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265 Ponsonby Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
(09)376 2516
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Sunday
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thu - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Absolutely fantastique!

My daughter and I had dinner at this wonderful French bistrot tonight. The place was full when we arrived at 8.15pm but we sat up at the bar for our meal. Being a Thursday night French Toast were playing. They are a trio made up of the renowned chanteuse Linn Lorkin with Hersh and Peter on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2013
Geofflawson
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Auckland, New Zealand
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

My daughter and I had dinner at this wonderful French bistrot tonight. The place was full when we arrived at 8.15pm but we sat up at the bar for our meal. Being a Thursday night French Toast were playing. They are a trio made up of the renowned chanteuse Linn Lorkin with Hersh and Peter on accordion & bass respectively.... More 

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Chicago Heights, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

On Thursday nights ( perhaps other nights) there is a trio including singer of French songs. Not a huge menu but everything on it delicious. The diners joined in the songs and the clapping. A great night out and a five minute walk from our hotel....the Great Ponsonby.

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Bend, OR
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This small comfortable restaurant with a completely French feel to it served us superb French cuisine with an excellent choice of wines. We were further treated to great live music. The whole experience was fun and memorable.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

I have been here several times now, for breakfast, lunches, platters and wine and dinners,,,this little gem has maintained it's excellence throughout, cool and bright in summer with nice private outside dining offered in the special little garden that is at the back of the restaurant and away from the road and i was pleasantly surprised when i went in... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012 via mobile

We both had poached eggs on the house speciality pancakes. Really well done and coffee was good too. Would go back when next in Auckalnd for sure.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

I love this restaurant! It's in our neighbourhood and we go as often as we can for fine authentic french cuisine, great easy-going warm atmosphere and attentive service. The menu is quite small but there are always specials and the crepes are great and very reasonably priced. The French cafe music on Thursday nights is just wonderful - masterful musicians... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

On Thusdays they have music, a trio playing French music. Fun atmosphere, all patrons clapping. Small menu but really good food. Try the aperitives! A very friendly experience .

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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Had a lovely lunch at la Cantine. Ordered the "Complete" (ham and cheese) and had an authentic french crepe, made with buckwheat flour, with a perfect golden-brown crepe! Tried as well the sweet "crepe Suzette" (probably the most famous crepe dish in the world) with orange juice and with a splash of warm Grand Marnier.... Yummy. The place is cute... More 

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Somerset, England
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

Serious kitchen, sure touch, excellent and knowledgeable service, vibrant atmosphere. Great live jazz on Thursdays.

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SW US
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

Short but excellent menu, covers all the French must-haves. Daily specials are handwritten on a board, excellent choices of regional specialities. Nice wine list. Great service, very friendly! Lovely atmosphere, very authentic French cafe style. The tarte au citron meringuee knocked my socks off!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 265 Ponsonby Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: (09)376 2516

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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