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“great food, service and location” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sails Restaurant

Sails Restaurant
Ranked #82 of 2,198 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $70
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill, New Zealand, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Odiham, United Kingdom
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246 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“great food, service and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Really enjoyed this experience, a big contrast from the previous evening in Hammerheads. The layout of the restaurant allows for a really nice atmosphere but with space for all - so tables are not too close. The service from entering was exceptional, and went right through the meal to leaving. The food was of good quality and accompanied by a diverse and extensive wine list. If you are booking a table then I would request a window seat, or if they don't have those available ask for a table at the front of the upper tier as the views from here are just as good. I will be back here next time I am in Auckland....

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
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123 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Good Place To Dine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed a business meal in small group. We were greeted and seated by a very friendly female maitre D'. Intoruced to our wait person. Service was very good. View from window great for watching the hustle and bustle of the harbour. A large cruise ship berthed right alongside created some intrigue also. The farmed Stewart Island oysters were fantastic. Worth going there just for them. Expensive but they were two bites to the oyster. Seafood stew was more bouillabaisse or soup like which took the shine off meal. Two had this as main and both were disappointed. Others had the venison which was very good.

As said friendly and efficient service. Restaurant was very clean and seating was well placed.

Will dine here again if only for the Oysters!

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Thank Dan M
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Auckland, New Zealand
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

I dined at Sails for a business dinner this week. Have always had beautiful meals here and was looking forward to another one. Unfortunately this didn't happen with my main course of terakihi. It was so dry and unedible. I sent it back and they came back with another terakihi meal for me but unfortunately it tasted exactly the same. I was also disappointed with my dessert of icecream and sorbet. Fairly bland. Having said all this, everyone else had nice meals! Also the wine waiter never gave our ordering guest a sample of wine to taste before pouring. We had all noted that and thought it was bad service. Unfortunately for me, I have now been put off returning to Sails.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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North Shore City, New Zealand
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic Service, Beautiful Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Very attentive waiters with genuine knowledge of wine and food offered. A truly delightful evening. Just one gripe, I hated looking at the neighbouring Yacht Sales Office's flags right in front of Sails windows while dining. Wouldn't it be courteous of them to take them down after-hours? I hope Sails request this as it was an eye-sore. I will request a table at the other end of the restaurant next time.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Robyn B
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Malaysia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

nice food, good to take friends there for entertaining. Deco is simple but classy. You can view the evening scenery of the Marina with a lot of boats.

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