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Verbena Bar and Bistro

6 Birkdale Road, Auckland Central, New Zealand
09-483 9571
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Ranked #121 of 1,110 restaurants in Auckland Central
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: New Zealand
Good for: Romance
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Good for: Romance
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Went for a Friday night out with friends.Had previously only had the great Tapas in the front bar.This time we went in the restaurant.I had fish which was by far the best cooked fish I had eaten.We were all very impressed.The staff were very friendly and relaxed.Definately go again.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We'd heard good things from a number of people, so we thought we'd give it a go. We weren't disappointed. Bar area out the front where you can buy tasting plates or the proper restaurant out the back. The menu had lots of different options so we decided to try a few of the tasting plates (most are smaller versions... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

My husband and I have had a few very good meals in the main restaurant but decided to try the cheaper tapas meals in the bar area. We were delighted with the quality, value for money and the wonderful atmosphere around the open fire. As we were enjoying our meal three musicians arrived and proceeded to entertain us with some... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Although this restaurant is not in the city, if you are in the area or coming to the North Shore it is well worth a visit for a great meal. We go on special occasions and have never had a bad experience yet. The menu gives a great selection, the food is delicious and the service is great. I have... More

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Auckland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The food here and service are brilliant..you can sit in the bar with live music and enjoy some amazing snacks or go through to the restaurant which has a lovely atmosphere and prices are reasonable...also a great place for a quick drink...I highly recommend a visit.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We are locals to this place and love the fact that we are catered for so well, locally. If we want a cheap eat there's the fish and chip Fridays in the bistro or Steak and Chip Saturdays or if we have a special occasion and want to splash out a bit, we can go to the restaurant at the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Had an excellent meal at this restaurant. Being visitors to NZ from the U.K. we were not only happy to meet Steve the owner also an englishman, but with the excellent food especially the mashy pees, the great service and his well trained bar staff pouring an excellent Stella we were absolutely overwhelmed

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We live in the neighbourhood and this place is really convenient. Decent food and good service. Here's my biggest complaint: the beer list stinks. Craft beers have become really popular throughout the US and New Zealand and most places have kept up with this. So when we go to a place like Verbena which is higher end than the other... More

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Stephen T, Owner at Verbena Bar and Bistro, responded to this review

One of the disadvantages of having a supply contract with a major brewers is that only their beer can be sold. When I began my contract craft beers were not such an important trend, besides I was able to get the full 'Macs' range which at that time was considered craft. With the news that Lion have bought Emersons craft... More

North Shore City, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

went to Verbena restaurant for brunch on Sunday and found space on the small back deck. Was not expecting too much as it looks like a very small cafe from the outside but it actually has two levels inside. The coffee was fresh and tasty and delivered promptly. The all day breakfast and eggs benedict took a little while to... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Our first visit was a vinemakers dinner and it was fabulous - every course was a stunner with quality, freshness and quantity - enough mouthfuls to get the flavour. Friendly staff and the owner overseeing all. Looking forward to our next visit.

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