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“Flawless”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Clooney Restaurant

Clooney Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 2,235 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$60 - US$110
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Auckland, New Zealand
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Flawless”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Did the 5 course degustation as didn't have time for the 7 course option. We couldn't fault any course with each bringing amazing flavour and creativity. American waitress was very friendly providing in depth commentary on each dish and great recommendations on the wine matching. The pineapple cheesecake desert thing was one of the best deserts I've ever had. Like a tropical island in my mouth!

Visited July 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

it is a best restaurant in AKL ... food was amazing and tremendous atmosphere ..i will definitely come again with my friends...it was really good experience thanks..

  • Visited July 2014
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“Sublime!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

My first dining experience at Clooney and it was a total taste sensation! Fabulous interior fit out. The atmosphere and service were excellent!

  • Visited July 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“What you expect”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

When a restaurant wins as many awards and nominations as Clooneys you know the food and service will be excellent, which it was. My only comment beyond this was that they have gone to a lot of effort to segment the room with some really nice screen net curtains. However we were next to a window overlooking a courtyard full of junk. One more curtain and my review would have finished after the first sentence and there would be a couple more stars under atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2014
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“Outstanding.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

An outstanding culinary experience.
Faultless service, amazing sommelier, well placed tables- could not hear conversation at surrounding tables and music not too loud-yes you could talk to each other without difficulty- a dining rarity.
We had the five course degustation with a mix of meat and vegetarian courses.
Well thought out food with fantastic textures and intelligent flavours.
We would return in a heartbeat.
One of the best meals we've had in a long time.
On street paid parking available.

  • Visited July 2014
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