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The French Cafe

210 Symonds Street, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
09-377-1911
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Ranked #1 of 1,192 restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: European, French
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I booked a table for 7 people for my birthday and I had alot of expectation. Boy do they delivered. The foods were so beautifully done and memorable flavours. It is not cheap but even the skeptical one in our table said he loves it and think it is worth the price. The service were top notch, especially the manager.... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We have dined at the French Cafe a few times and had looked across the courtyard wondering what was in the rustic building a few metres away,its the understated and unassuming French Kitchen, the owners have produced this amazing venue for intimate dining for single groups up to 30 in total. We collected our friends and had a night un-matched... More

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Napier, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This place has a nice and exclusive atmosphere that makes the customer feel a bit more special. For most people, it is probably suited for special occasions such as romantic dates, small family celebrations, and small group business meals (rather than an everyday or a quick experience). The part of town it is located is not very scenic or upscale... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The food,at osphere and decor are outstanding.th french cafe stands up there with the very best in the world.it is best to leave going here as a treat as it is very expensive,but for a special occassion its well worth every cent.you are served by your personal waiter and it is not rushed,the degustation menu is so good and id... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful tasting menu, hard to pick a favourite. I think the seared langoustine was mine with artichoke, cauliflower,pine nuts and beurre noisette. The egg yolk confit was very yummy too. Waiter very knowledgeable and was able to describe the food and wine match very well. Each dish was presented beautifully , fabulous place to go for that special... More

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Tromsoe, Norway
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My wife and I sort of collect Michelin stars, and we decided that The French Cafe was the closest we could get in Auckland. We were not wrong; we chose the tasting manu and what followed was probably all in all the best meal we've ever had. The courses were all extremely tasty, and in contrast with most Michelin-style restaurants... More

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

When I travel to Auckland a visit or two to The French Cafe is always one of the things I look forward to most. I love the food, the atmosphere, just everything about it. It stands beside the best restaurants in Sydney or Melbourne, but for me personally has a slight edge because unlike many in my hometown it offers... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Always love going to The French Cafe. Everything about it is outstanding. Especially the service - hands down the best waitstaff I have ever encountered. Personally I would go for the a la carte menu rather than degustation but that is more down to personal preference then it not being as good. Try the Roasted Quail, mouthwatering goodness.

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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Came here for my birthday. I'd been waiting and anticipating for so long with my memories of this place being so amazing. We decided to indulge in the Tasting Menu with matched wines. This turned out to be the most drawn out, boring experience of my life in food. The dining room lacked atmosphere as no music could be heard... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Excellent services, each dish was beautifully presented and the quality was excellent. The restaurant was newly renovated and 4 of us all enjoy the dinner. We were offered a round table in a comfortable atmosphere. The prices were worth of money.

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