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The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe

) #36 of 1,867 Restaurants in Auckland ££ - £££ , ,
6-8 Vulcan Lane | Auckland City, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-300 6226
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Overview
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good41%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“mussels” (198 reviews)
“belgium beer” (26 reviews)
“fries” (33 reviews)
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CUISINES
Pub, Belgian, Bar, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
6-8 Vulcan Lane | Auckland City, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 632 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We just are at here for dinner tonight. The staff were good. The food was really lovely. Pretty good atmosphere for a rainy Sunday night. We enjoyed ourselves.

Thank Damien V
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Awesome to hear, thanks for your feedback!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a beautiful dinner at this pub. I can see why this place is so popular as the meals are served promptly and staff so friendly.

Thank julie166470
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So... this restaurant was super friendly and had a great ambience but wow the food was not what I expected. Being a tourist I'm not sure if it was my lack of understanding of NZ food but the feta was abysmal, the chowder had sand...More

1  Thank Scott M
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Scott, We are so sorry that this was the case as our food is usually a real highlight of people's experience at The Occi so we are very sorry we let you down. Thank you for letting us know about the issues you experienced...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Atmosphere drew us in. However, the food was quite bad. Between 2 apps and 2 entrees, we may have had 1 decent thing to eat. When we mentioned how poor the food was there was no discount or anything given. "Sorry" was deemed as sufficient....More

Thank Eric J
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Eric, we sincerely apologise that the food was not up to scratch and that you were not compensated accordingly. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we will certainly address it with the front of house team. We hope that you will...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It seems that drinking beer is an important part of New Zealand culture. So of course we had to go to a pub to drinks some beer and The Occidental was a good choice. Just like people recommended, we also took some mussels together with...More

Thank Maria D
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review Maria, we're glad you enjoyed your visit

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't have quite as good a time as some other reviewers at the Occidental. My party found the restaurant to be a bit loud and messy. The fries were very good, but not the drinks. The wait staff didn't seem to be very knowledgeable...More

1  Thank Quintin K
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review Quintin. We are sorry that you had an average experience. As we are a Belgian Beer Cafe, beer is certainly where our experience and knowledge primarily lies and we pride ourselves on this. However, we will work to ensure that all...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another must in Auckland! Been coming here for a while...never miss out on the mussels and fries...delightful! Nice selection of wines and beers. Good location in the center of town and easy walking distance from marina and local hotels.

Thank DPB84
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're so glad you enjoy our specialty and look forward to seeing you again next time.

Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

As its name implied, the restaurant serves a large selection of Belgium beers and of course, steamed or grilled green lip mussel. The green lip mussels are New Zealand specific sea food: large comparing to the ones from other regions. The staff is responsive, attentive...More

Thank Vuong N
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your comprehensive feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review and hope we'll be able to welcome you back again soon

Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

This is a must go with great prices, large servings, good service and beautiful food. The building has character and the people friendly.

Thank RLT63
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks very much for your feedback, great to hear that you enjoy your visits to The Occi

Reviewed 9 May 2017

This place was a great spot to pull up at dinner time, have some good bar food and plenty of Belgian beer!

Thank j0hnh87
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Thanks for coming a long to The Occi, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15 - US$29
Cuisine
Pub, Belgian, Bar, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 03:00
Monday
07:30 - 03:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 03:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 03:00
Thursday
07:30 - 03:00
Friday
07:30 - 03:00
Saturday
09:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6-8 Vulcan Lane | Auckland City, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-300 6226
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Description
In 1999 The Occidental Hotel on Vulcan Lane, Auckland was transformed into The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe which is the first authentic Belgian Beer Cafe in the Southern Hemisphere. We proudly serve an extensive selection of the finest Belgian beer and some of the best wines from New Zealand and Australia, complimented by authentic Belgian cuisine.
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