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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night
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European, New Zealand
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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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One of the best dining experiences we have ever had. The food was incredible, the staff were friendly and knowledgable, and the wine pairing with our 7 course degustation took us around the world and back with some of the most delicious (and unusual) wines...I have tried.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The dining experience was first class. Excellent food and service, with knowledgeable and friendly staff. We will definitely look forward to attending again.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been meaning to eat here for years and our anticipation was justified. It was a generous meal with incredible attention to detail. The service is both polished and relaxed, the room delightful. The process was ceremonial with the 7 course degustation being revealed...as you ate. We did not have the wine match however sought advice on whether what wine would work from the upcoming courses from the staff. The wine list is exceptional with some seriously high end options. The four amuse bouche were tantalising and set the standard for what was to come. The courses included the best scampi I have ever had and perfectly cooked goat. The only minor issue was with the green pea ice-cream which was delicious but didn't in my view need the few raw green peas as a garnish that somehow lost their sweetness alongside the ice-cream and became too savory a contrast. However when you get down to that level of detail you know that you have had a real treat. This is a world class dining experience in every sense that is up with the best dining experiences we have had in major US and European cities. As a post script it would have been nice to have been offered the menu that we had just experienced at the end of the meal, I should have thought to ask.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was cool before, now its just unpleasant experience. Staff should have some training and be more attentive and meals just cooked with no love and passion.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Baduzzi, General Manager at The Grove, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Nicole, Thanks for your review. I am really sorry to hear you didn't have a pleasant experience here at the grove. we pride ourselves not just for serving some great food but also of providing great service. i am very confident in the ability...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Grove Mission Statement; “The Earth gives us food to nourish our bodies and we prepare the food with love to feed our souls and we serve it with compassion to make us whole.” -Le Tresor of Pistoulet (Extract taken from, The secrets of Pistoulet...by Jana Fayne Kolpen. Part cook-book, Part fiction a collection of letters and recipes.) St Patrick’s Cathedral Square & it surrounds is captivating a sense of calm/peace blocks out the noise from our busy city, & if you look to the skies you will be amazed by the view of the tallest buildings in the city & a exceptional view of the Sky Tower, worth an Instagram post. Owners Micheal & Annette Dearth established The Grove in 2004 Creating fine dining & the ultimate wine experience. Both moved from the States after falling in love with NZ clearly with a vision & knowledge of the hospitality industry, which has has expanded their business with yet another top Auckland Restaurant Baduzzi. What I found extremely satisfying about arriving into this venue is the host, so welcoming, polite, coat/shawl/bag taken if desired, placed safely away, as you are escorted to your table down a long narrow catwalk, you are able to appreciate the interior, the gold shiny globe light fixtures the artwork adorning the walls & touches of antique furnishings on display, Certainly reeks modern Art Deco sophistication. The tables are neat with spotless white cloths, a canvas done purposelessly I expect by Head Chef Ryan Moore, originally from the UK to showcase his creations of NZ produce/ingredients on a plate. Tonight we have chosen a 4 course degustation which our Head waiter announces, be prepared for a wonderful journey of fine dining cuisine. Also on service is Food & beverage manager Andrea Martinisi who is the Groves Sommelier, his knowledge of wine pairing with each course is explained & to the delight of My colleague satisfying, but be prepared to pay extra. 4 course degustation $125 Wine pairing $80 All tailored menus include a selection of snacks on arrival. (petit fours.) Miniature mushroom bao crispy onions Miniature crab & romaesco crumpet chicken skin Smoked concoction (cannot recall-only that it was delicious) Perfect baked sourdough bread & creamy liqueur butter Cambridge Asparagus Almond/Chilli/Monthelliarde cream fraiche Torched Ora King salmon scampi Tomato/Yuzu/Lovage sauce Waitaha Goat & Wagu: Pistachio/Goat cheese/Fig leaf Toasted Rice shards Jersey Milk/Koji/Green apple Pims mini ice-block. Presentation picture perfect we were already devouring each course with our eyes. Every course served in dramatic syncing by our waiters (Felt like Royalty) Portions, small but expected, gives you an appreciation to savour each bite, absolutely delicious & satisfying. Standing ovation to the mastery of the Chef. Cocktails surprise creations, refreshing & delicious recommend you throughly check out the beverage menu they are a delight. And don’t be afraid to ask for any recommendations as Staff are highly knowledgeable. Coffee hot & satisfying nice end to the evening. Staff; impeccable service well presented professionals who clearly in tune with the owners to make your experience an unforgettable one. Summary; Although this is a fine dining venue, Dress code does not require men to wear a dinner jacket or anyone to dress up. Rest rooms top notch with individual hand towels & expensive hand cream... let’s indulge! Menu changes frequently in regards to what produce is in season suggest check website or ring direct for more details. Great venue for any occasion but Not ideal for children. Payment, depending on group size can be made separate. Off street parking is a lottery so drive around to check before heading to a Wilson Car Park. Although expensive, Highly recommend this venue, it’s worth the experience at least once. Finally, from the extract taken from Le Tresor of Pistoulet by Jana Fayne Kolpen, we declare, “Our souls have been nourished & made whole.🥰 5/5More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I are big foodies, but thanks to our little one, we don't get the chance to dine out often anymore. It was therefore extra special to dine at the Grove and be blown away by the excellent service and food we received....If you're looking for a fantastic atmosphere, an owner-run operation, delicious food and a special night out, the Grove is the place to go. We appreciated the little details - amazing presentation, snacks on arrival, delicious mocktails made to order with fresh fruit. The owner himself greeted us on arrival and ensured all the tables (including us) were expertly taken care of, The meals are small and pricey, but they are gobsmackingly delicious. We LOVED our night out and can't wait to go back again.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited The Grove for every single one of our wedding anniversaries. We would never go anywhere else, the degustation menu is unparalleled. The staff are knowledgeable and delightful, and the food is innovative and exciting. Five stars, and our undivided loyalty!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed October 24, 2020 via mobile

We’d heard a lot about The Grove over the years and it didn’t disappoint. We both had the 7 course with matching wines. All the food was great and we loved most of the wines. Service was spot on and atmosphere was nice. Price was...up there (just over $600) but we made the most of it and don’t have any regrets.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 14, 2020

On Friday 4 September we visited The Grove restaurant in Auckland to celebrate our Anniversary. It was a superb experience with every morsel of our 7-course degustation, not to mention the generous complimentary snacks, absolutely delicious. The warmth of welcome and service throughout was impeccable....We were asked if this was a special occasion and when we shared that it was our anniversary, we were presented with a wax-sealed envelope containing a card signed by all the staff. It was a very special gesture. If you want to experience culinary perfection, in fact perfection in every sense, go to The Grove.More

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Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 13, 2020 via mobile

Oh lordy what a meal, a perfect long lunch with generous portions and deliciousness in every bite. Their special restaurant month menu was perfect; familiar food with a twist and expertly presented and served. Faultless food and service, perfect ambiance. Cant wait to go back

Date of visit: September 2020
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leehazzard
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Response from Alfred R | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The Grove is not a vegan restaurant .
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Aubrey T
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Response from ICTBRO | Reviewed this property |
You should be fine with casual shoes, Auckland is a pretty informal city.
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Response from Terry C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Missjess8, This is a fine dining restaurant and not ideal for young children in my opinion.
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