Cnr Victoria and Federal Streets,
(09) 363 6000
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.
Saturday and Sunday: 2.30 PM - 4.30 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 AM - 2.30 PM
Monday to Friday: 11.30 AM - 2.15 PM
Daily: 5.30 PM - 9.45 PM
Daily: 10.00 PM - 10.30 PM
Essential on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Avg Food Spend
$$$$ per person
Set Lunch Menu
A high standard of dress is politely requested.
New Zealand Beef & Lamb Hallmark of Excellence 2006
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets
I went to Orbit Revolving Restaurant last year for a family dinner (five of us in total). I was lucky enough to have won a voucher which basically covered the whole night - it is very expensive! The food was amazing; all the dishes had great flavours and were well presented. The stand out meals of the night were:
- Grilled Market Fish with a coconut, lemongrass and seafood risotto and a spicy tomato coulis ($41);
- Five Spiced Confit Duck Leg with lentils, carrots, choy sum and a cinnamon jus ($42);
- Manawatu Coast Beef Fillet with puree, oxtail fritter, beans, peas and a pinot jus ($42); and
- Valrhona Jivara Chocolate Delight with a passionfruit centre, chocolate crunchy bar, yoghurt sorbet and freeze-dried white chocolate ($17.50).
All dishes were delicious. I highly recommend the grilled market fish paired with the seafood risotto. However, the best dish of the night was the Valrhona Jivara (which I looked up - it is 40% dark cocoa) Chocolate Delight. I am a mad lover of chocolate, especially Valrhona, so was particularly excited! Everything was perfect about this dessert and I would happily go back again just to order this!
The service was okay, but not amazing. We had to wait quite a long time for our food, which in the end was all right, because just staring at the view made up for it. However, they got our drinks order mixed up and were very stingy on the wine - one of my sisters went straight up to the bar and complained. They soon poured her another glass.
The best thing about Orbit is the view. With a 360* view of Auckland, it is simply amazing. I love that the area you sit in is constantly moving ever so slightly, so during your time up there, you get to experience the whole 360* view. Just be careful when you get up to go to the bathroom - you might not be sitting in the same place as before!
I really can't fault Orbit at all. Obviously the view was amazing but the food was just as great. My partner and I both loved it. Will definitely be going back. We thought that given the quality of the food, service and the top setting, it was actually well priced.
Possibly the friendliest wait staff in Auckland me-thinks!
We're out of towners and had a great meal here the other day. The sky tower is a true New Zealand icon, and being able to take it in from that perspective was truly memorable.
We'll be sure to tell all our friends about Orbit and pay the skycity restaurant a visit once again.
We enjoyed a lovely brunch at Orbit today. Aside from the best view in Auckland, the food was very good and the service exceptional. The big breakfast consisted of mushrooms, tomato, hash browns, eggs and sausage - all delicious. The french toast served with banana and raspberry compote was also excellent. We had a toddler with us and were happy to use the restaurant high chair which was sturdy and very clean!! Would definitely return to Orbit for brunch.
Orbit was our place of choice for our work do. We had reserved seats so had no problem getting seated. Service was attentive & on time. I had the set which was reasonably priced for 2 wine samplers, an appetiser, main & dessert. The appetiser was DIVINE - it was a duck & mushroom tart. The mains were good as well - we had to wait a bit due to high numbers but not too long . All in all, an awesome experience - especially since we were there before sunset when it was bright and at sunset when it turned darker :)
Nothing like seeing your city from 360 degrees, in slow motion, whilst dining!
More then just a novel idea it has to be one of the most spectacular places to have a meal. The views of Auckland are fabulous and even more so if you are lucky enough to be dining on a night where there is a beautiful sunset!
Orbit at the top of the Skycity Tower in the centre of Auckland city is a definate when you are entertaining overseas or out of town guests!
My previous review said it all. Almost! For our anniversary dinner this year we had the set menu. This consisted of creamy pumpkin soup and a glass of chardonnay; roast fillet of beef on kumara mash and wilted spinach and a glass of red wine; chocolate parfait. Worth the $65 each. Watch for the bottled water though at $8 a litre bottle! Waiters for very attentive. Watch for next year's review.
Service was very poor, wait staff running around the restaurant flicking each other with tea towels. Drinks order messed up twice, food took 40 minutes to arrive and was then totally over cooked, especially for Tuna. To finish the night off when we left our bill was messed up.
Expensive, over rated. Definitley left a bad taste.
Overall it was a lovely experience. Due to it's popularity we had to book quite a way in advance, but still only managed to grab a 8.45pm booking. The staff were pleasant and attentive when required, and a birthay card was even placed on the table prior to our arrival. The only thing I would watch out for if dining again, would be to make sure I took something warmer to wear as the air conditioning seemed to be set at a very low temp.
We have been to Orbit three times. Each time the food was excellent. It was our third visit before we realised that ordering just two sides ie french fries and salad was the cheaper way to go. Previously we had ordered two each which were much too big for us. So we shared them.
I have been to Orbit 4 times several years apart. Just recently went again and the food was as good as ever, service was great and the view is to die for.
I have found Orbit to be outstanding. It has a lovely atmosphere with dim lighting to embrace the spectacular view in the evening. I have always had a wonderful meal and walked away satisfied.
The prices are not outragous but still costly so you would only dine on special occassions. Would thoroughly recommend it.
Orbit is a great resturant. The service is great, the food is lovely and our meal was enjoyed by all.
The prices were not as high as we thought they were going to be; they were reasonable and affordable.
I would fully recommend Orbit to others and should be back there again soon myself.
The only thing that makes Orbit in the Sky Tower worth the visit is the view. The service was slow and unimpressive (we had to wait 10 minutes to order drinks even though the restaurant was empty) and the when the food arrived it was covered in oil -- excited my taste buds about as much as a damp brussel sprout at Christmas.
Recommended for the view, but certainly nothing else!
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