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Cuisine: A La Carte, Bistro, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $20 - $35+

A friendly neighbourhood bistro with international flare, this intimate spot is a must visit in the Manukau area.

Tucked away in The Sebel Auckland Manukau Hotel, Ora Bistro offers a sophisticated yet informal experience, in a light, bright and airy dining room.

The menu is a fresh fusion of organic Kiwi ingredients and international cooking techniques. Enjoy entrees such as fresh oysters and crispy pork belly, before tucking into a small yet perfectly formed selection of mouthwatering mains.

Crowd pleasers include the market fish of the day, a beautiful taste of the South Island when paired with a local sauvignon blanc, and lamb rump with fluffy mash potato laced with miso.

Feeling the need for something sweet? Churros with caramel sauce should fit the bill nicely. We’ll take two please!

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Ora Bistro Restaurant
16 Lakewood Court
Manukau
Auckland 2104

Open Hours:
Everyday 6.30 am - 10.00 pm

Phone: 09 261 1836

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Ora Bistro Restaurant
Location: Manukau
Cuisine: A La Carte, Bistro, New Zealand
Mains: $20 - $35+
Ora Bistro Restaurant accepts American Express

Reviews

Siobhan Foote

Absolutely delicious meals for all three of us! Divine! Will definitely be returning! Staff were lovely, highly recommended!!

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Jayde Mitai

You will not be dissapointed! They over accomadated our needs and expectations. A complimentary cake/slice and congrats for our grandparents 55th wedding anniversary and putting the news on the screen as requested. High 10, keep up the great work! Our favourite place to dine in South Auckland by far. We will be back. The first time we went we were impressed and they have outdone themselves again! Way to go!

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Angela Gattung

This was our first time at this restaurant and we weren't disappointed. Our table was ready and the staff accommodated a baby. The food was very tasty - our table chose beef, lamb, chicken and pork so we saw quite a lot of the dinner menu. One guest was able to have the meat of one dish with the vegetables of another which was great. The service was excellent too.

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The Ora Bistro Restaurant had an amazing vibe and awesome food . Portions were on the smaller side however for myself it was perfect . Had an entree, main and dessert . Was satisfied with every course . Steak was cooked to perfection! Would 10/10 recommend, the wait staff were also very friendly !

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Tarita Terepai

Fantastic food and atmosphere, coupled with amazing service!
Will definitely be back

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Lisa Fong

What a lovely dining experience, the food was exquisite - we all ordered medium rare eye fillet steak which was well seasoned, cooked to perfection and served on a buttery cauliflower puree - was super yum! The staff were attentive and engaging. Would definitely recommend and look forward to going back

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Belinda Meszaros

Great location for us that live south of the city, food was varied, well presented and tasty

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My friend and I loved this restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was great! Friendly and attentive staff. Didn't even know this restaurant existed but will definitely be going back and also recommending it.

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Karlien Palu

Nice dinner and staff were great with our toddler!

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Our second time dining at Ora Bistro, and the eye fillet was just as good second time around - beautifully cooked and presented.

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Great dining experience from staff on that evening. We arrived and were attended to promptly we were seated and served water with our menus and we were away!!! The entrees delicious tacos and baos then dinner was amazing highly recommend!!!!

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Tyrone Pereira

Excellent food and service!

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We arrived early and the staff were very nice About it, they seated us at our table 20mins before our reservation and asked to take our drink orders. I got the Sebel breakfast and it was delicious. My Aunty had the vegetarian burger and she absolutely loved it.

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The wait was a little long but the service and communication from the staff was great. The food was amazing! Great selection on the kids menu also

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Katie Gray

Excellent food and service, would go there again and happily recommend. A little hard to find as I had not realised it was part of the Sebel hotel, no signage for restaurant itself. But once there had an excellent meal!

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Matakaiariki Tamarua

Ora Bistro, what an experience! The food was amazing! Our table of 4 VERY different people, were thoroughly happy with this establishment. Quite surprised I had never looked into it before seeing it on First Table but so thankful we had, went back the next day with other friends, still did not disappoint! I ordered the lamb cutlets (top pick), chicken tacos and eye fillet w fries & for the next night prawn linguini (top pick), rib eye with fresh oysters (cheap)! I also tried a bit of the shank which I will definitely order next time, along with dessert. Such a lovely setting, with friendly staff and quite a decent bar/ wine list!

