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“Seriously good, seriously good value”

The Esplanade Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #318 of 2,345 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 9 June 2013

This is the second revisit to Esplanade since my earlier review. It is worth being sure when one's deciding whether to click on four or five stars.

I'm happy to award The Esplanade the full monty this time. The food was superb, the service was very good and the value is simply outstanding. Not only is there now somewhere top notch to eat in Devonport, even the notoriously flinty locals cannot complain about the prices.

The food stands comparison with the likes of Euro, Soul, Kitchen et al. But mains are $35 or under and a good bottle of wine can be had for less than $50. For Auckland, that's excellent.

We'll be going back. Often.

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Reviewed 5 May 2013

With Peter Thornley taking over in the kitchen, assisted by some of his crew from Queenstown, we thought it worth trying the Esplanade again after a looooong gap.

The place has enormous potential and I hear it is going to be closed for a full re-do over winter. In the meantime it still hits the spot food-wise. Unfortunately, the service on our visit was, well, missing. Our waitress seemed to forget us. Luckily the barman came to our rescue. Having pointed this out we were offered a free dessert and while not usually my thing the cheesecake (in a jar) was lovely.

I'm hoping the service issue was a one off and we shall definitely be going again.

By the way, the location description is misleading. The Esplanade is in DEVONPORT, not Auckland Central. Though, being directly opposite the ferry terminal, it coudn't be easier to get to from the CBD.

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Reviewed 4 May 2013

Over priced. You pay for each item soon adds up. Dont mind paying for a good meal but this was not one of them. Ordered the age steak. Med to well. Came med rare. Tuff. Very dissapointed.

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Reviewed 6 April 2013

Had the steak which was billed as a top pick. It was ok, but just that. Like that they had a good selection of beer and wine but the food was bland.

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Reviewed 24 March 2013

the food was devine, the menu well thought out. The ingredients of each course complimented each other. Absolutely beautiful large mains.

Thank Kay C
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