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“Not quite as great as every one said” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of De Fontein Belgian Beer Cafe

De Fontein Belgian Beer Cafe
Ranked #986 of 3,513 Restaurants in Auckland Region
Price range: $14 - $28
Cuisines: Belgian, Bar, European, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: De Fontein is located in the heart of Mission Bay, just 8 minutes drive from Auckland's CBD, and is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, especially from the sun drenched balcony overlooking the bay. We proudly serve authentic Belgian cuisine complimented by an extensive selection of fine Belgian beers & some of the best wines from NZ and Australia. We recommend you try our signature steaming mussel pots, or our famous mussel platters.
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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“Not quite as great as every one said”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

Nice cold beer... but the view isn't as great as you expect because of the trees! Service was good and didn't take long to get an outdoor table.

Visited December 2012
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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Tasty Breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

We come across this cafe by chance and decided to sit upstairs which has a lovely view of the sea. We had the eggs benedict and the scrambled eggs with bacon. The food was very tasty and good portions if a bit cold by the time it was served. The service was friendly. Had a huge variety of Belgium beers which my husband was disappointed that he could not try due to the time that we were eating there and settled for a couple of cappuccinos.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Redkaz_12
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NZ
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217 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Great Location Average Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

The location is great especially on a nice summer day. Great view from the balcony.

Staff was very attentive and friendly. However, food was not that good. Go for the atmospher and drinks but I would eat elsewhere.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank T5555
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Frenzigroup, Manager at De Fontein Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
We are so pleased that you enjoyed the view at De Fontein and found our staff friendly and attentive as these are both things that we pride ourselves on.

I am sorry to read that you were not satisfied with the food and I would like to find out more so we can identify where we went wrong. If you could email details of when you dined with us and what you ate to office@defontein.co.nz it would be much appreciated.

Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back to De Fontein soon for a better experience.

Kind regards
Manager, De Fontein
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Waitakere
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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“Good Food, Plenty of selection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

Been here at least 30 times over the past 3-4 years. Never really had an issue in that entire time. Great selection of beers - their 0.25% ABV Palm Green wasn't bad, and I could drink it and not worry about being breath tested. Generally I stick to the tried and true - Hoegaarden. If you've never been, give it a shot :)

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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472 reviews
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“Pluses and minuses”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

We ate at the Belgian Beer Cafe on a stunning afternoon at Mission Bay. Seated out on the upstairs terrace was awesome - great view, lots of fresh air, and plenty of space for our two year old to play without risk of running onto the road. The cafe provided pencils and a colouring book for free for her, which gained them some big pluses.

The cafe has a great range of Belgian beers (albeit for a reasonable price tag) but we found the food disappointing. I had pork belly and it didn't have that softness that you need for pork belly to really melt in your mouth. My wife had salmon and it was just a little too overcooked and was dry.

I'd call this a safe option - maybe we just didn't get a good day food-wise or they were just too busy - if we'd had a better meal I'd be rating it Very Good instead.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank aimoverseas
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