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Y Not Restaurant & Bar

3_half star rating 40 reviews

Telephone 09-359 9998

145-147 Quay St
Shed 23, Princes Wharf
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Seafood, European, Pizza, Mediterranean
Mon - Sun 11am - 11pm
Provided by business


Y-Not Restaurant & Bar is Auckland’s premier waterview restaurant located right over the water at Shed 23 near the end of Princes Wharf. ~~ YNot Restaurant offers European Cuisine with a Middle Eastern twist. Y-not has been around for over 15 years serving the best International and European Cuisine. If your taste buds seek seafood or steak, then Y-Not is the place. Pizza is a also a speciality of Y-Not. ~~ Corporate party? No need to look for any other place! Why not try Y Not, who can tend and serve up to 200 people plus arrange a live band to entertain. While enjoying your dinner, should you want to listen to any specific music – ask and we will play for you. Y Not On The Wharf also offers a cosy private area if you have a smaller dining group. Plus, there is a separate bar area for those just wanting drinks and finger food. The large outdoor space also has heating, so you can still enjoy the beautiful views in the colder weather.


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Pork Belly
Morrocan Lamb Cutlet
Salmon Fillet

More Information

Restaurants, Pizzas, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
Pay & Display
Price Range:
Spendy, $25 - $35
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Gluten-free
Meals Served:
Dessert, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Y Not Restaurant & Bar

4 star rating
by Sheryl G.
20th July 2014

Had a great meal on Tuesday 15 July.
My friend has a walking disability and the waitress was very helpful to us.
Used the entertainment book voucher.
I had the salmon and it was perfectly cooked – nice and rare how I like it.
My friend has the tuna and she enjoyed it also.
Very busy and our waitress Loreen was working on her own and did a great job.

1 star rating
by Rod K.
5th May 2014

$36.50 main? What a joke!

Tempura oysters:
Dirty oil made for a very dark greasy crust that was almost black on the underside. dripping with oil – a stretch from the light golden crunch we were expecting.

Main 1:
Tiger prawns with rice and salad:
Prawns were tiny – that of supermarket quality and small, tiger prawns are bigger than normal and have a wonderful fleshy texture. Rice was overly buttered and stiff – coupled with a tear bag salad from the supermarket and a drizzle of average testing dressing. Not of restaurant quality and far from deserving a $30 price tag!

Main 2:
Venison fillet with layered capsicum (medium rare):
Now this is a first! I was served three fillets each with a different level of cooking, one was over cooked on the outside and RAW on the inside – second was over cooked (well-done) right through and last was medium. All of which were extremely chewy and at one stage I thought that the steak knife would break.

The venison dish was $36.50 which is an absolute joke. Both mains only took 7 minutes to prepare and the restaurant had only 1 or 2 tables so there was no excuse. Would have been happy to wait 20-35 minutes and enjoyed more wine.

The moment they came out so fast I knew that there would be something going on.

If you are going to have $36.50 price tag you better know how to cook meat to start with. Just because your restaurant is in a “fancy” area does not give you the right to rip people off. I have eaten at some of NZ’s best restaurants and your chefs need a wake-up call.

Let me know when it’s fixed and I may consider coming back.

5 star rating
by Belinda
3rd February 2014

We dined as a last minute decision and were very happy with our decision to do so. We were seated outside with a great view of the Harbour. The restaurant was pleasantly quieter than the busy restaurants you have to walk past to get to Ynot which made our experience more intimate. The restaurant was busy but not full. Our service was professional attentive and efficient. The wine list was well priced with good selection and food was also well priced and excellent quality with decent portions. Hubby and I shared the calamari for entree which was melt-in-your-mouth stuff. For mains I had the Ahi Tuna steak – delicious perfectly cooked and well matched accompaniments oozing with great favour. I was very impressed. He had the eye fillet – perfectly cooked and he was really happy with it. We left pleasantly surprised and are looking forward to going back soon as well as taking friends. Highly recommend!!

