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“Delicious food and very good service!”
Review of Ortolana

Ortolana
Ranked #21 of 2,271 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Delicious food and very good service!”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

The husband and I had lunch at Ortolana today. We shared a mushroom and mozzarella piadina to start which although very tasty, frankly did not have enough mozzarella to warrant it's mention in the ingredients. We followed this up with the zucchini dish which was a kind of deconstructed summer lasagna and a crayfish pasta dish. Both were surprising and excellent. We then had as recommended by our excellent waitress, a strawberry and panacotta tart from Milse (where Ortolana get's its desserts) which was both light and flavoursome and with wonderfully crunchy pastry. The two macaroons that we also ordered were garishly coloured, dry and not very nice sadly. The coffee was also very good.

All in all a lovely place and I am sure we will return, although hopefully next time we will not have the misfortune of sitting next to an extremely loud, fast talking South American woman and her friend, our ears were ringing by the time we left!

  • Visited January 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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275 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Food was quite dull”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

We had a relaxed birthday lunch here. Service was wonderful but the food just didn't quite impress us. Have eaten at sister restaurant in st heliers and would say the menus are slightly repetitive. We may have had a slightly greater expectation due to its location, as it is really is just a fast turnover cafe style dine experience.

Lovely maître de was doing a great job injecting life into the place.

Less salt please.

  • Visited January 2014
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“Beautiful Food, Excellent Service”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

I dined here while traveling through Auckland on business and had a wonderful meal. The food was absolutely delicious, the wine was divine, and the service was on point. I sat outside in the lovely Britomart area in the fabulous Auckland evening weather. One of my favorite meals in Auckland.

Visited January 2014
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San Jose, California
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“Don't miss this restaurant”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

Ate at Ortolana twice while in Auckland. The service was friendly and fast. The location convenient. And most important, the food was the best we had on our trip.

The lamb is highly recommended (best lamb I had in New Zealand). Also recommended was the veggie + humus dish, the salted carmel cream brulee desert and pretty much any of the fresh fish of the day.

Compared to viaduct restaurants, this really was no more expensive (dinner for 2 + wine was around $150 so while expensive, not outrageous and value much better than viaduct). While it does not have a water view, the atmosphere is nice and the restaurant looks out at a pedestrian walking area.

The only dish we had which was mediocre was the tomato bread salad.

  • Visited January 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Ortolana - Stunning”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

Creative menu. Stylish beautiful food, excellent value for money. Helpful, friendly staff.
A very pleasant surprise while on a trip to Auckland.
We will certainly be going again while we're here.

  • Visited January 2014
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