Live Fish Seafood Restaurant
(North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter W2.1)
Auckland City 09 373 8872
- Mon – Sun 11am – 11pm
- Business Dining
- Scenic View
- Out Catering
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 160pax
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
- Wi-Fi: None
Home of the freshest local NZ seafood, choose your seafood live and serve on to your table. We also have a good range of other gourmet meat and vegetables dishes to suit everyone. Choose from crayfish, clams, crabs, fish, abalone, oyster and many more, with many choices of cooking style and yet we keep the most delicious authentic Chinese cuisine.
Indulge in our large selection of beverages: Espresso coffees – We use only the best coffee beans, Pizza O’Doro (made in Italy), along with our professional and award winning baristas to make the best coffees in New Zealand. Beers – Local beer such as Steinlager, Lion Red, International brands such as Tsingtao, Kirin and many more selections. Wines – We careful chose our wines to match our Chinese cuisine, such as Kopiko Bay, Huntaway, Church Road and many more Cocktails – We have skilled top bartenders with lots of flair that makes fantastic drinks.
Live Fish Restaurant & Bar opened on 15 August 2011 on Waterfront Auckland, in the North Wharf complex at Wynyard Quarter. Livefish Restaurant & Bar.
27 Reviews for Live Fish Seafood Restaurant
30 minutes until a menu came (after asking)
Over 30 minutes later one starter turned up (after asking)
Another 30+ minutes later the other starter turned up along with the main (after asking)
The staff do not speak English well which was a big problem and probably the reason I was the only white person in there. There were Chinese people who were waiting a long time too however.
The starters were fine, in fact the pork dumplings with gravy sauce without MSG was very nice.
The main of fish with tangy Thai sauce was poor. The fish was dry and the tangy Thai sauce was nothing other than supermarket sweet Thai chilli sauce. The very opposite of what you expect from freshly killed fish, and the sauce was a cheap & lazy touch.
The other main of Beef with Chilli was nice but I’m sure it’s hard to get this very common Chinese dish wrong.
This restaurant is in an area where people from all over the world visit and yet they do not enter, presumably after reading or hearing reviews. The diners were 99% Chinese/Asian. What a waste of a business.
After waiting for over an hour, we asked the waitress how long the meal would be, were told soon, asked again after another 20 min, finally after a two hour wait the food came out, the local fish and chip shop would do better.
After my child bit into the fish they complained that it smelt, I smelt it myself and it wasn’t pleasant (must have been days old), after other child found bones in fish I had finally had enough and left, worst restaurant I had ever been to in the world! It’s that bad.
People at table beside us also were not happy.
We had diamond shells to start with which was so delicious, and for mains I had salmon fillet and my partner had venison with ginger and spring onion. It was so fresh and so delicious, and what I liked most was it had no MSG.
When passing the kitchen I realize it was small hence the food delay, they could do with a larger kitchen to cope the size of the restaurant.
The bathrooms are clean but don’t quite match the high standards of the restaurant ambiance.
Overall very pleased with my night out with my partner, would highly recommend anyone who loves seafood or simply Chinese cuisine. It’s rare to find service staff so friendly and efficient especially in a Chinese restaurant.
We spoke with the Duty Manager, Bobby, who assured us they had changed many things and would look after us. He kept his word, food, service and atmosphere were all excellent.
We met at the restaurant and talked for a while, the children surveyed the fish in the tanks, and the entrees were served when we requested them. The seafood platter for adults and children was well presented and tasted good. The adults also enjoyed the mussels with garlic sauce.
The children demolished chips with a dipping sauce, and chicken fried rice with no egg (one of the children has a reaction to egg, no problem, they accommodated this request). The children played outside and the adults requested a delay before the mains arrived, again, this was no problem.
The squid with black bean sauce was cooked to perfection. Scallops (served with seasonable vegetables) were large, juicy and plentiful. Prawns stir fried with ginger were tasty. Lamb cutlets with pepper sauce were an unexpected success. The chicken sweet and sour with capsicum was OK. Live Fish supplied one vegetarian meal and one gluten free meal as requested, both OK. Presentation of all dishes was good as was the speed of delivery.
We brought with us our own birthday cake which was served with excellent coffee and hot chocolate for the children.
We arrived at 1pm and left close to 5pm, the children moved between the play area outside and the restaurant, we enjoyed the food, good service and relaxed atmosphere. We will return!!
Marie Webster, Bayswater, Auckland.
The service, food and pricing was excellent…end of story!!!
