit to Euro.
If there was anything we didn't like it wasn't the food, only two issues one being, we waited about 45 minutes for our starters ....others who came in after us were given there food long before us. Ben apologised a couple of times for keeping us waiting. The other was a table beside us had two men on it who sadly were very rude, the langauge was fowl every other word from one of them was either f... or f...ing or c..t they were quite loud with it too. I would've liked someone to ask them to tone it down or mind their language. Not a good look for a great restaurant. In all it was nice great food good service shame about the obscene diner.
4 months ago
Euro Restaurant has the nicest food I have ever tasted! The veal was perfect along with the dates. The banana caramel dessert was absolutely lovely. However, their service isn't great. Our waitress never seemed to be around and was always accommodating other tables who seemed like regulars. I would go back for the food and hopefully next time, our waiter/waitress is better :D
5 months ago
Calamari: absolutely disgusting for a restaurant of this type. I have have had way way better from a local bar. They were little, skinny and you could hardly taste the calamari. Don't waste your money on this meal. You'd be better off buying frozen ones from pak n save. The aioli served with the calamari was below average, you can get way better aioli from a pub!. We also had the opportunity to try oysters tempura which were fried which we were were quite excited about as we thought what better place to try oysters then a "master chef kitchen restaurant" but again we were quite disappointed.
If you are after food that tastes just like any other restaurant, pub or cafe then this is restaurant is fine, but if you are after Fine Dining then you better look elsewhere........
by Chris Fitzgerald
6 months ago
Tempted back to Euro for lunch by their $25 half crayfish special and the experience did not disappoint. It was actually Fremantle Rock Lobster but that made it no less juicy and tasty, though the pickled cucumber salad on the plate was best left as a garnish. Tried the Patagonian Tooth Fish starter and this was just amazing - I am sure this is the best fish I have ever tasted. Firm, buttery in the mouth, paper-thin crispy skin - yes the cooking set it off to perfection, but the fish itself was the star. Two starters did not make a meal so we also shared the Duck Pancakes, a long-standing menu item of shredded roast duck and pancakes to build for yourself with spring onion, cucumber, and spiced chopped nuts - divine. Thanks Euro, we'll be back, and this will continue a top restaurant recommendation for visitors looking to experience the best of Auckland.
by Michelle Koizumi
6 months ago
EURO EURO EURO!!! I have been here 3 times this year already! I absolutely love the non-pretentious and friendly waiters,the service is fast and the food is always amazing!
I took a good friend here the other day for lunch for the February crayfish special,we didn't have a reservation and really wanted outside seating,our fantastic waiter Oscar got us a great table!
The crayfish tails were juicy and of a good size,we also had the kale salad and the parmesan truffle fries.
We will be back again soon for those delicious duck pancakes!
Thanks Euro,my fave restaurant in town.
6 months ago
Atmosphere is just average to be one of top restaurants in Auckland. I would give them 3 out 5 for atmosphere If they didn't have a kitchen that is open to the customers to see busy chefs cooking delicious food. Their tuna steak is truly amazing. The sauce with the steak is just wonderful.
6 months ago
First impression was pretentious clientele and staff, but if you can get past that you notice that the staff is actually very efficient, friendly and helpful ..., the food although pricey, is to die for... Innovative, well presented and some of the best food in Auckland. If budget allowed, I would be a regular visitor!
7 months ago
I'm sorry but two stars is all I'm giving but to say it was my first time dining there. I know it's a 4 or 5 star restaurant??? but come on with what I ordered and had to pay an extreme amount was not worth it. My partner and I both ordered an eye fillet, his rare mine medium rare plus sides were sold separately and a bit overpriced even for sauce too I mean come on like seriously ??!!!
Well had our drinks first, food came and was cold, bland, my partner's eye fillet was cooked rare how he wanted but mine was more well done.
I'd come for drinks to sit and chill out as it is a nice place to hang but food I don't think so .
9 months ago
I was lucky enough to be taken to this restaurant. It delivered everything we expected and so much more.
My husband had the duck and he loved that too.
The service was exceptional and the waiter was professional and friendly all rolled into one. Waiter also recommended the type of wine we were after so he knew his stuff.
The desserts were a perfect finishing touch to the meal.
by Alistair Ross
9 months ago
My Euro story: when I was there on a business dinner, the 2 of us ordered the steak. It was so damn good, we ordered a third steak to split between us instead of dessert. I'm not kidding.
Euro is Simon Gault's flagship restaurant in the Viaduct. It is huge. The service is impeccable. There is something on the menu to suit everyone's tastes, and if not, they'll probably custom-make something for you. But you will pay for it; this place ain't cheap. Save it up for a special occasion & you won't mind dropping a few dollars; it will be money well spent.
Because it is so big, and so trendy, and so reliably, consistently good, you will probably find a few business people, a few celebrities and a few show-offs dining at Euro. That is all part of the experience. But if you want a specific table or area to sit in, it's worth asking when you book, or you may be relegated to the cheap seats.
