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“Fabulous service, classy atmosphere in the heart of Britomart”
Review of Ortolana

Ortolana
Ranked #21 of 2,272 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fabulous service, classy atmosphere in the heart of Britomart”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

Hi I dined here recently (3 times in 2 days) and it was probably the best service I have received for years!!. Upon arrival you are greeted by a uniformed waiter and offered a complimentary glass of Pellegrino water......fabulous
The food was tasty, light and current. Top marks.
I would go here often if I lived in Auckland. We never get this kind of service in CHCH

  • Visited February 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fantastic Dinner”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

Had a most enjoyable evening here, the food is fresh organic taste sensations! Everything we ate was divine - the lamb litrerally melted in the mouth! Good wine list, fabulous setting, yes you basically sit right next to the table next door if you are on the seats along the window - but this did not worry me, and manged to stay in my "zone" when I wanted but also have a wee chat to them which added to the vibey atmosphere. Truly a wonderful evening

  • Visited December 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Enjoyable experience with bustling atmosphere and plenty of options to take you further into the night”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

After reading several positive reviews about Ortolana we decided it was time for a visit. Ortolana doesn't take advanced reservations so you have to visit first to put your name on the waiting list for a table. However, being located in Britomart means that you are spoilt for choice as far as drinking establishments are concerned while you wait for your table to be called. The no booking policy meant the restaurant had full tables with a busy atmosphere, which I really enjoy. Top marks.

It was pointed out that the entree menu can also serve as a sharing plate menu if that is your preferred style of dining. We enjoyed the artichoke and crab for our entrees. Given that we had never eaten artichoke before, were at a bit of a loss at first as to how it all operates but the polite waiting staff at our table helped us along with some patient instruction. So the service rated very good as well.

The lamb with green goddess salad on the side was one main and the asparagus casereccia for the other. The mains were just enough to satisfy and this helped to make up for the entrees, which we didn't enjoy as much.

However, the price of our meal did represent great value so I would dine here again. Along with the bustling atmosphere of the restaurant itself and all the bars nearby, there are plenty of pre- and post-dinner options for your night to progress further.

  • Visited December 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

We went to Ortolana after reading reviews. Friendly greeting on arrival, speedy order taking. The waitress was quite happy to explain the menu and make suggestions. We were seated outside and heaters were turned on as soon as it got colder, they also provided shawls. The food was excellent and well seasoned. My lamb was tender and the sides complimented the dish. Too bad we won't be going back. Prices were also very reasonnable.

Visited November 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely food and surroundings”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

We ate dinner here and really enjoyed the food, it was fresh and just the right portion size. Service was a little haphazard (too many waiters/waitresses) and we waited a long time for our mains, but we would definitely recommend.

  • Visited October 2013
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