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33 Sale Street,
Freemans Bay

(09) 358 1702

Clooney Information


Clooney, Freeman's Bay, Auckland embraces the European tradition of constantly changing menus, which reflect the use of seasonal produce, both familiar and rare.

Opening Hours
Mon-Sun 17.30-late
Open for lunch Fridays
Food Times
6 and 10 course tasting menus.
Essential on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Avg Food Spend
$$$$ per person
Food Info
A La Carte Menu
Drink Info
Cocktail List available
Jeans OK
Children welcome - Kids welcome
Outdoor Area
Private area
Winner Best Fine Dining Restaurant - 2012 Metro
Metro Top 50 - 2012
Cuisine Restaurant Of The Year Awards
2007 – 2008 – 2009 – 2010 – 2011

Metro Restaurant Of The Year Awards
2007 – 2008 – 2009 – 2010 – 2011

Metro Restaurant Of The Year Awards
2010 – 2011

Winner of NZIA Resene New Zealand Awards For Architecture 2008.
Winner of ‘Best Room’ – Metro Magazine
Restaurant Of The Year Awards 2007.
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Reviewer Imee Tribo
Clooney is the sort of place that you'll only go to if a) you own at least three beachfront properties across Auckland, b) it's a really special occasion or c) someone else is paying. It's the kind of place that makes you feel fancy as soon as you walk in.The Good:- The service from our waiter was impeccable. He was very knowledgeable about both the menu and the wine list, was friendly without being intrusive and seemed to appear out of nowhere to discreetly refill our glasses or whatever we needed- The food was delicious with a lot of flavours that were well balanced. The sugar cured ostrich entree in particular was outstanding, and the duck breast main was also very goodThe Bad:- The wine list, though extensive, really seemed overpriced even by Auckland standards (and that's saying something). Unless you are a serious wine aficionado who can tell what grapes are in a wine and the density of the soil the vines are grown in just by sniffing a taster, then you're probably better off limiting how much wine you drink here and going to one of the nearby restaurants afterwards if you want to drink moreThe Ugly:- We were seated at a table close to the kitchen and partway through our meal we could hear (for several minutes) the chef(?) being quite verbally abusive to the other kitchen staff. It made us feel really uncomfortable to the point where, as much as I enjoyed the food, we won't be going back there. I know there's a certain amount of that kind of thing in the hospitality industry but honestly, it's just not on and it was hard to enjoy our meal because we felt terrible for the kitchen staff. My only regret is that I didn't say anything to the restaurant at the time, for fear of being yelled at myself in front of a full dining room. So there you have it: great food, expensive wine, won't be going back.
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Reviewer Antonihalford
I have only been to Clooney's the once and it was very refreshing, the staff were friendly, the wine was delicious and the food, well the food was exquisite! I'm planning to go back next year (February) with my (now) husband to celebrate our One year Wedding Anniversary :)
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You arrive and are greeted in a very friendly and homely manner and as we got to our table we thought we would struggle with the light as it’s so dark but as it turns out when you adjust it isn’t that bad. I for one was very happy that my eyes adjusted as the restaurant is beautiful, so far hands down the best dining room I have visited. Booths with fairy lights surrounding and really unique light bulbs, it’s a very open restaurant but the way it is designed makes you feel like you have your own private room. This illusion is only spoiled occasionally as the ghostly figures of the wait staff walk through the fairy lights to deliver your food.

Onto the food I had a dish which was in its basic form a deconstructed quail served with a duck ham and it was to turn out to be the best dish of the night, perfectly cooked and a concoction of textures, flavours and colours. My wife’s sweet pea salad was adequate and a nice light start to a meal.

Onto mains I had the Market fish whilst my wife had the gnocchi with hen’s yolk. The gnocchi I thought was perfect, soft and melt in the mouth with the richness coming from the yolk. The fish was really good, fresh and a great eat however probably a little over priced at $46. It wasn’t that it was bad but it was the single most expensive dish I have eaten in New Zealand and although good it wasn’t the best dish either.