Save up for this one - it's worth a visit.
by Adele Taurau
9 months ago
Our visit to Euro Restaurant was amazing! What a special place to celebrate our daughter's 21st. I have never had service like what we experienced! The Peking duck pancakes were divine - actually all the food was outstanding! Our waiter knew absolutely everything about everything. The cocktails were so delicious... Will definitely be back. Well done Euro! We left completely satisfied and very happy!
by Tracey Donald
9 months ago
Great food & service. The SG crab & prawn entree was great - presentation awesome and taste fantastic. My partner had the Calamari prosciutto wrap which seemed an unusual combination but was delicious. The Venison and Scotch fillet steak special we had for mains were melt in the mouth and cooked to perfection along with a side of of truffle parmesan fries which just seemed to disappear in no time! Dessert...Warm chocolate pudding... molten orangey chocolate oozed from inside with home made dark chocolate and orange ice cream on the side. The waitress (Irish) had just the right amount of attentiveness and picked up on our quirky sense of humour stright away - left a tip for the first time in a long time ! Can't wait to go back.
by Kate W
9 months ago
For a special evening, head to Euro. the service is phenomenal...the best I've had in Auckland. Efficient without being presumptious, friendly without being too friendly. The food is very very good and if you ever get the chance to experience the Chef's Table, DO IT - incredible experimentations with flavours and textures which has given me nights I'll never forget. Better than going to the theatre or a gig - this is entertainment in itself. Always busy and rightly so.
by Dean Garner
9 months ago
Wedding anniversary called for a top dinner, so off to Euro for the first time. We were seated quickly, & our fantastic waitress gave us plenty of time to decide on the menu.
Peking duck for her with me having Calamari Prosciutto wrap. Both of us slack jawed with how good they were. Mains of Veal & Lamb Rump. Hands down the best lamb I have ever had. (Sorry Mum). We only dine in this price bracket a couple of times a year so I expect bang for my buck. Nice 'Happy Anniversary' touch on the desert. The little things mean a lot. A good balance of being really classy without being pretentious. Loved the chairs - I could slouch - if I wanted to. Definitely returning. My new fave !
by Janice Greeen
11 months ago
Was really looking forward to my first visit to Euro Restaurant. Found the whole experience real let down would not go back. Even though it was almost empty we were seated in a very uninteresting place, two of us with a blank wall to look at. Waiter very condescending. Food was very poor. Steak fatty and sinew . The chicken was undercooked, peanut slaw sloppy.
by Anna McDonald
11 months ago
Been here three times and it seems to just get better and better each time. We had the same waiter twice who was absolutely incredible, extremely knowledgable, he didn't even have to write down our order (there was 5-7 of us at the table). The food is faultless. I had the chicken and slaw which was divine and for dessert the chocolate pudding. After my experience here I brought Simon Gault's cook book. Will definitely be going back. 11/10
Aug 07, 2013
Had lunch @ Euro on the weekend, Was an epic party in my pants. Food was amazing. Oysters to start, Duck for my main and chocolate pudding for dessert. All very tasty and presented. All our wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable. No question asked was met with a "ill go check for you" what you usually get in restaurants. An amazing experience the only complaint I have (being very minor) is they were a bit slow on the drinks service, but that's being picky. 10/10
by Brian Rose
Jul 19, 2013
Just home from a fantastic night at 'Euro'. We were looked after by Lorraine who was so friendly,helpful and thoroughly professional. The food was excellent and the ambience very nice.
Would recommend 'Euro' and a thanks very a great night.
by Paul Martin
Jun 13, 2013
Took our daughter & her three children to Euro for her 40th birthday lunch.
We felt appreciated from the moment we arrived till our coats were returned to us as we left.
The children were treated nicely & had the menu explained to them.
Our daughter received a fun birthday"cake" with a lit candle gratis from the staff.
The food was top class, the wait staff were professional without being over friendly, & their food & drink suggestions were spot on.
A great experience without breaking the bank.
by Ian Wilson
May 17, 2013
A mainstay of the Auckland scene. Didn't disappoint from any perspective. SG's Crab and Pawn was spot on. Following on with SG's recommendation I had SG's choice of steak for the main, that's where the star got deducted, can't remember exactly how old the steak was but it was insanely old (100 plus days). Unfortunately as it was sirloin and ordered blue it arrived with a raw fat strip. I would have expected the chef to sear the fat strip. In hindsight a cut like this is probably not suitable to serve blue - lesson learnt. But I'm dwelling to long on what was a blimp in an otherwise very enjoyable experience by the four of us.
If you're a foodie then you've already been or are planning to go at some point. Highly recommended.
by David & Beth Reid
Apr 27, 2013
Just got home from a wonderful night out celebrating a mates birthday. The staff were fantastic, our waiter, Benjamin was very professional, passionate and fun as well.
The food was out of this world. It is a place we would consider to go again, for a special day!
by Chris Tavelia
Apr 26, 2013
Our dining experience in a word - WOW!!!
