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The French Cafe

Travelers' Choice award winner
As featured in Best Food in Auckland
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210 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had a lovely meal here tonight. Each course was introduced by the chief and all where amazing. Each course was of course well matched to wine l. First time here and my favorite "The Grove" now has some serious competition. Hard to imagine you wouldn't impress your guests or your wife here. Staff are very well trained.

Thank Selwyn P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

All aspects, superb food, masterly service from friendly & knowledgable staff meant we celebrated our wedding anniversary lunch in faultless style. Always our first choice for that special family occasion. Great value.

Thank John P
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nothing to complain about at all, my taste is a little bit more casual or possibly cozzy but it is beautiful food and the service is the BEST!

Thank Claudia V
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was nothing to shout about but did offer a palatable meal for lunch. Could have gotten a sandwich from New World Supermarket for half the price though. Coffee was not worth the cost of the cup it came in and definitely in the company of drain water.

2 Thank Patrick L
Qld, Australia
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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The personalised, prompt email booking responses at short notice were wonderful and set my expectations high, then from the moment I arrived, the staff were gracious and professional. I was greeted by them all with lots of eye contact and smiles. Everyone here is exemplary, but my waiter Simon went the extra mile, talking through the food menu and wine... More 

Thank Grismans
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wow and OMG, spring to mind, followed by rapid production of saliva aka Pavlov's dog. I am happy to say this has been and still is my families Place of Choice when celebrating. For 25 years I have enjoyed true fine dining with service that is attentive but not intrusive. The food is a four dimensional experience! 1. Taste 2.... More 

1 Thank NZeraway
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Having read about the French Cafe in numerous magazines we were keen to see if it lived up to the hype. I am relieved to say that it does and then some! The menu is pricey but you have a dining experience, with small tasting style plates (think amuse bouche and palette cleansers) being served between courses. We started with... More 

1 Thank Phileas_Fogg1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff go out of their way to make the experience comfortable and memorable. The tasting menu is very filling. The type of taste experience beyond reach of the home cooking fanatic. Challenging to taste memory. We all loved the food, the wine, and the atmosphere. Trotting out to top up the parking meter was an unwelcome chore.

Thank Brett C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

was there in the week food was great lots to try and the staff were very nice but you do have to book if you doing week night great to n take you wife or your date

Thank Glen S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

With a special birthday and a family of vegetarians wanting to go to a suitably 'special occasion' restaurant, we were thrilled to discover that the French Cafe offers a vegetarian degustation menu. The whole experience was exceptional - imaginative and delicious food, great service and brilliant wine recommendations. An evening and tastes to savour. Thank you.

Thank pukekoAuckland

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 210 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: 09-377-1911

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