The CUT on Federal

4 star rating 25 reviews

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Rydges Hotel, 59 Corner of Federal Street & Kingston Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland

6 AM to 10:30 AM, 12 Noon to 3 PM, 5 PM to 10 PM


Reviews for The CUT on Federal

4 star rating
by Neil Jones
3 days ago

The cut is top quality fine dining with the prices to reflect it. The food was very nice but for the price and style of the restaurant that when serving a small table of eight that the kitchen would be able to get all the meals to the table within five minutes not fifteen. Leaving one of our diners to sit and wait for dinner while the rest of us had ours. Other than that the food was nice.

1 star rating
by EarthlingM
21 days ago

I must question the business acumen of a restaurant, located in a 4 star hotel, who blatantly chooses to ignore a HUGE potential market share which is growing and growing and growing. Someone, please wake up the managers of The Cut at the Rydges in Auckland. There is a vegan revolution in the world that they have not heard about, and ignoring it is simply not smart.

I ordered the salad because it is the ONLY vegan dish on the menu. To put it simply, restaurants who have ‘salad’ as their only vegan option (and not even on the menu, you actually need to ask!) are less than mediocre, and employ lazy and incompetent chefs. I attach a photo of the salad I got. A cut of lettuce with nothing. No dressing either (I asked to be provided with olive oil). And this joke costs 17 New Zealand Dollars!!! Yes, this is no typo. What a bloody rip-off. Honestly, my rabbits eat better than this. If this was not a business trip I would have walked away, ensuring to have a few words to the “chef” on the way out. McDonalds have better salad for less than half that price.

Desert – well, that is the other photo attached. An empty plate. There was no vegan dessert option AT ALL. Wait a minute – IS THIS a 4 STAR HOTEL? Are you serious?

And after all that, the service girl had the nerve to make a face and act all angry when it turned out that I ordered a wine that was not a house wine to use with my complimentary wine card that I just received (after I was advised very clearly by the waiter that I could order it). The Cut at The Rydges – fear not – I will not be repeating my visit again ever and if to judge by the flooding of “likes” to my post on Facebook, then neither will a considerable share of the market that you prefer so stupidly to ignore.

4 star rating
by Robert S
one month ago

My group fined here tonight as part of our farewell NZ dinner. We were in a private area which was appreciated. Salads, main courses, and deserts were all very good and enjoyed by the group. The house wines complimented the meals well. Service was generally very good except one meal was served very late. The Cut is very good choice especially if you are staying at the Rydges Hotel.

4 star rating
by Ximena
5 months ago

The breakfasts here are really good!! A lot of fruit, smoothies and Different types of bread. The place is very nice and the staff too.
Breakfast from 6.00 to 10.30

5 star rating
by Wolfie W
10 months ago

We had Christmas lunch here on Christmas Day (funny that!) and can only recommend it as a thoroughly enjoyable experience.  Despite being at full capacity plus, the staff were professional, friendly and smiles abounded (something I might struggle with if having to work on Christmas Day!)  The spread was very comprehensive including all traditional fare plus seafood, rare roast beef, tempting salads and way more.  All the food we tried was perfectly cooked, tasty and it was very difficult not to overeat!  The rest rooms were sparkling clean and well equipped - obviously receiving regular cleaning/attention throughout the afternoon.   Even though another sitting was looming no-one was rushed away either, full marks to Rydges for a classy celebratory buffet meal.  Will be back next year.

0 star rating
by Ozzisheila
Jun 06, 2014

Good Food. We started off with a small bottle of NZ sparkling wine which was very good. Our meals of pork belly and steak were good. $5 each for oysters was a bit steep but they were very nice. Service was attentive without being intrusive. We had both selected the beef cheek pie off the menu but they had run out!

5 star rating
by Donna Bray
Mar 15, 2014

Though we often stay at Rydges we have not eaten at STK. Threats regarding cyclone Lusi kept us in on Friday the 12th March.... YaY.
The scallops on pork belly entree...... 5 star plus! Scallops beautifully caramelized, pork belly melt in the mouth, and the sauce - WOW! My husband said his risotto was great (i wouldn't know - not a rice fan) but the sides of cauliflower and blue cheese and then the creamed spinach with truffle oil - delicious. We finished with a dessert called a little bit of everything. 5 delicate portions of sweet heaven. The wine list is disappointing (if you like aromatics) but the serve staff are exceptional, and even brought the bartender out to me so that i could have the perfect coffee with my dessert.
It is exceptional dining. We will be baaack!
PS - dont use spell check if you use slang, its painful

5 star rating
by BP
Jul 28, 2013

Second time we have eaten here. Seriously good food! I had the Prawns as an entree and cornfed chicken as the main and my husband had the steak.. so good! Wine recommendation from the Maitre D was also spot on. We will definitely be back.