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Amazing food and amazing service!! The team that we’re working on Saturday (19/10/19) evening we’re lovely. They surprised my sister with a song and a chocolate slice for her birthday and made her feel very special. Thank you so much team! The food was very tasty and well presented. Overall an amazing dining experience

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Beautiful service! Delicious food, can't wait to come back!

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A small, not very busy but intimate place to dine. We actually enjoyed not being in a busy restaurant. We were the first there but towards the end more people came. Service was very friendly! Food was delicious. We had scallops for our entree and shared this an okay size to share however if you are hungry get your own. Mains were also good size. My husband ordered a eye fillet which was very well cooked and had delicious accompaniments. I ordered pork belly which came out not fully cooked it was a little fleshy to and not easy to cut. They quickly took it away and offered me either the same dish or another so I chose fish and chips which were soooo good! The highlight def was the desert which I am still thinking about now. Cinnamon creme brûlée for me and caramel churros for hubby. Good size deserts and def ended our meal well! Would certainly go back again.

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Great, nice little restaurant. We sat outside near the window and got to watch the rugby game at the same time. Kids enjoyed the meatballs dish, I enjoyed the lamb shank meal. Service was great. Would definitely consider coming back again.

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lovely food in a small restaurant which is part of the sebel hotel .
great food along with great service.

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Mel Wong

Good food and very friendly staff. We will go back again.

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Doris Taufaga

The chef that prepared the fish and chip meal is bomb. My partner and I very much so enjoyed every little bit. I’m excited to go back and try other meals on the “All Day Menu“ ❤️

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Debby Melville

An excellent restaurant. Food is the best I have had in years. The fillet steak just melts in your mouth and is accompanied by a delicious variety of vegetables. I don’t know how they get their cauliflower mash so creamy but it is the best I’ve ever tasted. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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A great experience and really enjoyed the food!

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Took my nephew and his mum to Ora Bistro for brunch. The place is hidden inside a hotel. A nice one in fact. We ordered the chicken and waffels, the steak sandwich and the beef sliders. Took awhile to come out but you cant rush perfection. We weren’t disappointed at all. Food was DELICIOUS and my nephew the big boy that he is was so full! The guy who works there with suit was very accommodating and friendly and so were the staff. Sorry for my rude friend who has no filter sometimes lol but the experience was lovely and I enjoyed myself. Beautiful place. Will be back.

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My husband and I went for a meal to celebrate our 26th anniversary. The Ora restaurant was recommended to us by a friend. And it did not deceive us! As an entrée I ordered the pescado Taco. They were served by 4, but there was an option of buy just one. Which I did, because my husband being celiac, could not eat them. But there was a misunderstanding and I was served the whole 4 tacos. When I mentioned the waitress that I only ordered one taco, she took them back to the kitchen. But then she came back with the same 4 tacos and told me that because they made a mistake, I can still have the 4 tacos, but will only pay for one! THAT WAS A LOVELY SURPRISE

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jahmaine cummings-hodge

Great service and very attentive staff who went above and beyond.

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Lovely restaurant within The Sebel. The service was great as well as the food offering. The scallops and sliders were absolutely delicious.. Indeed an eatery well worth dining at.

Thankyou

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Excellent dining experience. Service was great & food outstanding. Eye fillet was cooked to perfection. Pork belly was also delicious. A+++

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Great food & service. Chip & Dip is excellent, well worth a try!

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Natalia Ioane

Amazing experience! Thank you.

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Jocelyn Vikash

I loved the food, the service. Was a great atmosphere. Will totally recommend this place.

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I was extremely impressed with the food and service here! What a great find. We will be back :)

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Lovely restaurant, great service! We thoroughly enjoyed our delicious meal. The portions were very generous so we couldn't fit dessert in but this just means we will have to come back soon

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Kath Nepe

This was our first venture out with First Table, and it did not disappoint, from the venue, the service, friendly staff, and most of all the delicious food, we could not fault a thing, we highly recommend Ora Bistro and First Table to everyone

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Caroline Pamaka

The service we received from Ora Bristo from when we arrived to the time we left was amazing! Got taken care of & they also catered to our requests. Definitely recommend this place to anyone!

