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“Tasty but not timely”

O'Connell St Bistro
Ranked #41 of 2,329 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $33
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Located in Auckland's historic central business district, multi award winning O'Connell Street Bistro is an intimate modern European back street Bistro. Awarded Best Wine Experience in the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2014 & holder of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2000. Reservations are recommended
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Tasty but not timely”
Reviewed March 31, 2011

We went out to celebrate my new job. The evening started with delicious cocktails in Hotel DeBretts round the corner, and we mae our way to O'Connells for 8.30 - our booked time. When we arrived our booking was acknowledged and we were shepherded to a table in the snug bar area. We were then left for about ten mins, before the bartender took a drinks order from us (we wondered whether we should order at the bar it took so long- my boyfriend went up to the bar to order and was told they would take our order from the table). We both had a very well made cocktail but now 25 mins after we arrived we still weren't seated, and hadn't been given the menu. At 9.15 we were finally taken to the table, and given the menus. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and answered the questions we had well, and in a non-patronising way. Bread was served quickly after ordering, and our starters not much later. HOwever we'd been there for an hour and a half by the time we got our starters. Luckliy the lovely wine we'd ordered was keeping the evening running smoothly. Our starters arrived - mine was an entire plate of beautiful carpaccio of beef, with parmesan and rocket. The saltiness of the parmesan, and the pepperyness of the rocket perfectly enhanced the tender beef. My boyfriend had some delicious scallops. We were still enjoying the evening, and really looking forward to the arrival of our main courses. These however took an age to get to us - our mains being served at 10.15. Still the wine was keeping the evening running smoothly. I happened to mention to the waitress that it must be a pretty busy night - they were still sitting diners at 10.30, and she replied "no, this is a bit quieter than normal" so that evidently wasn't why the food took so long.

At the time we reflected on a lovely evening, but the following day realised that despite the food being tasty (but a certifiable gourmet experience) and the wine delicious, and the waitress knowledgeable actually that was a bloody long time to wait for our food (I had the famous special of braised rabbit and pasta). I would recommend it, but not if you're in a hurry, or with anyone impatient!

  • Visited March 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Good food, but not worth the price”
Reviewed December 13, 2010

We went on a recommendation and after reading trip advisor. The atmosphere was ok - simple white table clothes, a couple paintings, a little chilly... not much to speak of per se. The food was tasty, but rather small portions and we thought expensive for what you got (I ordered the caprese salad, it was tiny as compared to the U.S. versions for $24 NZ). The wine list was a good one, but pricey at 12-19 NZ a glass. Service was good and all in all would say it was fine, just guess it depends on what you are looking for.

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Level 1 Contributor
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“We saw one poor review for this...”
Reviewed October 18, 2010

We saw one poor review for this restaurant and assumed it to be an enomole. However, we were absolutely UNIMPRESSED with the service and ultimately the whole dining experience. We waited 50 minutes between courses only to be brought a wrong dish! The kitchen then scrambled to put together a sub par meal which quite frankly could have been cook by an amatuer. We will not go back to nor recommend this cafe and feel the managment should be rosy cheeked with how the situation was handled.

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Toronto
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“Ate here on my last night in Auckland and...”
Reviewed October 16, 2010

Ate here on my last night in Auckland and would recommend reservations. We lucked out and they fit us in, and I had tried phoning 5 other places first. Kiwi's live to eat out on weekends!
The service was top notch and the food kept up that promise. A great wine list to boot.

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CHESHIRE, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Service”
Reviewed July 26, 2010

Relaxed atmosphere - didnt feel awkward with kids. Staff very professional and proactive - easily accommodated my gluten free requirement. Food was excellent circa 100nz$ per person for main + dessert + glass of water + tip

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