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Went there for dinner and I must say I was thoroughly impressed. The waiter was attentive and knowledgeable, made sure we had everything we need. My partner and I both ordered steaks with sides. They cooked both our steaks perfectly and the sides we had (honeyed carrots, green beans and fries) were tasty and went perfectly with the steak. We both had deserts, which were amazing as well. A brilliant night all round!
Ordered the Lobster B. Soup. Very bland. I had to add a whole of salt & pepper to it.
I went for a run and came here to dine, was in gym clothes, wasn’t treated with their full service, since I assume I wasn’t in a suit and I was dining very casually.
The soup itself did not taste like a $21 soup.
The main I had was the tuna, and that took almost an hour to arrive.
It did taste great, however the shitake sauce tasted like sweet soy sauce diluted in water, and a shitake mushroom sitting in it…it was a little disspointing and kind of ruined the nice piece of tuna.
If it wasn’t for the perfectly cooked tuna, I would have given this place a 1 star.
Wait time: 2/5
Food Quality: 1/5
Food Quantity: 1/5
Price range: $60+ pp
We dined at One Tree Grill for the first time on Friday night. We had a voucher for the six-course degustation, and were thoroughly impressed with our experience. The food was excellent – we especially loved the lamb course, and our own mains which were the steak and salmon. The chef was even able to adjust one of our meals to cater for our dietary requirements. The service was first rate – attentive and very professional. The young waiter who served us was knowledgeable about the menu and was quick to help us with anything we were unsure about. The atmosphere was great and not too loud considering it was quite a full house on the night. Will definitely be back again – thank you!
I really enjoyed our anniversary dinner at One Tree Grill.
The place is very nice and the staff are 1st class. We ordered entrees and they were FANTASTIC, so many flavor explosions in my mouth it was an experience. The waiter even gave us some little free tasters of an amazing mushroom soup.
Our mains were not as good, I ordered a well done (not black just cooked through ) steak and it was a disaster, not the best for a $50 dollar steak. My partners Pork was over cooked and dry.
The staff and the entree made up for the poor mains but I would return and give them another go.
Don’t normally write reviews but our meal was good enough to warrant one! Arrived into a very nicely presented restaurant and welcomed by a friendly staff member. A downside I though was that the maitre d’ was more occupied with their computer than to look up… nice big tables out front by the windows looking to one tree hill and fireplace (although off) would be nice during winter… food was beautiful although soup to start was quite salty… rest of the meal was nice and our wine recommended by our young waiter was an excellent choice – The Q pinot gris (2010/2011?) – he was equally an excellent waiter, efficient and had extremely good product knowledge… restaurant got busy as night went on which is expected on a Saturday… thanks!
Excellent night at One Tree Grill, yet again. We dined last Saturday and have been once before, with both the food and service hard to fault. Delicious taster soup to start which was definitely a sign of things to come. Our table was great and was intimate enough to be able to talk privately while being in the main area of the restaurant. Our waiter, Sam, was absolutely a pleasure to have serve us and his knowledge of the menu was fantastic. We had him the last time we dined at the restaurant and it is good to see the continued high level of consistency. The food was very nice and there were some good variations on the menu. Definitely looking forward to coming back!
One Tree Grill is consistently good in both food and service. Love the glass floor over the cellar in the basement and the overall ambience of the restaurant is great for both a group meal and for the more romantic evening.
Great atmosphere, great service, awesome food. I went for the first time last night with my fiancé and tried the 4 course set menu. I would highly recommend this as an option for dinner weather its a first time or not. Wonderful options of entree and main meals. Dessert was nice and the cheese board to finish was a great end to the experience. It lived up to the hype for me and I will be going back soon.
We went to One Tree Grill on a voucher deal and had an excellent night! We had always wanted to go to One Tree Grill and the voucher was a great way to try it out.
We had the vegetarian degustation menu and can only compliment the chef on well presented dishes that were thoroughly enjoyed.
Our waiter (Logan?) was very attentive, friendly and an asset to the restaurant.
A great restaurant well deserving of it’s reputation for high standards and excellent food.
