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“Superb dining experience”
Review of Clooney Restaurant

Clooney Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 2,329 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$60 - US$110
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
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 Jarod Santana 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 Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Superb dining experience”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

7 course degustation menu with wine matching. Absolutely fabulous menu and knowledgeable, friendly staff. Highly recommend

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3 Thank Pete_J_Stark
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Outstanding Dinner and romantic ambiance”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Having dined in a number of Michelin star restaurants, I rate Clooney certainly up there. We had the five course degustation menu, each course totally different with food beautifully presented and balanced with fantastic wines. The service was impeccable and all of us had a fantastic night with lots of laughter. It is a very stylish restaurant with an air of sophistication yet far from stuffy. We will definitely be bringing our Los Angeles friends here who are total foodies, come the summer as I am confident they will love an evening here as much as us.

  • Visited August 2014
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3 Thank Linnie J
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Highly recommended”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

We had the 5 course degustation menu at $110 person. Food was amazing (the deconstructed coconut cheesecake is the best dessert I have ever had), the stylish ambiance was gorgeous - love the leather boothes. Great service - very efficient and friendly. Highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2014
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3 Thank Aniweta
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“First class”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

I took a very close friend to Clooney last evening and we had the seven-course degustation menu. The food was superb and the service excellent. Definitely a dinner to remember for a long time. Don B.

  • Visited August 2014
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3 Thank Don940
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Auckland
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Very Professional”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Clooneys deserves its reputation as one of the best premium restaurants in Auckland. The food -which is superb - is sophisticated nouveau cuisine rather than 'hearty' bistro type fare. It also has a unique ambiance with their cutained booths in a converted warehouse. The service was very professional. 3 courses, cocktails and wine for a couple was ~NZ$150 per person.

  • Visited August 2014
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3 Thank NZSimonSays
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