2 star rating
by Marietta
7th December 2013

Attended a Christmas function here. Set up was nice for the number of people attending. My workmates seem to enjoy their steak. However, my snapper was horrible. Smelled very fishy and tough. Must have been well over a week old. Good venue, but the quality of food needs improvement.

2 star rating
by Cherie E.
26th October 2013

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon, Labour Day weekend, so him, me, Ms8 are strolling around Princess Wharf and we see the blackboard menu for Y Not advertising the seafood platter. Ms8 had been asking for seafood dinner so we decided to go in.
We ask for grown-up glasses of wine, and juice for Ms8. Wine arrives, we have to ask for the juice after about 20 minutes.
- Lose 1/2 star.
We asked for the marinated olives to start. When they finally arrived they were about average – we’ve had better.
- Lose 1/2 star.
We’re beginning to lose interest in the restaurant, but him asks for another glass of wine. A few minutes later I also ask for another, and am informed that happy hour is over. That’s ok, we chose to get the wine anyway. When the bill arrived, his 2nd glass was full price also, although we hadn’t been informed.
- Lose 1/2 star.
The people at the next table are beginning to look tasty, we’ve been waiting so long!
- Lose 1/2 star.
Our food finally arrives. Bland, boring, we’ve had better for the price.
- You’re lucky only to lose 1 star.
Service was lacklustre, disinterested. We weren’t offered water at all. When I went to the servery to ask a waitress when our food would be ready she took another 5 minutes clearing tables and chatting with other customers before assuring me that she would ask chef. She then arrived with our food and the delighted exclamation of providence that she went to ask and it was there!
Lucky us…
We won’t be rushing back.

3 star rating
by Julie
27th September 2013

We purchased a deal voucher for 2 mains and 2 entrees and went on a Saturday night. Ynot Restaurant was quiet and had a lovely decor. We were seated with views of the Harbour Bridge by the window.

Our waiter was prompt and the service was good. We ordered the steak and snapper as our mains. My partner enjoyed his steak but the snapper tasted like it was on the old side. The sauce that came with the snapper was great though and we liked our entrees (scallops and squid).

Overall it was good value for the voucher but I wished I’d ordered something else instead of the snapper!

5 star rating
by Serina S.
29th August 2013

It was fantastic experience. My partner and I went there to celebrate 3 years wedding anniversary coz we got the wedding party at this place 3 years ago. Its still the same, the whole experience was just right, the service was so excellent, the food was very nice, and the view was breathtaking, ! I would also recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

4 star rating
by Pauline B.
22nd August 2013

Came here last night, using a deal voucher. Good service, good quality food (we ordered the seared salmon and the scotch fillet – it was hard to choose from the extensive menu) The food was well presented and the staff were friendly and attentive.

5 star rating
by Savitanz
23rd July 2013

We was here for my mum 70th birthday. This establishment has a fantastic menu, seafood was excellent, also lots of steak to choose from menu. good wine list, and the staff are wonderful, the staff could recommend which wines to have with the food choices and helped make it such a great experience .I would recommend eating here .Totally a very enjoyable lunch at this restaurant. Only negative point would be place were a bit cold when we arrived due to the winter weather otherwise everything were perfect.

1 star rating
by Neil H.
21st June 2013

We went to this restaurant on a Friday night. We had a deal voucher and were made to feel like 2nd class citizens because of it. The food was overpriced and very average. We ordered an entree, then the seafood platter, and were disappointed. We were offered a $5 beer as we came in as the next door restaurant was offering this and we suggested we would go next door and have a beer before coming in to their restaurant. When we went to pay at the end of the night they charged us the full price $8 for the beer. It was only $3 but it is the principal and when I complained they said as we were deal voucher customers they would not honour their previous offer of the $5 because they were already giving me a discount. Average food poor service we will never go back there again.