Food was authentic, tasty and large quantities.
Service was efficient and pleasant…could smile a bit more though!!
For the ambinece, food and service the pricing was good…not too expensive.
Even the first visit a few months back was a pleasant experience.
The prawn ‘congee’ wasn’t congee-like at all. It consisted of a loose pile luke warm rice mixed with half cooked mushrooms and raw onions. On top was a crisp poppadom type thing and 5 very salty chilli flavoured prawns. When questioned we were told it was ‘fusion style congee’.
The deep fried snapper was dry and overcooked. And suspiciously close to undersized. I didn’t have a means to measure it but it was definitely shorter than my chopstick. It was basically deep-fried with a gross light brown gravy dumped all over it. Poorly prepared, poorly presented and of average taste.
The dim sum were ok, though its not the normal trolley type yumcha service so the range of the menu is very limited and speed of delivery is slow.
The best dish was probably the choy sum with oyster sauce!
I would not recommend this place. It is overpriced, and the food is bad!!
Unfortunately, it failed to meet my expectations. Service was poor, the food was bland and flavourless, and the price was ridiculous.
I think this is one for the tourists only. Avoid.
We placed our order. We waited for 50 minutes before we complained to the waitress. She then came back to us saying that 2 of our mains will be out in 2 minutes. those meals came out and i was still waiting for mine. i waited another 10 minutes and then i complained about my main and she said it would be out in 5 more minutes. all I ordered was chicken in black bean sauce with steamed rice. at this point i was very hungry and needed to get back to work as it already been over an hour that I had been away. My colleagues had just about finished their mains so I then cancelled my meal so we could get back to work. while paying for the meal the waiter was saying sorry and offered a $10 voucher. Which i thought was okay. but then i said dont worry about they voucher i just wont pay for my prawn dumplings(which were below average for an Asian restaurant) which were $5.50. he said no. i asked if I could not pay for them as i had waited for so long for my meal. he said no. i told him not to worry about the voucher as i would not be going back. i then reached in my wallet and only had $5. I asked if i could pay just $5 unless i had to use my card. he said i can play the 0.50c on my card.. really 0.50c?? it would cost them more to run the transaction. i was about to pay the 0.50c and then he said not to worry and looked in the tip jar to see how much money was in there. my guessing was just going to grab 0.50c from there.
Overall was the worst ever. do not go here unless you like waiting for 1 hour for average Deep Fried Asian Food
Our mains came 50mins after we ordered (whilst other people were receiving theirs whom arrived after us) and when they did arrive they were very average. The chicken seemed undercooked and was unsatisfactory. I only finished eating the meal because I had a strict lunch break and was starving. My friend did not even receive his main because it took too long to cook and we had to return to work. How long does it take to cook some chicken and steam some rice? Pathetic. The attitude that the waiter gave us when we complained and paid (!!!) for the meal was bad also.
Worst restaurant experience ever. Try every other restaurant in Auckland before this one. If you have been to all the others… Then just stay at home.
Staff are friendly and great customer service! Would def come back for sure.
Deserves A++ for the great food and service.
The diamond shell was definitely the star dish of the night, and I would highly recommend others to try. Other dishes were also cooked to high standards as expected from a waterfront restaurant.
As for the service/ambience, the staff were friendly and attentive, and the tables were well spaced to provide a relaxed atmosphere.
The relatively high price is expected from a high-end restaurant and I will definitely return to try the huge range of seafood Live Fish has to offer.
But you know what, IT’S NOT BAD AT ALL. Maybe the previous reviews were talking about the “old” restaurant. They’ve clearly improved on a lot of things. As we were having our dinner, I was a bit scrutinising the place, the service, food, etc. As everything was waaay waaay better than what was previously commented, I am giving it a 5-star!
The food was delicious! We got the seafood platter, salmon sashimi, mussels in creamy garlic sauce and scallops with vegetables. They were all tasty and me and my boyfriend left the place with our stomach filled and satisfied. The sashimi was so fresh! You can just tell. Actually, everything tasted fresh. In addition to that, I really liked their orange juice. It’s fresh too! It was full of pulp and flavour- not too sweet and not too sour- and it was cheap. We were gonna get paddle crab but unfortunately, they ran out that night.
Service was good too. Not the best but clearly not the worst either. The main waiter, I suppose, did an exceptional job. The others were okay, you can see one waiter per area of the restaurant just kind of standing by and waiting for orders, etc. So it’s good.
We’ll definitely go back there to try their other food.
This restaurant is worth giving a try.