5 star rating
by Tom Larsen
Jun 17, 2013

Amazing food, awesome wait staff and a surprise birthday desert. STK was amazing, best restaurant eye fillet I have ever had the pleasure of eating and the tiger prawns were to die for. Very much recommended.

5 star rating
by Liz Winstone
May 24, 2013

This was a superb place to meet a friend for after-work drinks in the STK lounge bar. Managed to get a pay & display park right outside the door for $2 an hour - bonus (as it was pouring rain)!
The barman was really welcoming, and hinted to us that we might want to try the 'Chateaubriand' which he said was amazing (sliced at your table and charged by the gram(!). However, we weren't up for a full meal, but appreciated his warm banter & recommendations.

Instead, we simply enjoyed a lovely glass of wine, and the "NZ Cheese Selection, with honeycomb, fig chutney, swiss cheese & truffle aioli". Very tasty - especially the fig chutney.

Plus, the complimentary snacks of salted peanuts and pretzels were a nice touch to start.

It's a cosy, comfortable yet highly stylish space. Not many people were about where we were seated, so we could have great hilarious uncensored conversation as we supped on our Friday night indulgence.

Conclusion: the lounge bar at STK is a classy, relaxing space, with good wine choices, really good staff, and a great selection of casual small eats for chilling out. Next time this flexitarian might be brave and head for the restaurant end to try the chateaubriand?

2 star rating
by Sacha Glen
Jan 19, 2013

We ate at this restaurant because it was conveniently located downstairs from the hotel we were staying at.
The reason I only gave it 2 stars was because of the following reasons.
1. The food took about 1 hour to come out and their excuse was because we ordered our steak/lamb medium well, that it needed more cooking time! It ended up coming out Well done anyway so we didn't even get what we asked for.
2. The portion sizes were tiny! The steak comes alone on a plate with a dab of caramelised onions, 1 cherry tomato & a few pieces of rocket. You have to order any sides you want e.g., potatoes, greens, on top of the meal which they charge an extra $9 for.
3. The price! It cost us $85 for the smallest meal of my life.

The service was okay. They were apologetic but only after complaining about the wait time. I would have expected a discount for the inconvenience but wasn't offered it.

Won't be eating at this restaurant again sorry.

4 star rating
by Cathy Yu
Jan 15, 2013

Good service + fantastic food = perfect

4 star rating
by Trevor Cotter
Jan 14, 2013

We used our deal voucher - it was more than worth it. Seafood chowder was to die for, Kai moana for him - YUMMY, STK steak - cooked to perfection and a STK burger - WOW. Food was awesome, service was attentive, venue very clean, and decor subtle. Restaurant manager - Great. Didn't know this place existed. Overall an excellent place to dine. Would dine there again without a voucher!!!

Would recommend. Trev & Mary

5 star rating
by Philip Lee
Jan 13, 2013

We were given a voucher for a 3 course dinner for four, for a Xmas prezzy. Initially we were a bit worried about what this place would be like, but we were all pleasantly surprised - the food was fantastic, and our waitress, a lovely French lady, was attentive without being 'in your face'. We were given a fresh hot bread roll with butter to start, a really nice touch (and delicious!). Our entrees were 2x scallops with pork belly, 1x seafood chowder, and 1x baby back ribs - all were cooked so well - the portion size of the baby back ribs was very generous, so I ended up sharing some of this with the rest of our group. The mains were the lamb rump, seafood risotto, wagyu burger & I had the Wakanui beef scotch, and it was just perfectly cooked. We ordered sides, but they were not necessary....we were quite full and trying to find room for dessert. We had 3x banana pies and I ordered the vanilla bean creme brulee with poached pear. My brulee was lovely, but the surprise of the night was everyone's banana pie! It was AMAZING...just so delicious. It was topped with a huge dollop of mascarpone/cream and had a layer of banana & caramel on a biscuit base, with bits of caramel & pistachio on the plate. Just divine. All in all, a really great night and we will definitely return. Thanks guys!

5 star rating
by Christine Munro
Jan 12, 2013

The food was amazing. Comp bread to start - hot & fresh. Entree - seared scallops for me and the ribs for him - both cooked to perfection! Mains - we both had beautiful steaks, purchased sides for extra; the potatoes and heirloom carrots. These sublime mains had us 'mmmming' and saying 'this is so good'. Dessert for me was the artistic looking choc trio and creme brulee for him, again perfect. The staff were professional and friendly. I tried the Toblerone cocktail and was so pleased I did...heaven. This was a great night, will def come again for a special occasion.