1 star rating
by Angus W.
26th February 2013

We stopped off here to have a drink as it was happy hour. We both ordered beers which were more warm than cold, not a good start. It got worse, ordering the fish and chips thinking that the fish would be fresh……no way, tasted at the very least frozen and was meant to come with a Greek salad which was nothing like it, just a normal salad. As for the Calamari, which cost $17 and only had 4 small pieces around a small salad (the same as the fish and chips salad) was nothing short of a rip off. Oh and not to mention the place was more or less empty and it took a good 20mins for this very basic food.Needless to say we will not be going back ever.

1 star rating
by Anna M.
11th December 2012

This was the worst dinning experience I have ever had. If you can cope with extremely bad service, over priced food then you are more than welcome to go for yourself.

We where a table to 13 people who had made a booking on a Saturday night for 8pm, when we arrived we where informed there would be a 15min wait which we where fine with.

After waiting half an hour we asked what was happening and we given a list of excuses and then a table was made available for us.
From here it just carried on going down hill.
- half of us where given menus
- not once the whole night where we offered drinks, we had to keep going to the bar.
- we had to ask for water.
- we made a complaint to the waiter, but it was pushed aside.
- after complaining about 4 times we where finally offered deserts on the house which where over priced at about $14.00 each for nothing that great.
- waiter wrote down 4 meals wrong.
- we where seated at 8.40pm orders where not taken until 9.15pm
- we got our food finally at 10pm
- the bathrooms where very unclean.
- meals where very over priced, round $35.00 a main.

Overall it was extremely bad and we should have just walked out.

The only good thing was the food was all good once we got it and the right meals.

Not a good way to start a hens party for the night. I will never go back to Y Not and you can see why with this list!

5 star rating
by Rebecca
1st September 2012

Fantastic from the beginning to the end!! Our waiter was very professional and took his time to explain the specials and constantly topped up our water glasses, very attentive!! My compliments to the Chef who cooked my steak to perfection, mouth watering!! Overall, an awesome experience!!

2 star rating
by Bernadine P.
6th August 2012

I had read bad reviews about this place but never one to judge before I tried it myself. What a mistake! We ordered the seafood platter for two black board special for $69.95 (usually $75) it came out nice a quick however it wasn’t as big as I expected for the price. there we’re about half dozen mussels, half a dozen prawns small rubbery prawns, scallops, two little slices of smoked (packet) salmon and two small strips of seared tuna and half a piece (no exaggeration) of pan fried fish along with breads and one side of sweet chilli sauce and hummus. If that wasn’t disappointing enough it was flavourless. I think they literally cooked everything separately and chucked it in a bowl no seasoning no flavouring no nothing!
When the waitress came back to check on us I asked where the oysters were as advertised. To which she responded ‘did the other girl not tell you we have run out?’ she then claimed that there should have been extra everything else. I then said, why do you still have it advertised on your black board that you have oysters. She did not respond.
Upon paying we were asked how our meal was to which we responded “it was small and average” the man gave us a blank look gave us our receipt and said thank you!

5 star rating
by Jason
5th August 2012

My cousin and some friends were up from the Wairarapa for the Auckland foodshow, so my partner and myself thought we would treat them to a dinner at Y Not. My partner and myself had been here on a previous visit and thought it to be a well priced meal. As a bonus it was Auckland Restaurant Month so we were treated to an entree, main and glass of house wine or beer all for only $40. Awesome value, good service and the food is to die for. Cannot rate this place high enough for the value. On our way down to Y Not we obviously walked passed Euro and that was a lot less crowded than Y Not. And value versus experience, i’m not surprised!

5 star rating
by Karen R.
30th July 2012

Absolutely tremendous location! Really enjoyed a two hour lunch in the sun overlooking the harbour towards the harbour bridge.

My roast vegetable salad was delicious. Especially the sweet roast carrots had a beautiful flavour to them. One colleague ordered the roast pumpkin and feta salad and really enjoyed it. The other ordered the prawn linguine, which looked Yum.

