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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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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
Sets A High Standard

They were fully booked but made efforts to accommodate us. We were happy with the pavement table - O'Connell Street is now fully "share & care". Staff (Kyna and Shaleen) were delightful, taking great care to get our orders right & happy to chat to us. The Dauphinoise potatoes with lamb shank cuts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
dunflying
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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 25, 2015 NEW

They were fully booked but made efforts to accommodate us. We were happy with the pavement table - O'Connell Street is now fully "share & care". Staff (Kyna and Shaleen) were delightful, taking great care to get our orders right & happy to chat to us. The Dauphinoise potatoes with lamb shank cuts made a perfect accompaniment to the lamb... More 

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

Hello dunflying Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your 48th wedding anniversary dinner with us recently & I have also passed on your comments to Kyna & Sharlene. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent meal at O'Connell St Bistro 22 Mar. This was best meal out of 21 day trip across Australia and New Zealand. Great selection of wines including some of best from New Zealand which were, in our brief experience, difficult to find. Nice atmosphere. Staff especially helpful with transportation. Highly recommend.

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

Hello Joseph S Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent dinner at the Bistro & thought your dinner with us was the best dining experience you had in your trip across Australia & New Zealand. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind... More 

Perth, Australia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We had lunch there during the week. We did a late booking and sat inside because of the threat of rain. What a good decision. The interior matches and exceeds the perfect fine dinning bistros we have visited in the past around the world. The staff were welcoming, knowledgeable and very effective at their vocations. Our food was first class... More 

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

Hello Foodexp Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent lunch with us & look forward to seeing you again when you next visit (or move closer to) Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We visited OCB again on my annual trip to NZ, dining on a Saturday night. With Chris on the floor, from start to finish it was a class operation, with pleasant and efficient staff, good food, cocktails and wine. The prices are perfectly reasonable for the quality you are getting - anyone suggesting the place is expensive needs to travel... More 

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

Hello DrStoat Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. It was great to see you again in February. We're delighted that once again you enjoyed your evening at the Bistro & look forward to seeing you again when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

I visited the bistro for my birthday with my husband and two friends. We were asked if we wanted to have a drink outside which of course we did it was a beautiful evening. We didn't feeling pressured to be seated which was a lovely feeling the staff were all very lovely. The food and wine was delicious! I hope... More 

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Hello Jojo88nz Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent birthday dinner at the Bistro, & especially enjoyed our new street side dining area. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

March 12 2015 , It was our last night in New Zealand,so we wanted it to be special.My husband and I were staying at the Stamford Plaza and wanted something nearby.We went to the Tripadvisor sight and saw the reviews for the O'connell St.Bistro were all wonderful...so off we went...absolutely Superb!!! The decor is casually elegant,the tables correctly set and... More 

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

Hello Mooly8 Thank you very much for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your dinner at the Bistro on your last night in New Zealand. Thank you for visiting us & we look forward to seeing you again when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

New Jersey, USA
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We picked the Bistro for our last meal in NZ and we were sorry didn't go there first so we could return for another terrific meal. Based on TA reviews, I convinced our group to go for the Lamb Roast and we were not disappointed. Wait staff was very friendly and professional and their wine recommendation was spot on. Our... More 

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

Hello GeorgeV10 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your dinner at the Bistro on your last evening in New Zealand, particularly our Southland Lamb rump main course. Our lamb is sourced from Leelands Lamb in Southland & is organically raised to a very high standard & we have had many positive comments... More 

Los Angeles, California
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Great little bistro in Auckland. Highly recommend squid ink pasta with clams. And the lamb roast was perfect. The wait was a little long but WELL worth it. This was our first meal in NZ and it was a home run. We loved the food and ambience. Wine selection was great as well.

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

Hello John S Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad that you enjoyed your dinner at the Bistro, your first experience in Auckland & hope that you enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Fantastic service, brilliant food, couldn't have asked for more! Just want to say thank you for making my partner and I's anniversary wonderful. I recommend the chocolate dessert with the mint sorbet -Wow-

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

Hi Katy6666 Thank you for your review of O'Connell St. Bistro. We're delighted that you & your partner enjoyed your anniversary dinner at the Bistro recently, and especially our Milk Chocolate ganache dessert. We look forward to seeing you at the Bistro again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

London, England
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Found this restaurant by chance and what a pleasure. Food really good. I had the market fish (?bluecoat?) and it was outstanding. Wines were also very good. However be prepared to pay $60 per head at least.

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

Hello ashnick Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your dinner at the Bistro recently, especially our Blue Cod fish dish. 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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