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Soul Bar and Bistro

Unit 16-18 Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Central 1001, New Zealand
(09) 356-7249
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Ranked #57 of 1,110 restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $100
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Most of the restaurants in this area only survive from the location and constant flow of tourists. Not the case with Soul, very impressive! We started with some delicious Ciabatta bread with lemon bessara. For mains we had slow cooked pork belly that was really good(I'm not sure the clam on the plate was really necessary. I had a Roast... More

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Judith T, General Manager at Soul Bar and Bistro, responded to this review

Love your work. I'll look in the wine fridge temperatures today as this hasn't been an issue before. The wobbly tables are due to an uneven terrace, We have loads of wobbly wedges to fix this problem. Glad you enjoyed. Thanks More

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Consistently good... Wonderful lunch...great service..great atmosphere made better by the good weather and great company... The best lunch or Brunch spot in the Viaduct.. Crisp white linen makes such a difference.. Definitely recommend...

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Judith T, General Manager at Soul Bar and Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Paula, We love our regulars. Thanks for the feedback. More

London
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Our room at Sebel Suites was above this restaurant and we wondered what the buzz (and noise was about). It was fully booked but we walked in later and waited 25 minutes in the lively bar for a table. The 1-2-3 coding on the menu is strange but explained well by the waiter. Carpaccio with a twist of battered anchovies... More

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Judith T, General Manager at Soul Bar and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm so happy our buzzy noise didn't impact on your stay at the Sebel Hotel. Hope you had a boogie on the dance floor to round your evening off. See you again sometime. More

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Fantastic food, amazing service and staff and a great place to mix and mingle for singles, couples and friends...Fantastic music....right on the water at Aucklands Viaduct on the Water a great place for a all round Good Time.

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Judith T, General Manager at Soul Bar and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review. As an Aucklander make sure you're signed up for our Soulmates newsletter so you can find out what events are happening at Soul. Cheers More

Auckland Central, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Snapper was overcooked, the Chorizo was very salty, potatoes undercooked and no sauce to drown the dryness of the plate. Pork belly was again sadly overcooked very dry and again no sauce or gravy or broth on any of the dishes. The restaurant was very busy so it must be popular.

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Judith T, General Manager at Soul Bar and Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback. I've spoken with the Chef and hopefully the issues you have addressed have been rectified. Did you mention this when you dined with us? We would happily have replaced the meals as quickly as possible. The snapper is a new addition to the menu and your feedback is important to us. More

Verwood, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Had a great meal here on our last night in Auckland. Great location on the Viaduct. Nice table linen and great service. Food was excellent, shared the scallops to start, Blackened hapuku and Lamb for mains followed by the Lemon tart for dessert. All well presented and delicious. Definitely worth a visit.

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Judith T, General Manager at Soul Bar and Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for the love Please visit again. More

Mui Ne
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Hey don't get me wrong. The food here is great. Even better it's awesome. But the simple stuff is missed. Heaps of staff but none of them care and just try and get their attention. They are more interested in chatting and flirting with each other. The killer for us was the smokers they allow to sit in the same... More

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Judith T, General Manager at Soul Bar and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Yes, those bar terrace waiters can be so overly excited to see each other they sometimes forget what comes first. I'll print your review and discuss their careers with them. Smoking is only permitted on six tables at the end of the terrace and our team should have moved you if you were unhappy. More

Raleigh, North Carolina
Top Contributor
159 reviews 159 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We saw this in our guidebook, which said Beyonce and Jay-Z had gone there. Um, maybe before they were famous? Not really a jet-setters crowd, nor was that even what we wanted/expected; rather, I just found it humorous. The outside seating was mostly super-casual. They did not depict in the menu that the calamari appetizer was fried (yes, in a... More

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Judith T, General Manager at Soul Bar and Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback. Our team are well trained on allergies but I doubt they would have known about Crohn's disease. The squid could easily have been grilled for you Hope your feeling better and well over your jet lag. More

Rotorua, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This is our third meal here and every time the food and service has been excellent. We had lunch at an outside table - just a perfect location. The service was great - the waiter gave my wife two wine tastings because she couldn't choose off the menu. I had the snapper with smoked paprika oil - moist beautifully cooked... More

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Judith T, General Manager at Soul Bar and Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review. Yes, those cauli fritters are tasty and I doubt our regulars will ever let them leave the menu. Come back soon. More

Rakiraki, Fiji
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I treated myself to a long lunch at Soul B n B and had some of the best food and service ever. Just go and enjoy, it will be a memorable meal.

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Judith T, General Manager at Soul Bar and Bistro, responded to this review

Great photos and review - thanks. We hope to see you again soon More

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