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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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  • 168
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  • 59
    Very good
  • 19
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  • 4
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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
Great food and fantastic staff

We were lucky to get a table on a Saturday night without booking. So very happy we did. The service was exceptional. Considered and responsive but not intrusive. The food was wonderful. Lovely mix of flavours and beautiful presentation. The wine list was very good. Highly recommend this bistro. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Wrenander
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 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 

Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We were lucky to get a table on a Saturday night without booking. So very happy we did. The service was exceptional. Considered and responsive but not intrusive. The food was wonderful. Lovely mix of flavours and beautiful presentation. The wine list was very good. Highly recommend this bistro. A great meal.

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

Hello Wrenander Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your evening with us recently & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro again when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Bangkok
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

O'connell st bistro offers a good food. I could say that it was delicious but not that outstanding. The venison steak was nice, well prepared as I needed. The restaurant space was very small. It is a fine dine place but not too expensive.

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Hello Piichiez Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. I'm glad that you enjoyed our Venison dish when you dined with us recently. Yes, the Bistro is a small restaurant by some standards, but it takes it's inspiration from the back street Bistros of Europe, which are by nature, small & intimate restaurants. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

First visit to Auckland. After reading reviews and decided to try this restaurant, and it was within walking distance from our hotel. Nice decor. Staff were helpful as my friend has very strict dietary requirements. Great food as we expected. They also have an extensive wine list.

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

Hello YK2199 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad that you enjoyed your evening at the Bistro recently & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We went to O'Connell St Bistro last night, which was about 5 years since our previous visit. I'm pleased to say the high standard of this place has been maintained and even enhanced! Meals were really tasty and beautifully plated. Serving sizes were just right. The service was attentive and hospitable. Prices are what you would expect for a top... More 

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

Hello Matthew61 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your evening with us after a long absence of 5 years & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Went with a group to celebrate a friends birthday. Being a larger group we had the set menu. I was very underwhelmed by both my entree and main. The duck liver parfait was ok but I have purchased better from the supermarket. My fish main was overcooked and lacked the celeriac purée promised on the menu. My husband was equally... More 

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

Hello Lulubelleparkes I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy your evening with us on Saturday night. I have been in contact with the host of the birthday celebration & her feedback totally contradicts your review, as she particularly enjoyed the menu & service & has made a point of saying that she will return to the Bistro. I'm sorry that you... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Finally took my wife finally to OSB after going there for many years for lunch. The food was excellent, well presented and you did not feel rushed at all. The staff cannot be faulted, very attentive without being over the top. Nice intimate setting and quiet which is something a lot of restaurants have forgotten about. Definitely going back and... More 

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

Hello Greg H Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent visit & appreciate your continued patronage. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Yes OSB is considered fine dining from a price perspective but most of the mains deliver on quality and quantity for the price you pay. We went on a Saturday night and the restaurant was at capacity. It was rather warm with all the bodies so I don't think the heaters needed to be on too, but I do understand... More 

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

Hello Renee M Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad that you enjoyed your recent dinner with us & have noted the points raised in your review. With regard to the Pappardelle of wild Hare, we are surprised that your fellow guests found this under seasoned as the dish does contain both Pancetta & Parmigiano Reggiano,... More 

Sydney, Australia
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is a very good quality city centre restaurant -bistro. The guests are largely business folk and lawyers and accountants- but there are some nice regular people there.The food and service are excellent and beyond fault from the warm welcome given to an unbooked solitary dinner through to careful guidance on the menu and the plentiful specials -impeccable delivery and... More 

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

Hello Benny50 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad you enjoyed your recent dinner & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Went for lunch - midweek - quiet - needn't have booked. Ambience is cosy - but decor possibly is getting a bit tired. Staff were lovely, but (no criticism) showed a formality that suited the businessy clientele. The menu was classic bistro but with innovation at the edges. The blue steak was perfectly cooked - no mean feat. The Hapuka... More 

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

Hello DuncanGalletly Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad your enjoyed your recent lunch with us & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

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Address: 3 O'Connell Street, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-377 1884
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: Bistro

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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 15 - 30
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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