Reviews for Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill Restaurant
24 days ago
We came here for dinner.... Great views while dining ... Entrees were mostly real yummy.. Haven't had a prawn cocktail served on a plate before but it was delicious.... The dumplings and tortellini were also enjoyed but the chowder was just ok.... We all had different mains... All the meats were cooked perfectly and the fish was yum... A must try was the prawn Mac cheese as a side dish .. It just sounded too tempting not to order it... In hindsight we should have ordered one or two more sides but weren't advised of this and as a result after our yummy desserts we left and a couple of us still felt a little bit hungry.... The service was good and it is a place to try again ... Definitely fine dining.
24 days ago
Starter of wagyu beef rib it was pretty good. My partner had the rib eye on the bone and I had the lamb rump both of which are probably the best that Auckland could offer. Both desserts were very disappointing would not order again. Service was amazing.
by Hubert Cheng
29 days ago
Came here with a large group. Big menu. Too many variety. Wine list was good.
Service was awesome and happy everything came out together and hot even with about 15 people.
Will be back again!
one month ago
Omg, delicious food! The fresh fish that I have tried here and an amazing view! Perfect atenccion, really good wines. You must go. I will come back definitely!
by Fiona M
one month ago
We dined here recently in a private room for a work function. The staff were wonderful and helpful and the room was set up beautifully. The set menu was lovely and everyone was very happy with their choices. The wines were really nice, we had pre ordered a select few from their extensive list. I will come back with my partner for a special occasion.
2 months ago
An outstanding location overlooking the busy piers with the Waiheke/Devonport ferries coming and going almost right below you in hypnotic fashion. Quite a large space but designed in a way that appeals and has areas which gives it an intimate feel. I was there as part of a private function so can't comment on the usual evening menu, but can comment on the ambience, the service and the food selection that made its way around the room all of which excelled. Definitely a seafood theme, with an oyster bar and massive selection of sushi, but also great beef cheek sliders, chicken curries, and various other condiments. Superb evening.
3 months ago
Real fine dining experience. My fiancé and I went here for my birthday dinner on Sunday night and totally enjoyed it. Excellent food: fresh juicy oyster, flavourful scallop, nicely cooked tuna, tender and moist confit duck and lamb. The dessert was nice but not so special. Our Champagne was in high quality.
The staff was skillful, friendly and helpful.
The ambiance was lovely, classic and calm. Their ocean/ harbour view was a bonus ;). Highly recommended for your special occasions/functions.
by Dan Norton
4 months ago
A beautiful lunch in a great location. The weather wasn't the best today but on a blue sky, summers day this place is even more amazing! I had a selection of sushi and sashimi to start, all of which was beautiful. For my main Steak Diane. The Wagyu beef cooked to perfection, it was a great lunch!
Service was what you would expect from this type of restaurant - flawless.
Good all round!
by NhatLinh Ng
4 months ago
I tent to try Botswana Butchery downstair but they didnt have any table so I am happy to try out this place since I was there already. The waitter was nice at first, but not consistency. We ordered 1 raw plate which was the oyster, 1 entree and 2 main courses. So it came to the waiting game. I dont think it would take that long to prepare an oyster plate with bunch of ice and 6 small pacific oyster and not quite yum balsamic vinegar dressing. However after got the 1st plate out, we were waiting for half an hour for the entree !?! That was ridiculous. Finally it came out but same time with my bf's main course which means they missed out my main and thought I would eat the entree and my bf would have the main course. Thats why the main and entree came out at the same time. I complained to the waiter that now he is having the main and I am having the entree so when he would have the dessert meanwhile I would have my main course? She said she would check and then she came back to offer me some food without an apology about my missed main. It was not professional at all. I was pissed to pay over $120 for the long waiting game, missing dish and the staff's attitude. Never again!
7 months ago
Popped in here on a Friday night, on the off chance that they had a table, and they did! The lovely waitress did a fine job to make sure we were happy and was really friendly in a non intrusive way, which we liked.