Our handsome waiter was very friendly, and helpful. Only moment for improvement there was some confusion over pouring “still” vs sparkling water during top ups, but really not a big issue.

Good value, flavoursome meals and a truly splendid setting in the sun.

3 star rating
by Lois K.
29th July 2012

Waiting staff brilliant, attentive, pleasant but not over the top. Seafood chowder is not a chowder at all but a thin soup with a smattering of very small pieces of seafood & blindfolded you would not know it was a seafood chowder. Steaks were delightful & cooked to perfection, unfortunately surf & turf on the menu listed with prawns & scallops, make that “a prawn & a scallop”. Could do with more heating inside as it was very cold.

5 star rating
by Olympin
21st July 2012

Coming back to Y Not again my memories of a great experience previously ,set me up for a dinner that would never measure up.
I was so relieved GREAT Again.
Waiting staff so in-tune with the customer.
Starter breads and dips with plenty of Dipping stuff.
My Scotch was perfectly cooked medium rare . So tender top quality meat. So satisfied with the abundance of roasted veges.
Quality Irish Cider nice to wash it down.
The Apple Crepes with so much fresh fruit on the side was a real highlight.
Definitely my favourite place to dine out. Having tried so many poor quality places Y Not has renewed my faith in dinning establishments.

3 star rating
by Jamie H.
11th July 2012

Went here early June, very average meal, I had the duck and partner had the ostrich. Personally thought the duck was tasty but sides were bland and ostrich was ‘ok’, Flavour factor wasn’t there. Meals were served on cold plates which was odd. Once was enough here.

1 star rating
by Hayley
21st May 2012

While it appeared to be a busy little restaurant I really couldn’t understand why. Flat coke despite it coming from a can (not stored in fridge) can was under counter and wondering if it was left overs from night before. Asked for another, still flat. Duck overcooked, fettuccine made better at home, pork belly not actually belly according to my butcher husband but another part of the pig, and was a little tough. Asked 3 times in space of 5 mins if happy with meal, then waitress starts to clear our plates while we were in deep conversation both of us still eating and cutlery left open on plate. To top it off, husband pays, sits back down to wait while I go to loo, leaving my jacket on chair. I return 2 mins later to find husband pushed out by staff who removed my jacket and another couple sitting down despite other tables being available. Sorry won’t be returning, can think of several reasons y not to not return to the y not bar.

4 star rating
by Amanda
8th May 2012

We went to Y NOT on a Saturday night, for a special occasion, and were highly rewarded! The food was great, we had bread & dips, scallops , tuna and lamb cutlets for mains, then shared couple of tiramisu for dessert. The service was quite exceptional. We were able to sit by the fire and there were heaters inside to make people comfortable despite the cold night. The only downside for us was that it was quite noisy, but that didn’t detract from what was all over a great dining experience. Had never been there before but would definitely go back.

2 star rating
by Sara J.
3rd May 2012

We purchased a deal voucher knowing we were going to Auckland excited about going to dinner down at the Viaduct it was very average started with the wine we selected off the menu not available. Crayfish (advertised as fresh) tasted like rubber no crayfish tools. My husband ordered surf in turf with chips was served with mash potatoes he asked the waitress if he could have the fries not happy but then came back with a real gluggy sauce I say Y would you!

1 star rating
by stephen b.
11th March 2012

went there tonight with my wife and two teenagers, there were only 2 other couples there other restuarants nearby were busy for a Sunday. Ordered a wine in a huge glass was up to a line just 50mm from the bottom very disappointing, we waited ages for the antipasto, disappointing, a 25 minute wait for the mains very very small. They make you wait so you might drink more booze, I cant see this place lasting, very poor, my pork belly was very small but pricey. I wont be returning and wouldnt recommend it

1 star rating
by tony m.
2nd March 2012

We share the Wade’s view about the crayfish served up but only we got fleeced for $69.90 for a crayfish on 1 March 12 allegedly 750grams (more like 350 grams) little meat and a lot of mashed potato. It was a disappointing end for our trip to New Zealand. The food we were served on the other 7 days in NZ was very good better than many palces in Aus- The night before we went to another place nearby which cost more but was top notch. Genuine and fresh seafood. Certainly will not be recommending the place to my fellows Aussies when there are so many better places- tony

1 star rating
by wade
29th January 2012

We went to Y Not on 26th of Jan 2012 for dinner.

