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Tony’s Original Steak & Seafood Restaurant

3_half star rating 45 reviews

Telephone 09-373 4196

27 Wellesley St West
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Cuisine:
Steakhouse, Seafood, New Zealand
Hours:
Lunch: Mon - Fri: 11.45am - 2.15pm
Dinner: Mon - Sun: 5pm - 10pm
Provided by business

Overview

Tony’s Original Steak & Seafood Restaurant is Auckland’s Oldest Surviving Restaurant. Specialising in Steak and Seafood. Tony’s Wellesley Street.

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It's what we are famous for
Lovely little starter
An old classic

More Information

Categories:
Restaurants
Price Range:
Spendy, $25 - $35
Attire:
Casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
Good For Children:
Yes
Alcohol:
Cocktails, Spirits, Wine, Beer
BYO/Corkage:
BYO, Corkage Charge
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian
Meals Served:
Dinner, Lunch
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
115

Reviews for Tony’s Original Steak & Seafood Restaurant

4 star rating
by Tiffany M.
10th January 2014

Got taken here for a date night with my man. Excellently cooked steak, wonderful service, nice drinks. We got seated in the window which was a bit tight for us but that was the only table free, which was worth the slight discomfort as it was a great meal.

3 star rating
by RaeRae
17th December 2013

A few years ago we stumbled onto Tony’s by accident and were blown away by the fantastic meal, great service, and general ambience. Maybe we romanticised the memory of the night in the intervening period, but we finally went back there a week ago with very high expectations – and were sadly disappointed. We were put in the front booth area where the decor seemed a little tired, and as it turned out, the food was decidedly pedestrian. I don’t know if the menu/chef/ownership has changed, but the meals we had there the first time were simply the best, whereas this time, it felt like cafe food at top prices. The service from the waitress was efficient and friendly, but sadly, I feel that the menu is over-priced and the food does not justify the prices.

5 star rating
by George
8th October 2013

By far one of the best value for money places – possibly in the whole world.. great staff great service – have been going there for the last 5 year and will continue to for a long time – highly recommended to anyone

5 star rating
by Belinda H.
30th September 2013

The best steak ever. Steak cooked to perfection, quick and friendly service with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Child friendly and menu to suite all tastes. Always look forward to visiting Tony’s when visiting Auckland.

4 star rating
by Jennifer
8th September 2013

My favourite place for eye fillet.
Since I’m a meat-lover I haven’t tried any seafood meal here, but my friend who had it loved it.
I always have my steak as medium-rare, and it just melts in my mouth.
The meat is always very juicy and the shape always stays in a right place.

However, I got rid of one star because the staffs here was not always kind. And also, one of them wrote down the wrong menu and brought me with the wrong menu when I have repeated my order 3times and she still wrote down the different order. (Not sure what she was thinking).
It would be better if they train the staffs more properly

4 star rating
by Laurie a.
14th July 2013

First time dining at Tonys and it was fantastic. Eye fillet cooked to perfection. We were looked after by the waitress and left feeling happy. Thank you for an enjoyable meal, will be back :-)

3 star rating
by Phil
20th June 2013

Four of us dined here a couple of weeks ago and all ordered steaks, the steaks were cooked perfectly, but we expected a little more for the price we paid. The waitress started off well, serving our drinks and checking our steaks…but after that we felt deserted, we were keen on ordering desert and another drink but the waitress was nowhere to be seen. On a whole we didn’t let that spoil our night. We got up, paid and left.

5 star rating
by Greg
31st May 2013

Haven’t been to Tony’s for something like 30 years but went last night with a group of 14 blokes. As you can imagine, a lot of wine and beer was consumed, the group was rowdy and possibly a bit boisterous but nothing was too much trouble for the team at Tony’s. Food was excellent, service super friendly (and we had a rather cute waitress too).

Don’t know why it has taken me 30 years to go back to Tony’s, definitely won’t be another 30 years!

