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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: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 350
    Excellent
  • 250
    Very good
  • 85
    Average
  • 34
    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
Good service, good food.

Service was smooth and without a hitch. Food was lovely and full of flavour. We enjoyed our meal here, they were accommodating and helpful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
Fiona L
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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English first
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Service was smooth and without a hitch. Food was lovely and full of flavour. We enjoyed our meal here, they were accommodating and helpful.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Lovely setting at the Viaduct, delicious menu that made it hard to choose, a comprehensive wine menu and slick and professional table service. We had a lovely meal and felt it was a reasonable price.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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136 reviews 136 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The food was excellent, supported by a good wine and beverage list. Dining on the terrace allowed us to absorb the atmosphere of a lovely autumn afternoon.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

After walking around the Viaduct, deciding on where to go, we couldn't go past Soul bar. Service was great, very friendly and helpful considering we had not made a reservation. Our waiter was attentive without being too intrusive. Menu selection was great, I thinking would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had not been pregnant and some options... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Food was perfect and Viaduct views were gorgeous. I had the Salt pepper squid which so light but crispy and and amzing Elderflower panna cotta which was perfect. Lots of seating options which were great for long afternoons. We moved from our table to lounges for after meal drinks.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Love the location of this restaurant with its view of the viaduct boat life. We have been there many times and the food and service are always excellent. Be sure to book an outside view table, even in Winter it's great with protection screens and heaters. Menu offers choices for all tastes and dietary needs and will appeal to foodies... More 

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Auckland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

First time I ate here (2007 ish) it was probably in the top 5. Took some relatives here in Jan 2015 and was very disappointed. The time was around 14:00 and maybe we had just missed chef's 'lunchtime performance', but nobody really thought their meal was worth remembering. Resting on their laurels?....who knows...but I see it's listed as 45. Maybe... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I was not intending to write a review for this restaurant but the waitress who served the drinks was so rude that you are getting a bad review Manners cost nothing Pity because your other staff were nice

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We were in Auckland in January 2015 for a few days, and Soul was the venue to which we kept returning. It's in a perfect location overlooking the America's Cup yachts. The terrace was sunny but cool, just like the cocktails. The staff remembered us, amazingly, and there was some listenable live music on one occasion. Yes, the prices are... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Business lunch on a sunny day, Soul definitely hit the mark. I had Pan fried john dory, saffron bouillabaisse with white beans and blistered tomatoes. The fish was beautifully cooked and the saffron bouillabaisse delicate and a great complement to the fish. Service was very good, attentive and well informed. Definitely recommended!

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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Romantic
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?