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“Relaxing and classy”
Review of Clooney Restaurant

Clooney Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 2,272 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $60 - $110
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
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's Jarod Santana and Grant Dingwall 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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Relaxing and classy”
Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

Really nice place to dine. We went for a long lunch and the service, wine options and food was brilliant

Visited December 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2013

My boyfriend and I went to Clooney for dinner to celebrate my birthday. We had 6 course dinner. As we don`t know much about wine, we asked our waiter to match wine for all of our courses. Our waiter, Patrick, did an excellent job. All the wines went perfect with the brilliantly cooked food. The atmosphere was amazing, very elegant décor. We were having a very romantic night so the waiter did not intrude us at all, understanding that we wanted to be left alone, but at the same time he was always there when we needed him. We will definitely come back!

  • Visited November 2013
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2 Thank EvaNovo
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food, nice atmosphere”
Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

Went here with a friend who was told the lamb was great. It was. Enjoyed the experience nice wine, and service was good. Seemed the area was odd for a restaurant location but was worth it.

2 Thank Adrian R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Auckland's best restaurant”
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

No where else in Auckland can combine tastes on a plate like this place. An absolute joy to eat here. Not great if you've got a movement disorder or poor eyesight as it feels like the batcave. It is very expensive but we don't go very often so I don't mind. Don't know anyone who's into food who doesn't rate this place. Always gives me cooking ideas that would be well beyond my ken.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank linzgray
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very good”
Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

We had a business dinner here a few ago with about 10 of us. Service was great and so was the food although the serves were a little on the small side. We used the area at the back which was fine given it was a Thursday but if looking for a little more privacy for a work dinner then I wouldn't suggest this is the place.

Visited October 2013
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