Auckland City 09-378 9890
- Lunch: Mon – Fri 12.30pm – 2.30pm
- Dinner: Mon – Sun 6.30pm – Late
- Business Dining
- Conference Facilities
- Scenic View
- 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: 120
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
- Wheelchair Accessible: No
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy Auckland’s finest seafood restaurant overlooking the picturesque Westhaven Marina & Harbour Bridge.
For over 3 decades, Sails Restaurant has earned its reputation as one of the top restaurants in the nation. This has been through an uncompromising commitment to using the freshest ingredients, and retaining one of the longest-standing hospitality teams of top chefs and talented waiting staff. Numerous awards have been bestowed upon Sails Restaurant, for both its food and service.
Sails will also delight you with its extraordinarily extensive wine list, including rare vintages from the very best of NZ’s vineyards. Sails Restaurant’s professional Sommeliers will provide guidance for your choice from over 200 cellar wines on offer.
Sails Restaurant offers well spaced tables and a large, open plan room ideal for your next entertainment occasion – whether it be a business meal, a family occasion, romantic dinner, or a sizeable function.
The menu is broad focusing on seafood but with a choice of beef, lamb and poultry as well.
With extensive free parking right at the door, all these great things make Sails restaurant a stunning dining experience.
32 Reviews for Sails Restaurant
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Was very pleased at the generous number of bluffies given as the entree. I had 6 and the next time we dined there I had 3 pacific and 3 bluff. Fantastic.
The main courses are generous portions and delicious. The steak and chicken were well cooked.
The cheese board was a nice selection and chocolate fondant was equally as yummy.
Had a fantastic experience here and was very happy I was given the chance to dine there again. Definitely will dine for a third time!
The acoustics which are the achilles heel of many restaurants are excellent at Sails, making conversation a relaxing experience even on a night when every seat in the restaurant was taken, as was the case on the night we were there
This restaurant fully delivers on its promise in professional but personable way
Our out of town guests are still buzzing
It’s funny how people view things differently, as we had the same degustation menu as “Kerensa R” (see their rating below), yet we did get a window table (perhaps because it was lunch rather than dinner?) and we thought all the food matches were perfect. Even though each course was small, we left the restaurant having eaten sufficient, certainly weren’t hungry and didn’t feel bulging – just right!
Can’t wait for another degustation deal, as I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase again.
Gorgeous views out across the marina (floor to ceiling windows), and to the Harbour Bridge, Bayswater and beyond.
I noticed the excellent acoustics of the sloping ceiling make it easy to converse even in the packed-out restaurant.
Impeccable service by very professional and unobtrusive wait-staff.
Firstly, the service on the phone was rude. While the service by our waiter was good, the voucher meant you didn’t get to sit by the window even on a slow night. Since the view is the best feature, it lost something.
Secondly, the food was variable in quality, and some of the dishes just didn’t work.
The lobster bisque was lovely, but there was no bread. We were charged extra for hard, chewy, overcooked bread rolls.
The salmon dish was awful. They paired raw marinated salmon with lime sorbet, and it did not go. The lime sorbet was nice, but should have been served separately as an amuse bouche.
The duck was lovely, but no vegetables so we were grateful we didn’t order the matched wine, as we would not have been able to eat it without something other than protein in our stomach.
The lamb was nice, but hardly any vegetables.
The dessert was very mediocre. Given that I like chocolate mousse, I expect more for the price than a very ordinary mousse in a tiny serving.
I think they pigeon-hole you as a voucher customer, and assume you will not be back, However, they are right in one respect – I will not be back for pretentious service backed up with mediocre food and poor decor. I eat out every week, but give this one a miss!
The service was a little off (the waiters were attentive but a little slow) but the food was, of course, amazing.
Everything was mouthwatering – from the complimentary canape (salmon, wasabi, orange and I think a powdered mozzarella) to the beetroot & feta side salad. I had the sashimi to start (no salmon, which I found interesting) and then had the terakihi with lemon gnocchi. I couldn’t go past the truffle fries either. One thing I noted that was a little surprising for such a high end seafood restaurant though, was there was no tuna steak on the menu.
The most interesting part of the meal however, was the clientele to watch; we had a bride in her puffy dress at the next table, there were woman with rocks the size of their launches (I’m sure) and then quite a few businessmen who didn’t really look like they were talking much business in between mouthfuls of wine.
