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Verbena Bar and Bistro

6 Birkdale Road, Auckland, New Zealand
09-483 9571
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Ranked #422 of 1,216 Restaurants in Auckland
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: New Zealand
Good for: Romance
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Good for: Romance
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My girlfriend and I decided to celebrate a promotion here and we couldn't have chosen better. The duck was amazing and the service was great, we will definitely be returning!

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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It doesn't take much to impress, wow, or at the very least make your customers feel welcome. This place excels at none of the above. Upon arriving, the rather sparsely furnished bar area leaves little cozy seating. Having waited for an older gentleman to serve me, 1/2 finish serving me, disappear like a magician, serve other customers, reappear to finish... More

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

Please accept my sincere apologies for any rudeness, no offence was intended. It was extremely unprofessional of me to allow other things on my mind to affect my demeanour which is usually warm and friendly. I would very much like to apologise in person and shout you a drink if you introduce yourself to me. Once again I apologise. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Really slack for a place that charges these prices. We arrived behind a group of about 20 which was spread over three tables. OK, fine. The kitchen was busy, but that's no excuse to keep other paying customers waiting. If management knew things were going to be busy, they shouldn't have taken reservations for the period immediately following the group's... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I live within easy driving distance t this fabulous bistro. Sometimes we just stop there for an hour to sit by the fire while eating tapas or dessert. Sometimes we go to one of the regular Winemaker Dinner events. sometimes it's a family dinner, sometimes a romantic dinner for two while watching the clock and calculating the babysitter's fee. Every... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
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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4 reviews 4 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
Senior Reviewer
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
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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