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O'Connell St Bistro

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3 O'Connell Street, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
+64 9-377 1884
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Located in Auckland's historic central business district, multi award...
Located in Auckland's historic central business district, multi award winning O'Connell Street Bistro is an intimate modern European back street Bistro. Awarded Best Wine Experience in the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2014 & holder of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2000. Reservations are recommended
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dined at O'Connell St Bistro 15 August, first time back in a few years and it was as good as ever - if not better. What a stunning example of smart, yet unpretentious dining. The staff were efficient and the food divine. A perfect spot for a romantic dinner, special occasion or for a fine night of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
K1Traveller
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Auckland, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Dined at O'Connell St Bistro 15 August, first time back in a few years and it was as good as ever - if not better. What a stunning example of smart, yet unpretentious dining. The staff were efficient and the food divine. A perfect spot for a romantic dinner, special occasion or for a fine night of dining. The restaurant... More 

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello K1Traveller Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent visit, after an absence of a few years & we look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Just had lunch there with my wife and really didn't like the main. Service and setting is very nice and warm. Both got squids entrees and they were very good with really nice /light batter. Maybe the entrees were a bit on the large side...which is probably ok because we had the smoked short rib of beef which was not... More 

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Denis A I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy our Smoked Short rib of Beef main course when you dined with us yesterday. We have had many positive comments about the dish & many of our Restaurant Month menu diners have raved about the dish, however we do accept that taste is a matter of personal choice. I am pleased... More 

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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The food was tasty but I found the items I ate to be either too oily or fried. Not a big fan of either. Bottom line is that there wasn't any item I had that wowed me.

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Jack M I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy your recent dinner at O'Connell Street Bistro as many of our diners do enjoy the dishes you had, however we do accept that personal tastes do vary. Thank you for your feedback. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

An otherwise good dining experience on a special occasion was spoiled by an appaĺing dish of black garlic gnocchi that was so overcooked the pieces had turned to paste. In the darkened restaurant it was hard to work out what had actually happened to the dish.

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Neville J Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. I'm sorry that an otherwise enjoyable evening was marred by you feeling that your gnocchi dish was over cooked. Our staff would have been more than happy to recook the dish or replace the dish with another of your choice if we had been made aware that you... More 

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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

the team at O'connell's bring the best of New Zealand produce to life. Simple flavour combinations, subtle but truly effective. Their food is equally matched by their exceptional service. It's a must try for any fine food lover.

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Kusal P Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad you enjoyed our menu & service during your recent visit to the Bistro & we look forward to welcoming you back to O'Connell Street Bistro again in the near future. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Valerio was amazing! He deserves a medal!! Very attentive and just why is expected from a great restaurant ;-) 1st time in Auckland and Valerio made it perfect!!! Thank you ;-)

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Jody1974 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad that you enjoyed your dinner with us recently & I have passed your feedback on to Valerio. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Ramat Hasharon, Israel
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Here in New Zealand for just a couple of days, and I got to the restaurant just by chance. Already the look of it from the outside was promising and I wasn't disappointed. the waiters were very courteous and professional. The atmosphere cozy and comfortable (although I believe that if the place was full, it would have been somehow more... More 

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Arielf44 Thank you for your review of O' Connell Street Bistro. We pleased that you enjoyed your recent dinner & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Monday night and we needed a good meal after a day's travel. We really had our luck come in with this establishment. Brave and exciting food, mixed with regular comforting possibilities. The wine list is excellent and the service faultless. I couldn't resist sweetbreads and venison. How often am I offered these? Not as much as should happen. Both wonderfully... More 

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello MelbourneObsessive Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent dinner with us, particularly our Veal Sweetbread & Venison dishes. We look forward to welcoming you back to O'Connell Street Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

New Zealand
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We visited O'Connell Street last night with our family (eight of us) for a birthday celebration dinner. There were eight of us with a wide range of food preferences and O'Connell St catered for all tastes. The food was superb, not over the top designer but great, tastes and so very well presented. No one had a bad word to... More 

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello benny001 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're pleased that your group enjoyed their celebration at the Bistro last Saturday night & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is my third visit , they do great food BUT they still continue to Jam you in the it's so uncomfortably cramped it spoils it, obviously they need to get the number of tables in the small room but they have gone too far and it makes the dining experience well below expectations and price. The tables are so... More 

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello techman33 I'm glad that you have visited us recently & still feel that we serve great food at the Bistro, however I do find it a little strange that after 3 visits the restaurant has become too cramped & you won't be returning again, as we have not added any additional tables (apart from our outdoor dining area, totally... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3 O'Connell Street, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-377 1884

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 29
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

Located in Auckland's historic central business district, multi award winning O'Connell Street Bistro is an intimate modern European back street Bistro. Awarded Best Wine Experience in the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2014 & holder of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2000. Reservations are recommended

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