4 star rating
by Suzie M.
4th April 2013

Very good in size and excerllent meal. My steak was very juicy and sauce were great. Will come back

4 star rating
by Josie B.
26th March 2013

I like Tony’s as a casual dining place – my favourite is the ribs. They’re quite saucy and juicy and fall off the bone! Steaks here are pretty good too and service has always been friendly when I’ve been.

4 star rating
by Thomas D.
1st December 2012

Ribs are nice and staff were friendly!

5 star rating
by Kym W.
12th November 2012

This is my favourite restaurant; they do the best steaks. I can’t fault this place. Our family has been many times; before show events at the Civic or just for birthday dinner or a nice night out. We have never had a bad dining experience here. We are looking forward to our next visit.

4 star rating
by Hayden
10th November 2012

Great restaurant, great food, great service. I enjoyed my t-bone steak “well done” and my friend also enjoyed her spaghetti.

Only downside was that the food took too long to come out.

4 star rating
by Jess
4th November 2012

Service was good and the food was great the nachos as entree were massive would def recommend they only problem was a huge group of ridiculously loud punters which kinda put us off the meal but still food was great :)

3 star rating
by Tony M.
23rd July 2012

Food good service not so good

3 star rating
by duke m.
26th May 2012

Came here with my partner looking forward to some good steaks as we had read and heard good reviews from friends.
My partner enjoyed his medium scotch bernaise steak, but my “well done” steak came out pink and much to bloody for my liking. I would have sent it back but we had to meet up with other people after our meal and it already took a while for our food to come out. Surely a steak place would know what a well-done steak is??

4 star rating
by Peter B.
20th May 2012

Very pleasant staff great service. Excellent food quickly delivered. Will definitely be going back when ever going into city to see a show. Would recommend to all.

4 star rating
by C B.
22nd April 2012

Had dinner at Tony’s last night before a show. Wow, was the place buzzing. The scallops I ordered were fab and I’ve not had a full dozen ever, so really good value. My partners filet mignon was also excellent. We didn’t have time for dessert. We were impressed with the service and the staff attentiveness despite being so busy. Will definitely be back.

2 star rating
by Brenda B.
15th April 2012

I was really looking forward to the meal at this resturant and I ordered the carpetbag steak. Unfortunately the vegetables were cold and I had asked for the steak to be med/rare but it was really rare. I wasn’t able to eat the meal and as we were going to a show there wasn’t enough time to have another meal or a reheat. Sorry, I came to the resturant in the 60′s , so was looking forward to it, was really disappointed.

5 star rating
by Bart
12th February 2012

Went to Tony’s last December for my birthday dinner. The whole experience was excellent. The staff were very helpful and informative. Had a cocktail of champagne and peach schnapps which was so refreshing. Then I ordered the seafood platter and my friend ordered a steak dish. I savoured every bit of seafood in the platter and I actually finished the whole dish hehe.. then we ordered a dessert which was so enjoyable. The decor was very interesting and it was very inviting and the old wooden interior makes it so unique. Will definitely go back:)

4 star rating
by Chris
16th December 2011

Went to Tony’s before a theatre event and because of the mid-week Auckland traffic only ended up having 30 minutes. Checked with staff before hand and they were confident of being able to deliver. Service was really great and food outstanding and all done within the required time. Would go there again for a more leisurely meal.

3 star rating
by Selina C.
12th October 2011

I like Tony’s however my Tony’s is the one in Henderson..I was a bit disappointed they didn’t have their famous Banoffee here.

However there are plenty of other treats on the menu. I had their whitebait fritter for lunch and while I would say they are generous, and the booths are cosy I feel like somethings missing…

2 star rating
by Ingela J.
8th September 2011

Food was OK,nothing special, Steaks were burnt and slightly over cooked,Tony’s is not what it used to be. Service! well, what service? staff was friendly enough but, didn’t know their job as waiters/waitresses. I believe my 15 year old would had done a better job than, the girl that just plonked our wine and two glasses at the end of the table and left, without a word, we had to check the bottle to see if it was our wine or someone ells.
We Will definitely not come back, we have had better meals and service at Pubs with much lower prices.

