Since its doors opened in 2004, The Grove has secured itself as one of Auckland’s top restaurants with a unique approach to both food and service. With a passion for and expertise in the industry, owners Michael and Annette Dearth have gained outstanding recognition for the creation of this fine dining oasis. Michael and Annette moved to New Zealand from the United states after working in San Francisco. They love calling New Zealand home and are very proud of both The Grove and its sister restaurant Baduzzi. Michael’s influence is apparent throughout the wine list with interesting and obscure cuvée from all over the world and here in NZ. Michael has also embraced new age wine making and as such The Grove showcases a fantastic range of natural and biodynamic wines.


Chris and Lucile moved to Auckland from Melbourne Australia where they met. Chris has vast experience in Restaurants and hotels and has run such restaurants as Vue de monde, Melbourne and The Ledbury in London.

– Lucile is from Lyon in France, ‘the city of gastronomy’ as she likes to put it. Lucile has a passion for wine and brings a strong knowledge of French and European styles to The Grove. She studied wines in Crozes-Hermitage and having lived in both Australia and New Zealand has grown fond of new world styles as well as her beloved Rhone Valley.