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“Our new Fab Local”
Review of Verbena Bar and Bistro - CLOSED

Verbena Bar and Bistro
Price range: USD 15 - USD 20
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Our new Fab Local”
Reviewed 20 May 2012

Our first visit was a vinemakers dinner and it was fabulous - every course was a stunner with quality, freshness and quantity - enough mouthfuls to get the flavour. Friendly staff and the owner overseeing all. Looking forward to our next visit.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Nicola W
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English first
Auickland
2 reviews
“Verbena - it's your local”
Reviewed 11 May 2012

This is a rarity in New Zealand suburbia - a delightful little restaurant & bar that is more like a warm corner dairy than a commercial centre brasserie.

It is absolutely one of the best discoveries to be made on the city - and it is a bit of a secret because it is visually recessive from the outside, and doesn't shout its presence with bright signage within the tiny set of Verrans Corner shops opposite the Birkenhead Transport depot.

Verbena has a warm, domestic, relaxed sense of comfort, coupled with a menu that ranges from memorable top-flight to casual pizza-&-beer nights. The bar area is more home lounge, with a welcoming open fire in winter, and low-key live music on some nights, but even on those occasions it is a venue where conversation doesn't mean shouting - a huge attribute in itself. Onstreet parking is easy. The service is unfailingly great, informed, and equally family-like.

Those of us who live nearby feel very lucky to have walking access to such a place, but even if you are not that close, forget 'Mainstreet' and try it ...

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank George F
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem / Amazing Value / Best on the North Shore”
Reviewed 29 April 2012

My partner and I took my parents here for dinner and we were wowed from the experience. Their service was friendly and attentive with the owner welcoming us and clearly managing both the bar and the restaurant capably and confidently.

The wine list was both reasonably priced and extenstive for a place so unknown. They also offered plenty of vino's in carafes which I just love.

Our starters were plated beautifully and were fresh and simple, cooked to perfection and the right size. Our mains were more of the same superb culinary examples as the starters. I reccomend having the dessert platter for two to get a taster of what they have on offer.

This place also opens in the early afternoon and there is a garden out the back, hard to find in Auckland!, which you can enjoy your drink in if the sun is still shining.

We will be back, we will be telling all our friends and I fully expect this restaurant will be an award winning one very soon.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Kiwi_Tripping
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AKL
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“It may be in a not so well known suburb, but it some of the best food you can get in auckland!”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

We have been here at least 20 times and have never been disappointed. If you have the chance try and go to a winemakers dinner. Book in advance , most of the time it's sold out and there are long waiting lists! The food gets matched to the wines from the chosen winery, you get a little talk from the excellent chef on his choices of food and the winery on their chosen wines. The restaurant which is set in an old bakery is always packed for these nights.
And if you don't want a fancy meal have a drink and a tapa in the cost relaxing bar. We are very lucky to have such a great place so close to where we live.

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Thank SVP_AKL
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Auckland NZ
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fabulous local secret!”
Reviewed 14 March 2012

Verbena Bar and Bistro is a wonderful little restaurant. It's menu is small yet wide ranging. We have been twice now - we had to return to see if we were just lucky the first time. Lucky for us we were not!

This is the sort of food one would expect in the city rather then the suburbs. Well worth a visit!

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Thank mrscrispy2
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