The Barracuda

4 star rating 23 reviews

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09 5341989

32 The Esplanade

  Kiwi, European
11 AM to 10 PM (Tue), 11 AM to 11 PM (Wed-Sun), Mon Closed


Reviews for The Barracuda

4 star rating
by Strads
9 days ago

I have been to Barracuda many times before, about once every 4 months. Food is normally better than service. The wait staff was friendly & cheerful, but rather inefficient, like refilling water.

We had duck liver parfait (with crostini), some garlic bread & a dozen of oysters Kilpatrick for sharing. One of my friends had a seafood chowder soup himself. So we had quite a lot of bread to start. Liver parfait, not perfectly smooth, but was very nice; oysters were served with big slices of bacon, not crispy, no onion, a poor execution! Next, we had a single lamb shank (one could choose to have a double), Denver leg venison, duckling confit & I had an aged T-bone steak. (I had a taste of all dishes.) Lamb was braised & seasoned nicely - as usual; the half duck had insufficient dressing, probably absorbed by the accompanied nouilles which turned out in excellent taste; venison, cooked fairly rare, was still tough; and so was my T-bone. We didn't order any desserts as we planned to have them at another location. (Food- 4/5; Service - 3/5; Ambience - 4/5)

4 star rating
by David Johnston
18 days ago

Refreshing local venue with very good service and delicious food. Spectacular views day and night across the water. BYO is a bonus however the wine list is good with excellent wine by the glass options.

4 star rating
by RM
one month ago

Service attentive and pleasant. I had the eye fillet , my husband had the t bone. Both were up to the standard expected. The eye filet had the wow factor for presentation but personally I'd rather have it without the prawns. Decided not to have entre or desert  as the meal looked ( and was)  filling enough. Will return one day but no rush. The restaurant was fairly full with families I'd say having a celebration.

3 star rating
by Troy Elliott
2 months ago

The view is nice, staff are very friendly with great service. We have been a few times i question why the lunch special has not changed for years and it's the same for winter and summer? Is it a lazy chef?

5 star rating
by Priscilla Khang
2 months ago

Came here for lunch and the weather was absolutely gorgeous with amazing sea views. Food and service was excellent. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Food was really good - would definitely recommend their famous seafood chowder! So creamy and just full of flavours and the garlic bread on the side was just perfect. The chicken and mushroom salad was very nice, generous amount of chicken breast. Definitely coming back to try their scallops wrapped in bacon!

Second visit: Came back here again and I tried the soup of the day - Potato, leek and bacon. It was really good, nice balance of flavours and the bacon was a very nice touch. This time I got the Thai beef salad - again portion size is amazing, very generous with all ingredients and the beef was so tender. BF got the seafood chowder again which he really enjoyed but he didn't like the fact that there was a lot of celery in it. Other than that everything else was perfect.

5 star rating
by Katy
4 months ago

Went here for the first time a couple weeks ago and thought it was defiantly worth writing a review. Loved everything about my visit. The food was delicious and the service was awesome. Will be back again.

5 star rating
by Sydney Thant-Cyn
6 months ago

LOVE this place! The gnocci there is DEVINE! I've had a lot of gnocci in my time but this one takes the cake! Could not believe how amazing and friendly the staff were. It's really hard to find a good selection of vegetarian dishes but they had a great range and variety. Consider me obsessed and will definitely be returning soon for more!

4 star rating
by Jo Y
6 months ago

A good local restaurant. I had the Cajun salmon with crispy skin which was cooked to perfection ($39). The service was not overly attentive but when we needed someone they were not far away and could signal them and they then responded. Decor is looking a bit tired, due for a refurb I think (May 15). Wine list fairly limited.

5 star rating
by Monique Robbins-Ashmore
7 months ago

Barracuda is my favourite restaurant! Awesome views of Auckland's prettiest Beach (Eastern Beach).
The service was twice as fast as other restaurants i've experienced.
The $12 menu is excellent value. 'Beer battered fish' - devine with salad and chips and leaves room for dessert.
The food is beautifully presented, fresh and delicious.
My husband devoured his chicken and creamy pasta. Each dish has a great variety of ingredients making every mouthful interesting.
They have a children's menu with healthy, delicious food eg crumbed chicken tenders which are home made. (We all polished them off when my young son was full!)
The service is always very attentive and comes with a smile.
The pavlova tower was beautiful and full of flavours – totally worth the sugar!
I fully recommend it to young and old. (Maybe if they make enough money they can renovate their bathroom, which could do with paint touch up), no biggie tho!

5 star rating
by Lois Kerr
Aug 26, 2014

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
Jun 19, 2014

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
Jun 08, 2014

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
May 21, 2014

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
Mar 12, 2014

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
Mar 10, 2014

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