The food was sensational (having eaten at many highly regarded restaurants in NZ and overseas this was some of the best food we have ever had!) The service was incomparable - Aaron who looked after our table was awesomeness personified! When (at times) we couldn't decide what to order we asked for help and loved everything that he recommended. Charismatically professional, when it was time to leave it was like saying goodbye to an old friend.
Aaron heard that it was our 15th wedding anniversary and when a couple of delectable sweet treats with 'Happy anniversary' written in chocolate arrived at our table it was overwhelmingly surprising for the both of us. Having the chef come out to our table to congratulate us was yet another really nice gesture.
Thinking about the food, all we can say is everything was delicious so if you find yourself struggling to decide simply ask the staff for recommendations and you won't be disappointed!
I never write reviews but our entire evening was amazing from start to finish which is why I have taken the time to write this. We will be back in the not too distant future and strongly encourage those who haven’t already been to head on down to Euro for a top-notch dining experience!
by David Erskine
Apr 10, 2013
Four of us recently had the pleasure of having lunch at Euro Restaurant. A pleasant setting, great food and atmosphere and efficient and helpful waiting staff. We certainly look forward to repeating the experience in the near future.
by Janice Jamison
Apr 01, 2013
Beautiful place to eat in summer and always very accommodating - try to get a table outside looking on to the water. A great range of prices, from $20 pizzas to $120 steak. Mains were cooked to perfection and the dessert I ordered was one of the best I have ever had - ginger and sake creme brulee. Flawless service, even on very busy days.
by Ardie Rankin
Mar 18, 2013
Selected the Euro Restaurant and Bar to entertain a number of overseas and New Zealand guests. Duely got to the restaurant and placed our orders along with refreshments and that all went well. However when it came to the delivery process that is where for me it fell very short of the advert that says they are in the top 50 in the world. Entree was serviced, Buffalo mozzarella tomatoes / basil / EVO / Saporoso / Parma ham. But hell one of the main ingredient the Parma ham was missing, but didn't want to create a scene with my overseas guest just ate it. Then the mains came out over a 15 minute period and low and behold my fish dish was one of the last and you guested it, it was cold, but still didn't want to upset my guests who were half happy. At the end of the evening when paying the account I did mention it to the management and frankly they appeared not too worried and said I could have a beer on them ........ not really good enough for a restaurant that should be one of our best. I would not recommend it now nor go back. I'm sorry it happened because the night before we ate at another restaurant in the area and had a superb time and food.
by Rosemary Young
Mar 18, 2013
Went to Euro for the first time couple of weeks ago. Had previously made a reservation. When we arrived, we were not served, it was not clear where we had to go in order to get the Matrie'd's attention. A lot of Waitress/Waitors pass us by and neither of them made the effort to ask if we needed help.
I would not have thought of a place like this restaurant to have this sort of service.
Once we sat down, we ordered some items which included some tempura oysters. The tempura batter was quite thick!... have had better elsewhere in Wellington :) definitely not what I was expected, as I was expecting better for this type of 'institution'.
Quite disappointed in the service and batter of the oysters.
Will I go again? hard to say....
Mar 17, 2013
We had a booking for 9 people and on arriving at 7pm the place was heaving with people extremely busy and noisy. After reading previous reviews I had my doubts about the evening ahead. However we were greeted and told our table was almost ready and true to their word we were seated quickly and what a table over looking the great harbour.
However we came for the food. Although very busy the waitress was outstanding.
There were 9 of us at the table we started with the Oysters three ways they were sublime.
Each of us had a main and dessert and every person at the table said their meal was total mouth watering. The servings were large and everyone was total happy with what they had ordered.
The service was friendly and efficient.
Would definitely recommend the restaurant and go again very soon.
by Jade :-)
Mar 11, 2013
we had the pleasure to dine at euro for the first time. what an absolute delight. food was divine!!! we loved the fact the food came out in a timely order despite being very busy. we were also impressed by the portion sizes, very generous, especially the chicken. our only slight issue was the bread board arrived at the same time our starter did but still went down a treat. we will be back :-)
by Stu & Sarah
Feb 28, 2013
Last night we went for the 10 course degustation meal at the chefs table. When we got there, we were very well looked after by our waitress Nicole. She asked if I would like to choose my own wine, or should she. I am a big wine/food fan, but thought I'd leave it in her hands, and told her so. She was fantastic, bringing wines that matched perfectly with the food. A choice that I initially thought a bit different was the pinot noir she recommended with the fish burgers. It was an inspired choice and (surprisingly perhaps) matched far better than one would have expected. She was top notch. Onto the food. Katie and Eugene were simply fantastic, and made superb meals with beautiful, clean flavours, and brilliant textual contrasts in some. The crab and paua dish was one of the nicest things I have ever had the pleasure to eat. Simply brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble, and even Sarah's pregnancy wasn't too much hassle, with separate meals being prepared for her. Whilst different than the other meals, they were nonetheless fantastic. Most of it was simple food cooked well - with a bit of "molecular gastronomy" thrown in every now and then. Buffalo yoghurt eggs anyone? It all had the wow factor, but I won't spoil the surprise too much by describing all the food - it was a real experience tasting it all. When Sarah booked it several months ago, it was as a bit of a birthday treat for me, but for one reason or another, we couldn't attend on my birthday, so postponed it. At the end of the meal, Eugene (ably demonstrating his piping skills) made up a little birthday platter for me. Aw shucks. He likewise made Sarah a 'congratulations' platter for her pregnancy. It's the little things like that that go a long way...