5 star rating
by Owen B.
20th April 2011

Without a doubt the best steak I have had in Auckland. Tony’s proved to be a great place to take my girlfriend for our one year anniversary. The food was fantastic (and good sized portions), the staff were friendly and helpful without being intrusive and the setting is just magic. I love this place and would recommend it to anyone.

5 star rating
by Peter
4th March 2011

Had a great meal while I was there in Auckland. The staff are all really friendly and helpful and good fun, and the food is amazing!! Try the Pacific Steak – stuffed with crab meat.

Don’t worry about the other Tony’s the original is the best!!

5 star rating
by Alan G.
2nd March 2011

My wife and I wanted a simple night out and thought we’d give Tony’s a go… what a delight. Quite busy even on a Tuesday, the lady who greeted us managed to get us a nice booth up the front of the restaurant (its much bigger than it looks from the street). Even though Tony’s is known for its steak I had a craving for fish and chips, my wife was recommended a steak with scallops and gherkin all on a skewer. My fish and chips were exactly what i was after but I still got food envy from my wife’s dish which looked amazing.
Well feed and well looked after, would definitely come back… and next time I must have steak

1 star rating
by Winston
28th January 2011

The steak my friend and i ordered was very bland. I asked for my steak to be cooked med rare and it came out well done. Food was so bad that we only had a few mouthfuls and decided to have desert elsewhere.

3 star rating
by Margaret
7th January 2011

The food was very good, my husband had steak and said it was one of the best. My chicken was very tasty. As for service, at first it was very good, the waitress was attentive and service was fast. However once we had finished our mains we were left with dirty plates for quite awhile, when they were finally removed they were whisked away and we were not asked if we wanted dessert, coffee or more drinks. We were left to sit again until I finally called out to a waitress as she rushed past. We ordered dessert, which was yummy, but we didn’t stay around for anything else as it seemed such a struggle to get service. The staff that were on that night did not seem interested in selling what was on offer thereby missing out on revenue for the business. The food was wonderful though.

1 star rating
by Linda
22nd November 2010

We have been to Tony’s a few times over the past few years and it can be a bit hit and miss. But we like it because of its atmosphere and location. However, after going on Saturday night this will be the last time. The meal was below average, the fries and vegetables were only just warm. The service was friendly enough but there was definitely something missing from the Tony’s we were use to. I mentioned the issue with the food to both the waitress and the lady on the till and it didn’t seem to be an issue. I think if they want customers to come back, these issues need to be acknowledged rather than just saying “I will have a word to the chef”.

2 star rating
by Ash W.
3rd November 2010

Very Very average. Big prices, okay food and poor service. Good atmosphere in the building but they drastically need to bring it up to par.

1 star rating
by Kelly
6th October 2010

Not much to say,..didn’t enjoy this restaurant,..had a bad steak,..staff was not helpful.

2 star rating
by Ian
3rd September 2010

Went here for lunch, my steak was good but my work colleague’s one was terrible.
Service was average and quite slow.

3 star rating
by Jayson K.
10th June 2010

Nice food at a reasonable price in a central location.

2 star rating
by Peter G.
10th January 2010

Four of us went to dinner here as it was close to the hotel we were staying in. We were all in the mood for a good hearty steak and for two of us it was the chance to re-visit a restaurant we had last been to at least 25 years ago. The steaks were all tasty and cooked to our individual requirements – just as we remembered was the case all those years ago. However, the accompanying vegetables or salads were very basic, not be-fitting the rather expensive prices for the meals. Expectations over the years have been raised in the food industry and Tony’s needs to lift its game with its side dishes. The service was very friendly and attentive. We came here for the retro experience and in terms of decor and steaks we got this. However,for the prices charged some modernising and upgrading of the meals would not go astray.

