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“Best in Auckland”

O'Connell St Bistro
Ranked #52 of 2,372 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$33
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Located in Auckland's historic central business district, multi award winning O'Connell Street Bistro is an intimate modern European back street Bistro. Awarded 1 Hat in the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2017 & holder of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2000. Reservations are recommended.
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Love this awesome food and excellent service. Hardest part about going to O'Connell St is always picking what to have. Never been disappointed with what we have ordered, and always looking for an excuse to go back.

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2014

Hello PtDave78
Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro.
We're delighted that you continue to enjoy our menu, wine list, service
& ambience & we look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro again soon.
Kind Regards
Amanda

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

I chose this restaurant for a business lunch based on its rating in Trip Advisor (also 2 mins from my Auckland base) and was not disappointed in any respect, as were my lunch guests. The service, the food and the atmosphere was flawless and at a level I have experienced in top restaurants around the world. Yes, a little on the pricey side but I don't mind paying for this sort of dining experience. Will be making this a "regular" from now. Unfortunately the roadworks outside were a little intrusive but that could not be avoided.

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Thank Kiwilah
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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2014

Hello Kiwilah
Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro.
We're delighted that you enjoyed your lunch recently.

As you observed, currently our street is undergoing some much needed renovation.
This doesn't affect the operation of the Bistro & we look forward to being able to offer additional outdoor seating in a much improved streetscape as soon as these renovations are completed.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro again soon.
Kind Regards
Amanda

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

This place is centrally located, fairly small and inconspicuous from the outside. We were glad we booked a table as they did seem busy with what appeared to be a mixture of business people, locals and some tourists like ourselves - I find this is usually a good sign of things to come and we were not disappointed. The staff were knowledgeable & the chef is very accomplished judging from our plates of food which had a good blend of complementary ingredients and sufficient variety. The wine prices were reasonable and not over the top although there were some offerings with prices that might make even the expert wine taster wince!

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2014

Hello THSBYorks

Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro.
We're glad that you enjoyed your dinner with us recently.

As you noted, in addiiton to our great menu & service, our comprehensive & award winning wine list is designed to suit all tastes & budgets, including some rare vintages of several prestigeous wines.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland.
Kind Regards
Amanda

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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Dining out is meant to be a pleasurable experience and O'Connell Street Bistro never fails to provide the ultimate dining experience.
From the moment you enter the bistro the friendly attentive service and the cosy warm setting provides the perfect environment to relax and enjoy the company you are with.
The staff are also very knowledgable and offer recommendations both in relation to the menu and suitable beverages to accompany the food.
The food is always of an extremely high standard. Dining here really is a wonderful experience which I would recommend to everyone.

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Thank Jane C
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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2014

Hello Jane C
Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro.
We're delighted that you enjoyed your dinner at the Bistro & look forward to
seeing you again in the near future.
Kind Regards
Amanda

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Reviewed 8 March 2014

I have dined at O' Connell Street many times and have always enjoyed this little bistro.
I have never review before but felt on this occassion I must do so.
Booked for a Friday night about two weeks out and already they were near full.
We were offered two booking times 6pm or 8.30pm we opted for a early dinner at 6pm they later confirmed my booking a day out, nice touch that they actually care about if you are still coming.
Not many restaurants in Auckland even bother to confirm your booking or they run the no booking policy which drives me crazy!!!
We arrived and were warmly greeted by the Restaurant Manager and shown to our table.
The dining room is small with wooden floors and paper cloth tables like a Classic Bistro should be.
We opted for two glasses of Louis Roederer two begin with and dozen Glory bay oysters which were fantastic.
Our waiter informed us of additions to the menu and also mention that tonight they were launching their new summer/autumn menu.
My partner opted for the Octopus Carpaccio I had the Chicken liver Parfait both were stunning.
Mains Line Caught Snapper with Nero risotto and Veal fillet once again faultless I must say on this note the food just gets better and better at O' Connell Street Bistro the balance of flavours and seasoning are just right.
The wine list is extensive our waiter recommend a Morgon to go with the mains something I would normally stay away from but his recommendation was spot on.
The staff are friendly and well informed without been over bearing.
Unfortunately we did not have time for dessert or the room but left feeling well fed.
The Bistro was in full flight when we left yes it was noisy but that just adds to the atmosphere.
Great value, exceptional cooking,Excellent service.

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2014

Hello CCB19452014
Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro.
We're delighted that you enjoyed your evening at the Bistro & look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
Kind Regards
Amanda

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