by Steve Pugh
Feb 11, 2013
Very disappointed we had looked forward to a really lovely meal the waiter recommended a special aged rump steak ....I eat steak every time we go out but have never had my request for Med rare refused!! The chef said it would be cooked med ... then when it came at least 1/3 of the steak was fat & grissle (unchewable) ...when the waiter asked if we were enjoying the meal we gave him the side plate full of fat & grizzle to take to Simon & he replied a good bit of rump then!!!! I am 50 & have eaten steak all my life & never have I had a worst steak in a restaurant ....the only saving grace was the desert which was a wow .... they didn't charge for the steak which was the least they could do... although I doubt if we shall return again & we are huge master chef fans & were looking forward to a wow meal.
by Bridget Chung
Jan 20, 2013
Been here a handful of times but we mostly have dinner elsewhere and come here for desserts. Not to say the food's not good, just average. We think we can get better food at a comparable price elsewhere. Supposed their rent has gotta be high?! Loved the Alaskan King Crab... then again not like they can muck that one up as it's steamed/boiled?! Not sure if I'll be back as I've now learned to make chocolate fondant! :p Btw, hubby asked the chef to hide the ring in the chocolate fondant when he proposed - I almost swallowed coz it was so dark sitting outside! Good laugh that was :)
by Mark Williams
Jan 20, 2013
Considering the iconic stature of the restaurant and head chef, we were very disappointed.
From Euro classics like squid overpowered with garlic or over cooked duck with barely enough sauce for the first few mouthfuls to the over inspired desserts...sometimes classic dessert should remain just that, not impressed. Service was good, but the restaurant is not the place to go for a romantic or relaxed meal...noisy with a side order of crowded. :(
by Jason Leong
Dec 29, 2012
Got a deal voucher for a 9 course degustation sitting at the chefs table. Had heard a lot about Euro some good, some not so good.
From the moment we walked in the waiter looking after us really looked after us. Said he'd come get us when we were ready to start and found us a nice spot to people watch.
Chefs table was a wonderful experience - as the 2 chiefs took us through each course - telling us what was involved and the story behind the dish.
Would recommend Euro - a very enjoyable evening.
by Regan Doyle
Dec 22, 2012
I went here for the voucher deal where I sat on the chef's table. The food was outstanding, the chefs were friendly and explained everything as they went along and the service was good. If any criticism were to be made then it would be that the waitress was almost too attentive. Myself and my partner had a great time here.
by Nicole Abbott
Dec 03, 2012
Had a light lunch with my friend on Monday- lovely sunny day, lovely table on the deck, beautiful food and wonderful service.
We came in lateish for lunch- 3pm, but were made to feel very welcome. The food was lovely and arrived qucikly. The waiter was knowleable and attentive without being too 'in our face'. It was a great experience overall- would go back anytime!
by Diane W.
Nov 04, 2012
My husband and I went for the 10 course degustation, and it was fantastic. This was a specially designed menu just for the Chef's Table of 8 people. Not only was everything cooked to perfection, but each dish was an interesting and often surprising combination of flavors that really worked. The other winner was the service and special attention given by our Chefs, Katy and Eugene, who made the evening fun and entertaining. Can't wait to go back.
by Dominique M
Oct 08, 2012
The food and service were both very good.
The scotch fillet was done just as was asked. wasn't very partial to the beetroot side but the puree was very nice. The cocktails were also great.
The waiter may have been a little overly friendly but I guess its a matter of personal preference. Anyhow the service was great overall.
Would absolutely go again.
by David Herbison
Oct 06, 2012
Seriously you go to Euro with 30 other people they say they'll only take the booking with a set menu. They don't reduce the cost despite the size of the booking, the service was average (heavy dose of sarcasm) and then when desert turned up it was not as described on the menu (dark chocolate ice cream not white chocolate). When this was pointed out the head waiter makes out as if this is a surprise to him and checks the menu (I mean come on you're trying to tell me you don't know your own menu, funny how at the beginning of the evening you described every dish on it in detail), then goes to the kitchen and brings out a plate of ice cream and proceeds to put that on each plate. I mean seriously the dish was served incorrectly take them all back correct them bring them back and apologise!!! $100 a head you have got to be kidding, I am completely over crappy second rate service especially from what you would describe as a premium iconic Auckland restaurant.
by Matthew Davies
Sep 19, 2012
We have eaten at Euro before and because it was a great experience we decided to return. While the food was not bad it was pretty average considering the prices. Service is a little arrogant! Will try it once more as any restaurant can have a bad night but wondering if the owners need to check the consistency. Our starters were good but the mains were not great and the desserts were disappointing.
by Judy Colville
Aug 27, 2012
We had an enjoyable evening at Euro on Saturday night. We expected a little more for this standard of dining. Why when there are 4 people at the table are 3 pieces of bread served? I was pleased we sat outside, (except for the wafting smoke) it was VERY noisy inside BUT in the dim lighting the white writing on RED menus is very hard to read. All meals were delicious and well presented. My risotto got too rich (salty and creamy) to finish. Entree size might have been more enjoyable.
