The Conservatory

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North Wharf,
Jellicoe Street,
Auckland Central

The Conservatory Information

The Conservatory is created by the owners of The Attic at Mission Bay. The Conservatory at North Wharf is a wine bar, cocktail bar and restaurant with a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with areas for lounging, dining and having a drink. The Conservatory has an open fire by the sea. It’s a place you can go for breakfast, lunch and dinner or share a sumptuous platter with friends. It’s a place you can enjoy an ice cold pint, amazing cocktails and indulge in some delicious boutique wines by the glass. Designed to suit every occasion, The Conservatory is literally full of life – it’s New Zealand’s first living bar.

Not Necessary on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Avg Food Spend
$$$ per person
Food Info
Bar Menu, Breakfast Menu
Children welcome
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets

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Reviewer MAyers
We experienced extremely poor service at The Conservatory. We arrived at lunch-time and ordered two drinks and a pizza. Then we sat and waited. After an hour, with still no food on the table we decided to give up and go somewhere else.

It was a busy day, and I could have accepted a wait, however we just seemed to get completely overlooked. Quite simply, other customers who arrived after us ordered and got served and we didn't.

Finally, I was unimpressed by the response of the waitress who said "You arrived at a very busy time, our kitchen is really small, and people don't realise we're more of a bar than a restaurant." Lots of excuses, and no real apology.

Won't be going again, and wouldn't recommend.
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Reviewer georgia_r
I went to the Conservatory with a group of 5 on a quiet Saturday afternoon.
The staff all looked like they'd had a hard night out the night before. Although they were friendly they were not attentive.
We sat down at a table which was not clean, and the seats had crumbs all over them.
We had to wait an astonishing 45 mins - 1 hour for our food. Which was odd since there weren't many other customers and we only had basic stuff, eg burgers.
During that time no one told us it was going to be that long, and no one offered us more drinks.
The food is ok, but overpriced for what is basically pub-food.
Even in such a nice location the Conservatory lacks atmosphere.
Would not recommend and will avoid it in future.
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Reviewer Waihekien
Luke warm food, cutlery served after warm food.
bacon Avocado dish served with no Avocado.
Went to The Conservatory once before would not go again.
No apology or any effort to correct incomplete meal.
The Conservatory Management need to sort this one out.
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Reviewer hawkyj
Beware of ordering the calzone (I think it's called the "Pergola" folded pizza on the menu). It was served to me completely burnt black on top (they tried to hide the burntness by putting salad on top of it - er, didn't you think I might notice when I cut into it and tasted it?). No apology for it either. Having said that the Conservatory itself is nice - sitting outside and chilling out.
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Reviewer stiffarm
best bar in the Wynyard Quarter bar none. Been to the Conservatory three times now since it opened and haven't been let down. If you're quick get one of the hanging seats outside the conservatory...any more relaxed and you'll be asleep!
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Reviewer MTGDF
The Conservatory, North Wharf
I feel this bar lacks character, atmosphere and warmth; has a very clinical feel! The waitress mixed up our order and we got someone else's food! I wont be ordering food from here again. Have also heard from other people, that many things on the menu weren't available to order!
Word of mouth travels fast, in the hospitality industry!!
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Reviewer manhac95
My in-law family and I attended the conservatory today, Fathers day! It was very busy at wynyard quarter as you can imagine and we could not fault the conservatory! (even mother in law). The only fault being that there is no wait list, so sweet talking the staff for a next available table is the best way. They were great, put a reserved sign on a table where the guests were nearly finished, and within 10mins we were seated. Everything was stretched to the max, menus, chairs but not service. Our waitress attended all our needs amazingly promptly, always with a smile and lovely demeanor.
We ordered a round, which arrived in 2mins. Asked for our meal order, we asked for another 2min, we got exactly that, not forgotten like some places do when u ask for more time. 3 pizzas and 3 fries to share was the perfect amount. Great big flavoursome pizzas.
Menu looked great for tasting platters, and another guests risotto looked amazing.
We really could not fault the conservatory's service, food and atmosphere. We will be back (including mother-in-law)!
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Reviewer braindrain
visited the conservatory yesterday - first visit to the Wynyard Quarter - and must say I was pretty impressed. Good standard of service and a nice, relaxed setting. What was equally surprising about the conservatory was it's reasonably wide selection of beers - nice touch.
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Reviewer rmoffie
We were taking clients out to lunch and decided to try The Conservatory. We were all very impressed with the great food, wine and service. We will defiantly be making this a regular place for lunch and I look forward to trying out more on the amazing menu and enjoying the buzzing atmosphere and beautiful view.
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Reviewer Jennyjenny
We had a party of about 25 people last night at the Conservatory Bar and we were all most impressed. We arrived a 7.15pm and it was very full and thought 'oh dear, not much space' but some seats and tables had been reserved for our group outside. The wait staff were very helpful and attentive, good choice of food selection, platters and pizza's.