They had a board outside saying ‘fresh WHOLE crayfish $49′. Before we entered I asked whether the crayfish was from NZ and how big. The friendly waitress (spanish I think) told me definitely fresh NZ crayfish and very BIG!

The waitresses who looked after us were friendly but had a poor grasp of the english language. We had to repeat ourselves constantly and they thought they were more fluent than they actually were, (eg glasses of wine being brought out instead of whole bottles that were ordered etc).

The mains were poor and the explanation in the menu did not match the plated food, (eg Lamb salad had raw lamb, and instead of roast veg on other mains, got steamed carrot and brocolli).

The crayfish was not fresh and was extremely small and tough. This is the worst cray/lobster I have ever had!!!!

A coffee order was forgotton at the end of the night.

A shocking dining experience, and management just out to make money with false advertising (fresh crayfish, Yeah Right!!)

Awful awful, beware!

4 star rating
by Catherine F.
2nd December 2011

Have had a few good meals here now. Consistently good food and consistently good service.

Nice location and decor.

4 star rating
by Sarah B.
27th October 2011

This place is great! We had dinner here as I had a voucher, and we were not disappointed, The food was very nice.

I also do not understand the few bad comments I read for this place as everything was perfect.

3 star rating
by Jenny
14th September 2011

We had lunch at Y’Not a week ago and would probably return although it would not be my first choice. While the food was of satisfactory quality (the garlic bread being the best I have ever tasted!) the service left a lot to be desired. We had just been seated and handed the menus, and before we had even opened them, were asked if we were ready to order! We then ordered a beer and a bottle of wine. The beer arrived and a GLASS of wine. By this stage we were considering leaving, just in case the food was as bad as the service. However, we decided to stay, and fortunately the food was acceptable. My husband chose the prawns which were well cooked and juicy. I chose the lamb shanks which fell off the bone. The mashed potato accompanying them were a bit sloppy, but otherwise the food was fine. A lot more staff training is necessary if this restaurant wants to attract a loyal clientele

2 star rating
by Gabriel T.
18th August 2011

Restaurant cold, not enough heating.
Counter staff is less than helpful, overcharged for food. Brought up the issue and was only refunded half of what was owed. As I was with company, didn’t make more of an issue.
Description was less than acceptable. ie roast vegetables isn’t cauliflower and carrots.

Otherwise, food was nice. waiting staff pleasant.

Overall, will not go back as an option of viaduct dining.

4 star rating
by Sharon
25th July 2011

Happy to give good review for YNot. All the staff were friendly and attentive. Food, other than maybe being a little on the light side (possibly due to us having a voucher??)was absolutely delicious. The Tuna salad had lovely flavour, and the Pork Belly – YES the Pork Belly! was scrummy, well crackled and tender, very pleased after seeing the poor reviews of this dish. More than happy to recommend and will return.

5 star rating
by Emma
6th April 2011

It guts me to see so little stars!! Me and 3 other ladies ate here on Saturday night, we took longer to get ready than expected so didn’t get down to dinner until 9:45pm, and to our amazement they were still open for orders. I ordered the crisp pork belly while the other ladies ordered the eye fillets. We waited roughly 40 mins which started to feel a tad long but then they all came out. The ladies steaks were all cooked exactly how they asked for it, and the vege was perfect.. My meal was the most amazing meal I have had from any restaurant! The pork was crispy but sooo tender, the flavor of the meat was actually amazing. My potato mash was out of this world! I had some greenery on the top with an apple sauce that really finished itT its been 4 days since I ate there and I cant stop thinking about how fricken astonishing it was! I rate this a 10/10!!