The service was friendly (a little rehearsed) and the meals arrived in good time. For the price, I would have expected a little more. Hence average rating - it was average.
by Mat & Chris
Aug 21, 2012
We dined on the 11Th of August a small group of 4 best friends & all we can say is outstanding from start to end, the food the service from Scott is amazing. Keep up the great work. Shame Scott is leaving but all the best to him. Fab restaurant. Mat &Chris the kiwis. Stephen & Anne the Irish kiwis. All from tauranga
by Wolfram Just
Aug 20, 2012
We came because we love excellent food and had watched the NZ Master Chef shows.
From ordering to receiving the first course it took 45 minutes. We ordered each a glass of red wine (as we had to drive). The two filled glasses were placed in front of us by a rather unfriendly lady who did not say a word. We would have expected in this kind of environment that two empty glasses were placed in front of us, one of us would be asked to try a little bit and than the glasses would be filled at the table.
The first courses arrived: My wife's reaction was alarming: She found parts of crab or shrimp shell in her food plus crab meat which was too tough to be chewed, and she put it to the edge of her plate. My Kobe beef was cooked to perfection, soft and red. However, the crust was so salty that I contemplated to cut it off. But what is such a piece of meat without crust? Result: My stomach closed half way down. The main courses: Long Island duck for my wife: Good in taste but obviously warmed instead of freshly prepared: Fibrous and stringy, no breast meat. My fish of the day was broiled(?) in a very fatty environment, again rather salty. I could not finish it although it was not an enormous amount of food.
To sum up: We will not come again as long as Simon is not cooking himself there. We saw it as a huge food factory with a rather hectic atmosphere throughout. We liked the decoration of the place though. Given the high prices and considering the reputation of the owner it was a big disappointment. Our head waiter tried very hard to compensate for our lost fun about which we did not inform him but which he clearly sensed from our behaviour.
Wolfram and Joanne Just
PS: We suggest that Simon spends much more time in his restaurant, checks the food which his cooks are offering and reduces the amount of tables/ guests to be served at the same time. Otherwise he will loose quickly his reputation and his business.
by Bernadine Phillips
Aug 15, 2012
Great service was my first impression. Our waiter was informative, friendly and bubbly. He must have picked up we were on a work dinner and the boss was paying because he seemed to direct all questions to him regarding the wine list and starters at him.
Drinks arrived quickly and cocktails delicious.
I had the peking duck to start, tuna steak as my main and was arm twisted (he didn't have to twist to hard) into having into the chocolate pudding. I think my tuna was a tiny bit over cooked however I did not complain.
One of our party was a little disappointed at the size of his lamb off the bone special. It was fairly small. Other than that everyone was happy.
Aug 13, 2012
Ever since I've arrived in New Zealand, I was suggested to try New Zealand's own Bluff oysters. As a seafood and especially oyster lover, I HAD to find them.
A friend recommended Euro Bar and Restaurant owned by Simon Gault who is in Masterchef New Zealand... read more on my blog with complete pictures: http://chicabel.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/euro-bar-restaurant.html
by Lois Kerr
Aug 07, 2012
Previously reviewed & the review was scathing. Suffice to say I did go back. What an vast improvement. Our wait staff, knowledgeable, attentive, an absolute delight & all done with a ready smile. Periodically came back to the table to see if there was anything we required. Meals well presented & cooked to perfection. Peanut coleslaw with the chicken was to die for.
by Amy Groat
Jul 16, 2012
Euro never disappoints with great food and great service although the last two times Ive been there they forgot to bring our bread etc before our mains which was a tad disappointing. but the peanut sauce coleslaw that comes with the chicken is amazing!!
by Wendy Payne
Jun 28, 2012
Euro is fabulous. I loved the friendly staff, the decor, the variety of spaces you could dine in; but the absolute standouts were the food and the structure of the menu. Structure first, Euro serves an evening menu all day. You can select anything from the menu any time. I enjoyed a three course meal from 2.30 in the afternoon and was left to take my time relaxing into the evening, matching a wine to each course. Surprisingly reasonably priced, the food was stunning. Obvious care is taken with the presentation, imagination and crafting of each dish. The menu is adventurous with delightful surprises. I was 100% satisfied with my Euro experience and look forward to a repeat.
by Mike Bonner
Jun 12, 2012
Sat 9/6/12 our first experience at the Euro to celebrate my wife's birthday.
The service throughout the night was excellent and the staff were extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine.
Simon Gault was cooking in the chefs kitchen and this really added to the overall experience; Simon took time to come and speak with us which was really appreciated.
