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“Consistently amazing steaks”

The Grill by Sean Connolly
Ranked #42 of 2,420 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: "Opened Spetember 3rd, 2011. Not be confused with a restaurant called "The Grill" on Greys Avenue".
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stay at the SkyCity Grand pretty frequently so eat at The Grill at least once every two weeks.

The steaks are really fantastic. Up there with the best I’ve had anywhere. On the steaks I’d give 5 out of 5.

Where it loses a star is on the sides that are offered and the service which can be patchy - on the right night with the right waiter it’s top drawer.

But the steaks make it worthwhile...

Thank MaidaValeBoy
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service was great, the steak was average specially for the prices there was 8 of us it cost for a small basket of chips $15 that was ludicrous, evey bit of extra you got you had to pay for bread salad veg very dissapointing birthdays for all wont be back.

Thank Carol R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous food. We all enjoyed everything we ate. But the service did not match the high-end food and prices. It makes a big difference.
Our water never topped up, no one asking us if we want another wine, not even asked if we wanted dessert
Even to the point of when leaving I asked the lady at the counter if there was someone I could give some feedback to and she recommended I go on Trip Advisor!
I think if you have a fine dining experience such as this place can offer, you need the seamless end to end service to match. Employ well, train well and then release them to the customers. Also the bathrooms are part of the hotel out of the restaurant and down the lobby. A little bit odd for customer experience.
But, if you do want to experience a to-die-for rib eye steak, suck it up and go. Not to mention the $200 seafood platter. Delicious!

Thank KiwiNZtraveller787
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Reviewed May 11, 2018

This is an upscale restaurant with the best macaroni & cheese EVER! Great combination of creaminess, saltiness, crispiness (top is crispy cheese) and flavour. It is literally the best we've ever had. I'm American so love mac & cheese and this is a upscale/posh version for adults made with the best ingredients New Zealand has.

Another favourite of ours was the duck fat fries. They were the best fries we've ever had. Crispy, flavourful and nice and soft on the inside. Again, the ingredients are partly the explanation. Really fresh quality produce always makes the difference.

The steak was stunning, the service was stunning, the wines by the glass were stunning. It was just a really great night. I know that this place is expensive but would you rather have a terrific meal with great service and great wines and pay for it or would you rather be disappointed and pay a little less?

We HIGHLY recommend this restaurant and will be back on our next trip to New Zealand.

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1  Thank Cownsheep
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Scott R, General Manager at The Grill by Sean Connolly, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

Hi Cownsheep,
On behalf of Sean Connolly and all of the team here at the Grill let me say thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It's always great to hear when a guest has enjoyed their experience here and our Mac N Cheese (a definite highlight on our menu). We look forward to your next visit and hope you're back in New Zealand real soon.
Cheers,
Scott Ruddock and The Grill Team

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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

Went for a birthday, booked on line. Exec Ellen Service from friendly wait staff. The meals were fantastic. Recommend the fresh fish entree and suckling pig. Meat trio was cooked. Just right.

They remembered the birthday and made a point of it with an iced happy birthday plate.

All in all top class restaurant, great service

1  Thank Roger J
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Scott R, General Manager at The Grill by Sean Connolly, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

Hi Roger J,
On behalf of Sean Connolly and all of The Grill Team may I say thank you for spending your birthday celebrations with us. It's always a pleasure to be a part of our guests special days and we look forward to looking after you again.
Thanks again,
Scott Ruddock and The Grill Team

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