The Grill by Sean Connolly
Auckland City 09 363 7067
Enjoy ½ dozen of bluff oysters with a glass of…
- Mon – Thurs 12noon – 2.30pm
- Fri 12noon – 5.30pm
- Mon – Sun 5.30pm – 10.30pm
- Business Dining
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year 2012 – SUPREME WINNER
Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year 2012 – Best New Restaurant 2012
Take time out at The Grill by Sean Connolly, a celebration of great food and good company.
For me, bringing people together is what good dining is all about. So at The Grill we take pride in offering you a relaxed, uncomplicated atmosphere. An atmosphere that complements our fresh, honest fare, simply prepared to let the natural flavours shine through.
From tender pasture-fed meat to succulent sustainable seafood, you’ll notice there’s a distinctly Kiwi accent to our menu. In fact most of the ingredients we use are sourced locally from specially selected New Zealand suppliers, along with much of the cookware and a rather special wine list. It all helps remind us to keep things simple and authentic – and helps keep the conversation flowing too!
In short, whether you’re looking for a casual lunch with friends or a sophisticated dinner with clients, there’s something to suit everyone’s palate. So come on down to Federal Street and enjoy life at The Grill. You’ll always be welcome here.
40 Reviews for The Grill by Sean Connolly
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I will never go back to The Grill, the whole place needs a major shake-up!
Why do these so called “trendy” restaurants with “awards” have to have poor service.
The staff are so corteous, they provide an excellent customer service to match the excellent meal!!!
I had the steak tartare, its very hard to find this dish in Auckland, and to find it and have it seasoned to perfection, it was the very first time!!!
I simply loved it, amazing!!!!
We were on the cancelation list, received a phone call to say we had a booking and were remembered when we arrived. An outstanding evening. Thankyou
I was expecting to be wow’ed and left very disappointed. We could have had a nicer meal down the road at Burger Fuel for a 10th of the price. I did give feedback when we left and was told “oh that’s a shame”
We have booked in again for next week.
Menu mania made booking very easy and effortless.
attitude and we might consider giving it another try!
Overall, The Grill does simple food – essentially steak and (their world famous duck fat) chips very very well. The service was attentive but not over the top and waiters and waitresses knew the answers to our many questions (what flavour is that sauce? which wine do you recommend?).
We especially liked the few added touches that add class to this restaurant – the complimentary bread at the start to take the edge of the hunger, and the offer to bring out all the steak sauces so we could try each of them with our meal (I think this was only because more than one of us was having steak).
The desserts were a little disappointing, with the ‘Elvis’ being the best one and that was more because of the interesting factor. The white, red and two of dessert wines were both delicious choices but one of the dessert wines was very acidic.
It is also a bit strange to have to walk out of the restaurant and down into the hotel to go to the bathroom.
In short, The Grill ticks all the boxes – food, wine, service, decor but it just doesn’t have that X factor, that “je ne sais quoi”. It is great but I won’t be repeating my experience any time soon.
The staff fantastic, thank you all.
Service was a tad slow given it wasn’t that busy but no major.
Thanks Sean for a great dinning experience, will book another night on line once I’ve finished this review.
We went along to do the 3 courses for $45 (as long as were seated before 6:30pm this option was available). $45 for THREE COURSES at this top notch food haven, people!
We were given our own little booth and the food was devine. Presentation was incredible as well – the chicken & oyster soup was presented in a deep dish and once the waitressed had placed the plate on the table, then the liquid was poured on top. We also watched a 60 second steak get brought to a neighbour’s table under a glass dome, very cool. Plus, to round off the visual appetite, another neighbour had a steak tartare made in front of him. Nice. I had the pig terrine (decent) and then the duck ragu (yum, although could have done with more seasoning). But the dessert topped it off – a lovely treacle tart (made perfectly) & custard.
Being so early in the evening there weren’t many tables filled once we got there, but it soon was quite busy/full by the time we left at 8. The decor was simple but nice. The staff wore chef’s jackets actually which confused me a little as at first I thought the actual chef had come to take our order! The service was impecable, as expected.
I don’t remember the music, so that obviously wasn’t much to write about.
The wine prices were the reason I have left off the last star for The Grill. Average wine for a high price, which pretty much doubled the price of the meal. But then again, if this place is a hot ticket item, they can charge what they like.
Highly recommend the $45 3 course promo while it’s available!
They are certainly not cheap, but they delivered us an excellent meal with excellent service.
Our mains were an eye fillet steak and the venison and both were cooked to perfection. The sides were very generous – each side could easily be shared between 2 maybe even 3 people.
For dessert we had the cheesecake (a great ‘upside down’ twist on a normal cheesecake) and the Banana Perdu (not as good as the cheesecake but still great).
The food was $143 all up, but worth every cent. They also have an amazing wine list with some great wines available by the glass.
Recommended for a special night out!
