Pescado Cafe & Tapas Bar
(North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter)
Auckland City 09 379 7576
- Mon – Sun 7.30am – 11pm
- Scenic View
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pescado Tapas Bar is an eatery on Auckland’s Waterfront, in the new North Wharf development in Wynyard Quarter. Pescado Bar.
22 Reviews for Pescado Cafe & Tapas Bar
The quality was terrible. Food came out cold, fries tasted like they had been sitting around for days and heated up in the microwave. Not to mention bits of fluff I found on them. Sick. My Cajun chicken came out as a slither of chicken and the majority of the plate was dry mesclun. So so disappointed! Don’t bother making the walk down there. The staff were average.
Not even going to get into the fact that it’s hardly Spanish. Throwing chorizo in a few dishes. Good job. My partner and I have lived in Spain and we aren’t the kind of people to go on about it and what Spanish food should be but I didn’t think I would be going to Pescado for kiwi food I cook at home any other day of the week.
Gambas al Ajillo – Prawns sautéed in fresh garlic & herbs, with wood-fire bread. 15.50
**salt and pepper prawns. not even a hint of garlic or herb. prawns were the frozen variety I have in my freezer for emergency dinners from the supermarket. tail on, granted, but I was expecting head on, swimming in olive oil and garlic! below average at best**
Chorizo – Sautéed Spanish sausages, served with button mushrooms, chickpeas & warm wood-fire bread. 15.50
**this was nice. mushrooms were bland alone, but all together, nice. good dish**
Patatas bravas – Double-cooked chunky Agria potatoes, topped with Brava sauce & alioli 9.50
**literal translation “brave potatoes” there was nothing brave or remarkable about this dish. deep fried spud with a drizzle of reduced tin of tomatoes (not even a dash of sugar to balance) no paprika, salt or pepper. very average at best**
Haloumi – Grilled cheese, served on green salad with sliced orange & toasted almonds 14.50
**this was a nice combo, but your average cook can fry a bit of Haloumi and put it on a salad with some almonds! I go out to eat the things I can’t make in 10 mins at home!**
Service: Okay. Not amazing. Not terrible.
Food: Okay. If you can’t or don’t cook or eat anywhere decent. We wont bother again.
Drinks: How is it they claim to be Spanish and don’t have 1 spanish beer on the list? **should have been alarm bells there!**
One last thing: the wine list is a joke. Given we live in a country with 100s if not 1000s of Sauvignon Blancs, why are there only 2 on the winelist? Ditto for Chardonnay. Bizarre.
Overall had a lovely evening at Pescado and will go back again!
All of this despite it being a very busy Sunday brunch. We were impressed enough to speak to the management and give them our thanks.
It’s odd that the reviews here are either very positive or very negative. Perhaps they had a change in management?
10 minutes later, the coffees arrived and said waiter left. Another 10 minutes later he comes back to the table to say that they are not serving breakfast any more, and even though he had given us the breakfast menu, there was no way for us to have anything on it, although we arrived at the restaurant at 10.55am (breakfast closes at 11am).
We weren’t interested in tapas on a Sunday morning, so decided to leave. When we complained about the shoddy service when we went to pay the bill, no one on the staff was interested, nor did they apologise.
Definitely won’t go there again.
I was a bit disappointed with the breakfast menu – really just a standard cafe breakfast menu, I expected some more Mediterranean options (there was one Haloumi dish and the big breakfast had Chorizo – I guess this was the Mediterranean influence?).
Food was good, one dish had to go back as the eggs were overcooked, but it came out again very quickly with them cooked perfectly.
Service was a bit lacking – someone at the table asked for another menu (they were still hungry) and it never came. No one came and asked us if we wanted anything else after we got our food/drinks, even though we were there for quite a while.
There is only one high chair in the entire place. Odd considering it is the closest cafe to the children’s playground. When we were there I counted at least 5 children in the restaurant – all sitting on their parents knees (except for the lucky one in the chair). Perhaps they are discouraging parents to come in.