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210 Symonds Street, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
09-377-1911
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Ranked #3 of 1,318 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
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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
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This was definitely the most amazing and incredible foodie experience we've ever had. So amazing. Every meal was complete perfection, wine and cocktail choices were wonderful and the service was professional, friendly and authentic. We had high expectations and it blew it out of the water. Expensive but the experience was worth it.

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Wyncote, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

With the exception of a very fine and knowledgeable waiter, this was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. I have traveled the world and dined at many of the finest dining establishments that I can use as a comparison. I chose this restaurant because it had such a fine reputation. Every thing I tasted as well... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

the French Cafe was a major disappointment. the Waiter was wonderful and you could not ask for better attention from him. However, the food was frankly awful and the wine by the glass selection subpar. the restaurant was stark and not at all inviting. it took 90 minutes to be served our main course which was not worth waiting for.... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We tried the degustation which was amazing mixed with the selected wines. we chose to share the wine between the two of us- which was more than adequate great service and attention to detail

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Auckland
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Visited with work friends and had the tasting menu. Good food but very expensive for something that was not really special. For the price I would expect more. Small uncomfortable tables and stuffy arogant staff.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Everything went well, but only that, because the environment is not entertaining, and attention very dry

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Whakatane
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Possibly the best dining location in NZ. The service was spot on, always there and helpful but not intrusive. Food was exquisite- fresh, delicate and full of flavour explosions. Thoroughly enjoyed our night. Loved the authentic French wine as well.

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Melbourne, Australia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

This would have to rank as one of the best meals I have had anywhere in Australasia and certainly by far the best in New Zealand. The decor is simple but elegant. There was ample room between tables ensuring both a sense of privacy yet connected to rest of the restaurant. There is a degustation menu, however it looked a... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

For a fine dining restaurant we where disappointed. Tables are so close we felt like we where having dinner with the couple next to us. Staff quite arrogant although professional. We felt the cuisine was over rated ... Expected something amazing and felt let down and disappointed.

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

there are restaurants and there are better restaurants.. but this is the best restaurant.... the food is always a class act no matter which course you are presented it is totally tasteful exquisitely presented and the service is high grade... how does one tell so many superlatives of the standard of the French Cafe. I went with my wife for... More 

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Address: 210 Symonds Street, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
Phone Number: 09-377-1911
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
Cuisine: European, French

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