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Lovely Food and great service!

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This was a classy dining experience. We were treated very well, waited on with real dignity, and the food was superb.

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We had a great evening at Ora Bistro where we shared 4 of the mains, the restaurant was full and the food was fantastic! We saw lots of the burgers and fish & chips going out that all looked delicious. Thanks to our waitress for recommending the Plum Frangipani as it was delicious :)

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The entrees were amazing!! The service was fantastic. Will definitely be back!

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The food was amazing, difficult time deciding what to get it was all so "yummy" looking on the menu. 4 of us had different meals and they were all just amazing, I'd highly recommend trying this restaurant

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Entire experience was amazing. We eat out as a family every week and this would have been one of our favourite places to visit...

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Aimee Petel

Great food with good service. Pork Belly was nice, not too fatty and the vegetables and sauces cooked perfectly. Lamb shank meal was huge and delicious. Desserts were well balanced. Would recommend :)

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Absolutely amazing.
The staff were friendly, the atmosphere was nice & fancy. The food was delicious.

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Laylah Upu

food was delish, setting was cute i think next time i’ll sit outside and the service was just right

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I have a great night at Ora Bistro Restaurant last night, it's my birthday yesterday, I told Kate the person serving us, and to the end of our meal, all the staff worked in the restaurant holding the cake with candles n singing birthday song to me, I was so touched, I love the food n love the atmosphere, especially the staff is very nice and friendly, I love it so much ❤️

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One of the best dining experience in Manukau area. Main course was great, dessert was a surprise. Staff were friendly and helpful, one of them gave us a thoughtful advice on the beverage selection.

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Rebecca Trounson

Loved our experience at Ora. For the first date night in a very looong time, it’s convenient location, amazing food, lovely atmosphere and friendly wait staff made for a fantastic evening. In particular Michaella and Keala. Thank you ladies for making our night a lovely one. We will definitely be visiting again.

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Niti Todd

Lovely restaurant, staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. All the food was exceptional, we had chip dip, lamb, vege Bao for entree and Moroccan lamb and vegetarian Wellington for mains.
It was presented beautifully and tasted great. We thought the Moroccan lamb main serving was a bit small but the rest of the meals were a reasonable size, as you would expect with fine dining.
Kids were provided with coloring pens and paper which kept them happy.

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Ti Tauasosi

Amazing food! Had a bit of everything with our table ordering a few things. the fish tacos, pulled pork bao, pork belly main and churros are all a must try if your at the restaurant. Would definitely recommend and come again.

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Kelly Lardner

Really lovely staff and a beautifully presented food. The staff were super accommodating and the churros were amazing!

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Tash Evans

Awesome restaurant tucked away in a little corner of South Auckland. Eye fillet was cooked to perfection that long after I had left the restaurant I still had salvations thinking about my meal. The service was top notch, friendly, warm and inviting, making sure we were ok throughout our night. Entree was a good size, the pork belly had me wanting to lick my bowl and dessert was the cherry on top of the icing. Everything was done to perfection I could not fault anything at all.

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Jennifer Allison

Superb Food. We had a really pleasant evening at Ora Bistro, the atmosphere is fresh and friendly. We particularly liked the dinning room layout. We ate out on the inclosed deck it's not crammed with plenty of space between diners. Great menu, a nice selection of entrees and mains. The presentation was perfection I was excited when each dish arrived, the food quality was excellent. The food arrived hot and fresh from the chefs it was literally melt in the mouth tender and juicy. I recommend the pork belly entree, my eyefillet was perfection and my partners venison was so good it was amazing. Also scallops were lovely. Our servers were incredibly kind and accomodating thanks Alicia and your team. The kids menu is great too. Best food in South Auckland. We will be back

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My wife and I were looking for a place to dine after an afternoon strolling through the Botanic Gardens – Ora Bistro exceeded our expectations. The decor and indoor/outdoor flow makes the small restaurant feel open and spacious. The food was robust, our favourites being the crunchy chicken tacos, a beautifully cooked eye fillet steak, topped off with a delightfully creamy creme brûlée. When I booked, I thought this would be a one-off. But after eating there, I feel confident that we will be back again.

