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“Delicious - we will be back!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The French Cafe

The French Cafe
210 Symonds Street, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
09-377-1911
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Ranked #1 of 1,307 Restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Delicious - we will be back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The French Cafe had been on my to-do list for years, but when planning special nights out, its secluded spot has always slipped my mind. However my partner booked us in for my birthday in December - and we weren't disappointed. This some of the finest dining in Auckland - and if you can get a table looking out into the patio/garden area then it is a great spot to wine and dine the evening away.

The food was spot-on - having eaten in similar priced restaurants in Auckland, we ordered sides (assuming the mains would be very small) however this wasn't necessary - and subsequently we couldn't fit in dessert! Each dish was perfectly balanced in both taste and presentation - and coupled with the complimentary bread and handmade butter, plus both the starter and dessert amuse-bouche it really was a well rounded dining experience.

The only slightly negative feedback I have - more of a preference really - is that the staff are so attentive you almost don't want to make eye contact because they will rush over to talk to you and check you have everything you need... great if you actually want something, not so great if you are prone to people watching! Also we were a table of two, which meant we were squeezed onto a small table.... I noticed there were other tables of two on much larger tables (double the size of ours) which looked more comfortable in terms of space - this could have been because we were dining the week before Christmas and they were literally squeezing us in.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Resident”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Significan difference in menu -- a long time ago but have had close friend say its just as good now a special occassion for small parties -no crowds

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“a great experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

My gf and i we were celebrating our anniversary and we decided to treat ourselves with something special. The french cafe is an incredible place but probably a bit out for our pocket although we do regard it as one of the best food experience in auckland.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent Chardonnay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

This is an expensive option, so either get taken here or go on a special occasion.
On my most recent trip the meal involved an $110 a head tasting menu plus wine to match - I was not paying but think this was another $65 or so a head.
The food and service were great and I went away very satisfied, but what made the meal was having one of New Zealand's finest Chardonnays - the Kawarau Reserve 2009 as a pre-dinner drink. I suspect that The French Cafe is the only restaurant in Auckland to stock this fine organic wine.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A great food experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

A must if you like degustation menus matched with wines. It was an adventure of tastes and food you might never have thought of putting together yourself, try it!

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