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Soul Bar and Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, New Zealand, European, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options
As featured in Best Food in Auckland
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Unit 16-18 Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A truly stunning venue in a great location overlooking the harbour. The food is excellent, I had the Waghu pasta it was outstanding. The bar also has a great atmosphere. It was busy even on a Tuesday night in winter. In summer it must get packed so make sure to book.

Thank the_larb
Melbourne, Australia
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460 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had dinner here as a group of eight after a day long meeting. Busy and we did not have a reservation. Shown to a table in the front terrace which was very noisy when we arrived. However the service was very good and the food excellent. Not cheap and the main restaurant area would have much better ambience.

Thank Michael C
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Soul has been on our favourites list for several years and we were keen to see the refurbishment. We were not disappointed with the new look which is pleasantly understated but interesting. Familiar faces among the staff which is good and the menu lived up to the usual high standard. Goat cheese ravioli in lemon butter sauce was a divine... More 

Thank donne2016
Los Altos, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I joined some business associates for lunch today at Soul Bar. The seafood selection was great; I enjoyed the grilled snapper. The wine list had a good selection of NZ wines. Service was attentive but not over-bearing. It's convenient to the CBD.

Thank BruceFitz1
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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181 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Recently shut for refurb I was looking forward to the changes. Not too many, which was a good thing. Many of my favourites are still on the menu, all be it a new layout to try and figure out. The service was excellent as always, friendly not pushy.

Thank Rainy0
Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We are regular diners at Soul, living in Auckland city. Tonight we went to check out the new menu and decor which there's been a lot to do about. Underwhelmed. Menu was not much to wet your panties about unless you're a carnivore or pasta person, or maybe I'm just fussy. I had seared tuna. Again. That's what I used... More 

Thank skiwichick
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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158 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our table was al fresco at the harbor edge (covered). Beautiful florals planted, hanging, and on the tables. Starched linens and service on bone china. Unique seafood (at least to us Americans) on the dish of the day -- included kaputu, squid, & John Dory. Extensive wine selection especially of note were New Zealand Otago Reisling. They were friendly with... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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558 reviews
359 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quite a busy place, but they have a terrace to complete the restaurant room, and this allows -with the help of gas heaters- to accomodate more customers. Good idea! We were looking forward to this experience and were not dispapointed. Polite and efficient service with a smile, a nice á la carte selection of nice dishes such as fried squids... More 

Thank ClubGGG
Auckland, New Zealand
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108 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like pasta and cocktails well my friend I have found the place for you! Situated on Auckland's habour ⛵️ amongst all the dining establishments, soul bar and bistro stands out as number 1. As you walk inside you feel as if you are royalty, napkins are placed into laps and bottle service is readily available - I felt... More 

Thank Monique P
New Zealand
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153 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of Auckland's better restaurants. It has always delivered good food and service and did so last week. We spent a Saturday afternoon in the tented outside area watching the happenings in the viaduct. It was very pleasant, although quite noisy when the large group next to us decided to talk across the whole table and the temperature... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $100
Seafood, New Zealand, European, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Unit 16-18 Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: 6493567249

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?