Also the cheese cake on the dessert menu is very different from the usual but is really special and the strawberries were a delight (and I dont normally believe that things with fruit even qualify as dessert).
The sauce I had with my nice steak was a bit strange tasting, reminicent of runny ezi cheese.
I dont think we’ll go back, but it was ok.
Messed up the bill and charged it twice and then had to be corrected
The service was first class from the moment we walked through the door, our table was a private booth which was intimate and gave us the impression of feeling a little bit like a celebrity.
The wait staff were incredibly attentive, knowledgeable and friendly.
One of the highlights of the evening was the steak tartar which is theatrically prepared at the table and just melted in the mouth. It was the first time for me trying this dish and I feel the standard has been set quite high.
We all ordered steak and it all came cooked to our exact specifications. One of our group choose the “study of beef” which is the chefs 3 favourite cuts of meat. It is quite interesting eating each cut and comparing. It is something that a true carnivore should indulge in. This was charged at market price of $120 but would easily feed two people. The wine list was well chosen and in the context of the calibre of restaurant, I thought there was a range of reasonable prices. The sides we ordered were the onion rings, duck fat fries, asparagus and broccolini , which were tasty accompaniments (especially the sauces on the green vegetables). We were too full for each of us to order desserts, but chose a cheesecake for the table to share. It was a delicious creamy mouthful that packed a punch with lemon and raspberry flavour. It was served in a more deconstructed style.
Overall, a really enjoyable experience and would happily head back again in the near future.
Our starter of Cambridge duck and foie gras pie floater was fantastic and we followed it with the Fiorentina T-Bone to share. The Sommelier’s wine matching was spot on.
Great place for a top-notch night out.
11 Feb 2012
We returned to The Grill with again great expectations. This time it was a bit disappointing. The service and duck and foie gras pie floater were just as good, however the steak was not as good and the pricing has dramatically increased. The steak Fiorentina T-Bone was $115 (listed on the menu as $85) last year and now it is POA ($165). Was a 5 – now a 3 star.
The cost ended up being around $75pp incl tip for 3 of us, we had a main meal with shared sides, a couple of glasses of wine each and a shared dessert, we even met the man himself which was a total treat!
I would totally recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great start to a special night out.
Perhaps, as we had no expectations, this set us up for a memorable and fantastic evening.
From the moment we stepped into this opulent restaurant we were impressed. I have dined at other restaurants designed by Andrew Lister and this dining room is equally as grand. The front of house team immediately showed us to a table, my partner was delighted as we were seated in one of the banquette tables on the ground floor and had an excellent view of the bustling kitchen.
We started our meal with oysters…mmm a great start to any meal. Following this, we had the Alaskan King crab and snapper ceviche, both of sublime quality. The king crab was served with a garlic parsley sauce, however, was so sweet it needed nothing. The ceviche was well balanced with a citrus salad. We both struggled to choose a main..everything sounded fantastic. Sean Connolly has put together a menu that is wholesome, delightful, basic, and true to its word! everything from double fried duck fat chips to the best mac ‘n’ cheese you will find…REAL FOOD!!!
We settled on the trio of meats..three of the chefs favourite cuts. The meat was cooked to perfection, melt in your mouth, with a smokey-charred exterior. We tried the fries and the mac’n'cheese (yes, we will be running for a week to ever look the same) but worth every calorie.
My partner and I shared a creme caramel for dessert, and this too did not disappoint. Silky smooth and the perfect amount of sweetness.
The service was some of the best we have received in Auckland restaurants, it was attentive, and smooth without feeling like we were being watched. Seamless! It feels like they have thought of everything, the bone napkin holders, sauce jugs shaped liMoreke a hollowed out bone, the one-off design steak knives.
I would 100% recommend this restaurant, we have re-booked and are taking some friends next week, some things are too good not to share.
Auckland or NZ for that matter has not seen a steak house of this league.
I had such an enjoyable meal, entree of pork spare ribs – fall off the bone, tasty, superb. Main was wagyu scotch, not the cheapest at $95, however this was the most memorable piece of meat I have ever eaten, and worth every penny!!!
We also had several sides between the table and the mac-n-cheese was a winner, the whole table raved about it. I was too full to partake in dessert, but going by all the other murmurs of delight from the rest of the party I guess that was outstanding too.
Amazing team, magnificent dining room and wonderful food. An exciting addition to the Auckland restaurant scene. We will be back.
For Entrees I was really looking forward to having the crumbed rabbit however I was a bit disappointed it was deep fried and served as a few nuggets. The duck pie floater was amazing.
For our mains we had the Rib eye fillet which was huge. Great value for money and cooked to perfection. Lamb rack was lovely and our side dishes of duck fat chips and onion rings were great.
Overall great dining experience and getting to meet Sean was a added bonus.
Great wine selection to choose from.
2 entrees and 2 mains and a bottle of wine you are looking around the $200 mark but it is well worth it.