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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, 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
one of the best fine dining experiences in the city

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Kusal P
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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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69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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24 reviews
16 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 

Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

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
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

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Additional Information about O'Connell St Bistro

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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