We ordered the seafood platter, and the whitebait fritters. The platter and fresh seafood was of very high quality and delicious, however the whitebait fritter was a little dry. We'll be back again for sure, but might stick to what's in season.
by Crystal Zhu
7 months ago
the squid inn pasta was really nice..seasoning perfect！
the cream cheese musses with blood orange sorbet is a good choice..im very enjoy it！
7 months ago
We went to dinner a couple of weeks ago after being recommended by a friend. The new look dining room looks fresh and sharp, a much needed facelift for a long standing Auckland institution. The service was slow, painfully at times. Our waitress was friendly but inexperienced and she was not helped by the lack of wait staff in our area. After some time we finally got drinks, and desperate to eat before too long, we ordered food too. I started with ceviche which was fresh and light, to leave room for an excellent aged ribeye steak. The others ordered seafood platters to share which they were happy with. We had sides, most notably the Prawn macaroni cheese. I could have eaten that out of the pot, it would have been at home on the main menu. On the whole a nice meal, although I couldn't find a seafood main that excited me, which is a no no at a seafood restaurant, however the steak was decent compensation. You'll probably enjoy the food but don't expect it to knock your socks off
8 months ago
The place has a nice view, especially when the weather is good. The service is good. The food is nice and the presentation is excellent. Worth trying
by Natalie Ler (d'liteful Cravings)
10 months ago
Beautiful beautiful restaurant, atmosphere and great helpful staff. We had a big group so we were served very intently. Our food was great with super top quality freshness and flavours. Specific dietary requests were adhered to and we really enjoyed ourselves. One thing that really bugged us was the server who was a different person who had no clue what he was serving us with. A couple of trips back and forth were required and wasted some time. Food were getting swung about and got cold! Quite irritating but we got there eventually. The seafood was one of the best we've had and would definitely go back again.
by Feisy Seaver
10 months ago
Awesome location just above the harbour overviewing the boats and the ocean, great food, super great service!
Various range of alcohol and wines. I've tried some from the menus. So far have tried the classic white fish pie (yumm), king salmon fillet with saffron risotto (yumm yumm), and the grilled market fish is divine.
Beautiful dressing on the green salad.
For dessert I've tried the must try chocolate fondant and also the dark chocolate cream which is very pretty and tasty!
by Andre Dez Toparea
11 months ago
This was one of my favourite restaurants
In terms of great service and atmosphere food taste amazing broad range of food to order which gives you more options best fine dining experience.
11 months ago
Went to Harbourside for lunch with three colleagues and had a really enjoyable time. We ordered the bread to share and then we shared the sushi and sashimi platter. The platter was absolutely outstanding! The sashimi was some of the best I have ever had, and we devoured every last morsel. Superb. I had the salmon for my main. This dish was pretty good. It didn't blow me away, but the combination of flavours worked well. The salmon was overcooked though which was very disappointing. The service here is quite slow. We waited a good ten minutes before we were seated. They aren't very good at filling up water glasses etc. The staff are friendly though so overall, I'd rate the service as average. However, I would expect excellent service at a place like this. The best part of the whole meal was the amazing seafood sauce that came with the sushi and sashimi platter. I'm not usually a fan of seafood sauce but this one was incredible. We saved the remaining sauce from the entrée and actually all ate some of it with our main dishes. If they sold this sauce by the bottle they could make a small fortune. I can still taste the delicious sauce in my mouth as I write this review. Overall, this place has pretty good food, but they seriously need to improve their service.
by Jean HH
Aug 19, 2014
We go to Harbourside on a regular basis because it is our favourite restaurant. I wish they were taking part in Auckland Restaurant month.
by Shadrach Tata
Jun 11, 2014
Such a great location, however, the food was somewhat average...Entree garlic bread dried and crunchy similar to toast. Main double lamb shanks with mash was overly-cooked becoming chewy with enough mash for one shank. Lastly, presenting salt and pepper sachets in drinking glasses on the table did not look appealing at all.
by Denise Mueller
Jun 09, 2014
The food was excellent but the service in the restaurant was not the greatest. For both our entrees and mains the serving person did not know who ordered what - there were only two of us! I expect for those prices that the staff knows whose meal it is. The restaurant also had only 20 guests for staff to look after, so not a busy night.
The seats were terribly uncomfortable. What friends in the hospitality industry call "1 hour seats". The front of the seat cuts up into the back of your thigh. Maybe ok if you are tall. A restaurant like this should have "3 hour chairs".
