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“Fantastic” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Clooney Restaurant

Clooney Restaurant
33 Sale Street | Freeman's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-358 1702
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Ranked #4 of 1,307 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $60 - $110
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located in the heart of Auckland's Freeman's Bay, Clooney is a partnership between restaurateur Tony Stewart and Chef Desmond Harris. Chef Harris' cuisine melds the tradition of classical cuisine with a contemporary approach to ingredients and technique. Clooney's dishes are continually in progress, reflecting seasonality, inspiration and evolution.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Me and my girlfriend went here on Saturday evening to try their famed 7 course Degustation menu. We started with a few cocktails at the bar which were fantastic - in particular ''Mr President" and the espresso martini.
The decor in the restaurant is the first thing that catches your eye - its welcoming and very elegant.
Service was exceptional and each course was delivered with a detailed description of the course and accompanying wine.
Each one of the seven courses was fantastic and my favorite had to have been the Lamb which was perfect.
Me and my girlfriend are both not fond on Licorice but we thought we would embrace it as this was a key ingredient in the desert course. It changed our perspective completely and was amazing.
So many elements, so much detail and a lot of care in cooking and presentation. Definately a 5 star restaurant and worthy of its recent awards. We are looking forward to coming back soon.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“ Good, though overpriced relative to it's peers.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

The food was great as were the wine pairings. The wine pours were quite small for the pairings. The staff were informative though could have been more attentive. The ambience was nice though we found it to be a bit chilly. Overall it was a great experience, though not an unforgettable one like what we have experienced at other restaurants in the same league such as SidArt.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A Great Splurge for Romantics”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

My boyfriend and I dined here as a treat while we holidayed in NZ. What an awesome room! Had the 7-course with a bottle of craggy range Chardonnay. Standout courses were the salmon entree and the crispy pork belly. A couple of misses in terms taste, but made up hugely by the attentive maître de who had the kitchen replace a course, taking us up to 8-courses! Highly recommend as a destination dining spot.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great service, great food, great place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We had a six course degustation, the food, service, atmosphere and wine match were excellent! If you are looking for a great night out then Clooney Restaurant is the place in Auckland to go

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Beijing, China
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Great food! Service also great until they became rude...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We had an amazing 7 course dinner, with very good service and Clooney was on its way to a perfect rating...

But then we told the waitress that my wife doesn't like sweet wine and we had the guts to ask whether she could get another type of wine for her wine pairing. The waitress couldn't believe someone wouldn't like sweet wine and from her behaviour it was very clear she thought my wife must be stupid -- comments like "this wine is not going to do very much for you" when she threw another wine on the table.

Let's hope it was a one-time flaw, but it certainly ruined an otherwise perfect night.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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