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“First impressions - Very good!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Libertine

Libertine
37 Drake St | Freemans Bay, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
(09) 929 2790
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Ranked #497 of 1,286 Restaurants in Auckland
Price range: $12 - $26
Cuisines: Bistro, New Zealand
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Libertine in Freemans Bay, is anything but conformist. Housed in what is arguably one of the most dramatically beautiful parts of Victoria Park Market, the building has a 100-year history that started as a power station. Being incredibly sympathetic to the building's history has clearly been important to the new residents; design details like raising some of the floor area have connected the space seamlessly to its outdoor surroundings. A play on a term used to describe a person devoid of moral restraints and who values physical pleasures, the Libertine offers what it describes as "sinfully good, free-thinking food and drink" in inspired surroundings.
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“First impressions - Very good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

I didn't know what to expect at Libertine, but decided to book ten of us in as their 'Restaurant Month' offer seemed to good to pass up. I'm so glad we did in the end and all ten of us left with great impressions of the place. Warm, warehouse feel interior, excellent food, great wine & drinks list and a nice atmosphere. The table service was the only slight let down; perhaps this place isn't the type to be too concerned about smiles and watering the diners? To make up for it, the food was superb; great comments about the steak, ceviche, tacos, calamari, beetroot salad, rockpool seafood and pork cheeks.
Between the City Works Depot and the Victoria Park area, the identity as a diner's destination is beginning to pick up. I hope Libertine can continue to be a place we'll pick to go to pay full price, not just a place to go when there's a special priced menu promotion.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Ticks all the boxes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Catch up & conversation with a friend was possible bit still with atmosphere. Great wine list but oh those lamb ribs (short & non messy) plus the mini soft tacos , my favourite was the pulled pork.

  • Visited June 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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tauranga
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57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Average all round”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

nothing outstanding in the food department
kitchen seemed under preasure and short handed
service was only okay
expected better

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Went there on a rainy sunday night, really nice decor and have a nice ambient. The food was pretty good and service was speedy. Would definitely go back there for drinks again.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Slightly disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We went with a group of 12 so had low expectations of the service. The place itself is great, very well done out - super 'cool'. The service was OK - long waits to get served at the bar and difficulty getting heard over the loud band that was on.

The food was mediocre. Both courses took ages to arrive and one main was forgotten.

Good place to go for a drink but not recommended for food unless you go when it's quiet.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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