For such a busy place we could not fault the conservatory staff, they made the evening run very smooth. Well done to your team.

Would only prefer less of the neon lights outside!!
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Reviewer Snico
Had a disappointing experience at the Conservatory, of the three wines we ordered, only one was available, of the 2 deserts we wanted, only one was available! Worse the waitress attending to us did not know this when we ordered but had to be told by the kitchen and bar. Food was very slow, drinks were well made but took too long to get out. At one point the music stopped and none of the staff seemed to notice. It took ten minutes for it to be started again!

Very disappointed with how the conservatory was run.
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Reviewer arnold
Was thoroughly disappointed with our first visit to Jellicoe wharf and that was due to the crap service we received at Conservatory Bar. We had a lovely seat in the sun outside and was promptly given the menu and that is where the service stopped. After taking our order for 3 breakfasts 2 coffees and a croissant (no tomato I asked twice) we waited half hour then got the 3 breakfasts, after 15 mins of waiting I asked if my croissant was ready and was told "oh sorry I saw it sitting there ages ago" she brought it out only to be taken back with tomato inside which quickly came back cold croissant soggy with tomato juice and seeds. 20 mins later we asked to have our coffees take away as we were sick of waiting. We paid the bill then continued to wait and got an undrinkable flat white and still no Chai Latte. A guy asked my mum if she was ok and she told him she had been waiting a long time for a Chai Latte and that "your service is crap" and was told that "we don't tolerate that type of language in here" to which my mum left upset still with no drink, deciding it was easier to leave than ask for her money back!!! Really annoyed with our first experience of the conservatory and hope overseas visitors don't get treated the same!!!
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Reviewer chrissieh
had brunch yesterday at the wynyard quarter. Fantastic setting on an almost spring-like day,
Decided to opt for the conservatory as it seemed like the best option for us (with a couple of youngsters in tow). Nice food and decor and service although brisk, was friendly....wynyard quarter is now an auckland destination and the conservatory is well recommended if you are in the vicinity.
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Reviewer kellyl
Went to The Conservatory for breakfast, we were told when we were seated that there was a half hour wait for coffees which was pretty funny considering they were only 60% full. We consoled ourselves with the fact that we would have coffee with our food. Unfortunately the coffees never arrived despite our repeated follow up to our waitress. Food was good but definitely not cheap. Service very poor, they seem to have only employed VERY inexperienced staff and an absent manager who, when he was sighted looked as if he'd just rolled in from a rough night and was more interested in chatting to passersby and hugging the waitresses. Will definitely steer clear of The Conservatory!
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Reviewer Customer
Probably the worst 'dining' experience in a long, long, long time. Granted, it was only lunch, but still. Arrived at The Conservatory at 12:30pm, order taken at 12:45pm, food arrived at 2:03pm. And the food was nothing special - simply a chicken sandwich and some fries. Had I not been with a group of people (whose order was equally long delayed) I would simply have left. The manager did apologise and give a discount, which is good, but I wont be back to The Conservatory. My one-star rating is simply because the system defaults to a minimum one star - I'd have preferred NO star.
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Reviewer Anonymous
Really looking forward to the opening of The Conservatory - a friend of mine has been involved with the development of the Wynyard Quarter and it sounds like The Conservatory is one venue to look out for - bring on launch day!
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