Cuisine: A La Carte, European, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

Our approach to food is playful with respect for the classics. We firmly support the age-old axiom that food should be play a central role in the social environment, as it has throughout history. Our menus cater to large groups, intimate dining experiences and more casual catch up's with family and friends.

We source the highest quality seasonal produce from trusted suppliers and from local producers whenever possible. Our aim is to present modern Kiwi cuisine at it's best.

We hope you enjoy our food, that's why we make it!

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The Commons
21 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna
Auckland

Open Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 4 pm - Late
Friday - Sunday: 12 pm - Late
Public Holidays: 12 pm - Late ( may differ )

Phone: 09 929 2791
Website: www.thecommons.co.nz/

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The Commons
Location: Takapuna
Cuisine: A La Carte, European, New Zealand
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   The Commons accepts American Express

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dan zhu

We went there for Friday night out dinner, the food was nice, we enjoy the polenta chips, pork belly tasty tender and the skin is crispy. would like to dine in again.

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The Commons is a bustling little venue. Waitresses checked in regularly, but not too often! Scallops for entree, cant go wrong! Veal and pork belly for mains and, oh my life! Well presented and tasted divine. Rhubarb tart for dessert was quite sweet, but that's personal taste, my fellow diners loved it. I don't frequent Takapuna often but would go back for sure!

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Christine Cooper

The Commons is a cool place to enjoy a meal together with friends and having dined there before, its great they are now part of First Table. I got to catch up with a good friend who has been overseas for 3 years and going early meant we could talk and laugh to our hearts content without encroaching on other peoples conversations in the booth next to us!The sharing plates were perfect for us to share before she went for dinner with her fiance. The cinnamon apple cake was delish to finish off our time together... Well done First Table for providing the opportunity for this experience. I'ts my second one this week having dined at Euro with a girlfriend for my birthday lunch and we have another first table booking at the weekend with our son when he fly's in from out of town. If you're dining at Euro, the pineapple & tapioca curd dessert with tamarillo & pineapple sorbet is to die for...beautifully light with softness of the tapioca (not like what Mum used to make!) and the crunch of thinly made pineapple crisps, could eat it all day...and the service at both The Commons and Euro was attentive and helpful when it came to selecting the most tastiest food to enjoy.

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Dawn Hutchison

Delicious food. Didnt have our first choice of the shared rib eye but steaks were delicious. We shared the 3 desserts and the unanimous favourite was the chocolate mousse. Definitely would return and recommend.

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Ann Thornton

It was a great Summer evening, we enjoyed a glass or two of Rose in the dappled sunlight in the courtyard and then dined inside. Very nice and efficient waitstaff. The pate and arincini risotto balls were delicious, followed by a huge portion of fish and chips and the shared steak dish which was wonderful. Too full for desert - great evening and a highly recommended venue.

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The four of us had a lovely evening at The Commons. As we were arriving early we had a drink in the Garden Terrace next door and were lucky they had Happy Hour.
Our meals were all excellent - Fish of the Day and Chicken. Despite it was only the second working day of our waiter, he answered our questions professionally, albeit some of them after consulting the more experienced staff. High marks to him!
All in all we highly recommend a First Table at The Commons and we will be back again.
Brigitte

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Great first experience with First Table. I was worried that we'd get rushed through the night but we enjoyed a very leisurely evening with no pressure at all. It had also occurred to me that upon arrival we might find out there were some limitations to what we could order due to it being a discounted deal. No such problem at all - the menu was vast and the food was gorgeous. Wonderful service also - really friendly lovely staff. Great experience and we'll definitely be booking again.

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A very enjoyable lunch out with the girls!

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Sajid Choudhary

The food was delicious and generously sized portions. My chicken burger was perfect and the presentation of the food was top class!

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dan zhu

We went there for Friday night out dinner, the food was nice, we enjoy the polenta chips, pork belly tasty tender and the skin is crispy. would like to dine in again.

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Alice Zhou

Excellent

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The Commons had very good service and the combination of flavours and quality of food was amazing. I would definitely recommend it

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Jessica Vader

Delicious food, good surroundings. More vegetarian options would be good - it seemed every vegetarian option was based on mushrooms.

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Sydney Ensor

Loved the mains and entrees
So much flavour in the basics (potatoes, carrot and mushroom)
Sauces matched well with the polenta and calamari

We ordered the apple and cinnamon cake for dessert and were a tad underwhelmed with this. Would have been nice to have a biscuity texture on top so it was less sloppy.

Waitresses were polite and happy to help us!