Superb!!! Great food, great service, warm and inviting atmosphere. I had angus beef which was cooked perfectly, the recommended wine to accompany my meal and vanilla bean crème brulee, absolutely delicious. Will definitely be back for more. Cant wait
Smart restaurant, fantastic food, knowledgable and helpful service, comprehensive wine list. Chef even changed one item of our tasting plate to suit our taste. Probably the thing that first blew us away was the menu with plate description and pictures on mini IPad, NO food envy or disappointment around our table that night! Couldn’t fault our night, left with a big smile.
Food is nothing special.
The layout of the restaurant is nice, and the wine is great but I have had better food for a third of the price.
The appetiser was great but was underwhelmed by the rest of the food.
Need to visit again in order to give them a fair chance.
Sorry the food didn’t taste much special. But glad to have a good service and I like the layout.
Yum! Service was very good and food delicious, especially the bluff oysters. These were not on the menu but knowing the season had just started I had to ask and they miraculously appeared. Perfection for a kiwi visiting from Australia!
Very nice, well set place with friendly staff. Service was good and meals came at the right time though it wasn’t too busy so I can’t speak for a busy day. Meals and sides were yum and very well presented though it could be a bit overpriced for the portion you’re getting.
Was taken for a business lunch. The food, service and atmosphere was so perfect we stayed till late afternoon. The hot rolls were just the trick to keep us interested until our food arrived. Three at our table had the steaks and all pronounced them perfect. I had the pork belly = perfection. The desserts were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. I especially enjoyed the chocolate dessert. Must really commend the staff for knowledgable, attentive service.
My girlfriend and I decided to have a splurge after watching so many great looking meals in my kitchen rules we decided it was time to see what an amazing meal tasted like and not just looked like, and we certainly were not disappointed.
Really we got more than just a great meal; the atmosphere was great we were seated at 630 one table away from the gas fire which looked beautiful and kept us cozy, we were asked a couple of times if it was too warm by the friendly wait staff which showed good courtesy.
We ended up leaving around 930 after our degustation meal with matched wines thourally satisfied with food drink atmosphere and staff thanks a lot!
Went here for my Birthday last year and OTG is definitely memorable in a positive way. The steak I ordered was tender and juicy, the sauce was great and the sides were delicious. The wait staff and service overall was very pleasant as well.
My only complaint is in terms of value for money. While more than acceptable as an occasional splurge meal, one can certainly get steaks of similar quality for lower prices in Auckland.
Still, it’s hard to fault OTG’s ambiance, food or service so I will be very happy to return the next time I have a special occasion.
We went for a family celebration. From the moment we stepped into the restaurant, we were struck by the ambiance, friendliness and close attention of the staff. We have several different waiting staff seeing to us and it was seamless. Every one of them knew exactly what point we were at in terms of ordering or eating. The food was exceptional. Generous servings – especially the sides.This celebration was a once in a lifetime one for us and One Tree Grill ensured it was a once in a lifetime memory. I had read the other reviews here and had some anxiety having read some of the negative reviews. However, the responses to those complaints seemed well-reasoned by OTG. And I can now say there was no need for us to worry. I have no hesitation in recommending OTG to any one.
Superb. It was exactly what we were looking for to celebrate our 5th anniversary together. We felt welcome, being only two. Despite several large groups we were never overlooked. The food was perfect in every way. The service was wonderful, the gap between courses just enough.
Yummy!!! Service excellent, food well presented, very tasty and reasonably priced. Would definitely go again!
My family and I went there for my birthday and we were somewhat disappointed. We were seated by the kitchen which was a busy area. There were other tables available. In the corner above where my son’s girlfriend sat there were cobwebs. We chose to have miniscule bread rolls served with butter and olive instead of entrees.They were okay. We all ordered steak for our mains which came with a choice of sauces. Those who chose sirloin steak enjoyed it. Those who chose the eye fillet didn’t, as it was cold and tasteless. The sides we ordered were mediocre as was the wine. We all had dessert which was pleasant enough but we all felt the prices were exorbitant for the food and service we received. The place lacked atmosphere and the waiting staff seemed quite serious and unfriendly. I wouldn’t eat there again and was quite disappointed.
Love this place! I often take Clients to One Tree Grill for a business lunch on a week day. I went last week and the food and services was just fantastic. We had a lovely window seat, bluff oysters which were divine and beautiful entrees which we had as mains as the bread & dips together with oysters was a good start. The food and presentation of the food is of the highest standard. Beautiful.
