Euro Restaurant & Bar
(Shed 22, Princes Wharf)
Auckland City 09-309 9866
- Mon – Sun 12 noon – Late
- Business Dining
- Scenic View
- Out Catering
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Splurge, Above $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 300
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
“With its waterfront view, grown-up waiters, worldly wine list and specials like Bluff oysters seemingly on tap, EURO Restaurant & Bar is a place for showy fun. I’ve had extremely pleasant long lunches here and a few raucous late night trips which may have involved pizza . . .
“Away from usual bustle at the bar and on the terrace, the dining room allows a sense of spaciousness intimacy . . .
“We happily perch and get just the right amount of friendly, but non-intrusive chit-chat from behind the bar, before our waiter seats us and offers the kind of informative menu explanations that give me confidence to turn over our wine choices to him . . .” Excerpts from NZ Herald review by Janetta Mackay, Jun 2008.
Euro Bar & Restaurant
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If you’re a foodie then you’ve already been or are planning to go at some point. Highly recommended.
The food was out of this world. It is a place we would consider to go again, for a special day!
The food was sensational (having eaten at many highly regarded restaurants in NZ and overseas this was some of the best food we have ever had!) The service was incomparable – Aaron who looked after our table was awesomeness personified! When (at times) we couldn’t decide what to order we asked for help and loved everything that he recommended. Charismatically professional, when it was time to leave it was like saying goodbye to an old friend.
Aaron heard that it was our 15th wedding anniversary and when a couple of delectable sweet treats with ‘Happy anniversary’ written in chocolate arrived at our table it was overwhelmingly surprising for the both of us. Having the chef come out to our table to congratulate us was yet another really nice gesture.
Thinking about the food, all we can say is everything was delicious so if you find yourself struggling to decide simply ask the staff for recommendations and you won’t be disappointed!
I never write reviews but our entire evening was amazing from start to finish which is why I have taken the time to write this. We will be back in the not too distant future and strongly encourage those who haven’t already been to head on down to Euro for a top-notch dining experience!
I would not have thought of a place like this restaurant to have this sort of service.
Once we sat down, we ordered some items which included some tempura oysters. The tempura batter was quite thick!… have had better elsewhere in Wellington definitely not what I was expected, as I was expecting better for this type of ‘institution’.
Quite disappointed in the service and batter of the oysters.
Will I go again? hard to say….
However we came for the food. Although very busy the waitress was outstanding.
There were 9 of us at the table we started with the Oysters three ways they were sublime.
Each of us had a main and dessert and every person at the table said their meal was total mouth watering. The servings were large and everyone was total happy with what they had ordered.
The service was friendly and efficient.
Would definitely recommend the restaurant and go again very soon.
From Euro classics like squid overpowered with garlic or over cooked duck with barely enough sauce for the first few mouthfuls to the over inspired desserts…sometimes classic dessert should remain just that, not impressed. Service was good, but the restaurant is not the place to go for a romantic or relaxed meal…noisy with a side order of crowded.
From the moment we walked in the waiter looking after us really looked after us. Said he’d come get us when we were ready to start and found us a nice spot to people watch.
Chefs table was a wonderful experience – as the 2 chiefs took us through each course – telling us what was involved and the story behind the dish.
Would recommend Euro – a very enjoyable evening.
We came in lateish for lunch- 3pm, but were made to feel very welcome. The food was lovely and arrived qucikly. The waiter was knowleable and attentive without being too ‘in our face’. It was a great experience overall- would go back anytime!
The scotch fillet was done just as was asked. wasn’t very partial to the beetroot side but the puree was very nice. The cocktails were also great.
The waiter may have been a little overly friendly but I guess its a matter of personal preference. Anyhow the service was great overall.
Would absolutely go again.
The service was friendly (a little rehearsed) and the meals arrived in good time. For the price, I would have expected a little more. Hence average rating – it was average.
