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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    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
Most recent review
Superb Dining Experience!

This would have to be one of the best restaurants that we have had the pleasure of eating in. We were seated in the outdoor area on a very pleasant balmy evening. The menu was so impressive, it was hard to choose! We both went for the fish and it was delicious, along with the sides. Nothing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Sharipop
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Auckland, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This would have to be one of the best restaurants that we have had the pleasure of eating in. We were seated in the outdoor area on a very pleasant balmy evening. The menu was so impressive, it was hard to choose! We both went for the fish and it was delicious, along with the sides. Nothing ordinary about this... More 

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32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

They have a great single glass wine list and a great overall wine list. As far as I could see, there were no flaws in either! The lunch meal was exquisite, probably because they offered me Clevedon oysters au naturel with cucumber sorbet. The others had scallops and shrimps etc. A risotto was well liked by one friend but lamb... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Thank you to the Team at O'Connell St Bistro for the excellent food and service enjoyed by all 14 of us! The beef was cooked perfectly & a favorite of nearly half the dinner guests. The variety, selection and freshness of the entrees was also a hit. The wine matching was superb and we loved the outdoor seating. The team... More 

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

Hello Lisa T Thank you for your lovely review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your evening with us - especially our beef. It was a pleasure to look after your group when you dined with us last week. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Valais
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We went there because we heard that the steak tartare was amazing. It was indeed very good but the portion was very small and left us hungry (45 dollars!). It is served with "pommes gaufrettes" which usually are fancy chips but their version is just crisps really. And that came with a ridiculously tiny bread roll. On top of that,... More 

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

Hello Revesdailleurs I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy your experience at the Bistro when you dined, but feel the need to correct some inaccuracies in your review. Our steak tartare main course portion is 160gm of prime Angus Beef fillet & in all the years of serving the dish have never had anyone comment about the serve of the portion.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I'm going to start this review with the negatives. Actually....... That should be a singular negative. I had to wait a bit too long for our drinks a couple of times. That was the only let down of the entire evening. When it comes to professional staff and sensational food, O'Connell St Bistro is a total winner. The menu is... More 

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

Hello TheBishopsAvenueN2 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed our Gravlax Hapuka & Steak tartare dishes when you dined with us. Our Steak tartare is renowned as being one of the best in Auckland and is a permanent fixture on our menu, as well as being a firm favourite amongst our regular diners.... More 

Vonore
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The O'Connell Street Bistro is a tiny gem just one and one-half blocks off the main shopping street, Queen Street. The servers are attentive and, and they are prepared to discuss the menu including how items are prepared, whether they are standards or recently added, etc. The wine list is a good one with area and imported wines and a... More 

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

Hello Barton W Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad that you enjoyed your recent experience at the Bistro & wish you an enjoyable visit to New Zealand. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I travel to Auckland frequently and have walked past this restaurant many times. This time I went in for an early dinner and was not disappointed. Staff are friendly and helpful, the food is excellent (the bread and sage butter is wonderful) and the wine list is, in my opinion one of the best in Auckland. The menu is varied... More 

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

Hello ColinsueNieve Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent dinner at the Bistro, especially our Parmesan & Rosemary bread with Sage butter, which are made in house; and found our menu & wine list tempting & interesting. We look forward to welcoming back to the Bistro again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We had dinner here on Friday January 31st. My water glass bottom fell when I first picked it up to drink from it! A full glass of water spilled all over my shirt and onto my lap, the staff moved us to another table, we found the menu items quite pricey, my wife loves fish. And ordered the kingfish, it... More 

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

Hello Ledgerbar I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy your experience when you dined with us on January 31st. Firstly we apologise that for some unknown reason, one of our water glasses, which we have used without incident since the Bistro started business in 1997, broke on your table. Secondly, I am disappointed that you did not give the restaurant the... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

A full banquet for an overseas delegation really impressed. The cauliflower/blue cheese soufflé was light and delicious, the lamb rump was cooked to perfection, and the dessert selection divine. A delightful evening. Service was impeccable, but discreet.

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

Hello Big Dogz S Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your dinner at the Bistro recently, especially as you were entertaining important guests from overseas. Thank you for choosing O'Connell Street Bistro for your dinner & we look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro in the near future Kind Regards... More 

Istanbul, Turkey
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The other night I had the pleasure of dining at the outdoor tables at O'Connell St Bistro. The food was delicious, the service impeccable, the wine outstanding and the outside setting made the evening more interesting as we enjoyed the people watching that this outdoor setting provided. If you want to impress a client, a date, an overseas visitor .... More 

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

Hello Lisa T Thank you very much for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your evening again & look forward to seeing you again in the near future. 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 17 - 34
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?