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“Not to Bad”
Review of Sails Restaurant

Sails Restaurant
Ranked #84 of 2,257 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $69
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill, New Zealand, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Sails Restaurant has an amazing location. Set in the middle of Westhaven Marina, beside the Harbour Bridge, with breathtaking views of the harbour. There are few views in the world that capture the essence of the city than the one from Sails Restaurant. A couple of minutes from the centre of Auckland, yet in a world of its own, with unlimited free parking at the door, Sails Restaurant is not just about its location. Over the last three decades the restaurant has forged its reputation as one of New Zealand’s top restaurants through an uncompromising belief in using only the freshest ingredients, the most talented chefs, and professional waiting staff. The menu at Sails is seafood focused, but also includes New Zealand’s finest beef and lamb. The full menu and all the details can be found on our website.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Not to Bad”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

If you are wanting a good solid meal with OK service and a great view, Sails should be considered.

Menu was simple but diverse enough to appease the demands of the diners we were entertaining, in fact it was a less is more style but well executed.

Wine list was extensive but simple and catered for a wide selection of palets and budgets.

Would go back here before going to the French Cafe

Would recommend for a casual type style dining experience

  • Visited December 2011
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
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156 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Another family and work regular, great location and superb food”
Reviewed December 18, 2011

This is another place we visit often because of the quality of the food and the gorgeous location looking over Auckland's marina. The service from mature waiters is always outstanding. Visitors to Auckland love it!

Visited December 2011
Thank KiwigirlNZ
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2011

Beatiful setting in among all the boats in Auckland. Food was Divine the entres of Prawn and Scolop were cooked to perfection. Service pleasant and not obtrusive. Well worth a visit if you can afford.

  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank IrelandCeltic
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2011

Went for lunch and was disappointed by the service mainly. The staff was very attentive to some tables and not to others. Regulars perhaps? Food was passable for the venue. Not memorable for the price.
Thought about giving the restaurant a second chance for dinner. Enquired about booking for special occasion, was asked to cal back! Guess what, we never did. We spent our money at another restaurant in Auckland.

  • Visited September 2010
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Thank GoldenDragon338
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London, United Kingdom
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507 reviews
410 restaurant reviews
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“Trying to be Michelin starred but fails I'm afraid”
Reviewed July 6, 2010

Very nice restaurant but given the prices you just expect more from the food.

They are obviously trying to present a very high class image. The service is attentive and sometimes overbearing, until of course when you want another drink and you can't see a waiter for love nor money.

The food was good but for the prices, you just expect more.

Yes I would go back as long as I had some kind of discount voucher -:))

They seemed to have a number of larger groups that got the attention. Perhaps some reeducation for the waiting staff.

Perhaps this review seems a bit picky? I'm sure you will have a good meal as we did but it's just the other stuff that gets in the way.

Scores (1-Low, 5-High):

Outside Appearance:4

Inside Appearance:5


Menu Choices:4

Food Quality:4

Food Quantity:3



Value For Money:3


Parking Availability:Own car park

Toilets Cleanliness:5

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