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“Amazing”
Review of Clooney Restaurant

Clooney Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 2,353 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $60 - $110
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Opened in 2006 by owner Tony Stewart, award-winning Clooney offers a unique dining experience in the heart of Auckland’s central city. Located in a once-derelict warehouse, redesigned to create an atmosphere of contemporary opulence, Clooney’s design aesthetic is matched only by its fearlessly inventive cuisine. Chef Jacob Kear has rewritten the narrative for New Zealand food with a progressive menu that gives familiar local ingredients a distinctive, international twist. The accent is on impeccably sourced ingredients, clean and precise flavours, and dishes that evolve to reflect the changing seasons. Chef Jacob Kear draws on an international career in some of the world’s most respected kitchens to give direction to a thought provoking dining experience. Clooney’s menu reflects his passion for foraging, his commitment to locally sourced ingredients and his mastery of both classic and contemporary techniques. Kear’s ambitious tasting menu of over thirteen courses will take guests on a culinary tour of New Zealand. From the lush rainforests of the North to the expansive coastal wilderness of Fiordland, the striking geography of New Zealand’s regions is brought to life on the plate. Clooney’s wine list is curated by sommelier Jarod Santana with wines chosen to perfectly complement our distinctive menu. The list spans over 300 labels, striking a perfect balance between the Old and New Worlds while showcasing the very best of New Zealand. Our cocktail and sake programs, under the direction of Jarod and bar manager Yusuke Sakabe, are designed to be enjoyed with food or simply to be enjoyed.
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Absolutely delicious dinner with super-attentive lovely staff. We had special dietary requirements and Clooney were just superb in accommodating us. After dinner we learned they had actually sent staff out to *buy* ingredients they needed for our vegan meal. (A friend who we were dining with knew the staff, and they told him, otherwise we would never have known. The service was faultless.) And the food was just out of this world. Best meal we had in NZ - and we had some very nice meals! Would recommend to anyone without hesitation.

1  Thank mCait
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

This was our 3rd visit to Clooney's and it is yet to disappoint. We were part of a group of 10 celebrating a birthday so we were placed right at the back behind the drop curtains (must be a more interior design term than that!) which perfect.

Cut to the chase.

Food - just as good as the previous visits. My suckling pig main blew Roxy's pork 3 ways out of the water. All diners reported their meals as delicious with absolutely no complaints. Even the butter that was served with the bread was much nicer than Roxy's over-hyped butter that came with a 5 minute explanation. The food at Clooney's doesn't need talking through - we're adults - we can read - it's just light, flavourful and delectable.

Service - impeccable. Helpful yet unobtrusive.

Atmosphere - relaxing, private and adult.

Would we go back? in a heartbeat..

Fantastic evening had by all.

Do not go if you are looking for 'value for money' or a large portion. It's about the experience you create for yourself, with the help of the decor, the staff and especially the food.

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2  Thank Martin S
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Nice atmosphere and food was nice but overpriced main was late but we did get am apology from the owner.

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Thank Russdi
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

What a fabulous evening we had at Clooney's. We were greeted promptly and sat at a lovely round table that was ideal for the 3 of us. The waiter was attentive, knowledgable but unobtrusive.The food was outstanding, so many different combinations culminating in an outstanding meal. The cost is not much more than your run of the mill restaurants. Do yourself a favour and try Clooney's

1  Thank DurvilleManager
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Very intimate restaurant great for a date or for adults. Not really the place you would take children. Fantastic food but at the higher end of the market.

2  Thank Juliet W
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