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“Great Food Great experience”
Review of Clooney Restaurant

Clooney Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 2,403 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $80 - $170
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: We entertain with fine food and personable service that imparts knowledge and storytelling. Our focus is to showcase the New Zealand ingredients we use and their regional diversity. This comes to life in preparation and presentation. We are not a restaurant with a defined technique; we are guided by what best represents our ingredients. We cook precisely executed and boldly flavoured dishes that are unified and balanced, dishes that embody progression and purpose. We have an intimate relationship with the growers of our ingredients and where we can we tend and grow our own. We care about running an ethical, sustainable business where people love to eat, and our staff are proud to work.
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The menu choices at first glance appeared a bit small, however everybody in the group walked away raving about the great food and a wonderfull overall dining experience

2  Thank SaKiwiAuckland
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Great food and great service. Our waitress was knowledgable, described the food beautifully and non intrusive. The food was stunning, presentation, flavour and balance. Lots of unusual mixing of textures and taste that turned something ordinary into something delicious without too much pretension. Portions were just right to allow you to enjoy but not leave feeling fit to bust. A really great use of the best New Zealand produce. The decor is very dark, and lighting so low that caution is needed with steps etc, didn't really get this about the decor. But would highly recommend for a special night out.

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1  Thank RodneyAuckland
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Went recently for a romantic dinner for two, and had the five course sampler/degustation menu.
It was all very beautifully presented but in some ways a bit contrived. Every dish had some really fabulous elements, but also bits that really didn't add anything. I don't want to be over-critical as my comment is more against this "modern ultra-competitive theatre" of food, rather than Clooneys implementation which is top class.
Wine matchings were excellent and service very good. We booked early and the decor is IMHO a bit gloomy and cavernous until it fills up a bit, but certainly somewhere to take a special someone that you want to impress as the booth seating is very romantic.

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1  Thank Andrew_NZ120
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Went with my daughter recently for special occasion dinner and Clooney certainly lived up to it's reputation and more. Stunning interior, attentive service but the real star is the food. Quite simply the best food we have ever eaten. Texture, flavour, freshness and presentation all 10/10. Save up and treat yourself you will not be dissapointed. Clooney is worth every cent and more and I am looking forward to my next visit.

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2  Thank TravelproNZ
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The chef at Clooney is amazing! Have heard he has been there for years, perhaps since the restaurant opened. Des Harris's food was sensational, the service excellent, the tassels spectacular. I can now see why the chef has just won Best NZ Chef at the Cuisine 2013 awards. Perfect night out.

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4  Thank Trudi N
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