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“Not a restaurant - cute bar though”
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Ranked #1,649 of 2,276 Restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: Spanish
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not a restaurant - cute bar though”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

If you're looking for little snacks to have with your drink, this might be worth a try. Funky little bar with interesting outside area and separate room with sofas etc. Lots of atmosphere. Not a dinner venue though - we thought it was a 'tapas-style' place but really it's little tastes of food on toothpicks (so we went elsewhere for dinner, can't comment on the quality of the food)

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“In response to "Great Bar terrible Venue"”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Grand Central (and Pintxos) has been in business for 14 years, normally we do not respond to customer’s reviews as everyone is welcome to give their opinion & in many cases when a person’s review is critical there is a good reason & we view it as a positive & look to improve our service as a result. But sometimes a reply to a review is necessary.We do functions every week, sometimes several in a week & after 14 years we have a pretty good handle on what people want & providing a good experience. Unfortunately some people don’t want to listen to the answers given to them when they request certain things & so when they find out otherwise at the function they are annoyed, even though they have already been told that their requests are not possible. We do our best & are nearly always able to ensure that the function is successful, but we do have limitations & laws under which we operate, one of which is the Sale of Liquor Act laws, we may have a licence to 5am but we NEVER guarantee a function a 5am finish because we are bound by law not to allow intoxicated persons to be on the premises & we will close the function if this becomes an issue.We must provide security, adequate lighting & control the environment (noise from unplanned DJs being an issue in this case).We are in the business of selling alcohol, but sometimes people think they can consume other substances & that the intoxication that results is ok. My staff are observant & my cameras record everything so when a group of persons are obviously under the influence of something other than alcohol then they ruin the party for everyone else & we are bound by law to remove them or to simply close the party.
So we apologize to those persons that may have had their night cut short, but to those who were obviously intoxicated, & I don’t mean just alcohol, then perhaps you need to try NOT blaming the establishment but to have a look at your own behaviour & understand how your actions will always have an effect.
The Owner.

Visited June 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Not a Pintxos Bar”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

I went there 3 days ago with my fiance as we love Pintxos from living in Spain and a lot of traveling around the country. Having lived there, we know what Pintxos are so it is fair to say that they are not a proper Pintxos bar. Only about 5 varieties of Pintxos and even the ones that are meant to be served warn were cold. They never refilled the bar so only ended up having 5 Pintxos the whole time. On the blackboard, it is written : "Tapas bar, NZ beer & wine selection, Pintxos bar..." Reading this, I asked the waitress if she had the menu for the Tapas and she said that they were at the counter. I mentioned to her that the Pintxos were at the counter not the Tapas and she replied that they were the same. Whatever, she looked at me like I was the crazy one for even asking.
On top of that, staff really rude and it feels like they don't even want to be at work. They prefer chating rather than serving you even when you are clearly waving at them to get their attention...
Anyway, I will never go there again!

  • Visited March 2013
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    • Food
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I liked the pintxos themselves but they were few and far between. The place was heaving - at least with drinkers - but there were never more than 24 pintxos of five or six varieties. And we were told empanadas were "off" after 8.30pm. Try that in San Sebastian!! The wait staff were just about pleasant but loved to clear the table of any crockery, glass or cutlery as you put it down - even though your course was patently not finished. The wine list was OK and the albarinho was acceptable. But it is basically a bar, seemingly with dates or pick-ups. Dont go for a meal and dont go after 8.30pm!.

Visited March 2013
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