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3 O'Connell Street,
Auckland Central

(09) 377 1884

O'Connell Street Bistro Information

Located on the corner of Shortland & O'Connell Streets in Auckland Central, the O'Connell Street Bistro is a small intimate multi-award winning dining room of twelve tables, created in the theme of a modern European back street bistro, with a cosy and well stocked bar.

The O'Connell Street Bistro proprietor, Chris Upton, trained in the UK, and also spent four years on board QE2. His Head Chef, Stephen Ward is NZ trained, and has previously returned from London where he worked at Terence Conran's Bluebird restaurant. Stephen has been with the Bistro since November 2000.

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri: 11.30 till late
Sat: 17.30 till late
Food Times
Lunch: Mon to Fri - 11:30 to 15:00
Dinner: Mon to Sat - 17.30 till late
Essential on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Avg Food Spend
$$$ per person
Food Info
Pre Theatre Menu, Set Lunch Menu, A La Carte Menu
Drink Info
Wine from $14.00 per bottle
Children welcome
Metro Top 50 - 2012
Metro Restaurant of the Year Award 2011 - Best Smart Dining Restaurant
Best Service - Metro - 2009
Best Wine Experience - Cuisine 2008
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets

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It had been a while since I had managed to get out to one of Auckland's "top restaurants".
O'Connell Street Bistro was our pick from a long list before we moved on to the main event of the Beatles 50th anniversary tour.
In brief the service was nothing short of superb, faultless almost (despite our waiter not being able to find our wine) but we made sure that we told him it was ok and it was more our fault for having to leave.

Food, mostly amazing, Scallop dish was the highlight for me and well priced for the size as well, so much so I thought briefly that perhaps they had given me the main size instead of entree, duck was excellent, the vegetarian main of cous cous with artichokes was good but not the standard of the rest of the meal.

Desserts where again excellent, a perfect but simple brulee and a chocolate mousse to die for that pretty much everyone in the restaurant ordered.
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Reviewer tsan479
I have to admit I didn't really have any high expectations before going to O'Connell Street Bistro but boy was I impressed!

When we first arrived we were greeted by a friendly host and taken to our table. The place isn't very big with only around 10 tables which gives it a great ambience.

The menu had great variety with some interesting choices such as Rabbit, Veal and Kingfish. I ordered the marinated Kingfish entree and it was amazing! It came with tempured crayfish which was delicious too! For my main I had Roasted duck breast and confit leg, it was cooked to perfection.

The service was great with the staff being very helpful and attentive. I have to say I would definitely come back here again.

If you're looking for some great food O'Connell Street Bistro is definitely somewhere to go!
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Reviewer sbme
Would have to say wasn't impressed with the food - especially given the price. Attended as part of a private function a few months ago, we had Set Menu - Tasted the squid and was fine, but no different to any typical pub meal standard while the Risotto was extremely bland, several of us tried to improve this with salt .. and more salt .. and I normally never add salt to anything! Unfortunately left quite disappointed.
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Reviewer Anonymous
Had the pleasure of lunch at O'Connell Street Bistro yesterday - it was delicious!
We had a set menu and I chose the Confit Duck leg & homemade Merguez sausage cassoulet, which was melt in the mouth. Most of our table ordered this as we knew how hard it is to get Duck perfect - so best leave it to the experts!
Others with me had Twice baked Goats cheese & Thyme souffle, poached new seasons Asparagus or the Cambrian Beef sirloin with pont neuf Potatoes - I noticed nobody wanted to share either!
After that desert - they were huge and extremely rich but you only live once so why not! Baked Tahitian Vanilla creme Brulee or Treacle tart, marinated Prunes & Mascarpone while I had the White Chocolate delice, smashed Nougat, fresh Raspberries & manuka Honey crisp - which was just like a soft Milky Bar chocolate pudding.
After being stuffed to the brim - I needed an afternoon nap!
Highly recommend checking this place out. As well as lovely food the staff are very friendly and professional!
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Reviewer maverick11
Have to say I was underwhelmed by the food at O'Connell Street as I had heard so much about the place. Went as part of a big group and had the set menu. Squid was lovely but very simple, my duck was too salty and the chocolate dessert was extremely rich with the presentation not worthy of its price tag. The creme brulee that came out looked very plain too. I wonder if it was because we had the set menu. Our waiter was fantastic however. Probably wont go back.
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Reviewer Louie
Having only heard good reviews about O'Connell Street Bistro, I had high hopes for my dinner outing. Couldn't fault the service, both in the bar and the restaurant and the ambiance was good too. Unfortunately the food did not meet my expectations. For a starter I had the squid which was fine but nothing special. My duck main was not good what so ever. It was tough and salty, in fact the whole main course was salty, parsnips included. Another diner at a different table also had the duck and I overheard her giving the same feedback to the waiter. The chocolate dessert was OK, but the presentation was pretty basic given the price. Others at the table had mixed views, but all were a little underwhelmed. The wine selection was outstanding so I had plenty to drink to make up for the food.
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Reviewer Anonymous
a maze ing!!! - arrived with high expectations and the restaurant didnt fail to deliver. The service, the ambiance, the food - 10 points!! Have not had such a perfect meal (four people, three courses) in a long time. Each meal was sublime. Its up there cost wise but oh so worth EVERY cent. We will certainly be back
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Reviewer Anonymous
One of the nicest restaurants in Auckland, very small and tucked away, but both the food and service is amazing. A lovely place to go, one of my favourites.
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