Crystal Harbour Restaurant
- Mon – Fri
- Yum Cha: 11am – 3pm
- Dinner: 5:30pm – 11pm
- Sat – Sun
- Yum Cha: 10:30am – 3:30pm
- Dinner: 5:30pm – 11pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- Seating for: 400
- BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
- Parking: Pay, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
- Wi-Fi: None
Crystal Harbour Restaurant is the third in its chain to open up. The First and Second Crystal Harbour are in Hong Kong’s 5 Star Hotel. The food served here are authentic, modern Cantonese/Chinese food.
Yum Char 7 days a week, with A la Carte menu at night cooked by 5 star rating Chef, with experience from worldwide.
The largest Chinese Restaurant in Auckland, with the capacity to seat 400 people.
4 Private rooms perfect for cooperate meetings or lunch. Or if you have a big wedding party or conference party, Crystal Harbour can cater for 400 people.
21 Reviews for Crystal Harbour Restaurant
If you don’t like the madam who persuade more food as possible to seek more bucks, here is not recommended at all. We often think it nuisance, too. More sophisticated service would match their nice Western style decor and an upper better clientele.
The decor is very nice and suitable for a wedding but the food was okay at best. This is where the positives stop. Staff will try to rush guests out the door and trick you into paying more for parking than you should.
Please, do not be fooled by the initial friendliness of the manager and owner. They will continue to sweet talk you until the bill is paid and from then on they will not make any effort to appease the bride and groom on their big day as well as dining guests.
Be warned, the owner and manager are a conniving pair and they are only after your money.
The parking was suppose to be $4 for everyone who validated, but everyone ended paying more than $12
I definitely would never eat there again, and I would definitely not recommend having your wedding reception there. Very appalling manager and staff. I hope this place improves for others, but if they keep this up they will be going out of business.
THIS IS ILLEGAL IN NEW ZEALAND PLEASE SUPPORT THE FIGHT AND AVOID THIS RESTAURANT
ordered 8 dishes and 2 beers cost us 260 bucks! portions are small too, so we ended up going to lantern festival at Albert Park afterward for more food.
Any East Auckland Chinese restaurants serve better food and bigger portion than Crystal Harbour, no point going all the way to city, waste of a trip! Parking is a nightmare too! never return again to Crystal Harbour….
Why we go and keep returning is that we like the full experience. Parking is not easy, generally a queue at the door of people coming and going, lots of kids and chaotic service. The bit we all like is singing happy birthday every 20 minutes.
The food is always good for soaking up those few too many beers on a Saturday night. As a group it is fun.
You have to do Sunday yum cha once.
Forget the popular “go-to” Grand Harbour – Crystal Harbour provides much friendlier service and less waiting for yummy dishes to come around.
Each time we’ve gone, we’ve barely sat down before the first dishes are offered. It’s great not having to wait, and a great variety of other dishes and dim sum are offered at a good pace. The service is lovely – the waiters are very professional and prompt with smiles on their faces.
As far as the food goes, it’s delicious – our only problem is that each time we’ve gone there’s only two of us, so we haven’t been able to try as many dishes! We’ll have to bring along more people next time.
It’s not cheap, but it’s worth what you pay for the food and lovely restaurant. Highly recommend.
However, this changed when a family member introduced me to Crystal Harbour restaurant early last year and I have enjoyed the food and service so much that this it is now a ‘must go’ place whenever I visit Auckland.
The first thing you notice when you walk in is the great decor of the place – it looks grand, and when we were last there, I think there was even red carpet from the entrance! (certainly makes us feel welcome!)
The yum cha is excellent value with a good variety of dim sums. In particular, I really like the steamed dumplings which taste fresh and hot, and we always order the spring rolls, taro with almonds, and rice noodles with beef. Service is great, with a waiter to be found whenever we need one and always topping up hot water for our tea, and even pouring tea for us (a nice touch I might add).
As for dinner, our favourites are the peking duck which is 2 courses with pancakes and the lettuce cups/san choi bao (the kids really like the pancakes!), steamed oysters with garlic and vermicelli, and BBQ pork. Service again is exceptional, with the waiter changing our plates when necessary, and bringing food out at the right times. Whenever we need things like extra serviettes and soy sauce, the waiter gets back to us immediately – these small things, together with the friendly attitude of the staff (always smiling and making us feel welcome) make the whole dining experience enjoyable.
If you are looking for a place for yum cha or dinner, give Crystal Harbour a go – in fact, I’ve already booked in dinner for tonight!
Sad they didn’t have a sweet dessert made by tofu (called doufa?), which used to have when the place was called ‘sunshine restaurant’.
Good quality Chinese food in the middle of the city. Seating is spacious for a Chinese restaurant. Good yum cha. Also look out for the special, more innovative dishes that’s you cant find in other chinese restaurants.