The food was good starters consisted of SG's crab and prawn and Chilean red king crab leg. The SG crab was a clever combination of jalapeño crème fraiche sauce / tobiko / tuna wafers, it was rich and creamy. The crab legs were succulent and sweet and were accompanied with three butter sauces. However I thought the sauces were quite bland and despite looking different tasted similar.
Simon sent us an amuse bouche as an extra and the flavour was delicious just the right temperature and perfectly seasoned.
Mains were lamb rump and market fish. The lamb rump was cooked perfectly and very tender accompanied with caramelized cauliflower purée / raisin & almond caper salad . The market fish was delicious with a herb crust, again succulent and perfectly cooked. Two puddings to finish a Mandarin tea sorbet and an apple terrine. Both presented amazingly and very delicious.
It was quite an expensive evening but I believe the overall experience was worth the price. Its not somewhere we would eat regularly but will return on our next visit to Auckland.
by Andy Gibson
Jun 03, 2012
Firstly, wow - amazing, amazing steak - this was the bottom-level steak, but man - i can still taste it. had it with truffle sauce, and the beetroot and endives were the perfect complement. the side of fries came in a cute little deep fry basket, presentation overall was superb.
only down-side was that the service was quite all over the place - very well-meaning, but over the top and just ended up almost abrasive, waay too long between wanting to order and having multiple visits from various verbose servers. surly maitre-d.
but anyway i was there to eat and man the food was sooo beautiful.
--PS. After reading this the general manager got in touch with me straight away apologising re my comments on service. I really appreciated that. Overall my experience at Euro was a very good one, and that reaction to my review made me feel even more confident that this is a great place to dine. (what a great service menumania provides to allow restaurants and their customers to interact like that)
by Kristy Lee
Apr 30, 2012
My partner and I went to Euro for his birthday, not often we get to treat ourselves to Masterchef quality restaurant but it was great!! Our main waiter was very friendly and made sure we were looked after the whole time. Meals came out very quick which was great.
I had the rotisserie chicken which I would go back for just for that! chicken was so tender and even the mash was so flavoursome!! My partner had a lamb rump and he left one piece for last cause he didn't want to eat it, it was so good and tender. not often you get lamb or beef cooked correctly.
I would highly recommend.
by DEBBIE TONG
Apr 24, 2012
Went to Euro Restaurant and Bar last Friday night.
Lovely ambiance and setting.
Meal very average
One diner didn't have to pay for her meal as wasn't up to standard
Head waiter too friendly and talked way too much
by David Boshier
Apr 14, 2012
We had not been to Euro for years, until last week when I was invited for a long lazy Friday lunch. One thing I like is sitting by the sea for lunch and while the view is not fantastic it has all the right sounds and smells.
From the oysters and pound of prawns as starters through to the rotisserie chicken for main, all was excellent. For something different try the Mojito - rum baba for desert.
We will be heading back soon.
PS: the pricing is good value for the area.
by Shelley Robb
Apr 03, 2012
We met a friend at Euro over the weekend. He recommended it to us saying that the restaurant had put its prices up over the world cup time so the locals stopped going but they were working hard on getting the business back again so we should try it. We did and we enjoyed the experience. I paid and it was not until we got home I found they had charged us for items we didn't order or get. I think they would say it was an honest mistake but the mistakes were strange. 2 of the same meal, and 5 meals when only 3 people sat at the table???Highly dodgy. I wonder how many other people have had to question their bills lately?? If you go there, make sure you check the account before paying!!!!!
by Hamish Cochrane
Mar 29, 2012
The selection of food was great and the food itself was divine. Wine selection wonderful and service was impeccable.
by Andy Parker
Mar 14, 2012
Bland and tasteless. I'd expected more.
Nice atmosphere and service to match the location, but the food was underseasoned, and I'm sure that my dessert had pepper on the violet meringue.
Sorry, I won't be returning, Auckland has many more options to choose from.
by Jennifer Kelly
Mar 13, 2012
My third visit to Euro and there wont be a fourth. The first time was very mediocre but everyone has their off days so decided would give it another try. This time, taking advantage of the bluff oyster special, I had no problems at all the service was attentive but not overly done and the food was good. The most recent visit, however was not a good experience. The waiter was rude, to the extent he actually came and apologised for his "rudeness". The food was served in rapid succession before we had finished the previous course and then he was clearing the table before we had finished. We then had to ask the waiter to leave the wine as every time he passed our table he proceeded to pour , whether he was trying to over compensate for his abrupt manner. Sunday lunch should be a relaxing experience, felt like we were in a fast food restaurant and so we left without even ordering or considering a desert. We are an older couple so places like Euro are a treat, er.... no thanks. Never again.
by Nathan Meyers
Feb 20, 2012
Very good food, but also very expensive. We were encouraged to order fast before things heated up in the kitchen, which I did not think was a good technique. In addition, some of the additions to the mains needed a little work, but overall a fun experience.
by Dave J
Jan 16, 2012
great place, soo consistant with service and food. this is a place i enjoying going on afternoons and just eating there platters and drinking beer in there great location. so much on offer here cant say a bad word
by Diana R
Jan 04, 2012
We had a great dinner pre Christmas. As always the food and the service were superb. Euro is consistent which is invaluable.
by Jimmy Sandler
Dec 13, 2011
Food was very nice and also the service was excellent, very attentive but over the top.
