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“Busy, buzzy Bistro brilliant food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Depot Eatery on Federal

Depot Eatery on Federal
86 Federal St., 1010, New Zealand
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Ranked #9 of 2,158 Restaurants in Auckland Region
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: New concept by famous Al Brownoysters, bistro food and great wines
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Busy, buzzy Bistro brilliant food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

we fabulous small plates lunch full of flavours with great variety to choose from and would make this a regular haunt if I lived in Auckland

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Whitebait Fritters, Oysters and a Great Kitchen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

With just two nights in Auckland, we had heard this was one spot we couldn't miss. So glad we made it in. On a Sunday about 6, every seat but a handful in the street-side area was full, so we settled in for a glass of Kiwi red. In just twenty minutes we were ushered back to a great table - the first one back from the kitchen. We could see all the action and we loved it. A dozen oysters (three varieties, all great), flat bread and hummus and a bottle of wine got us started. One of the specials was Whitebait Fritters. Do NOT pass up an opportunity to enjoy those. Our waiter (and everyone else) was on his game and added to our enjoyment. For those coming from Southern California: It had a clear "Animal" feel to it, with seafood instead of meats. Don't pass up this place!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“So easy and laid back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Away from the brashness of the adjacent Sky City casino complex, we found this place was a haven. Fantastic ambience, friendly people and good food. Our sort of place. We finished up chatting to locals every time we went there. 2 dinners and a breakfast.
Food was perfectly ok, but we are not talking Michelin Star. This is essentially a "fairly fast but good quality food" restaurant. They also do excellent breakfast. If you are staying in or near Sky City and want to get away from all the pizazz, you could do a lot worse than this place.
The NZ trip was a once in a lifetime trip for us. Doubt we will go again. Pity. I would like to see Depot transported to where I live. I would be there every week!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Excellent every time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

Been here 3 or 4 times now, excellent every time, cool atmosphere , knowledgeable wait staff and the freshest, tastiest food you can find, good Sav Blanc on tap, loved it!

Visited September 2013
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A real treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Having arrived in Auckland only hours earlier after a long journey from England, I found myself in need of some proper food after 36 hours of airplane food. So sitting at the habour having a beer I checked at the restaurants in the area using Trip Advisor and found I was less than 10 minutes away from this marvelous place, so it was no choice based on the total recommendations. It certainly lived up to its billing and more, the food was terrific - oysters so fresh they tasted as though you were actually catching and eating them, there and then. The staff were also very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, though none seemed to know the origin of the name. Sitting at the bar was an experience in itself, and the policy of no bookings seemed to work fine but any wait would be always worth it.

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