I think One Tree Grill is slightly overrated. The food was good, but I would expect amazing for the price. Didn’t leave me with much to be remembered. We have been twice, just in case our first “its ok” experience was a once off, but came away the second time feeling the same way. The first time we were seated at a terrible tiny table right next to the wait station which really impacted on the how pleasurable the experience was. The table was tiny and just felt like we were sitting in a walkway. For the price you pay, I expect everything to be just right, and that was a real let down … so if you are going, perhaps worth asking where you will be sitting.
Dear, dear, drove 50km for a night out with friends. Average, very average. The Vodka Salmon was bland, what is the point of marinating it in Vodka if it still just tastes like plain Salmon? Clever but where’s the wow factor?
The grilled chicken was hopeless, it looked terrible on the plate and was overcooked and dry. Luckily one of us ordered Lamb shanks and got an extra shank for some reason. The extra one was transferred to the person who ordered the chicken. I had the market fish which was good.
In saying that the atmosphere and decor was good and the service above average. But they need to up the wow factor to justify the price. I get the feeling they have a loyal local following and have got a little to comfortable as a result. But hey if it works why change… Giving it a 2 for good service and maybe the chef had a bad night. $500 for four people, I was expecting more…
Went to the One Tree Grill for dinner with friends and visitors for the RWC. We had a lovely meal, brilliant food and exemplary service, but unfortunately this wonderful night was marred by the fact that on returning to the car the window had been broken, glass everywhere. There was nothing in the car to take (and the delinquents made sure to check, even dropped the back seats to see if there was anything in the boot). So my review, a great restaurant, a little on the expensive side, but in not so great part of town. Would I go again, probably not, as I would be worrying the whole time if the car was safe. Shame, totally brilliant night ruined by the dregs of society!!
We had been to OTG on other occasions and had nothing to complain about so a booking for a special event was in order. The restaurant was very busy but initial service was good. Orders were taken in good time and a “chef’s special” was proferred. So far so good. The entrees took a little while but acceptable given the patronage. They were delicious. Then the wait began. It took almost an hour from the entree being cleared to the service of the mains and by this time the restaurant was less than half full. Was the kitchen understaffed? Were they sharpening up our appetites for what was to come? Who knows. It was unacceptable. So much so that despite the excellent meals we decided that we would not have any dessert. Too bad OTG because you lost that part of the sale.
Would I go back. Only if I knew I was the only customer and even then I would probably have an exceessive wait. It is always sad that when you think of a place to eat that there is a “yes….but” response.
Food excellent. Service good. Waiting between courses. Appalling
Food is fantastic, the restaurant itself is very nice and service is not bad.
But price seems a bit too expensive compare to other restaurants.
Have always loved this place and love the feeling of walking and looking down on the wine cellar!! Food was good except for the pork belly but the entree of venison was great.Small portions so there is room for everything plus special coffee after! Wait staff is OK but not exceptional.
Visited One Tree Grill after meaning to dine here for quite some time.
We were pleasantly greeted and seated in an adequate fashion.
We ordered our entree and main.
Whilst we waited a cute little cup of complimentary mushroom soup was provided. This was a nice touch we thought.
5 minutes later, the entree arrived in a timely manner.
Thats about where the pleasant experience started to take a turn.
We arrived at 8:15am and the restaurant was not exactly packed to the brim.
40 minutes after our entree, the mains finally arrived. By this time the anticipation of waiting for a lovely meal had disappeared.
Although the food was really we’ll presented and tasted excellent, I feel it was over priced by about $10 per main meal. For what we received anyway.
When paying for the meal we were asked “How were your meals?” by the front of staff. My reply was “very nice, although the mains took 40 minutes”. We were then advised that the reason why the meals took so long was all other restaurants microwave their well done steaks, but they cook theirs in the pan. Pffffffffff, what sort of an excuse is that! I have eaten at many fine restaurants and have never had to wait that long for a well done steak. I’m sure other restaurants would not like to be thought of, of microwaving their steaks!
All in all, the experience was tainted by the long wait and I won’t be thinking of One Tree Grill for my next dining out experience nor recommending to friends or family.
Best meal I’ve ever had out. Everything about the food was spectacular, as was our bottle of wine from the extensive wine list. The staff were excellent and very attentive. Its been on my list of places to visit for a couple of years, and I’ll be definitely going back – the price of the meal was thoroughly justified!
