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The French Cafe

Travelers' Choice award winner
French, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free
As featured in Best Food in Auckland
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210 Symonds Street, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful fit out. Excellent service. We had the winter tasting menu. The food was generally beautifully presented. Overall we found the flavour combinations pretty standard and uninspiring, dessert was particularly disappointing. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't by any means bad... Far from it, and I'm sure it must be difficult meeting everyone's different expectations, but when you set... More 

Thank Blake 2
New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful - tremendous service and lovely food. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you for such a great dining treat!

Thank holidaysinsun
Auckland, New Zealand
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a special occasion dinning experience as by our standard it is at the top end of the quality and price range ($250nz per person for food and matching wine). You need to have the wine matching as its adds a whole dimension to the food and ambiance. Service was excellent.

Thank agcy
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118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is definitely THE French Café that I have heard so much about. It offers lunch service on Friday and that's when I went. It truly lives up to its reputation for offering no nonsense great food. Every food offering it comes out with is absolutely gorgeous to look at, and yet, it tastes so balanced and delicate. It's difficult... More 

Thank wiredfrog
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Came for dinner with my partner and (grown up) daughter with the intention of enjoying an indulgent meal. Food was fantastic. It's difficult choosing your course selection when it all sounds good. For the most part we all chose differently and each time we all found our choices delicious. Service is attentive without being over the top. It's expensive but... More 

Thank Michael W
Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Was here recently with group of people. We had private dining room and the chef prepared food in front of us. The food was sensational and absolutely delicious. Every course was explained to us by exceptional waiter staff who knew what they were talking about. The service fantastic. Food and wine both outstanding. A must when in Auckland.

Thank Michelle R
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The French Cafe's staff are absolutely first class—knowledgeable, attentive and above all, warm and friendly. I was at the restaurant recently for a family birthday dinner and we enjoyed their tasting menu. Our waiters were very at home describing the preparation of every dish and I never felt they were interrupting us to recite a prepared script as each dish... More 

Thank Modish86
Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service was quick, with no booking on the night we went. The food was amazing! Definitely will go back😊Try the 3 cheese buckwheat pancakes and cider. Truly indulgent

Thank 22dajana
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to have a dining experience here you need to book well in advance! It is also very expensive so be prepared! Our evening was lovely, the service was good and food excellent. My only complaint & disappointment was that we were served an Australian red wine with one of our courses ( we did the Degustation with... More 

Thank Nakitravellers
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The French Café is the clear leader in Auckland fine dining. Somewhat understandably Metro seem compelled to divvy up the number one spot from time to time. However don't be fooled, the combination of exquisite food, incredibly attentive service and brilliant ambience is unbeatable.

Thank Peter_C_Auckland_NZ

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
French, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
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 1001, 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?