Lovely place to go to for dinner with your partner.
Would definitely return again!
Nov 13, 2011
So abit about me and my partner, we are both in our 20s and we decided to go to here for our anniversary. We went to the Skycity 360o conservation restaurant on valentines and it set us back $200 but it was great.
Euro however, it was very noisy I found it, it was hard to talk in between and the tables were close to each other.
The food was OK, not to forget my partner had food poisoning that night ( not knowing the cause ) We had bread ( was ok, just like my bakery bread from countdown ) and had a S&G prawn for my partner as starters which was OK. And I had the calamari wrap which was just OK too. I thought skycity wowed us way more. However we did look forward to our mains. My partner got a eye fillet, was very small ( i know its a delicate but come on, for the same price, skycity was better!) it was wonderfully cooked though. I had the john dory fish of the day, it was good. too salty for me and the risotto was too chessy(sauce poured over) and was just overwhelming having two very salty. Wasnt impressed. Had a salad side and potatos, potatos were nicely cooked.
Overall everything was just OK. Skycity wowed me with their food and expertises and it was a nice quiet view along with a nice quiet dining experience which both me and my partner preferred.
Altogether it set us back $197. We gave $200 and she just took $3 as tip( not asking btw which was rude )
At skycity we got a full package for valentines ( even though we only had a choice from around 3-4 entrees and mains ) and we had an dessert at skycity too because it was part of the package, i got a rose and to look out at the conservation level while waiting for our tables for free. Parking was also discounted while it cost us about $13 on the viaduct.
So overall I would not return. Too busy, but food was good.
by Brian D Leonard
Sep 13, 2011
From the moment I approached the Maitre die to book a table for two on a very busy Friday evening, through to my glass of Laphroaig single malt whisky, my wife and I, celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary enjoyed a wonderful dinning experience.
The food was beautifully prepared and cooked to perfection. Our waiter Michael was attentive and very knowledgeable and helped us choose the perfect meal. To cap it off, Simon Gault came to our table and chatted briefly. We could not have asked for a better evening.
Many thanks, Brian and Pam
by Jessica D
Sep 05, 2011
Amazing service from the gentleman that waited on my party at Euro. it was a bust Saturday night, but he made every effort to make sure we were well looked after. The food was AMAZING.
The only small issue we had was our side dishes never arrived, however we were not charged for them and were offered a discount.
Euro definitely sets the standard for service for Auckland restaurants.
by Celeste Bowden
Aug 12, 2011
Had a lovely mid week work lunch here last month.
I had the most amazing soup I've ever had in my life - cauliflower and truffle oil.
Colleagues had the oysters, which were beautifully presented, and fish.
We even had a side of the vegetables of the day - who would have thought brussels sprouts could taste so scrumptious.
Great service, tasty meal. We'll be back.
Jul 20, 2011
Excellent staff, attentive but not overbearing - let you have a good time.
Great good and importantly a great atmosphere, just make sure you don't get put down the back - when you book request the front or outside.
Jul 20, 2011
The food was good, well presented and on time. Taste was lovely but I don't see what the fuss is all about and why does it cost so much...I mean you can get similar dining expereince with similar tasting/presented food for less expensive costs.
And our waitress was over the top! We had an international business associate with us and I cringed a few times whenever the waitress started getting overly passionate about the food...gosh talk about being in love with food !
by Maggie Armstrong
May 06, 2011
OK location, nice food - BUT, $16 - $18 for a glass of wine?? At that price you would expect to be able to drink your wine with your meal, but unfortunately it took 3 hours to deliver 1 entree and 2 mains (for 2 people). Waiter apologised for the delay, saying that the chef had overcooked the fish and had to redo it. But, a complimentary glass of wine would have been the thing to do. Food very overpriced. No wonder tourists think NZ is expensive. I wonder if Mr Gault might be dining out on his name a bit! $9.50 for a plate of mashed potato with a smidgen of truffle oil, totally over the top. Keep your prices realistic Euro - you have a more discerning public nowadays! Will be trying other restaurants before returning to Euro.
by Ryan Ashton
Apr 24, 2011
The first your notice with any restaurant (after the building) is the service and that is hugely important on my list - I don't eat food from shacks first of all - and for all the great restaurants of Auckland, Euro has by far the best service from a professional staff who recognise that you are the customer and look after you in a manner befitting the establishment and the restaurant brand.
The food has always been delectable and I have tried 30% of the menu, but nothing beats their service, especially Nicole.
I haven't been since the relaunch and will have to get back down to sample the menu and enjoy the service.
by Rebekah Green
Feb 28, 2011
What can I say? My husband and I have been to Euro several times in the past year or so and every time have loved it.
Even with the changes to the menu (has become more steak-house style) we still love it.
