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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, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
A perfect evening

When we go away for a weekend or holiday we always go out for one fancy meal! This was it for our Auckland trip! It was fantastic! I'm drooling just writing this review! Everything was perfect. Food was amazing, drinks were great and service great.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Waterford, Ireland
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Waterford, Ireland
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157 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we go away for a weekend or holiday we always go out for one fancy meal! This was it for our Auckland trip! It was fantastic! I'm drooling just writing this review! Everything was perfect. Food was amazing, drinks were great and service great.

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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

This is really perfect restaurant for Fine dining. They have wide selection of wines which will definitely match your food. The food is delicious and really good ambiance.

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

Hello Mishel S Thanks your for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad that you enjoyed your recent experience at the Bistro & thank you for recommending the Bistro to your fellow TripAdvisor readers. We look forward to welcoming you back to O'Connell Street Bistro again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Well we have had a pretty good run lately with restaurants and O'Connell St Bistro delivered as well. For a restaurant at the upper end of the price spectrum in Auckland the wine list was quite reasonable and we selected a local Waiheke wine, a 2013 Obsidian Montepulciano which at $65 we felt was good value for what is a... More 

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

Hello Reviewd4you Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're glad that you enjoyed your recent experience at the Bistro, in particular our menu & wine list. Thank you also for recommending the Bistro to your fellow TripAdvisor readers. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We were a party of five on an end of year work function. It was a one of those evenings that everything was perfect - the food, the service and the company. O'Connell Street Bistro can take credit for the first two!. Without exception, everyone was glowing of each course they received. The Rabbit Pappardelle was a particular standout for... More 

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

Hello lojo22 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent experience with us, in particular our Rabbit Pappardelle dish, which has been one of our signature dishes for many years. Thank you also for recommending the Bistro to your fellow TripAdvisor readers & we look forward to welcoming you back to the... More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We dined here for a work Christmas dinner/party. The food was delicious, the waiting staff were very professional and friendly, the Bistros décor was simple and did not detract from the main ingredient - the food! Wine, water, drinks, were topped up regularly, nothing was a problem to the staff.

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

Hello blondie101959 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your evening at the Bistro & thank you for recommending the Bistro to your fellow TripAdvisor readers. We look forward to welcoming you back to O'Connell Street Bistro in the near future. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

Very friendly staff, but food was trying too hard with description and then failing to deliver for my tastes, and small portions. Also small issues with burnt food. Quite pricey too!

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

Hello Joehaines I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy your recent experience at O'Connell Street Bistro, but find it hard to believe that you were served burnt food, as we have recently had many positive comments for our menu from other diners. Perhaps if your dissatisfaction had been brought to the attention of our staff at the time, we could have... More 

Auckland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

O'Connell Street have a new chef who has brought some new twists to the menu....some of which I tried when we enjoyed lunch recently and others that I'm looking to try when we visit again over the summer. ... in summary as always excellent food and wonderful friendly service. The outdoor dinning is pleasant ( weather permitting) and adds to... More 

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

Hello HugoAuckland Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you once again enjoyed your lunch with us, in particular our new menu. Thank you for recommending us to your fellow TripAdvisor readers & we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Toronto, Canada
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

We tried this restaurant our last night in Auckland. Close to our apt, well-rated, nice ambience. Impressive menu. We enjoyed every course, from swordfish ceviche appetizer to Tapuka fish and lamb Wellington mains. Cauliflower side was exceptional! Great wine selection, and perfectly prepared hot apple tart fine and chocolate fondant desserts were finished off with 2 chocolates. Memorable meal, highly... More 

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Thank TravelersForLife2
CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Solo_traveler_457 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We glad that you enjoyed your last evening in Auckland at the Bistro & thank you for recommending us to your fellow TripAdvisor readers. We look forward to welcoming you back to O'Connell Street Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

An intimate setting, friendly service and lovely dishes. The lamb Wellington stands out, as does the smoked salmon: both are delicately flavourful and melted on the palate. Despite the restaurant's small size, it does not get too loud and you can enjoy quiet conversation during your nice meal. Very good wine list

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

Hello Alexandra S Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent evening with us, including our Lamb Wellington & Ora King Salmon dishes, service & extensive wine list. Thank you for recommending us to your fellow TripAdvisor readers & we look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next... More 

Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Before we left Pennsylvania we did our research and new this is where we wanted to go in for our first night in Auckland for New Zealand lamb and it did not disappoint! The service was excellent (even though there was a private party going on there that evening). And the food was out of this world! And anywhere that... More 

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

Hello ToTheGoodElf Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you chose to spend your first evening in Auckland at the Bistro & also that you enjoyed your Lamb Wellington dish & our handmade Chocolates. Thank you for recommending us to your fellow TripAdvisor readers & we look forward to welcoming you back to O'Connell Street... 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 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings

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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