1 star rating
by Rory L.
7th February 2011

Quite simply the worst dining experience I’ve had in Auckland.

My wife and I were catching up with friends on a Saturday evening, and had decided to try a restaurant on Prince’s Wharf.

The food and service was exceptionally poor.

2 of us ordered the ostrich fillet which was described as being served on green beans with roast vegetables.
No green beans, no roast vegetables.
What they got was a mixture of broccoli, cauliflower and capsicum.
The ostrich itslef was tough and completely overdone.

My friend’s wife ordered the pork belly, which sounded quite good. (…with a tiger prawn and minted chorizo)
However, when it came, there was no prawn and no chorizo.

I myself ordered the Moroccan lamb cutlets. Though they tasted good, 2 of them were raw at the bone.

All our plates were ice cold.

We brought these issues to the attention of our waitress, who basically stood with a mouthful of teeth and didn’t quite understand what we were complaining about (language issues I am assuming)
She then brought over who we thought was a manager.
However, this person was less than helpful herself.
She checked the menu, made a half-hearted attempt to excuse the kitchen staff and then asked us what we wanted her to do about it, suggesting we order something else.

2 new meals were ordered and eaten while the other 2 sat and watched.

Full price charged.
We weren’t even offered complimentary drinks.

HORRIBLE dining which was made worse by the manner in which our complaints were handled.

Very unprofessional and thoroughly second rate.
We will not be returning.
Y Not? What an ironic name!
Read the majority of these reviews and skip this place.

As a side note, the only positive thing about the evening was that we opted to go to Euro for dessert.
What a great restaurant.

1 star rating
by Tracey
19th January 2011

I had the traditional fish and chips, my partner had seafood pasta with a chilli sauce. My fish did not taste very fresh, and the greek salad that was meant to accompany it was just a salad, no feta cheese or olives in sight, carrot though! The pasta was just ok, and quite a small serving for the price. The waitress was very pleasant, and the location is great. Just a new chef maybe.

5 star rating
by Alex
8th October 2010

Group of 8 were at this place for dinner last Thursday. Food was excellent, fresh and tasty. Love the Duck Breast dish. Service was attentive, friendly and helpful. Good place to go for.

1 star rating
by Bevan
16th September 2010

Terrible, service was very poor. Asked for a Max Gold and was brought a mango by a very confused person behind the bar. Food was awful, the snapper smelt, a clear sign it was not fresh. Was tough and chewy and the first mouthful i got a scale, plates could have benefited from being pre heated.
Decor was confusing and not clean at all, recently painted but paint splashes still on the windows. A person in our group was even tripped up by and extension cord coming from the heater. I would not recommend this restaurant at all.

4 star rating
by Tom R.
9th January 2010

Went there for our Xmas party and only 1 word to say is Excellent. The place was busy and full with some groups booked like us. We had a set menu which is started with antipasto, it was great, enough for start. Then I was really enjoy my Moroccan Lamb which was tender and tasty. The drink list has a lot of different choices and a good selection of cocktails which was great to start of the night. Everyone in my group was really happy and enjoy the night. Highly recommend and we will book again next year!

4 star rating
by Elle
22nd July 2009

Went there for dinner a month ago. Food was really good, tasty and big portion, they have all selections of meats, chicken, seafood and vegetarian. friendly & helpful service. will definitely go back there again.

4 star rating
22nd July 2009

We had a works do there, the place was quiet probably due to the rugby test that was on that night. The surroundings are not as flash as other restaurant’s in the area but the food made up for it, good value for money. They have a good selection of beer and wine at a personable cost. Would definitely visit again

5 star rating
by Daby
26th May 2009

we had our Christmas function there it was excellent ,I love this place, food was supper , the services were great.the view is fantastic.Highly recommend

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