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Soul Bar and Bistro

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Unit 16-18 Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
(09) 356-7249
Today
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 333
    Excellent
  • 237
    Very good
  • 83
    Average
  • 33
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent food, but trendiness has a cost

The food at this trendy restaurant on Auckland's harbor was outstanding. The fish was very well prepared and served in interesting ways. Our server was efficient, but not especially helpful in offering suggestions or describing the plates. Both of us, though, ended up with very satisfactory meals... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Tom H
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The food at this trendy restaurant on Auckland's harbor was outstanding. The fish was very well prepared and served in interesting ways. Our server was efficient, but not especially helpful in offering suggestions or describing the plates. Both of us, though, ended up with very satisfactory meals. The prices are at the higher end of Auckland's restaurants, largely for its... More 

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Soul was a wonderful surprise. We had had a bad experience with another "restaurant with a view" in Auckland Harbor, and had our fingers crossed when we took the Concierge's recommendation to have dinner at Soul. The restaurant has a great vibe (if a bit loud for our non-Millenia tastes), has a great view, and is very pretty. The service... More 

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

Service was impeccable, glasses topped up, waitress very accommodating. The meals were beautifully cooked, flavoursome and delicious. Side dishes were complimentary, desserts divinely decorated to classy arrangements. Congratulations for a successful business luncheon that made us feel relaxed, spoilt and totally fulfilled without feeling over indulged. We have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant to any future business lunch clients.... More 

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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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208 reviews 208 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

My wife and I had dinner at this restaurant and it was by far the best dining experience we had during our several visits to Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. The food we had was a delight, cooked to perfection, well presented and served by friendly, efficient and courteous staff. It is certainly a restaurant that I would highly recommend. A previous... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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84 reviews 84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Spent a very wasteful, but relaxing, Friday afternoon at this restaurant and loved every minute of it. The staff were especially attentive without being pushy and the flow of food and drinks came along very nicely. The food was pricey but tasty and my only complaint would be that the side dishes were not up to the standard of the... More 

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Potomac, MD
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We went twice to Soul. Excellent seafood, including the very tasty green lipped mussels and John Dory fish. Very good food with great views of the harbor.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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103 reviews 103 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Have had dinner there for several times. Every time again: great meals, great staff. Soul is great! Please try the snapper: very well seasoned, crispy skin, really big flavours

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Rated as one of the top new 50 restaurants in the world, Soul has excellent food and superb personal service. Its location is within a short distance of the City's wharf. You must make reservations. I ordered the John Dory platter. I was not familiar with this fish, so I ventured a bit out of my comfort zone. John Dory... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We visited on the night before New Years Eve, so was very busy, but my meal was cold, & my partners was average. The decorations though were lovely, in white. Just felt the tables were crammed in & they wanted you out as fast as possible!!

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This restaurant is beautifully situated busy boulevard at the waterfront. The DJ plays some laid back music adding to the ambiance. All meals from starters to desserts were absolutely fantastic. For such good food we found the winelist a bit disappointing and the recommendation of the waiter wasn't really good. The service was very good. Because the food was so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Unit 16-18 Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: (09) 356-7249

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?