Orbit Revolving Restaurant, SKYCITY
(Sky Tower, SKYCITY Auckland)
Auckland City 09-363 6000
Indulge in the highest High Tea in Auckland while…
- Brunch: Sat & Sun 11am-2.30pm
- Lunch: Mon – Fri 11.30am-2.15pm
- Dinner: Mon – Sun 5.30pm-9.30pm
- Dessert only: Mon – Sun 10pm-10.30pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Scenic View
- Private Functions
- Romantic Dining
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Formal
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Gluten-free
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Stunning views and food to match – Orbit Revolving Restaurant is situated at the top of the Sky Tower, 190 metres above the ground. The dining room rotates once every hour, providing a truly unique experience and amazing 360-degree views of Auckland City.
Combining stylish décor, a delicious à la carte menu and 360-degree views, Orbit stands out as a top dining experience.
Plus enjoy free Sky Tower admission to the Main Observation level when you dine at Orbit (normally $25 per adult). Sky Tower admission for Orbit diners is limited to 45 minutes prior to dining and/or upon completion of dining. The Sky Tower’s Observation Levels close at 10.30pm Sunday to Thursday and 11.30pm Friday and Saturday.
41 Reviews for Orbit Revolving Restaurant, SKYCITY
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The staff are Excellent, the quality of food to match, and the setting is like no other.
I really like this place.
if only I could afford it more.
One of Auckland’s Exclaimation Marks.
Kingfish tartare – was served in a attractive dress and afforded gentle easy bites of the flesh underneath. Its avocado-wasabi top-layer ,crowned by orange caviar, sent forth creamy sharp waves and the immaculately done tartare ,which had the texture of soft grapefruit, was well complimented by cucumber, lychee and other whispering dainty accoutrements.
Salt and pepper squid – This dish is right up there among Kiwiana items which restaurants mess up in cooking. The specimens served to us were excessively chewy and flavoured without distinction.
Burrata M – The mozzarella’s voluptuousness was sculpted expertly by chilli and lime. Admirably dressed tomato and fig gave requisite vegetal freshness, and when it was all eaten in one forkfuls of composites, it gave me one more reason to respect the fine country of Italy.
Ambience – You get fantabulous views of the city of sails, enjoyed with a cool glass of fine white wine. Downtown high-rises give way to the gestalt of the harbour,the Auckland bridge, a sea-surrounded sprawling hill in the yonder and the one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest marinas. Burnished shades of white and turquoise are shot through with rays of the post-meridian sun, and the coastal waters sport yatches and the scenic tracery of motorboats. But to get a perfect score, the restaurant’s interior decor should have been smarter. The circular restaurant rotates around its axis, thereby competing a 360 degree sweep of the city every 50 minutes and everytime the unenthralling suburbia came around,MoreI felt like tinkering with the rotator-motor and adjusting it to only do semi-rotations of the ocean-side “money shots”.
Mains -”Grilled market fish” was very likely produced at a time when the market was down. The fish taxed the teeth too much and the risotto did not pay dividends either. Peas, ginger and rock oyster creme did not significantly remunerate the sauced rice, and it only assumed a nominal savouriness when the the black circumference of squid ink was blended into it.
I’ve had the privilege of tasting salmon of finer flavour than the Akaroa harbour variety served here (the server had made prior enquiries whether it was acceptable to us if it was served medium rare) ,anyway,I gladly concede that it was splendidly soft -its texture was easily the one remarkable aspect of all the 3 mains at the table.
Whatever be its digestive function, the Rangitekei corn-fed Chicken was clearly uncomfortable at the height we were in, and I suspect it’d have taken a chef of higher caliber than this kitchen’s ,to accord it the required wings. It was probably scared stiff, which explains its semi-tough texture. The kumara, though again a earth-hugging specimen, was more confident – it was persuaded into becoming a serviceable galette.
Service – is average. That’s the potential disadvantage of having stunning views- the staff loaf off and let the vistas do all the work.
