Esplanade Restaurant & Bar
- Mon – Sat 12noon – 9pm
- Sun 12noon – 2pm, 4pm – 6pm
- Scenic View
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
The Esplanade Restaurant & Bar on Eastern Beach offers delicious meals and friendly service in a contemporary setting with a welcoming, relaxed ambience. Great for a
business lunch or a catch up with friends on the waterfront.
Serving lunch & dinner every day, plus opening for brunch on the weekends.
The Esplanade Restaurant & Bar is proud to serve a large variety of beers on tap as well as a full bar range. The Esplanade also offers an extensive range of wines by the glass to accompany dishes from the delicious menu.
Alex, Kelly, Josh & the team look forward to seeing you soon!
33 Reviews for Esplanade Restaurant & Bar
I ordered the salmon wrapped in crispy rice paper. While the rice paper was crispy on the top, the bottom was inedible the rice paper being hard and chewy. It “sat” on a vichyssoise salad which consisted on boiled potatoes scattered about the plate with boiled eggs on which were placed anchovies. A representation of a vichyssoise salad I guess. My husband had pork scallopini which in itself was tasty but there was so much happening on the plate it was hard to determine what the flavours actually were and it came with bok choy!!!
The service was good but when a customer sitting at a table of 4 complained because their meals didn’t all arrive at the same time, in fact the last meal arrived a good 5 minutes after the first meal, the manager/owner did not go to the table to apologise even though he witnessed the compliant – the waiter had to deal with it.
We wouldn’t go back. There are so many good restaurants in our city, why would we for the sake of the view. The owners of this establishment need to up the stakes and serve good food to go with the view – good simple food with good clean flavours. Either re-train the chef or get a new one.
I decided to give them a second chance today since we were in the area and while the service and wait time were somewhat better the meal was rather disappointing I paid 26 dollars for a coffee and salad which while a little steep is fine assuming you get a generous serving, my salad consisted of 4 small slices of chicken stuck on top of some mesculn and a few giant wedges of barely ripe tomato. I won’t be giving them a 3rd chance.
That said, excellent food and great service, thanks to Josh. Also, a special note to the waiter (whose name I did not get) who was very observant about empty wine glasses, ensuring they weren’t empty for long! Yes, that’s an up-sell for the restaurant, but there is nothing worse than an empty wine glass and no wait staff in sight.
My partner ordered their lunch special off the board, I had the Caesar salad minus the croutons which they forgot to add, however it was very good. The wine list was varied and the coffee was good but was less than lukewarm!
And no, the waitress did not return until after another one brought out our meals, so we had to sit there balancing plates and glasses while she wiped the table, and no, they weren’t busy – wonder why.
My overall experience with my partner was good, and very great waitresses. Very kind and friendly.
However I was a bit disappointed to see that my entree was also a part of my main? Very strange.
I ordered Classic Arancini balls for my entree, and surprisingly, it was a part of my main (Prime Fillet steak wrapped in prosciutto), there was no mushroom risotto cake, and was very much the same Arancini balls that I had in my entree…
The steak was cooked to perfection. I would pay another visit for the steak; but please, don’t include the entree in the main
They said it was not a problem.
Our waiter could not have been more hospitable. Sevice was excellent, didn’t have to wait long between courses, food was some of the best I’ve ever tasted from a set menu. Considering the amount we paid for the voucher it was way above expectations
We live in West Auckland and we would happily travel back and pay full price.
We popped in here after a long walk and felt delighted to find a vacant table outside. I went in to order and had to ask one of the three people behind the bar ignoring me to serve me! I wonder how long a less confrontational person would have had to wait! I noticed that they didn’t give me a number as I also noticed a young waitress trying to find the owner of a flat white which she eventually tried to give my husband. When questioned as to why they didn’t give a number I was told that it was more professional to not have numbers on tables!! I saw the same waitress struggling to find the owners of her next order so clearly that’s not working.
There are no free newspapers or even paid ones to enjoy with your Sunday brunch and apart from the young waitress the others are all Asian or non European and seem to hardly speak or understand English. My green tea was served in a ridiculous shaped glass that had more to do with Irish coffee and was a tea bag with limited water and at $4.50 quite a price.
I acknowledge that I am a judgemental, demanding person and here I have not judged them on their food as I didn’t have any, but on the quality of their customer service and their attention to detail. It was all lacking and would indicate to me that were I to go and have a meal there I would not have a good experience and be disappointed – so I won’t!