1 star rating
by Louisa
21st December 2009

Had THE worst experience in this highly recommended restaurant.

The steak was absolutely “perfect”. As Tony’s well known ability to make every meal a special one, they sure did a pretty good job in ruining my birthday dinner tonight.

I decided to try something out of the ordinary since it was my birthday so, Carpet Bag Steak it was. But what is Carpet Bag Steak without oysters, right? So, my compliments to the chef/ kitchen prep who managed to leave pieces of oyster shell in my steak!!

Special experience indeed. I didn’t even stay for the cake my partner had arranged for me. We just left. Outrageous!!!

5 star rating
by a221
10th November 2009

The lunch is excellent and well-priced.I also really enjoyed the dinner here and the Fillet Bernaise was excellent.I will definately go back.The staff were friendly and the service was efficient.
The lunches here are also reasonably priced and the menu variety is brilliant.

5 star rating
by Janet
8th August 2009

Tonys beatifull hospitality and beatiful food thanks tony’s for a wonderful nite

2 star rating
by tina a
23rd July 2009

This Restaurant is like a blast from the past! Unfortunately the public are abit more sophisticated now and our expectations are higher for presentation and food.

Our steak was cooked to our specifications,Med Rare, but was flavourless, I was chewing meat, but what meat and what taste? Also it wasn’t tender, I chewed and chewed and chewed, then had to swallow, cause I couldn’t chew through it.

At those sort of prices we expect good tender steak, with some flair with veges and potato.That’s unfortunately not what we got.

Sorry I can’t recommend this restaurant.There are better Steak restaurants around with melt in the mouth steak at similar prices. Time to raise your bar here, Tonys Wellesley St

1 star rating
by jamie bessant
8th June 2009

been twice now! ordered steak both times steak was horrible first time, also second time i ordered scotch fillet and got sirloin :S apparently med rare is well done!!!
2 bad meals from 2 meals, thumbs down from me sorry.

5 star rating
by Charlie
15th September 2008

Spent the night in Auckland @crown plaza hotel. Me & my partner went for a walk to see what we could eat. Didnt have to walk to far to turn up at tony’s. Nice small cosy place reminded me of the TV show “cheers” The staff were really good but the food was really really nice. So nice I was still thinking about it the next day. I ordered the steak with bearnaise sauce & chips & my partner the seafood platter. It was beautiful. I prefer homecook meals but will have to say if im around in town again will definitely turn up to tony’s unannounced

5 star rating
by Iam
1st September 2008

Had lunch here last week. Excellent customer service and great steak!!
I recommend it!!

5 star rating
by Kathy & Kiri
26th August 2008

This my favourite restaurant in the whole wide world. My hubby & I had our 1st date here :) & we have been dining at Tony’s for nearly 10yrs now…for birthdays, valentines day, anniversary or just a meal after work or before a movie. The place, the food, the service & the staff are absolutely awesome! We will keep coming to Tony’s until we’re old & grey hehehe. Our favourite dish is the Pacific steak…OMG it is to die for! you’ve gotta try it..I guarantee you’ll love it as much as we do :) oh & by the way the cocktails are the best I’ve had in a long time..I had the fluffy duck & the pina colada mmmmm yummy!!! :)

5 star rating
by Neka
26th August 2008

Tony’s is my favourite! I choose to have my birthday meal there every year (and a few in between). They cook beautiful food, especially the steak! Mmmmm mmmm.

The service is always great and the price is fair for the quality of the dining.

5 star rating
by YumNZ
18th April 2008

Had dinner here a few weeks ago with husband and a friend. Wonderful atmosphere – loved the small rooms as it felt cozy rather than huge. Meals were fantastic. Garlic prawns were a must. Will be back!

5 star rating
by Rangi
23rd March 2008

The food at Tony’s steak and seafood restaurant is awesome. Beautiful food and really nice people who work there.

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