The Observatory Buffet Restaurant, SKYCITY – CLOSED
(Sky Tower, SKYCITY Auckland)
Auckland City 09-363 6000
Due to the exciting development of a new signature restaurant at SKYCITY Auckland over the coming months The Observatory Buffet Restaurant is now closed. We apologise for any inconvenience.Announced 1 year ago
- Business Dining
- Scenic View
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- 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: 150 per sitting
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
The Observatory Buffet Restaurant is now CLOSED. We apologise for any inconvenience.
For a dining experience with magnificent views of Auckland, take a ride up the Sky Tower to The Observatory Restaurant.
With stunning seafood and succulent specials the buffet style restaurant provides a unique dining experience. The restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch.
Please check the SKYCITY website for up-to-date menus.
Admission to the Sky Tower Main Observation Level and Champagne Mumm at Sky Lounge is complimentary for The Observatory guests 45 minutes prior to, and post dining. The Sky Tower Observation Levels close at 10.30pm Sunday to Thursday and 11.30pm Friday and Saturday.
15 Reviews for The Observatory Buffet Restaurant, SKYCITY – CLOSED
One small gripe that we had which was no fault of the restaurant’s was that a few of the guests were dressed a bit too casually considering a high standard of dress is requested, which is mentioned on their website and which I was reminded of on the phone when confirming our booking. Most diners were dressed formally to semi-formally but at one particular table I saw jandals (in mid-winter), trackpants, old t-shirts and the like.. it came across as disrespectful when most guests and the staff put in an effort to present themselves well. It did unfortunately confuse and ruin the ambience slightly and I noticed these guests were getting looks from other tables so I believe my group weren’t alone in feeling that way. I don’t mean to come across as a snob in any way but it should be obvious from the prices and the setting that this isn’t just your local Valentine’s down the road.
This place is more special occasion than weekly dining but it is a great place to celebrate and take out-of-town guests. Will be returning!
Visited June 2012
Visited March 2012
However the best thing for me here is the feeling of being in a very special place. It is great in daylight hours but simply awesome in the evening. The best time to book is early evening, when you can get the benefit of both. You really do feel like you are in your own little world, not being aware of most of the other diners around you as you enjoy the varied dishes while looking out over Auckland. If you havent been before, make sure you allow yourself time either before or after your meal to enjoy the views from the observation deck. Stunning and a must if you have visitors from o/seas. Such an easy way to show them Auckland and much more pleasant than standing out on a hill in the cold
It may not be somewhere you can afford to go regularly, but for those special occasions it is a must. Thank you again.
We booked for the second session for 7:45. Arrived at 7pm and was told at the base of the tower, the table would not be ready before 7:45. We arrived at the Restaurant at 7:35 to find only 2 other tables occupied.
This was a Sunday night. The Hot food was only luke warm at best, and had clearly been sitting there for many hours.
The only Roast was Ham, which had been sliced into tiny pieces, and kept under a heat lamp, which was now dry and shrivelled, but nearly cold. When I asked for Hot food, they heated a few slices in the microwave.
The vegetables were Broccoli and potato which were bot cold. There was battered fish and chips, again cold, and they had added spicy salt all over the chips rendering them way too salty and edible.
The lamb Ribs were mainly fat , and only tepid, the only hot food that twas OK was the BroadBill in Sauce. Even the smoked fish was very dry, and had been sitting out for ages.
The salads and cold seafood was OK, but was not fresh due to the time sitting out.
Desserts were nice, but the cream in a bowl had been over beaten and left sitting out to get warm.
In summary, the food was very disappointing, and choice on hot dishes was very poor.
The wait staff were overattentive, and must have been bored. They kept trying to clear plates while we were still eating from them.
I would not ever return.