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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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  • 164
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  • 57
    Very good
  • 17
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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
Top quality

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Benny50
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

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 

Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Food is incredible. Wine list is both comprehensive and concise. If you can beer to go early, like me you can get 2 courses for $40 which was amazing value. I had pumpkin soufflé and smoked slow cooked braised beef with a port reduction sauce. Both "want to lick the plate" delicious. Service is excellent also in the 5 star... More 

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

Hello Ella R Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad that you enjoyed your recent dinner with us, especially our great value pre theatre menu & we look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We dined here for an anniversary celebration and overall enjoyed it. The detractions would be the service. The placing of the water jugs etc on the windowsill behind my partner's head meant that wait staff were constantly reaching behind his head and moving in close vicinity behind him to reach the water jugs which was quite disconcerting and distracting. Additionally... More 

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

Hello Discerning D Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad that you enjoyed our menu & have noted your comments regarding certain aspects of the service you received when you dined with us. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Huddersfield
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Having read the reviews and looked at the menu we decided to come here for dinner. We were not disappointed. The Queensland steak was tremendous, full of flavour, so regardless of the cost it was really good value. Service was good though I do have one criticism: I don't think waiting staff should be petting customers' dogs. This is a... More 

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

Hello StefanMark Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad that you enjoyed your recent evening at the Bistro, particularly the John Dee aged rib eye of beef, as it is beef of exceptional quality & is enjoyed by many of our regular diners. I have also noted your comments regarding the service & have spoken to... More 

Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
290 reviews 290 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I give it five stars for the exceptionally interesting and imaginative menu and for the outstanding service that combined a high degree of professionalism and knowledge of the food and wine menus. I did not find the actual food flawless. While the design and presentation were perfect there were in my view a couple of flaws in the implementation. I... More 

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

Hello What Thank you for your comprehensive review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're pleased that you enjoyed your dinner with us in March when you visited New Zealand & have also noted your comments regarding our Dauphinoise Potatoes & the Brussel Sprout garnish on our Eye fillet of Beef dish. I hope that you had an enjoyable & memorable trip... More 

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

What a superb meal. Friendly knowledgeable attentive staff. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Twice bake butternut soufflé 10 out of 10. The wine list is extensive and the help choosing a match was just right.

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

Hello Rick H Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your evening at the Bistro recently, in particular our twice baked Butternut Pumpkin soufflé. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Ringwood, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

We chose this restaurant on the basis of other TripAdvisor reviews as we do not know the City well. We weren't disappointed. Interesting menu based on great seasonal produce but cooked in an imaginative way. Interesting to discover that the chef is from the UK which may explain the choice of cheeses! Great local vibe, didn't feel we were in... More 

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

Hello AliTrev2 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad you enjoyed your recent evening at the Bistro so much that you recommended the Bistro to other TripAdvisor readers. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My wife and I had lunch here after we found out the new Head chef was from our old favorite restaurant, so we thought we'd give it a go. What an awesome venue ! We sat outside on our first visit and were looked after by a very nice kiwi lady(very tall!!) had the fish and clams. Food is as... More 

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

Hello Frankytaylor72 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent dinners at the Bistro with our new Head Chef Barry Armstrong in charge. We have had many positive comments since Barry started with us & we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I went for an aperitif with oysters and champagne ... all very good. I will again definitely. Very good service. Thank you Rachel your service was amazing.

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

Hello Andrea R Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent experience at the Bistro & have passed your feedback on to Rachel & the rest of our team. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Amanda 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 16 - 33
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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