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O'Connell St Bistro

3 O'Connell Street, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
+64 9-377 1884
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Ranked #16 of 1,190 restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $19 - $39
Cuisines: Bistro
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
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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English first
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were here for a quick dinner but to be honest I wouldn't even return if you paid me. The service left a sour taste, I do not know whether other patrons received the same treatment for the evening. First, the first course was boring, plain and sad. The second course flared much better thanks to the excellent wine paring... More

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Whakatane, New Zealand
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The fact that this restaurant has continued on thorough years when so many others have failed largely speaks for itself. We dine here because of the consistently high standards that are set both in terms of service and the quality of food and wine. You cannot ask for much more than good ingredients prepared and served well and that is... More

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

Hello litigate Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your latest experience at the Bistro & look forward to seeing you again soon, when we will also be able to offer a much improved streetscape & outdoor dining. Kind Regards Amanda More

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The food is excellent and it has a great wine list and excellent staff (especially Clarissa!). Hard to fault.

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

Hello Simon B Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. It is always a pleasure to look after you & your guests. We look forward to seeing you at the Bistro again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More

Helensville, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

One of our greatest treats is "lunching". It has to be the whole experience for us, food, service, ambiance, wine, comfort. O'Connell Street Bistro ticks all the boxes. Despite O'Connell Street itself being in a state of destruction the day we went it was easy to access the premises. My coat was hung up for me and we headed to... More

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

Hello 1818Chrissy67 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro - we're pleased that you enjoyed your lunch at the Bistro. The road reconstruction on O'Connell Street is due to be completed in August & we are looking forward to a much improved streetscape, which will include outdoor seating for the Bistro. We look forward to welcoming you back... More

Galway, Ireland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Although the restaurant was very quiet, there was a large party in their private function room. We virtually had the dining room to ourselves. The service was first class, enhanced by a charming French waiter from Sancerre, who added touch of further elegance to the occasion. Attentive but not intruding. You know the scene is set when the opening line... More

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

Hello Alan S Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed our menu, wine & service & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More

Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

What a restaurant. All I can say is WOW, the staff professional and friendly, the food - DIVINE - Although pricey O' Connell is certainly a case of you get what you pay for. Excellent quality and service. You MUST try the venison, I have never tasted anything better in my life (and I have eaten at many top restaurants).... More

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

Hello 1Giorgio Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your dinner at the Bistro & made particular mention of our Venison, which is free range wild Fiordland Venison. We look forward to seeing you at the Bistro again when you next visit Auckland. Ciao Amanda More

Charlottesville
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Dinners at O'Connell's are saved for special occasions, but when one such night comes around this will always be my first choice in fine dining. With each return visit I am reminded why this is one of my favorite restaurants in Auckland. The food is delicious and consistently presented to a high standard. Service has always been attentive and knowledgeable... More

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

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

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

With the number of new places in Auckland, havent been back to O'connell St Bistro for a few years. Dinner last night was superb. Fresh Bluff oysters, scallops, rabbit, lamb and two excellent desserts were our choice. Enjoyed glasses of wine from their extensive wine list. Waitress was excellent - knowledge was provided when needed but not for the sake... More

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

Hello KiwiChris2013 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent dinner at the Bistro & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro in the near future. Kind Regards Amanda More

Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Dined here in a group of 7 to celebrate my friend's birthday. As other reviewers have said this is a really great restaurant. The food was amazing and the servings were a lot more plentiful than you get in a number of other fine dinning restaurants. I had the seared scallops for entree and then Beef Cheeks special for mains... More

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

Hello QualityController_10 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your evening at the Bistro & have also noted your comments regarding the wine service, which have now been addressed with the staff member concerned. Thank you for bringing this to our attention & we look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro... More

St. Louis
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This is a great restaurant. At 3 O'Connell Street, phone (09)-377-1884, off the beaten path, just up Vulcan Street east of Queen Street. Small dining room, nine 4-tops and 2 6-tops, reservations highly recommended. Attire should be dressy casual to business. Very expensive, but worth it. A great bar and selection of cocktails, and simply one of the best wine... More

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

Hello GreggSt-Louis Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're pleased that you enjoyed your evening at the Bistro & commented on our unique water conserving toilets ! We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More

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