We end up getting the same things every time though - have only tried some of the other menu options on one visit.
We love the fresh oysters, breads and dips, jalepenjo crab and prawn dish, I LOVE the duck - hubby usually gets the steak.
I did find the signature chicken dish a bit dry but the slaw was great.
The service is impecible - the staff recognise us and remember what we order - they also know where we prefer to sit.
The wait staff we have had have all had a great knowledge of the wine list and have been able to recommend us some stunning pinot noir.
We will be back soon to enjoy again!
by Linda Wade
Dec 02, 2010
Had lunch yesterday and was extremely disappointed with my meal - had the Simon Gault rotis chicken and it was so dry had to ask for gravy in order to make it edible. Also was quite amazed that nobody asked if we wanted dessert. Won't be in a hurry to go back
by Giapo Gelato
Oct 17, 2010
It is really a great restaurant with great food and a great wine lists. i regard it as one of the best! Go and check it out!
by Bida M
Sep 28, 2010
Simply amazing, best food, best wine, great environment, great service, how more happy can i be? I would definitely go back there again for the most delicious food, i got to say it is my number 1 restaurant in Auckland and the price paid is well worth it.
by Cheryl Welsh
Sep 27, 2010
Lunch on Sunday 28th September 2010, what incredible service. Our waiter was AMAZING he really loves his career and it shows! 5 hungry girls all had incredible meals, beautifully presented and executed. I don't know how we fitted in dessert but I am so glad we did, the trio of ice cream was outstanding. Thanks Euro, still stunning after all these years!
Sep 13, 2010
I went for dinner last Tuesday (7/09/10)
the food was OK,but the presentation was the same as the pub near my house,so for a restaurant who pretend to be a fine dinning destination i was really disappointed specially when i saw the bill arrive!!
I think when you charge more than $30 for a main the customers deserve a minimum of presentation on the plate!
i am not ready to go there again until i heard they change their policy.
I think it's a canteen for rich people.
When i go out for dinner in a fine dinning restaurant i expect a lot more than they give to me last Tuesday.
Simon Gault need to work hard on this place.
It's pub food sold for a fortune!!
Apr 27, 2010
I've dined here about 5 times in the last 6 months - twice for the Sunday degustation lunch. Every time was fantastic food, excellent service, very friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff (especially in recommending wines). Serving sizes are generous and even though its pricey, you come away feeling it was worth every dollar. Easily as good as some of Sydney's upmarket waterfront restaurants. Highly recommended.
by Tony Buckingham
Feb 02, 2010
Euro has been one of my favourite restaurants for years I have always put it on the level with Cibo. However having waited for it to re open we were disappointed. Mind you ix was mixed my meal for average my two guests gave their starters 10 but the mains poor steaks and and disappointing chicken 4 to 5.
The service was mixed my friend didn't want potato but the request was ignored.
We will try again for old time sake hoping it was just one of those nights
Oct 13, 2009
Excellent!! what more can I say, fabulous food, location and staff, wine list is impeccable too, great stuff.
by Oliver Agnew
Apr 29, 2009
I went here for a 21st birthday party and have been searching for an excuse to come again. The food ,the atmosphere, the staff, all perfect
by Victoria D'Audney
Feb 20, 2009
On Wednesday night my husband and I (sounds very royal!!) celebrated our wedding anniversary at Euro. We hadn't been before but had read very good reviews. We were not disappointed. From the moment we walked in we felt very welcomed and the evening proceeded into an exceptional night. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive in a nice laid back manner. It took quite awhile to choose from the fabulous menu, but finally I choose the crab ravioli as an entree and the Cajun scallops with the most divine creamy and beautifully flavoured risotto I have every eaten( even better than in Italy)My husband savoured his scallop salad and Duck and the mouthfuls he shared with me where yummy. To top this fabulous evening off , our shared trio of Simon's ice cream arrived on a large plate with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate. How nice is that?.I will leave it up to you to decide if you want to experience a delight you wont forget.
Dec 24, 2008
I am a Kiwi living in the States, but back in my home town visiting family for Xmas, and decided to return to one of my old haunts. This place is still one of the best restaurants i have been too anywhere in the world. The service was amazing, and our waitress knew the menu and wine list intimately, and the 3 course i had were superbly balanced leaving me not feeling "stuffed" or too full. I highly recommend the Duck. NZ native duck is not as gamey as other Ducks, and it really is one of their signature dishes....AMAZING!
by Peter Ord
Dec 07, 2008
My wife, Ann, and I spent the first evening of our ruby wedding celebration holiday at Euro. It was one of the best meals I have ever had anywhere in the world and compares superbly well with many of the famous name and outlandishly expensive restaurants in the UK. After touring round NZ we returned to Auckland before flying back to the UK and decided, which can sometimes be a fatal error, to return to Euro. We were not disappointed and if anything the food was even better. If you are in Auckland this restaurant is not to be missed; the food in great, the staff are friendly and attentive and whats more know their business and their menu. If like me you know little about NZ wine trust them because they do. When we return to NZ it will be our first port of call.
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