Dessert #1- Demonstrating use of local sustainable cuisine, a cloud from the nearby sky had been plucked,cut and compressed into discs,and these excellent white meringues sandwiched lemon curd which was exquisitely well-behaved in eschewing any excess sourness. It lent itself neatly to the chilled zip of the lime sorbet, but the earnestly striving passionfruit coulis should have been subtler.
Tarte Tatin – This upside-down pie had deliciously soft apple slices,moistened with shifting shades of sweetness.A touch of chantilly cream and cool dollops of vanilla ice-cream intensified the delight factor,while swirls of caramel sauce rounded out this winsome quartet.
Tariffs – Averages work out to NZ$ 22 for starters, $37 for mains, and $16 for dessert. We availed of the truly VFM “Express Menu” offer of $49 for an entree, main and a glass of the elegant house white, and ordered the desserts separately.
The main courses proved to be the tipping-point- unfortunately,the kitchen suffered a jet-pack failure in making them reach empyrean culinary heights, and inadequate service further undercut our pleasure. As Orbit turned again towards Downtown, there came into view a rare sight in a Western country -a cricket field. And I wondered in mock rhetoric- this joint has so much set up for it – then why doesn’t it hit most of its offerings out of the ballpark?
I have dined here with celebrities from overseas and my lady friends, and have never had a bad time here
Always book your seats 30 minutes away from sunset!
Wait time: 4/5
Food Quality and taste: 4/5
Price range: $60+ pp
Sadly the food is shocking, and the prices are exorbitant for what you get!..
We booked a table of 12 for a Birthday celebration, the service was EXCELLENT! but sadly the quality and presentation of the food from the Kitchen was seriously lacking.
All I can say is go there for the view and the drinks because you will be disappointed with your food!. Here’s a brief rundown of what we ordered:
The salmon = rated excellent by all who ate it
The seafood platter = This was possibly the worst item ordered, it was dismal presentation, we got about 5 slices of pre-packed smoked salmon slices, a bit of lettuce, a few small mussels, we had to scratch for the Lychee’s, some fried potato slices, and a few slices of some other raw fish. This ONE plate cost $50.00!
The Corn fed chicken breast = Was dry and over cooked.
The Calamari starter = was terrible, I’ve actually had better calamari at Pub Grub spots than this, and they charged a whopping $21.00 for a small entree of it!
The bottom line is don’t go here and expect good quality food!…The chef needs to be fired!
The waitress did not introduce her name, was impatient and had an attitude almost like we didn’t matter. I ordered “one of every main and one of every side”. We even let her put that food order in before coming back to order our drinks. Pretty hard to think it would screw up right? Wrong, she managed to forget a spaghetti. I asked her “I think we’re missing one”, she replies “1,2,3,4,5… oh the spaghetti” then goes off. No apologies, no nothing. She even managed to get her supervisor to serve the missing order to us. We weren’t even asked how our meal was. Nor were we offered to see the dessert menu or have any coffee or tea, hell, our empty plates were even half cleared. So we left, I came back and asked for the check her attitude was as if I was asking for spare change.
Everything was great, just not the service.
got charge 110.00? Ah who cares I can just say I paid for the view indeed.
I was impressed with the service, our waiter always had a smile on his face, greeted us quickly and really made the night.
the scenery is obviously amazing! and worth the experience.
I really liked the entrees we got they looked amazing, and tasted wonderful. I was less than impressed with the mains, i had the eye fillet, sposed to be cooked medium rare, it came to me a little above medium. and the plate looked very bland. I was hoping for something a little more colourful and fancy, instead i got an over cooked piece of meat that i could get from a local restaurant at half the price..
All in all I was happy as marco (I think that was his name) was so good at his job I couldn’t complain!
All in all though we had a wonderful evening and will definitely be coming back, such a place shouldn’t have it’s reputation tarred by one such experience. If you want the best view of auckland and superb NZ cuisine, orbit is your place!