When we entered the restaurant, it took a while for one of the waitresses to come and greet us and take us to our seats. Once we had ordered food, it took a very long time before our dishes arrived. However once we saw the dishes, we thought that it was worth the wait as it looked delicious.
However when we dug into the food, we realised that both our dishes (both were pasta) were extremely salty and I was unable to finish my meal because everything was just extremely salty and it was as if they had used water from across the road or something.
I’m unsure as to whether I would come back again. I saw another table with the soup of the day and that looked delicious but I don’t know if that would be too salty for us as well…
My partner and I even live on the Esplanade and refuse to go there! How terrible is that!
The service is slow, food is way overpriced and the staff which served us were inexperienced.
I hope they have changed/ fixed a few issues since I last dined as it has great potential due to the location.
Three of us decided to dine here for lunch, seeing it is in a gorgeous location.
We were seated promptly (they were pretty empty) but then forgotten about for the next 20 minutes until we had to wave someone down to take our order.
After ordering we waited for a good 20 minutes before we asked where our drinks / coffees were, they had forgotten them, not a good start. A few minutes later they come back and tell us the coffee machine is broken! We then proceeded to order a couple of beers and a juice.. another 15 minute wait, another time we had to ask where they were, the waiter then proceeded to pour the wrong beers (we saw him pour it from the wrong tap) then proceeded to argue with us that it was the right one?!
Once we got the drinks the waiter THEN decided to come over and tell us that two of the meals we ordered were unable to be made as they had run out of certain ingredients! By this stage it had been nearly an hour since we had ordered!
After changing our orders, we then had to wait another 30 minutes to get the food. They had forgotten half of the ingredients on one of the meals! When brought to the waiters attention he looked at us blankly then apologised. The others were fairly small and with little meat.
We left very disappointed!
Even the waitperson said the chef uses smaller portions and lower quality meat for the voucher users. To us this defeats the purpose of the voucher system which is to entice new customers.
Whilst the decor was pleasant and the service was friendly, the food was a major let down.
Our recommendation to you all is to save your money and eat elsewhere. Our prediction is that the current chef and owner will not have a business in 6 months which is a real shame as it has the foundations to be something great for local diners.
The restaurant around the corner offers tasty food to die for……that’s where we will be going next time.
Would thoroughly recommend.
Portion sizes weren’t huge but were more than adequate for us with no wastage.
The food was excellent quality and presented beautifully. Plenty of chicken in the salad with a lovely dressing. The steak was a decent size, tender and cooked as requested. The second meal consisted of two chicken thighs which were wrapped in plenty of bacon and delicious.
Dessert was light and presented beautifully.
We couldn’t fault the waitress who was attentive but not overbearing. The whole atmosphere was very pleasant and our evening was most enjoyable.
Ordered chicken salad first, we rec’d a little salad? With 1x piece of thinly sliced chicken (25mmx25mmdia) I kid you not… Then we got our mains, steak and chips, very small steak with 16 chips under it and 1x very small mushroom on top (dia 10mm), there were 4x of us and 2 of them didn’t get any mushrooms.. Then we got the pud..Average ..
The waitress was in our face all night and had trouble with the English (that was bearable) she had to learn… We ended up going to Viaduct to finish the evening off as we were hungry…
Over priced and underfed, even the people at the table next to us said the same thing… They were shocked…
And the kitchen door backs onto the toilets and was open all night, very untidy in there( dirty).
Would not go again…
What I am not happy about Esplanade is that they told my parents that the time was not booked. Not only that, they were extremely rude to my parents just because their English wasn’t their first language. Talk about racist!
I am furious about how the staff and even the managers could not deal with the situation well. I do not recommend this place and I hope they learn from this.
Modern look, nice views, especially in a morning and day time.
I found the staff very friendly. In one occasion we were drinking (not too much ) quite late and didn’t realise we were last visitors. However no one offered us to get out They closed the bar as soon we went out, they waited for us but didn’t show.
BTW, “Man O’ War” wine they offer is very, very good.
Coffee is also good.
The curtain over the doorway to the toilets is ineffective in keeping the rear of the restaurant warm because as soon as the door to the outside is opened by staff, a cold breeze enters. The bar heater nearby didn’t help.
The toilets left a lot to be desired in terms of cleanliness and general upkeep.
The food however was as tasty and as well-presented as always.
The menu has the normal range of items that you would expect and the coffee is good. Meals are large, filling and nicely presented.
The restaurant layout is modern and bright.
Well worth the trip to try some place different.