5 star rating
by Skye Macfarlane
Dec 17, 2012

Great restaurant with extensive menu and really great service and staff.
Staff made sure we had everything we needed were helpful with recommendations and provided awesome service.
The food was amazing, lots of choice.
Had a lovely three course meal - definitely recommend!

4 star rating
by Jade Lim
Dec 05, 2012

Had an early surprise dinner for my partner. It was a great place for our 3-course dinner. My partner did not utter a single word over dinner and suddenly he went, "This is why nations fight...This is why some men leave their wives for...The food here is so soooo good!"

Our Entree:
Tiger Prawns & Seared Scallops

Eye Fillet - Savannah Fine Marbled Angus
Sapper - Daily Market Fish

Something Sweet:
Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlèe


And guess what? The next day - my partner booked a table for 6 and wanted his family to enjoy the fine quality food which STK offers.
It was an amazing dining experience. Thank you.

1 star rating
by Hara Kang
Dec 03, 2012

I bought a voucher deal for my sister's graduation dinner. I felt so sorry for my sister to choose this restaurant for a special day. Tuna was not available on that day so our family tried steak for main. But all the steaks were burnt and very bittered/salty. Also service was not good. Even the waitress often dropped knifes and fork and did not say sorry or any apologies. I will not choose this restaurant in the future and disappointed with service and taste! I wasted my money and time today.

5 star rating
by Jeffrey
Sep 07, 2012

I decided to celebrate my b'day there as they have a very nice private dining room at the back if you don't want to be in the restaurant. They had a $38 menu promo but after reading their a la carte menu we couldn't say no to that huge selection.

The meal was absolutely superb and arrived super fast! (we were 16 people dining) and the staff was lovely and attentive.

My tips are:
Try the artichoke dip and lamb sweetbreads as entrees and choose any steak because they are fabulous!

5 star rating
by Tracey Moerkerk
Mar 01, 2012

My husband and I dined here recently and we were really impressed. The lovely refurbishment matched the perfectly cooked & presented food. Our steaks were succulent and the sides and wine complimented the steaks. Staff were really friendly and attentive. We've already recommended it to friends who also tried and loved Stk and we'll be back again ourselves.

5 star rating
by Sophia Nolan
Jan 26, 2012

I always buy vouchers from websites in order to try different places at a good price and this is my second time in this restaurant as they had a deal promo last year.
This time the deal is so much better than last year and I had the best meal ever!!!!
Steaks are awesome!!!! Perfectly cooked and they also brand them with the STK logo, I think it's a good touch :)
Staff was very attentive the whole time considering they were very busy!
I will come back, oh yes!!!!!!!!

2 star rating
by Leanne Taylor
Dec 30, 2011

Nice atmosphere and food OK, but despite mentioning 3 times that we weren't in a hurry, ended up with food in front of us at a speed that Burger King would envy (about 30 seconds gap between entree and main), so what started out as a special night out was over in a flash and a bout of indigestion from being forced to eat so quickly.

2 star rating
by Ian
Apr 08, 2011

Food, was great'ish
Service, was bad

While the food was tasty the entree was cold when it arrived, the main (steak) was well cooked but the condiments were quite bland and let the meal down as a whole.
The service, OMG... After three choices of wine not available we had to have a house wine.. Ordered a bottle of wine was delivered a Glass. Entree delivered without cutlery and had to ask twice for this..
When these concerns were raised with the floor manager service did improve, so good on them for taking the concerns seriously

1 star rating
by Sammy V
Apr 08, 2011

SPK Rydges Hotel Restaurant.
Terrific service from an Irish young lady indeed. Seafood chowder a good meal yes but brown bread could have included a side of butter or something to rid the taste of brown bread and the chowder!

Wasnt happy with my steak dish from new spk menu, Asked for med'rare but found it to be rare in the very middle.. this is something that chef's bugger up apart from visiting Tony's steak house Mmmmmm! Anyway the mushroom drenched in oil and as for the "GPK" Style halved garlic clove was wayy too oily! Hardly touched the large flat mushroom.. I'd go to GPK for the halved garlic additive for any meal.

5 star rating
by Vin Santoro
Sep 03, 2010

Absolutely Awesome, Finally!, Auckland has a decent place for excellent steaks, cool setting..And wow...the chateaubriand served at the table is to die for..