We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
210 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-377 1911
Website
Saturday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
Fri 12:00 - 17:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

1,063 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,032: English reviews
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on our shared birthday as a very special treat. We've been to the French Cafe over the decades and we have always loved it. But this tasting menu with the matching wines is just genius. The service is impeccable, the environment is beautiful, especially the kitchen garden, out by the fireplace. They have their own bee hive. I... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jacquiandnickkiwi
Tauranga, New Zealand
Level Contributor
25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is fine dining at its best. Every staff member was professional, friendly and went beyond any service we have experienced before. The food.....This is one meal we will remember for years to come. We did the degustation, the wine matches we will hunt down as they were beyond good. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough and now understand why... More 

Helpful?
Thank Cheryl H
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We celebrated an anniversary dinner with friends and the French Cafe lived up to its rating as best restaurant in NZ. The service was outstanding, food was fabulous, wine was perfect with knowledgeable staff. Could not ask for better.

Helpful?
Thank danascully2015
Northcote
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, lovely presentation. Menu confusing (possibly meant to be to add to the spend) Wine at 250% markup. Worth repeating for a special occasion. Prefer Sidart and The Grove and several others!

Helpful?
Thank Mike M
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was just stunning - can't describe - you have to do it yourself. Service, food, decor. Had heard about this from friends and been planning to come for ages. Had a big event - wedding anniversary - and booked. Had so much advice that it was brilliant - was more than!!

Helpful?
Thank Aplaanz
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was great,all 3 courses were really good,we found the prices to be mid to top end but all considered it was well worth it

Helpful?
Thank roy t
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was excellent and the extras much appreciated. Was a great evening. On arrival we were shown a table away from others and enjoyed champagne whilst we waited, Drinks choice was more than adequate.

Helpful?
Thank Bruce C
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To find that special place to celebrate our love for each other and our love of good food, The French Cafe is true and genuine in its food and service. Each dish is a stunning surprise, with the X factor in flavour and presentation. We pledge our undying love for each other across the table over caramalised beetroot and goats... More 

Helpful?
Thank Janiburm
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The overall experience is always very very good there. They ensure that you and your guests feel special

Helpful?
Thank GOM1956
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant never fails to deliver. Usually I leave it up to the chef, their preset menus with accompanying wines are glorious and take away any pressure of choosing the 'right' dish. Sit back and let your senses be entertained. Incredibly knowledgeable staff, very generous with their time regardless of how busy the dining room is.

Helpful?
Thank phanson1

Travellers who viewed The French Cafe also viewed

Auckland, Auckland Region
Auckland, Auckland Region
 
Auckland, Auckland Region
Auckland, Auckland Region
 
Auckland, Auckland Region
 

Been to The French Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
French, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Tuesday
18:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 23:00
Thursday
18:00 - 23:00
Friday
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 17:00
Saturday
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 210 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-377 1911

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The French Cafe and other visitors
12 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (12)

Questions? Get answers from The French Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?