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Having walked out of a restaurant further down the strip for rudeness we were pleasantly surprised by Pescado. There were 7 in our group and the restaurant was busy but the staff took a great deal of time moving tables together and sun shades until eventually they seated us at a larger table. The menu was interesting - you don't have to go for tapas - and delicious. The decor and ambience of the restaurant inside was charming. All in all a very pleasant experience and we were thorough enjoyed ourselves - far better than Jack Tar's.
Had a wonderful long lunch at Pescado yesterday and my friends and I were very impressed. Tried four different Tapas and they were all excellent. The winelist has a good selection of affordable wines and the service and ambience was perfect for a chilly Auckland day. I am confident in recommending Pescado and look forward to returning!
I am incredibly disappointed in the service here. Went to Pescado on a Sunday morning for some breakfast - the restaurant was about 3/4 full at the time. We seated ourselves, waited for a menu whilst the wait staff stood around, and when I finally managed to catch the waiter's eye and ask for a menu, he was apologetic and brought us the breakfast menu and to take our drinks order.
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.
Glad I tried Pescado myself before reading into the majority of the reviews here. Took my kids down to North Wharf this afternoon for a play and the promise of ice cream - I was quite keen for a few pints at Jack Tar or the Conservatory but both venues we're pretty full (especially for a young family of four) but Pescado had ice cream on the menu and the appeal of calamari and chips was too good to refuse.
The food (and movenpick icecream) was a roaring success, however the very highest praise must be passed on to the staff...you guys rock and are a credit to Pescado....well worth seeking out if you are heading to the Wynyard Quarter.
Went to Pescado for a business lunch a week ago. The area is lovely and the food was good (meatballs, chicken skewers were great, the prawn filos had no prawns) however, the service was pretty average. The first waitress was prompt and friendly, however, the another waitress starting clearing our plates when we said we were not finished, we were left alone for too long while we wanted to order more food and drinks, finally, when we did order more drinks, they appeared and were all put in front of the wrong people (based on the empty glassware in front of us, an educated guess would have sorted who had the coke/beer/wine).
So all in all, I think Pescado is a nice restaurant with good location, but the service has room for improvement.
Great tapas. We went to Pescado on a Friday night when the restaurant was pretty full but managed to squeeze in straight away at a table for two. Ordered a large tapas platter and the food was really tasty and quick to come out - no waiting at all?.. Nice atmosphere and good location - will definitely eat at Pescado again.
Simply awful. A girlfriend and I went to Pescado for lunch yesterday and were very underwhelmed by the quality of the food. The prawns were completely tasteless.....so much so we left over half of them....and the calamari was chewy.
We love tapas and were excited to try this new place in a prime location but will never go back to Pescado, unless we want bread and dips, as these were good.
I love tapas! Maybe having Mediterranean genes has something to do with it... and my mom's excellent cooking!When I go out for a meal with friends, I want to have a good time and eat well. Pescado definitely is a place for this. Their tapas were some of the best I have tasted in quite a while. They weren't overly buttery or salty, like many restaurants make them in Auckland. I am not a vegetarian but I don't like meat much - so I was really happy with the variety Pescado offered: crispy prawns with garlic, calamares, grilled scallopes, tortilla, grilled halloumi, and toasted hazelnuts that were super yummy! (Yes we did over order but were happy to pay just over $100 - with three glasses of wine - split over three, i.e. $33/head). Not bad when we have to pay almost $30 for two coffees and pieces of cakes nowadays! The atmosphere and food reminded me of rustic taverns in Tuscany. I wasn't bothered with the basic service. It's part of the charm of such places - unpretentious and simple service. I prefer it to another place where the service has made being Mediterranean (Italian, in my case) synonymous with rowdiness (I won't name names!).As one reviewer already said, this place has not been open long and a few hiccups are expected. Staff maybe need more training but their chefs seem top notch. I'll definitely go back again, with a bigger group for my birthday. It's a great space and location for a party. I just hope they'll organise an evening of flamingo dancers once they've settled into a good routine. Then again it may just be my Italian genes that aren't so nit-picky ;-)
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