Where Clooney’s excel is in the small twists which turns a good dish into an excellent I want more dish. They had that in abundance in the desserts, we couldn’t decide so we went for 3 desserts. Couldn’t understand why but it took half an hour for the desserts to arrive. We had Valrohna chocolate textures, a liquorice dish and finally the strawberry dessert with a basil ice cream. Strawberry dessert that was best, the basil ice cream on its own was a little strange but together with the strawberries it was nothing short of sensational!
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Reviewer peachie
This is a standout restaurant in Auckland. The decor is cool and contemporary but Clooney have artfully made a big space cosy and intimate. The service is outstanding - the best in town - knowledgeable, engaging and attentive without being overly familiar. I remembered from my last visit to Clooney that the food was a bit salty, but it thoroughly redeemed itself this time. Every course was totally delicious, the sides (and fries!) were great and - while I'm not usually a fan of 'deconstructed' desserts - I'd make a rare exception for the feijoa crumbly thingy that was recommended. Clooney is a class above - treat yourself and put it on your list.
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Reviewer nidamars
Had a fantastic dining experience last night (Thursday). The tasting menu / degustation is delightful and offers a wide variety of courses with a few surprise twists (e.g. Ostrich). While Clooney is rather expensive, the degustation is well worth every dollar spent. Wait staff are attentive and they enjoy talking you through the dishes, perfect for any first timers!
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Reviewer Gauma
Clooney is a very special place. Dim lights, incredibly soft sofas, curtains that give privacy to the customers… If you want to spend a romantic evening with someone you love, Clooney is the place to go. Truly exquisite food, knowledgeable staff will make it the night to remember.
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Clooney is the most sophisticated venue in Auckland and although there's a pricetag to match, the Clooney experience is worth every cent.
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Reviewer Ben De Haan
What excellent service. Booked in late (Friday) for an early sitting (Saturday), still tons of atmosphere, and they provided for my wife's dietary requirements (gestational diabetes) perfectly. Definitely, Clooney is absolutely recommended!
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Reviewer Nik Shipkov
Had a 5 star experience at Clooney last night. Special occasions require special settings and after last night's dining experience it's hard to fault Clooney at all.
The service was fantastic, ambiance nice and buzzy and the food - delicious - throw in a few bottles of Churton "The Abyss" Pinot Noir and good company and you've got the makings of a great night out.
I can now understand why Clooney is consistently at the top of the pecking order when Auckland's best restaurants are decided upon!
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Reviewer PipBarling
Quite simply the best dining experience in Auckland. Great service, very cool interior, awesome atmosphere and the food was to die for. Most definitely recommended.
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Reviewer Anonymous
We recently spent my partners celebration of completing her masters degree with 1st class honours at this lovely restaurant. It reminded me of old Vegas or Hollywood days. I am from So. Cal so I know what I am talking about. The venue was nice and cool, I of course would have changed a couple of things but for Auckland I thought it was flash and the food was excellent. They were a bit slow out of with the mains but they brought us some lovely tasters to hold us over. The service was fab and the food was excellent, we all ordered something different and they were all cooked to perfection and lovely tastes. We hit the desserts as well and they were also lovely flavours and very worth it. All and all we had an awesome time. I would have given them a 5 of 5 but it was a bit cold inside and our food was a bit delayed but the service made up for it. Woudl love to go back. Is a bit pricey but the food was excellent and high quality!
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Reviewer Spotty
Absolutely amazing! I have been here once and will be back here again soon! The portions look small at first but they are perfectly sized as you far from leave Clooneys with a rumbling tummy!
Great Service and would recommend as one of the perier Auckland Restaurants!
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Reviewer Will Haworth
I was literally blown away by Clooney's.

Having visited the french Cafe and Meredith's in previous weeks I didn't hold too much hope out for Clooney's but it quickly put that right.

The atmosphere and furniture are excellent, the best I have seen in New Zealand, and the food was fantastic.

The service is bubbly and helpful, which turned in to a big tip on our departure.

I can not recommend this place enough, the menu is simple foods created in a tantilising dish.

It is not cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for.
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Reviewer Dunky
Clooney, may I say was a lovely restaurant, lovely food, lovely ambience, lovely service, however the food was not in the fantastic category, the category where all you want to do is share a mouthful with your friends at the table and go "oh my god". Although perfectly cooked the conflicting flavors of too many sauces and flavours per plate simply left you trying to work out the taste of main ingredient? It has a menu that tries a little too hard and doesn't quite pull it off.
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At night the restaurant Clooney can be, well, full on.

But the other day, when I needed a place for a midday meal with a few colleagues and thought it would be nice to get out of the Viaduct, I remembered that Clooney, though not in a neighborhood with many office workers, is open for lunch.

The restaurant was more than half empty, which made me worry that it wouldn’t be fully on its game. Wrong. We had an attentive waiter and a very fine meal.

If you’re a restaurant lover and you’ve got a schedule flexible enough to get out for lunch, it’s a meal very much worth using to visit restaurants precisely like Clooney.

At Clooney the lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu: no reduced prices, but no reduced selection, either.

Its a wonderfully balanced menu that seems to fit nicely with both lunch and evening. On this day I had the scallops, pan seared with a bean puree, a touch of something sweet and a superb piece of crispy proscuitto which did everything when combined. The main, duckling with an amazing white truffle & soy pomme puree they call it, I call it mash and incredible sweet & sour redcurrent jus with bok choy left me very satisfied and content.

Well done Clooney. It may well not be that busy over lunch compared to evenings, but it sure is refreshing.
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Reviewer Anonymous
Clooney only gets better. After been caught up in the hype of its November opening and leaving a little disapointed with the food on offer, I returned with a group of friends last week, and like my friends, I left completely reinvigorated with firstly the food, the space itself and the service.

Clooney really is the real deal and so far from the picture painted by some. We will be back, sooner than later.
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Reviewer Anonymous
This place is outstanding in both decor and in menu. The breakfast I experienced there was as if they had personally hand picked the best quality fruit available. Everything was fresh and delicious! I'm booking in for Friday dinner. As if the interior design was not total class, then food was great too! Look forward to tasting one of the divine and extremely creative items off Clooney's menu on Friday!
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Reviewer Jason Borgman
After giving Clooney a few months to settle, I made my booking with two other couples on a Tuesday evening. Clooney is a long overdue addition to our dining scene. The food was exceptional first and for most. Service was attentive. The mood and ambiance was quite stunning. The bathrooms are questionable, but the waitress assured me these were in the process of being changed.

I can see how Clooney could be overwhelming to some but by all accounts the place does not need those people as it seems to be very busy.
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Reviewer Anonymous
It's a long time since I left a restaurant and was still hungry. Really noisy because of the concrete walls. Didn't enjoy sitting at a round booth where two others had to move for me to be able to get out and stretch my legs. Service really slow.

Flavours in the food were great, but just not enough of it. Some of the entrees were bigger than the roulade I ordered for main. No reason to go back a 2nd time to this place once you've seen the outstanding decor and design of it.
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Reviewer Anonymous
Have only had the coffee at this beautiful and deliciously planned restaurant. The coffee was divine as was the fantastic barista, Zane. Will be going back for the dinner menu this Friday and I will let you know how that goes.
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