From ordering to receiving the first course it took 45 minutes. We ordered each a glass of red wine (as we had to drive). The two filled glasses were placed in front of us by a rather unfriendly lady who did not say a word. We would have expected in this kind of environment that two empty glasses were placed in front of us, one of us would be asked to try a little bit and than the glasses would be filled at the table.
The first courses arrived: My wife’s reaction was alarming: She found parts of crab or shrimp shell in her food plus crab meat which was too tough to be chewed, and she put it to the edge of her plate. My Kobe beef was cooked to perfection, soft and red. However, the crust was so salty that I contemplated to cut it off. But what is such a piece of meat without crust? Result: My stomach closed half way down. The main courses: Long Island duck for my wife: Good in taste but obviously warmed instead of freshly prepared: Fibrous and stringy, no breast meat. My fish of the day was broiled(?) in a very fatty environment, again rather salty. I could not finish it although it was not an enormous amount of food.
To sum up: We will not come again as long as Simon is not cooking himself there. We saw it as a huge food factory with a rather hectic atmosphere throughout. We liked the decoration of the place though. Given the high prices and considering the reputation of the owner it was a big disappointment. Our head waiter tried very hard to compensate for our lost fun about which we did not inform him but which he clearly sensed from our behaviour.
Wolfram and Joanne Just
PS: We suggest that Simon spends much more time in his restaurant, checks the food which his cooks are offering and reduces the amount of tables/ guests to be served at the same time. Otherwise he will loose quickly his reputation and his business.
Drinks arrived quickly and cocktails delicious.
I had the peking duck to start, tuna steak as my main and was arm twisted (he didn’t have to twist to hard) into having into the chocolate pudding. I think my tuna was a tiny bit over cooked however I did not complain.
One of our party was a little disappointed at the size of his lamb off the bone special. It was fairly small. Other than that everyone was happy.
A friend recommended Euro Bar and Restaurant owned by Simon Gault who is in Masterchef New Zealand… read more on my blog with complete pictures: http://chicabel.blogsp…
The service throughout the night was excellent and the staff were extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine.
Simon Gault was cooking in the chefs kitchen and this really added to the overall experience; Simon took time to come and speak with us which was really appreciated.
The food was good starters consisted of SG’s crab and prawn and Chilean red king crab leg. The SG crab was a clever combination of jalapeño crème fraiche sauce / tobiko / tuna wafers, it was rich and creamy. The crab legs were succulent and sweet and were accompanied with three butter sauces. However I thought the sauces were quite bland and despite looking different tasted similar.
Simon sent us an amuse bouche as an extra and the flavour was delicious just the right temperature and perfectly seasoned.
Mains were lamb rump and market fish. The lamb rump was cooked perfectly and very tender accompanied with caramelized cauliflower purée / raisin & almond caper salad . The market fish was delicious with a herb crust, again succulent and perfectly cooked. Two puddings to finish a Mandarin tea sorbet and an apple terrine. Both presented amazingly and very delicious.
It was quite an expensive evening but I believe the overall experience was worth the price. Its not somewhere we would eat regularly but will return on our next visit to Auckland.
only down-side was that the service was quite all over the place – very well-meaning, but over the top and just ended up almost abrasive, waay too long between wanting to order and having multiple visits from various verbose servers. surly maitre-d.
but anyway i was there to eat and man the food was sooo beautiful.
–PS. After reading this the general manager got in touch with me straight away apologising re my comments on service. I really appreciated that. Overall my experience at Euro was a very good one, and that reaction to my review made me feel even more confident that this is a great place to dine. (what a great service MenuMania provides to allow restaurants and their customers to interact like that)
I had the rotisserie chicken which I would go back for just for that! chicken was so tender and even the mash was so flavoursome!! My partner had a lamb rump and he left one piece for last cause he didn’t want to eat it, it was so good and tender. not often you get lamb or beef cooked correctly.
I would highly recommend.
