Monday - Friday: 6.30am - 10.30am
Saturday - Sunday: 7am - 11am
Monday - Friday: 12pm - 3.30pm
Monday - Sunday: 6pm - late
- Disabled Access
- Free Wi-Fi
- Alfresco Dining
- Event Space
- Corporate Events
With the warm embrace of humble tradition, Esther
brings the authentic tastes of the Mediterranean’s sun-soaked shores to Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. Perched by the marina, catching the fresh salty air, this stunning setting evokes the essence of a sophisticated European bistro. Inspired by travels chasing the food of the sun, renowned head chef Sean Connolly uses home-grown ingredients to share flavours that transcend
Sicily to Southern France and lure you towards the magnificence of Morocco. The open country-style kitchen sets the scene for
a homely welcome, with intimate, comfortable seating adding to Esther’s wistful European charms. Produce is theatrically prepped for a sustainable menu that focuses on local daily caught seafood. Honest simplicity and lively spirit are what make
this Auckland restaurant unique.
Get caught up in Esther’s wanderlust and drift from long lunches, into cocktail hours and dine late into the sparkling harbour-lit nights.
We had the most amazing main dish - lamb shoulder that just fell apart, duck fat roasted potatoes and the most amazing Greek style salad. A perfect meal.
Fabulous experience at Esther. Helpful staff, great flavour, good vibe! Will be back again and again!
Amazing spot, great food, and expert service.
Absolutely fabulous experience, what a welcome addition to the Auckland dining scene.
Sheldon looked after us perfectly, just the right amount of interaction. A true professional. The salt baked snapper was also amazing, the way it was delivered, and the flavour, delicious. Bought back memories of our trip to Croatia. Thank you, we will be back!
Beautiful experience + delicious food! We loved our dinner at Esther Restaurant and will be recommending it to everyone we know. A gorgeous setting, divine dishes and friendly + helpful service. We can't wait to come back!
Something for everyone and beautifully cooked. Perfect steak for men and extremely tasty vegetarian options. Leave room for desert.
What an amazing atmosphere! The food was divine and the service outstanding! Looking forward for my next visit.
The table for 2 very small, the chair not comfortable. The tomahawk lam was average, it didn’t look like spring lamb, service, specifically Ricardo was great
Amazing food, fantastic people (thank you Isaiah for looking after us so well - it made that night), beautiful fit out and ambience.
As soon as we came in, we can already feel the buzz of the place and the staff. We were lucky to have been served by Oliver who was superb! We haven't decided what to order so we let Oliver order the food for us from entrees to mains. He was patient in explaining each dish and the story behind it. His natural hospitality made us all feel welcomed. I loved the food especially the lamb kebabs on rosemary stick and the beef dish. The comtemporary classic design of the place amazed me. We went to the roof top bar and it was jam-packed. Staff were also awesome. Oliver's customer service is unbeatable and that would draw me back to Esther.
Fantastic food, great service from Nicole, thanks QT team! Will be back :)
Amazing! Highly recommend and would absolutely dine again
We experienced the best and most friendly personal service we've experienced in Auckland in a long time. The food was delicious and beautifully cooked and presented .We will definitely be back
Second time in a week, still fabulous and an exciting restaurant
Had an awesome time wineing and dining... good to see sean on the floor and an awesome atmosphere where you can see the chefs cook. Food was simple and value for money but did not lack in flavour. As a chef this is the place i want to come and eat on my days off and service was that of a fine dining establishment.
The food was absolutely lovely and the customer service was excellent! We had a lovely server (who had a gorgeous American accent) and she couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly if she tried. Our family came in to celebrate my daughter’s birthday and she sneakily came over to double check who we were celebrating before then coming over with a little Happy Birthday treat from the chef. Great atmosphere, and having Sean Connolly come over and cut our T-bone steak was the icing on the cake. Would definitely dine here again.
The food was absolutely fantastic. Great to have another world class restaurant in Auckland.
Fabulous experience, exceptional space, felt very international - really enjoyable experience
You pay for what you get and Esther is worth every penny you pay. I can not fault the service the staff are amazing... A+
Excellent staff service
Really enjoyed my night food was great main waitress was great but wine arrived after main finished felt like rushing us. Felt like they were more interested in who was who that was there not who was actually paying Very much felt unloved
Absolutely outstanding!!! Freshest ingredients, amazing flavours and spot on service. Being from Europe I always missed good Mediterranean cousine... well that’s better then anything I had in actual Mediterranean!!!
The attention was incredible... and the food was delicious My only comment would be that we order 2 main dishes and they came at different times...
Great food and atmosphere. We will definitely be back!