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“Shocking Service” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of SPQR Cafe & Bar

SPQR Cafe & Bar
Ranked #238 of 2,198 Restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: Italian, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 review
“Shocking Service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

We sat down to dinner at 7 and ordered around 7:30. The starter came out within 20 mins which was okay. At 8:45 we inquired as to where the mains were. In the meantime you would think they would be able to handle getting the drinks right but sadly this seemed to be difficult. At 9pm, 90mins after ordering, we asked again whether the food was coming. We were told 10 minutes. I received my meal at almost 9:20pm. Upon complaint the one thing they did right was to offer a free evening but we insisted on covering our drinks tab as, due to the wait, we had gone through a fair amount between 9 of us. An unfortunate experience but on the plus side the food was good I just won't be going back.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Rude & abrupt staff”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

We were recommended this place by the hostel we were staying in, in the Ponsonby area. Wish we'd never sat down. Rude and ignorant staff - unhelpful about the menu & impolite. Food was tasty but nothing out the ordinary - toilets were unclean although an apologetic sign up to guarantee refurbishment soon....would definitely not return.

As it goes Ponsonby is quiet an expensive area for eateries/drinks etc so good food and service would be nice at those prices....sadly here - not

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Thank BettyEss
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Houston, Texas
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540 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“A nice casual lunch spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

We stopped here for a light lunch after shopping in the up-and-coming Ponsonby Road.

Wide selection. Many tables outside.

Food was good but service a bit slow.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank JoeHouston52
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good food but awful service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

I have been here a few times now and the food has been delicious every time. The menu is not as impressive as you would hope but the prices are low so it is ok. Most of the times we have been the service has been average but the last time we went it was appalling. We were ignored, waited a long time to order, had to get the waiters attention to ask for another bottle of wine as they didn't come over to our table to ask how the meal was. If you don't mind bad service and want a nice meal for a reasonable price then this place is great. I would recommend a table inside as the restaurant is on a busy road with constant traffic so not ideal for a romantic date.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank RVillalta
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Estero,FL
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Uhhhh...I don't get it....would never go back”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

Flies, 3 sips of wine in a glass, very expensive....boring place with a waiter who had
Terribly bad breath...and another helper who couldn't speak English...uninspired menu
for Italian...food so-so....again, very expensive and food definitely not worth it.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank kim028
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