Victoria Park Quarter,
37 Drake Street,
(09) 929 2790
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Dropped in on a Monday evening for dinner. The place wasn't too busy when we got there. The bar area was definitely more popular than the restaurant.
We were seated promptly in the restaurant area in one of the booths. Seating was comfortable and the restaurant was nicely decked out.
Our waitress was friendly and really helpful when it came to ordering food. I had a cocktail, which was alright but tasted a little weak.
The food was tasty and was prepared well. The cornbread wasn't that great but generally no complaints from me. Their ribs were pretty good. Cooked well and it was seasoned well enough.
It didn't take too long for food to come out. I can't comment as to how the food quality and service efficiency is like when the place is busy. But it was all pretty good while I was there.
Overall, I won't mind going back again to try some of the other things on their menu.
Service here is dishonest. Their 'Libertine's own' ale on the menu is neither ale, nor their own. I called out the bartender because it did not taste right, and he admitted it was "some English stuff from a keg". Foolishly I went back on another occasion. I went to the bar before taking a table with a fried. I specifically asked the bartender that time if the 'ale' was now what they advertised it to be. He assured me it was. I ordered again, and unsurprisingly it was the same terrible stuff I'd had the first time. This really annoyed me so I complained to our server. She checked and returned, admitting again it was not what they advertised and offered me a refund. Which would be fine, except I found later when I checked my credit card statement that I had been charged the whole table's bill, on top of them charging my friend half the bill! Every item on the small dishes menu was deep fried. It is very clear that the management is putting revenue before honesty, scruples and guest experience here. I wouldn't mind the bland, unhealthy food and the crap drinks so much if they would charge accordingly and just be up front about what their establishment is.
Went in few weeks back for drinks and have to say i was impressed with the venue. So we called back last Sunday for food this time. I've seen some comments about the service at Libertine being slack or casual and have to agree, but it was a Sunday and its not really fine dining so it didn't bother us.
For meals i had the roast lamb and gnocchi was i was really impressed with, probably the best cooked roast lamb i've ever had. My partner opted for pan fried fish, not a fish lover myself but i have to say this was excellent.
Really impressed with Libertine and will no doubt be back!
Met some friends at Libertine for a friends birthday, there were 8 of us and we got one of the big tables in the restaurant area looking out of the window. Got there around 5pm to watch the sun go down and stayed there all night.
Had a great time and will be back for more soon, thanks Libertine!
Libertine is exactly what a restaurant should look like. Cool decor, exposed ceiling/brick wall open plan, dark candlelit ambiance. We had great service (it was Monday and was almost empty so I would assume any review stating otherwise went on a weekend) and the wine list was great. The menu LOOKED great. I ordered the roast duck and my partner, the pork belly. You would think both would come searing hot with crispy skin. But both came lukewarm and soggy. The pork belly was chewy and overcooked. The duck was okay but not worth $32. The food is not good value for money - and it's not very good, full stop. If you want great atmosphere and food and are looking for a similar price range - go to Sunday Painters or Depot. Both have a much MUCH higher standard of food, and even if you leave breaking the bank, you feel satisfied. Unlike Libertine.
No whisky on the drinks menu..?
dropped in on a wednesday as Libertine had been recommended by a friend. the decor is awesome! lots of candles and dim light and a good soundtrack too. got a nice both for our group and ordered cocktails and sharing plates. the cocktails were really good, and served in cool jars. the food also was really tasty. overall we had a really good time here and will be back. just one thing though... the girls didn't really 'get' the soaps in the toilets? different sure, cool... not sure.
Although I can't comment on the food on offer at Libertine one thing I can say is that the wine/drinks list is amongst the best I have seen in Auckland city.
It's reasonably priced for sure (quite surprising for a new venue like this) and there's a good balance of both local and international varieties.
My pick - the St Hallet Shiraz - is highly recommended. Hubby also was really pleased to see James Squire and Little Creatures feature on the beer menu.
The decor at Libertine is also faultless - I'll be back to sample it's food menu very soon.
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