From the oysters and pound of prawns as starters through to the rotisserie chicken for main, all was excellent. For something different try the Mojito – rum baba for desert.
We will be heading back soon.
PS: the pricing is good value for the area.
Nice atmosphere and service to match the location, but the food was underseasoned, and I’m sure that my dessert had pepper on the violet meringue.
Sorry, I won’t be returning, Auckland has many more options to choose from.
Euro however, it was very noisy I found it, it was hard to talk in between and the tables were close to each other.
The food was OK, not to forget my partner had food poisoning that night ( not knowing the cause ) We had bread ( was ok, just like my bakery bread from countdown ) and had a S&G prawn for my partner as starters which was OK. And I had the calamari wrap which was just OK too. I thought skycity wowed us way more. However we did look forward to our mains. My partner got a eye fillet, was very small ( i know its a delicate but come on, for the same price, skycity was better!) it was wonderfully cooked though. I had the john dory fish of the day, it was good. too salty for me and the risotto was too chessy(sauce poured over) and was just overwhelming having two very salty. Wasnt impressed. Had a salad side and potatos, potatos were nicely cooked.
Overall everything was just OK. Skycity wowed me with their food and expertises and it was a nice quiet view along with a nice quiet dining experience which both me and my partner preferred.
Altogether it set us back $197. We gave $200 and she just took $3 as tip( not asking btw which was rude )
At skycity we got a full package for valentines ( even though we only had a choice from around 3-4 entrees and mains ) and we had an dessert at skycity too because it was part of the package, i got a rose and to look out at the conservation level while waiting for our tables for free. Parking was also discounted while it cost us about $13 on the viaduct.
So overall I would not return. Too busy, but food was good.
The food was beautifully prepared and cooked to perfection. Our waiter Michael was attentive and very knowledgeable and helped us choose the perfect meal. To cap it off, Simon Gault came to our table and chatted briefly. We could not have asked for a better evening.
Many thanks, Brian and Pam
The only small issue we had was our side dishes never arrived, however we were not charged for them and were offered a discount.
Euro definitely sets the standard for service for Auckland restaurants.
I had the most amazing soup I’ve ever had in my life – cauliflower and truffle oil.
Colleagues had the oysters, which were beautifully presented, and fish.
We even had a side of the vegetables of the day – who would have thought brussels sprouts could taste so scrumptious.
Great service, tasty meal. We’ll be back.
And our waitress was over the top! We had an international business associate with us and I cringed a few times whenever the waitress started getting overly passionate about the food…gosh talk about being in love with food !
The food has always been delectable and I have tried 30% of the menu, but nothing beats their service, especially Nicole.
I haven’t been since the relaunch and wll have to get back down to sample the menu and enjoy the service.
Even with the changes to the menu (has become more steak-house style) we still love it.
We end up getting the same things every time though – have only tried some of the other menu options on one visit.
We love the fresh oysters, breads and dips, jalepenjo crab and prawn dish, I LOVE the duck – hubby usually gets the steak.
I did find the signature chicken dish a bit dry but the slaw was great.
The service is impecible – the staff recognise us and remember what we order – they also know where we prefer to sit.
The wait staff we have had have all had a great knowledge of the wine list and have been able to recommend us some stunning pinot noir.
We will be back soon to enjoy again!
the food was OK,but the presentation was the same as the pub near my house,so for a restaurant who pretend to be a fine dinning destination i was really disappointed specially when i saw the bill arrive!!
I think when you charge more than $30 for a main the customers deserve a minimum of presentation on the plate!
i am not ready to go there again until i heard they change their policy.
I think it’s a canteen for rich people.
When i go out for dinner in a fine dinning restaurant i expect a lot more than they give to me last Tuesday.
Simon Gault need to work hard on this place.
It’s pub food sold for a fortune!!
The service was mixed my friend didn’t want potato but the request was ignored.
We will try again for old time sake hoping it was just one of those nights