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O'Connell St Bistro

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3 O'Connell Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-377 1884
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17:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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212 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

The fact that this restaurant has continued on thorough years when so many others have failed largely speaks for itself. We dine here because of the consistently high standards that are set both in terms of service and the quality of food and wine. You cannot ask for much more than good ingredients prepared and served well and that is... More 

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Thank litigate
CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello litigate Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your latest experience at the Bistro & look forward to seeing you again soon, when we will also be able to offer a much improved streetscape & outdoor dining. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

The food is excellent and it has a great wine list and excellent staff (especially Clarissa!). Hard to fault.

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Thank Simon B
CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Simon B Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. It is always a pleasure to look after you & your guests. We look forward to seeing you at the Bistro again soon. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Helensville, New Zealand
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79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

One of our greatest treats is "lunching". It has to be the whole experience for us, food, service, ambiance, wine, comfort. O'Connell Street Bistro ticks all the boxes. Despite O'Connell Street itself being in a state of destruction the day we went it was easy to access the premises. My coat was hung up for me and we headed to... More 

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Thank 1818Chrissy67
CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello 1818Chrissy67 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro - we're pleased that you enjoyed your lunch at the Bistro. The road reconstruction on O'Connell Street is due to be completed in August & we are looking forward to a much improved streetscape, which will include outdoor seating for the Bistro. We look forward to welcoming you back... More 

Galway, Ireland
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65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Although the restaurant was very quiet, there was a large party in their private function room. We virtually had the dining room to ourselves. The service was first class, enhanced by a charming French waiter from Sancerre, who added touch of further elegance to the occasion. Attentive but not intruding. You know the scene is set when the opening line... More 

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Thank Alan S
CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Alan S Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed our menu, wine & service & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

What a restaurant. All I can say is WOW, the staff professional and friendly, the food - DIVINE - Although pricey O' Connell is certainly a case of you get what you pay for. Excellent quality and service. You MUST try the venison, I have never tasted anything better in my life (and I have eaten at many top restaurants).... More 

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Thank 1Giorgio
CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello 1Giorgio Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your dinner at the Bistro & made particular mention of our Venison, which is free range wild Fiordland Venison. We look forward to seeing you at the Bistro again when you next visit Auckland. Ciao Amanda More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

Dinners at O'Connell's are saved for special occasions, but when one such night comes around this will always be my first choice in fine dining. With each return visit I am reminded why this is one of my favorite restaurants in Auckland. The food is delicious and consistently presented to a high standard. Service has always been attentive and knowledgeable... More 

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello OhSweetCaroline Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your dinner & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

With the number of new places in Auckland, havent been back to O'connell St Bistro for a few years. Dinner last night was superb. Fresh Bluff oysters, scallops, rabbit, lamb and two excellent desserts were our choice. Enjoyed glasses of wine from their extensive wine list. Waitress was excellent - knowledge was provided when needed but not for the sake... More 

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello KiwiChris2013 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your recent dinner at the Bistro & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro in the near future. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Brisbane, Australia
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77 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Dined here in a group of 7 to celebrate my friend's birthday. As other reviewers have said this is a really great restaurant. The food was amazing and the servings were a lot more plentiful than you get in a number of other fine dinning restaurants. I had the seared scallops for entree and then Beef Cheeks special for mains... More 

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Thank QualityController_10
CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello QualityController_10 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're delighted that you enjoyed your evening at the Bistro & have also noted your comments regarding the wine service, which have now been addressed with the staff member concerned. Thank you for bringing this to our attention & we look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro... More 

St. Louis
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225 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

This is a great restaurant. At 3 O'Connell Street, phone (09)-377-1884, off the beaten path, just up Vulcan Street east of Queen Street. Small dining room, nine 4-tops and 2 6-tops, reservations highly recommended. Attire should be dressy casual to business. Very expensive, but worth it. A great bar and selection of cocktails, and simply one of the best wine... More 

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CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello GreggSt-Louis Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're pleased that you enjoyed your evening at the Bistro & commented on our unique water conserving toilets ! We look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

Harstad, Norway
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258 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

O'Connell St Bistro is definitely one of the best restaurants I've visited in New Zealand. Relax with a drink or two in the bar while your table gets ready. The food is great and more hearty than you'd get in certain fine dining places in the city. Many regulars opt for their famous rabbit dish, which is indeed superb. The... More 

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Thank seadragon99
CUpton1, Manager at O'Connell St Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Seadragon99 Thank you for your review of O'Connell Street Bistro. We're pleased that you enjoyed your evening with us recently & look forward to welcoming you back to the Bistro when you next visit Auckland. Kind Regards Amanda More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 32
Cuisine
European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 O'Connell Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-377 1884
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 Best Wine Experience in the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2014 & holder of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2000.

Reservations are recommended

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?