The best service (and most comfortable seats!) was in the bar. We were celebrating a special wedding anniversary and were given a complimentary glass of champagne by the barman. Very much appreciated - however we will not be recommending the restaurant to friends or returning. Bring back the old Harbourside!
by Craig O'Brien
Apr 27, 2014
I had a meal and bottle of wine at Harbourside last night. The waiting staff were friendly and helpful. The meal both starter and main average didn't have desert as I was not prepared to waist any more money on bad food.
by Campbell McGill
Apr 27, 2014
I visited with a group from overseas on ANZAC day. The food was very nice and appreciated by everyone. The wait staff were extremely tolerant of the foreigners' language challenges and their impertentent questions, mostly about the provenance of the oysters. The 20% surcharge was a bit on the nose, but we were advised of its existence before we ordered, so cannot complain too much.
Mar 03, 2014
had drinks and dinner at Harbourside..
Food excellent and menu top notch but...Waiting staff left a lot to be desired even though there were plenty.
Continually had to find staff to order food and drinks and get the bill!!
Feb 02, 2014
Went to Harbourside on the recommendation of a friend and restaurant owner last week (he had seen a reviewer write a not so good comment about their renovations and was keen to go) I took a party of 7 one of which was a client from Hong Kong so wanted to dine them well.
The place is beautiful, the staff wonderful and the food was extremely good, every meal was stunning, all of us had a great dinner and we went right through the menu. We sat out on the deck and couldn't think of a better restaurant we'd been too, congratulations on a fine place
by Paul Skilton
Jan 30, 2014
We went before xmas and had a Seafood platter for two very pricey and the seafood tasted like it had been frozen. Crayfish was tasteless and stringy. would not recommend .The location and views are just lovely and i would have expected the food to be outstanding at the prices.
by Maggie G
Dec 21, 2013
When you're looking for fine dining that you can rely on to be consistently great, Harbourside always delivers. First impressions of the revamp- sophisticated,classy,modern, spacious
Starting with a cocktail at the glitzy bar is a good choice and the bar staff are professional and friendly. Our table by a window afforded great views - of the harbour, of the open plan kitchen and of the teppanyake area next to it. The food was outstanding. Between four of us we tried roasted snapper, prawn cocktail,sashimi,flounder, bouillabaisse Moreton Bay bugs and pork belly. The only mild complaint was that the pork crackling wasn't crunchy. All else was tasty tender juicy and superbly presented. The service is excellent without being intrusive and the wine list extensive.
Harbourside is pricey to be sure but great value for a special occasion or yto take someone you want to impress with NZ cuisine.
Dec 19, 2013
We had dinner tonight at Harbourside and would have not called it an unpleasant experience but it was not up to our expectations. Lovely view but the service was average and one of the meals cost $42 which was a spaghetti carbonara with one prawn on the top. We ordered champagne to celebrate but the waitress did not bring out champagne glasses and said ' you will be fine with these glasses won't you?"' Referring to our wine glasses on the table. Overall a disappointing night.
by Vanessa Green
Dec 10, 2013
What an awesome restaurant Harbourside Ocean Grill is! The presentation, the exciting menu options and the intelligent staff! Well done! We loved every minute of it! The fresh Vanuatu prawns are simply beautiful and the sushi is the best I have ever had!!! The Moet deck with the loungers and the view is to die for! You must go and try this amazing Auckland icon!
by Paul Duncan
Nov 29, 2013
Location, decor and staff greeting upon arrival were excellent.
Extensive menu and wine list giving plenty to choose from. Decided on a seafood platter for two and we were most disappointed as the seafood was mainly imported frozen from Australia and tasted bland as well as being watery with no texture. Lovely condiments but could have done with something other than McDonald's fries to go with it. Sashimi fish was lovely but condiments did not match flavours of fish at all and had to ask for some soy sauce to accompany it. Would liked to have dined on good quality local produce to reflect what NZ seafood is all about.
by David Boshier
Dec 02, 2012
For us a forgotten place as I would not have been to Harbourside for 10 years.
You can not beat the location and as we had the private room for a function there was a few beers on the deck before dinner. Very much an old style restaurant and due for a re-fit, but still has some class.
Everybody in our group enjoyed their meals and my John Dory main was perfect.
Worth visiting old memories if you have done the other viaduct restaurants to death.
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