Sails was a fantastic working week treat for a few hours. I’m just glad/lucky I didn’t see the bill after monitoring the orders on the table. I will go back I’m sure, but for a special occasion.
When we first arrived, we ordered a bottle of wine, and things seemed to be going well. The service from the waiter (sommelier?) who brought the wine was warm and friendly. However, no one came to take our order for quite some time. A waitress then shot up, dropped two tiny dishes on our table, and pounded off. We were rather surprised, not having ordered yet, but surmised that the dish was a complimentary amuse bouche of some kind (a cheese croquette with a smear of beetroot roullade). We could have clarified with the waitress, but she shot off far too quickly.
A little later she turned up with a salmon dish, and we realised something was obviously amiss. We pointed out that we hadn’t actually ordered yet. She left, and another waiter we hadn’t seen before turned up and tried to drop the same dishes off. We explained again that we hadn’t ordered yet, and he declared in a snooty tone that he had just assumed we’d ordered the degustation menu, since they’d previously dropped off what was apparently its first course. He then twice said “Well, I guess you’ve just got yourself a free course, good for you” in an incredibly arrogant tone – as if we were trying to do something dishonest. This made us feel very uncomfortable.
For the rest of the night this waiter managed to partially suppress his obvious disdain of us sufficiently to actually take our orders and bring our food, and the food was in fact fantastic. The tiger prawns were plump and tender, the scallops crisp and moist, and both fish dishes were excellent. The skin-on tarakahi with gnocchi and crab was particularly good. It’s a bit of a pity when the chef is doing such a great job, that a night can be partially ruined by one of the waitstaff acting like he’s auditioning for the role of “snooty waiteMorer” in a bad Hollywood kids’ movie. We’re unlikely to return.
As we’ve never had a degustation dining experience before we weren’t sure what to expect, and our biggest concern was regarding the portion size (from reading degustation @ other places). I can say that this is not a worry at Sails, the portions end up just right (the angus will fill you up) and the dessert wine we decided to have with the baked lemon creme was something I’m missing now as I’m typing this review. The voucher was worth it ($120 for two) and I’d definitely come back @ full price for a special occasion, and possibly with the paired drinks option!
They still seem to be resting on the laurels of their past reputation. The wait staff are cold and businesslike, the food is ordinary and the only thing that sets Sails apart is the location.
We hadn’t been to Sails for a while and took some visitors from overseas, wanting to give them a special treat. However we were embarrassed to find that this former gem has become just another bland restaurant in our absence. What has happened?
We won’t be back in a hurry when there are so many top notch eateries providing consistently high quality food and service. Sails, we have fond memories of good times gone by – but sadly now it is “Sayonara”.
We ordered two mains (Kingfish and Hapuka) both cooked beautifully, as well as 2 sides as well. My friend recommended the fries with parmesan and truffle oil – very nice. We also had the beetroot / goats cheese / hazelnut side as well.
My friend requested assistance choosing a wine and our waiter graciously asked another to help. He seemed very knowledgeable and the choice made was a good match.
Will definitely be back again soon
Main course was ordered and arrived promptly. Heavenly. Desert was brilliant. Great wine selection too!
A bit pricey, but always good for that special occasion.
AND THEY ARE BACK!!!!. WAS THERE FOR A PRIVATE FUNCTION AND HOPEFULLY THIS WAS NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THAT BUT DAMN THE MOJO IS BACK AND I COULDNT BE HAPPIER. NICE FOOD AND THE SERVICE DUDES ARE ENJOYING THEIR JOBS I THINK BUT WELL DONE SAILS. WE HAD A GREAT NIGHT AND THE FOOD…YAY!!!!!! WELCOME ME BACK…
Starting with the sourdough rolls, well made bread has been with us for several millennium and the joy of fresh bread is one of life’s simple pleasures. Followed by plump oysters, then onto the salmon with scallop ravioli, asparagus and a deliciously flavorsome broth. Finally the chocolate delice with a coffee parfait, this excellent dessert alone was worth going to Sails. The kitchen is working well at Sails. Highly recommended.
Always plenty and the fish is good.
Provided you are close to the windows it’s good venue but further back I would not be so sure
However saying that we will try it again next year
I wish there were more places like Sails