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Soul Bar and Bistro

Unit 16-18 Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
(09) 356-7249
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Ranked #68 of 1,195 restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Athens
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The area reminiscent of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires. It lacks the overall verve, I mean the location, but it is more 'yachty'. The choice food and wine-wise the minimum of what it should be in terms of subtlety and complexity. The local wine production under-represented. The waiting is by not very professional or articulate charming young people. The place... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

I came to eat. Can't rave, seems this place has little competition yet so they just coast along. It reminds me of an upmarket, more polished family restaurant. There were unexpected additions to classic dishes and no heat when there should have been. At least they were punctual and friendly. But what is with playing daggy old loud music in... More

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Sydney
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

The food was ok if a tad overpriced. Unfortunately the service was very inconsistent, and at several times very rude. Definitely not the sort of establishment you want to relax and spend time in. We wont be going back.

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

Hi , I'm very sorry you received rude and poor service. I would really like to know more so I can speak to those responsible. Please call me to discuss ASAP 6493567249 More

Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Soul is the perfect place to sit on a sunny day. The outdoor area has a wonderful view of the Viaduct harbor and usually has flowers hanging around the tables. The cocktails are amazing, beautifully crafted with the customer in mind and always made with a smile. The food of course is delicious, the chefs are not afraid to experiment... More

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

Thank you for the lovely review and we hope we'll see you again soon. More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Visited this restaurant twice in last 6 months. This place gets very busy at lunch time. Mostly business customers hence the service tends to hurry one up. The food can vary from excellent to just good. My recent visit was in June 2014. We ordered steak, sides, amongst other things. The food wasnt very good since the steak turned out... More

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

Hi, I'm very sorry you were unhappy with your food when you last visited. We haven't change the Chef. Gareth has been with us for 5 years now. Had you spoken up on the day we would have cooked you another steak or removed it from your bill. We do try to purchase the best quality beef available. Once again... More

Brisbane, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

On our first night in NZ, our local friends had booked Soul, as it was also my husbands birthday and we wanted to celebrate in style. Being in the heart of the Viaduct Harbour, with lots of restaurants to choose from, we new it must be a great restaurant as our friends have great taste. We were not disappointed. The... More

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Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Myrtle and I loved and adored not only the flavour and presentation of our cocktails but the friendly knowledgable bar attendant that served us was truly amazing. I would definitely recommend coming here. It was quite busy although we managed to find a table and the atmosphere was uplifting and spacious! We will definitely be back. Thanks so much. :))

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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

i actually ate here twice in one day! at lunch when i met my sister-in-law and her daughter, then again with my girlfriends. we were in auckland for the bruno mars concert.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Another lovely dining experience with Soul Bar. Salt and pepper squid divine (sometimes wish they'd take it off the menu so I could try something else), and the snapper main good (surprisingly overcooked a little, though this is an aberration, I've had this dish often and it's been perfect every other time). Others had the steak and pork and there... More

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Cromwell, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Great location on the waterfront. friendly service and a fantastic steak. We didn't have a booking but only had to wait a few minutes at the bar. Our wine was a great Central Otago red Mt Difficulty and the Bluff Oysters were sublime.

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