Dined last Saturday which turned to be a busy night there, we were asked to take a seat in the lounge as the table wasn’t quite ready and the drink list given promptly. Ordered a drink but before it arrived the table was set and the drinks taken their instead. We didn’t manage to get a window table but the view was just as great. Food was cooked perfectly and 3 courses for $69 was a great deal. They also had an offer of 2 glasses of wine with dinner for an extra $20 but we were making a night of it so went for the bottle. Staff were friendly and attentive but not to much in your face and looked as though they all enjoyed their work. Yeah they may have from time to time stopped and had a little laugh to themselves but nothing more than anywhere else we have dined. All in all an enjoyable night and we are sure to return.
The food was lovely but the service was below average – compared to our previous experiences.
Firstly, dining in Orbit last night, felt like we were dining in Dennys where the waitress pretty much asked what we’d like to drink and did not explain anything properly i.e. We did not know whether or not we had to order my desert at the beginning or nearing the end.
Secondly, we saw a waiter scratch his behind and pull out a “wedge” – I don’t think you’re suppose to do that in an area where the customers can see this – its quite unhygienic.
Thirdly, having staff members yell across the room to communicate was a bit disturbing – we felt like we were in a fast food joint – my partner and I specifically dined at Orbit to avoid this as our experiences in the past have been to a high standard.
Fourthly, we probably would not have mentioned this if the service was of a higher standard but viewing PDA (public display of affection)between two staff members whilst you’re waiting for food is quite disturbing – We’ve never seen this occur between two staff members in ANY restaurant including McDonalds.
Fifthly, hearing a staff member saying the word “shit” to another staff member was appalling. If you’re going to use that language – use it quietly so customers don’t need to put up with it.
Sixthly, we overheard a staff member complaining that she was still waiting on one more table before she could finish her shift – I do not think we should have had heard that but it was quite hard for us to not hear it when she was only 2/3 feet away.
And lastly, being asked if I wanted coffee/tea OR my bill whilst my partner was still eating her desert was appalling – We’d never felt so rushed before and it was only 10:45ish (we were seated at 9.30).
Now for the issues:
1. Stupidly over priced. Does lighting the skytower really cost that much?
2. Dull eyed, disinterested staff. No love or enthusiasm.
3. Scallop starter bland and grey. $19 for complete garbage.
4. Pork belly tasting like it had been cooked by a street side pigeon broiler, with a crackling layer the consistency of pork pie jelly.
5. Sides:a bad joke.
Won’t be returning and will go out of my way to convince visitors and locals that this is 360 degree ‘rip off NZ’.
Will add to this review later because the memory of dining there makes me feel so nauseous.
Shame on you SkyCity.
I had the salmon (which was underseasoned but well cooked and lovely and moist) and my husband had the snapper which was acceptable.
We ordered a side of fries, which were obviously pre-frozen.
The Cherry Peanut parfait was lovely, but the apple rhubarb crumble was a bit too tart.
We have been to Orbit countless times, and we are always feel utterly let down by the food, and often let down by the service, but the views are lovely and I guess that is what you are paying the rather high prices for.
The menu was rather limited especially for a vegetarian. They had only one main that did not contain meat. The dish was ok. It had a fancy name but essentially consisted of tomato and capsicum. It tasted nice – almost a little home cooked. Unfortunately home cooked was not what I expected – and paid for – from Orbit. A rather uninspired dish! Boyfriends pork dish looked – and he said was – delicious. For desert I had the jasmine tea sorbet in ‘berry soup’. Tasted very unpleasant! Boyfriend went as far as describing it as tasting like cough syrup! His desert was a sort of cheesecake with figs. The figs had a strange aftertaste. He found it was ‘ok’. Nothing more. Their desert menu seems almost a little try hard. They seem to have the view that the more unusual the ingredients and flavors, the better. Which I defiantly disagree with. Most of the deserts were very unusual – and not in a good way.
The service was all right. No hiccups but also nothing to rave about. I think the waitress smiled about twice the whole time we were there – but not once at us. She didn’t look at you when communication and seemed to want to be anywhere but here. This is fine – who likes work – but do Not show this to your customers!! Customers are paying for an experience – this includes the service.
The environment was great. Where else in Auckland can you have such fantastic views while dining!? (Maybe this is where the problem lies: They need competition!!!) The views were amazing and left a lasting impression. But we won’t be back unless we hear that the menu haMores changed and the staff area bit more up to it.