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Grat food and servie definitely recommend

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Great night. Quite. Only a few dinners at this first sitting. Could do with a few more menu choices though. we will be back

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Lovely food. The chicken kebabs good value for money. Great service.

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Siobhan Foote

Absolutely delicious meals for all three of us! Divine! Will definitely be returning! Staff were lovely, highly recommended!!

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Lynda Dodd

Very happy with the food , atmosphere and service . Will return to enjoy again

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Great food...excellent service!

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Kamilla UMERKAEVA

It was our first visit, but definitely not the last. The restaurant is not big, but it gives you an amount of privacy. The service was unobtrusive and polite. We had an opportunity to choose go with anything from menu or go with buffet option. We choose buffet and it was excellent, the most good quality buffet in Auckland I tried so far.

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Cheyenne Walkden-Wright

Food was delicious and great customer service !! Lovely staff

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Mary Morgan

Enjoyed lunch, there was only one server, she was lovely, but we had to wait at times to order and also to pay - all staff were very friendly. The food was good- the crispy lamb was not crispy but it was still very tasty.

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Natasha Jack

This was our first experience at Ora Bistro, and Wow, what a fantastic place to dine!

There is not many options in South Auckland, but the reviews for Ora Bistro were what caught my attention.

First impressions were, the establishment is very nicely designed, clean and nicely presented. The staff were attentive and friendly, offering excellent advice on the menu options.
The food was impeccable, we will definitely be returning.

Thanks for a memorable experience.

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Staff were super friendly and very accommodating. Food was cooked to a high standard. Restaurant is located in a hotel and free parking is available

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Velvet Whittingham

Great food. Staff were really good. My nine year old daughter loved her kids meal.

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Jayde Mitai

You will not be dissapointed! They over accomadated our needs and expectations. A complimentary cake/slice and congrats for our grandparents 55th wedding anniversary and putting the news on the screen as requested. High 10, keep up the great work! Our favourite place to dine in South Auckland by far. We will be back. The first time we went we were impressed and they have outdone themselves again! Way to go!

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Really yummy food and good service. The atmosphere was a bit bland; it’s an out-of-the-way location so it would be nice to have somewhere interesting to sit. But other than that, we enjoyed our meal - thanks!

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Ned Olivia Matautia

Awesome Service when we 1st arrived until we left - always checked upon
Nice that there was no Public Holiday Surcharge
Eye Fillet was cooked to perfection

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Service was great, food was really good and reasonable portions. Only we did ask how spicy the curry was before ordering, it definitely was not mild. We will definitely go back to try breakfast and lunch menu’s.

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Melissa Qiri

Hidden little gem, lovely food and service. Menu is a bit limited but we enjoyed our meals all the same.

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Lisa Fong

Had an awesome dining experience at Ora Bistro. The ribeye steak was cooked to perfection and the maple ice cream was to die for! Staff were friendly and attentive, will definitely be back!

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Lovely menu, food was delightfully presented and of a very high standard

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Kim Jones

Great food, service and ambiance. We ordered the belly bao and chicken taco for entree. They were done to perfection and very moreish. Our mains were Moroccan lamb shank and eye fillet. Love the combination of kumara mash, vegetable and sauce with the lamb. We sent back the steak which wasn't done to the way we wanted. The waitress/waiter were apologetic, attentive and ensure the chef was aware. We also asked for more sauce. Didn't take long before we had our steak, succulent and medium rare. More sauces were added. The cauliflower puree was amazing. We were so full and didnt have any room for dessert. Definitely worth a visit.

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First of all, thank you to the lovely waitress lady we had, her service was great! For entree we had scallops and lamb cutlets which were both a hit for us we really enjoyed both. For main we had pork belly, which was a bit of a let down (quiet dry) but the oysters were fresh and yum. And Creme brûlée for dessert which was lovely. Also had the waffles and chicken that was demolished by my kid, he really enjoyed that. Will definitely visit again.