Quick Summary – food Great. Service lacking.
Last visited One Tree Grill 3-4 years ago and remembered it as a great place to dine. Visited again last night for a special occasion.
The waiting staff seemed poorly organised and not well co ordinated. Whilst other tables were receiving complimentary bread while awaiting their entrees, our side plates and knives were taken away without explanation. We had to keep asking for our new glasses of wine to be brought to the table (we were ordering by the glass) as they appeared not to notice when ours were empty, and my water glass was filled at the start of the meal and never refilled. Our waitress also didn’t know the menu and had to go find a copy to check the wine match for one of the mains we’d ordered.
From our table near the door we witnessed staff nearly yelling at each other as to who was responsible for seating the new arrivals that were piling up. I had wondered if there were perhaps not enough staff on, but did a head count and there seemed plenty for the whole restaurant, but quite inattentive and poorly organised.
On the plus side the food was fantastic, and quite justified the high prices.
Unfortunately due to the service, I probably won’t be back in a hurry.
Absolutley fantastic food and service! My partner and I first received complimentary bread rolls with butter and olive oil which was nice… I would however like to suggest the restaurant offer reduced balsamic vinegar with their olive oil as this would have made it 5 times nicer. It didnt really matter though because next came out ‘compliments of the chef’ which happened to be a delicious mushroom soup. And I have hated mushrooms my whole life! It was scrumptious. The two of us ordered the pork belly entree to share, one of this autumns specials, and we both ordered a steak off the grill for our mains. The service was fast and our mains came out quickly but we had to ask where the entree had gone! They handled the situation VERY well, the entree was out in a few minutes and we received a complimentary dessert platter as an apology. The steak was mouth wateringly fantastic. I had the cabernet jus and my partner had the garlic butter. Both were fantastic and we had the beans and chips as sides. Overall a fantastic experience dispute a minor hiccup. Will go again the next time I have the chance!!
Recently had the pleasure of having lunch at this restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. The only gripe I have is that the Squid and Chorizo entree was mostly salad with hardly any squid included. Although the flavours were yum and the chorizo plentiful, it would have been nice to have twice as much squid as was presented. Other than that, the portions for the mains and desserts were a good size and very tasty. The service was excellent and even though the restaurannt was nearly empty, the place had a great feel and was very welcoming.
Food was fantastic, service was exemplary and the atmosphere, as always, was bustling without being intrusive. Knowledgeable, friendly staff and a really impressive wine list – just love the place! We were given the option of a special Valentines Day menu but stuck with the full menu. The squid, scallops and chorizo starter was divine, and the pork belly was cooked just right. Too full for dessert, but enjoyed port and liquers over a small cheese board that hit the spot perfectly. Really can’t recommend this restaurant highly enough, and the perfect place for a special occasion.
Totally dependable good quality food and service. I use it for business meals and I’ve never been disappointed. I shan’t lose any weight while the pork belly says on the menu.
One Tree Grill is one of our favorites for special occasions and we have been there a number of times over the years. Not once have we been disappointed with either the service (they have mostly male wait staff which seemed to have been there forever, which is unusual in Auckland) or food.
There is an extensive wine list both by the glass or bottle and their advice on wine matching is top notch. If you are entertaining for business it is a good option as even on a Monday night the place has a busy atmosphere and it is somewhere different outside the city.
A party of 4 we cruised pass and stopped in without a reservation on a Friday night and where warmly greeted, coats taken and promptly seated in a lovely booth seating.
The place has a warm cosy atmosphere and was about half full and this was at 9:00 pm on a Friday night.
One thing I loved and in fact we all loved was the really nice and low background music and you could actually talk to each other without screaming.
The menu is A La Carte so make sure you order the sides.
There was plenty of choice on the menu and yes the meals are not large but the presentation and quality is top notch. The steak we had was cooked as requested and comes with your choice of sauce. The fish was delicious, fantastic flavours and not overcooked.
The side dish where will presented and flavourism.
Plus there was a Thai soup courtesy of the chef that was absolutely delicious.
We didnt sample the deserts as we where simply to full but they sounded delicous.
Overall the service was prompt, helpful, courteous with lots of Sirs and Madams.
The price was reasonable for the quality and service we received.
We will be going back and recommend this restaurant highly.
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