Reviews for Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill Restaurant
by Andre Dez Toparea
22 days ago
This was one of my favourite restaurants
In terms of great service and atmosphere food taste amazing broad range of food to order with gives you more options best fine dining experience for me
22 days ago
My, my, how looks can be deceiving! Where to start with this place! I had had my eye on this place for a while and decided it was time to splurge and give it a go. This place is what I like to call an optical illusion. It's beautiful looking; crisp white table clothes, lavish bar, fancy décor. but the food is... bland, over-priced and over-cooked and I am beyond disappointed. I go to restaurants a lot, and when I splurge out like this, which isn't often, I really expect something amazing. I feel robbed. My friend and I ordered a bunch of things as we wanted to try a few things on the menu instead of getting a main each. So, we ordered the tuni sushi roll, squid, mussels, beetroot and goats cheese salad and fries. First on the stand: tuna sushi roll. This was actually not bad. It was fresh and had a nice subtle flavor. The tuna didn't look like tuna (see where I am going with the optical illusion thing?), it was orange and had a fluffy sort of texture. I'm not quite sure what sort of procedure had been done on it but it was quite good. Next the mussels. Personally, I am not a fan of mussels but my friend has a mild addiction to them so gobbled them up. The sauce they came in was as bland as can be. My calamari was awful. It was so doughey, I felt like I might as well have eaten a cup of flour. It lacked seasoning as well. The chips were burnt and from a packet. They should have either been shoestring and come with truffle or home-made aioli or they should of hand-cut them. Honestly, it's not rocket science. The beetroot and goats cheese salad was the best thing we had and I enjoyed it. But let's remember, it's not hard to cut up tinned beetroot and sprinkle it with cheese. Goat's cheese is one of my most favorite foods, so trying to bribe me with it will work - hence me not giving this place a two. The service was pretty good but nowhere near how it should be in a place like this. My wine glass was dirty! A place that charges through the roof like this for below average food needs to be hated on no holds barred. When I first looked at the menu when we sat down, I was quite keen to try the salmon on a return visit. Whilst I enjoyed the sushi and salad, and of course the view and the décor of this restaurant, I am afraid to say I won't be returning. When thinking about dining here please remember; remove the kaleidoscope from your eyes and see this place for what it really is.
by Mindy Shaw
one month ago
Excellent food. We ordered the hot pot and really enjoyed it. The staff was more than attentive and the food exceeded our expectations. We would highly recommend this restaurant.
by Jean HH
4 months ago
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
6 months ago
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
6 months ago
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
7 months ago
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
8 months ago
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.
9 months ago
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!!
10 months ago
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
10 months ago
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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