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“Are they for real?” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sails Restaurant

Sails Restaurant
Ranked #87 of 2,200 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $70
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill, New Zealand, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, 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
Level Contributor
63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Are they for real?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

Had dinner with family and out of town visitor. Food was as expected for type of restaurant. Nothing that wowed. Despite this, things were going along smoothly and we were enjoying ourselves.

When the bill was ask for, it came rather instantly, compared to the food. Card was presented with final bill amount written with tip. Then the embarrassing thing occurred, manager came to table to inform us that staff have forgotten to add 2 glasses of lemonade, total 8 dollars. Our bill was many hundreds of dollars and they want to add 8 dollars! It was their fault. If it was me I would have written it off as a learning lesson for staff. So uncool for a top restaurant. Funny thing though, we took that off the tip. It was no more no less, should have been let go off. Hope they read this.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GoldenDragon338
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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70 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Mixed bag”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

Food was well presented and the service was good,but why would you serve someone there main meal less than 2 minutes after taking away our entrees?This was poor to say the least.

Visited June 2013
Helpful?
Thank 44NZTraveller44
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wet cold Monday..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

,, but Sails were suprisingly busy. Last came here a few years ago, finally made it back and looks like not a lot has changed We had the Chefs Special menu which still gave plenty of choices. Beautiful food, perfectly cooked and the service was spot on - attentive and very friendly. It is pricey but all the above and the stunning views make this a perfect spot for a special occasion,

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PamGreg
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Auckland
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68 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Perfect food and excellent staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

We had an excellent meal here on Saturday night. Lovely food, beautifully presented. Staff were absolute professionals. Great views of the bridge and marina add to the setting. Recommended for a special occasion.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 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
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Thank DayBec
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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best fish with a view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

I ate here my last night in Auckland, March 4th 2013. I ate the John Dory, it was perfect! The wait staff was outstanding and very good at pairing the right wines.
My husband had the scallops, delicious. The view of the harbor bridge and the marina at night was amazing.
If you looking for a special place to eat, this is it. Driving to it you have to pay attention to the address. It has a grass roof and can be missed easily.Auckland is a magical place, the people are very friendly and helpful.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alisa S
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