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Angela Gattung

This was our first time at this restaurant and we weren't disappointed. Our table was ready and the staff accommodated a baby. The food was very tasty - our table chose beef, lamb, chicken and pork so we saw quite a lot of the dinner menu. One guest was able to have the meat of one dish with the vegetables of another which was great. The service was excellent too.

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Amy O'Brien

We had a GREAT meal at Ora Bistro - the food was delicious, the service great & we will definitely be back again!!

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Kristal Johnson

Amazing service and great food

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Very nice

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The Ora Bistro Restaurant had an amazing vibe and awesome food . Portions were on the smaller side however for myself it was perfect . Had an entree, main and dessert . Was satisfied with every course . Steak was cooked to perfection! Would 10/10 recommend, the wait staff were also very friendly !

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Great ambiance, the customer service was great. The staff were attentive, engaging and friendly. Food was well presented, and tasted amazing. The only thing we found was the chicken confit was dry. Would recommend the steak and Moroccan Lamb.

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We ordered the sebel breakfast, the sausage taste like ordinary sausage, like the one that you can get in a supermarket. Me and my mate didn’t like it much. Service is ok.

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Nicole Adams

We love spending our dinner dates at Ora Bistro! We've been here soo many times and will continue to go back. The food is great and the staff are very friendly. Thanks for always making us feel at home :)

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Arthur Washer

Good quiet location. Great food, very good service. drinks were a bit pricey

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Great service and atmosphere. Good food

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The food was beautiful, all yummy, the steak was melting in your mouth. Awesome staff. What a perfect evening we had there.

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Excellent food and service ar Ora Bistro. The linguine pasta is a must! Will definitely be back. Highly recommend

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We had a great experience at Ora, friendly staff and lovely food!

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Toni Silive

Great service as always. Food is always amazing. Thank you all. Will definitley be back .

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Tarita Terepai

Fantastic food and atmosphere, coupled with amazing service!
Will definitely be back

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Lisa Fong

What a lovely dining experience, the food was exquisite - we all ordered medium rare eye fillet steak which was well seasoned, cooked to perfection and served on a buttery cauliflower puree - was super yum! The staff were attentive and engaging. Would definitely recommend and look forward to going back

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Great food and atmosphere. The service was great too.

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Belinda Meszaros

Great location for us that live south of the city, food was varied, well presented and tasty

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My friend and I loved this restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was great! Friendly and attentive staff. Didn't even know this restaurant existed but will definitely be going back and also recommending it.

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Karlien Palu

Nice dinner and staff were great with our toddler!

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Our second time dining at Ora Bistro, and the eye fillet was just as good second time around - beautifully cooked and presented.

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I thought the food was good here, portions are definitely on the smaller side. I was very dissapointed by the fact they said they served halal meal but then the oil they use to cook is mixed with pork. That eliminated so much of the menu that we just sampled a few things and ended up leaving to eat somewhere else because we were still so hungry.

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Tianau Tamarua

I've dined at Ora Bistro twice in the last month. That should already say in itself how great this little hidden gem is. Myself and my friends enjoyed the food very much and weren't disappointed with the quality, timing and the service from the 2 wait staff on at that time. A huge thank you as well to their manager who was very, very patient with us. We all had an amazing time that night. Thank you

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Leanne Prujean

The food is always top notch

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Great dining experience from staff on that evening. We arrived and were attended to promptly we were seated and served water with our menus and we were away!!! The entrees delicious tacos and baos then dinner was amazing highly recommend!!!!

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Tyrone Pereira

Excellent food and service!

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I have allergies so I'm very picky & careful what I choose..Wish the menu had more choices

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Great options and delicious food! The cinnamon creme brûlée was amazing!

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Ora may be tucked away in The Sebel, Manukau, but it's well worth finding. It's a small restaurant with high quality food and welcoming service. It was very quiet with only a few tables occupied but that meant the service was quick. I had a medium rare steak which was cooked to perfection, the wagyu beef burger was huge, desserts delicious. Highly recommended.

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