The Barracuda

4 star rating 14 reviews

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09 5341989

32 The Esplanade, Eastern Beach, Auckland

  Kiwi, European
4:30 PM to 11 PM (Tue), 11 AM to 3 PM, 4:30 PM to 11 PM (Wed-Sun), Mon Closed


Reviews for The Barracuda

5 star rating
by Lois Kerr
6 months ago

Just wow oh wow!!!!!
Seafood chowder, not very often do you find one that has actually got more than a smattering of seafood in it or loaded with corn to bulk it up. This was lovely & loaded with seafood not corn.
Scallops wrapped in bacon, whilst a little over cooked they were very tasty.
Mussels in creamy/garlic sauce, this was the only downside of our dining experience. Way over salted, totally killed the cream & garlic. Back to the drawing board with this one guys.
Aged T-Bone, cooked to perfection with creamy mushrooms.
Parmesan crusted chicken breast, tender & juicy.
The special of duck, just fell of the bone, would have been nicer if the skin had been crisped up.
Presentation of all meals very good.
Lovely setting, attentive staff, great food.

5 star rating
by Elizabeth Douglas
8 months ago

We eat here often. Friendly staff, great food, reasonably priced, local business. We have never been disappointed. I recommend it for a local restaurant. We can walk to it.

Sitting in the back is great as it is not real noisy. Carpeted floors help reduce the noise that other restaurants in the area have.

4 star rating
by Jeremy Wee
8 months ago

Nice place for a coffee or a meal. Perfect location for a stroll on the beach during summer. Definitely recommend it!

5 star rating
by Vicki Niethe
9 months ago

Never been out to Eastern Beach, so was pleasantly surprised by this cafe right on the beach. I had just finished a waka race so was hungry and looking forward to a hot coffee.
The service was great, the coffee was hot and the breakfast of Eggs Florentine was wonderful, Eggs poached just right, big tomoatoes, spinach was al dente and the hollandaise sauce was just right.
I will definitely be coming back if I am out that way again....

5 star rating
by Saif Al-Kuttab
11 months ago

I have been here few times! I absolutely love this place, and I love the non-pretentious and friendly waiters, the waiters never got our order wrong, the service is fast and the food is always amazing!

5 star rating
by Suzie
11 months ago

It's become our favourite restaurant since the new owners.
Kids love it for their chicken and chipped and ice cream.
Our favourite during weekday special.
Pork scoloppine and my husband loves the Fish n chips.
Weekend drink escape always there enjoying the view while drinking. I thought I must write our lunch yesterday. Went with the family the restaurant was full but we still got same welcoming.
Service was very fast. Must say staff are always friendly, food is the best. We love you Barracuda team

2 star rating
by Judith Betteridge
Feb 22, 2014

Went to Barracuda at Eastern Beach on a Wednesday night in a group of six. The restaurant was full and we were looking forward to a meal reminiscent of the old Barracuda under Larry's expertise at Bucklands Beach.
The food was so disappointing. We were not told it was necessary to order vegetables as a side. The $12 mains were a limited choice of mussels, pork on mash, a pasta dish with bacon and onion and fish and chips. I had the fish and it tasted fishy and old. Several of our group had desserts which looked uninspiring and tasted artificial to match the colour.
Towards the end of the meal I went to the toilets which were dirty and the floor was dangerously greasy as it was beside the kitchen door. We won't be returning.

2 star rating
by Judy Everest
Jan 24, 2014

I went to this restaurant with my fellow staff members as it was my farewell dinner. The evening was going quite well and the entrees were ok but I enjoyed my main dish which was the chicken. The service was a bit slow and the staff not overly friendly. When we had finished our dinner the staff asked if we would like to see the dessert menu which some of us looked at.
Just as I was about to order a coffee the owner came over to our table and said he had had complaints from the other diners and that we were making too much noise.
I was absolutely amazed - not in what he said, but the way he said it! If he had asked politely if we could be quieter we would have obliged, but we were at the back of the restaurant and I am sure we weren't making that much noise!
With that we all got up paid the bill and walked out. He came out after we left and asked if we wanted our wine? He was politely told what he could do with his wine!!!!!

It put a real dampener on the night suffice to say we will not be going back to this restaurant.

It is such a shame as when it was owned by the previous owners they could not do enough for you. How to spoil a great night!

5 star rating
by Margaret
Nov 29, 2013

We had our staff end of year Christmas function at Barracuda last night. Food was fantastic everyone was very happy with their dishes, choices and presntation. The staff were very attentive when required. We have a great night and will certainly be recommended Barracuda to all our friends and will be back again soon.

5 star rating
by Sarah
Nov 20, 2013

Absolutely delicious dinner at Barracuda tonight. So nice being right on the water, my salmon was THE best I've ever had (and I'm a salmon connoisseur:-) and my husband had two lamb shanks which he said were delicious but could have had a little more flavour. We had bacon wrapped scallops to start which were yum, but no dessert as we were absolutely stuffed full. Very good sized portions, lovely ambiance, friendly and efficient service. We will definitely be back. Thank you.

4 star rating
by Kathy
Oct 21, 2013

Lovely food and service. Would appreciate if music could be more soft, relaxing background music.

5 star rating
by Nawar
Oct 13, 2013

First visit after change name and owner.
Restaurant was packed with big groups, bit noisy but was great happy atmosphere.
Had the Parmesan chicken with risotto and my partner had the eye fillet with prawns, both delicious.
With great presentation, very friendly staff and well presented food we are happy to have a great local great restaurant like Barracuda.

5 star rating
by Louis
Oct 09, 2013

Sunday lunch went there with my overseas visitors.
Find out that the name is changed and owners as well.
Was a bit worried first time but as soon as we stepped in the restaurant was full.
Lucky we scored a window seat.
And what a freindly staff warm wellcoming.
Fast service, food yummy and well presented and generous size. Coffee was great and the best part, the tiramisu dessert.
Thanks Barracuda for making our lunch. A great day to remember. We definitely be back

5 star rating
by Lisa
Sep 27, 2013

Went last night with my two daughters,the food is outstanding,i can highly recommend the duck with plum sauce and rhubbarb and apple crumble...home made,the lamb shanks are also great.the staff are good and not pretentious,we have only recently started going,despite living round the corner,and its so good to have have such a good quality place with great food so of my girls even ordered from the kids me u a d it was perfectly fine,i can tell you that some places make a big fuss about this,but not Barracuda.excellent food,location,staff and atmosphere,the place was totally full by the time we left.10 out of 10