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Kevin Hulena

Nice and relaxing Sunday evening dining, with a couple of quiet wines then a game of pool upstairs :)

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Bridgette Kimura

Good food and good service

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The Commons is a bustling little venue. Waitresses checked in regularly, but not too often! Scallops for entree, cant go wrong! Veal and pork belly for mains and, oh my life! Well presented and tasted divine. Rhubarb tart for dessert was quite sweet, but that's personal taste, my fellow diners loved it. I don't frequent Takapuna often but would go back for sure!

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Had a great experience dining here on Saturday evening. The dining area and bar had a really nice atmosphere. The menu has something for everyone and every taste. We started with 2 entrees of lamb skewers and the blueberry gin cured salmon. The skewers were bite size and nice and juicy, the salmon had a lovely purple tinge to it and came out beautifully presented. For our mains we opted for the chicken roulade with the garlic mash and the steak, again both dishes were nicely presented and the steak was cooked just how I had ordered it and had great flavour from being seasoned perfectly. The chef also presented us with some complimentary veg as they thought the wait had been too long between courses, to be honest we thought the spacing between courses was just right and we had no complaints. Great service great food and a place that will no doubt be a favourite with the locals

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This is an excellent place in Takapuna that I highly recommend. Environment, and food are beautiful. Customers just need a little patience to enjoy their wonderful service. I definitely go back to The Commons.

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Fantastic. Hospitable, Delicious and accommodating. Recommend this place anytime for a great place to eat out.

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Samuel Mayhew

A great restaurant with a warming atmosphere upon entering. The waiter was assertive and both food and drinks came out in good time. Food was delicious and presented to a high standard. The Mushroom Arincini was our personal favourite. We will be back to try the dinner menu.

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Jeannette Volykhina

Great local in Takapuna. We tried all three burgers and everything was tasty. Service was spot on and the atmosphere was great.

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Christine Cooper

The Commons is a cool place to enjoy a meal together with friends and having dined there before, its great they are now part of First Table. I got to catch up with a good friend who has been overseas for 3 years and going early meant we could talk and laugh to our hearts content without encroaching on other peoples conversations in the booth next to us!The sharing plates were perfect for us to share before she went for dinner with her fiance. The cinnamon apple cake was delish to finish off our time together... Well done First Table for providing the opportunity for this experience. I'ts my second one this week having dined at Euro with a girlfriend for my birthday lunch and we have another first table booking at the weekend with our son when he fly's in from out of town. If you're dining at Euro, the pineapple & tapioca curd dessert with tamarillo & pineapple sorbet is to die for...beautifully light with softness of the tapioca (not like what Mum used to make!) and the crunch of thinly made pineapple crisps, could eat it all day...and the service at both The Commons and Euro was attentive and helpful when it came to selecting the most tastiest food to enjoy.

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Joanna Dawson

Lovely food and staff

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Was quite nice the food and all, however it did take nearly 30 mins for our food to arrive, wasn't a problem though

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Rochelle Greer

A great place for lunch with friends - nice atmosphere, good service and friendly staff. We ordered lots of tasting plates and tried most entrees - our faves being the cured salmon and arancini. The staff were attentive - thanks Commons, we will be back.

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Katie Parsons

Food and service was incredible - we got a number of starters, then the chicken roulade and the Nutella brownie which was amazing! Definitely will be coming back

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The food was great but the music was too loud for easy conversation

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We had a lovely time at The Commons. Food was outstanding some of the best we have had on the North Shore and the service was incredible. All round AMAZING!

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The customer service was great and the food was exceptional.

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First time users of First Table and first time diners at The Commons, and definitely rate both highly! The early seating is no problem as by the time you order sides, the mains come out around 6pm so just like normal dining time. Great ambiance, delicious food, impeccable service and feel like we got good value for money. Will spread the word!

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Nhi Nguyen-Smith

We can to the Commons for the reviews and the decor. The atmosphere and decor is great, but the food and service were a let down. It took 30 mins after ordering to get our things, and an hr until the food arrived. I ordered scallops, which were cold and did not taste fresh. The chicken wings were also stale. The duck fat potatoes were extra fatty. Our friends ordered the pork belly and said it was good though.

Don't know if we'd return, given the price and quality.

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Priscilla Bourke-Jackson

Enjoyed the food but a very very long wait for our food to arrive and for more drinks (I had to approach the bar for refills). My kids were beside themselves waiting and we had to resort to playing hang man on the serviettes.

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service was poor waited 20 minutes before we had ask some one if we could order drinks , one of the cocktails never arrived so we then had to chase them up, it took ages to get our meals , and even then three meals arrives and we just had to wait and wait , for the other six meals to arrive so we never all ate together one meal was cold , they seemed very disorganized not only the bar staff but we never had a waiter allocated to our table so we just had to catch some ones attention , all round would never recommend , not if your hunger and want to wait 21/2 hours for your meal , now form a project management point of veiw , had this place had a system in place , and staff who were trained and knew what they were doing the restaurant could have doubled its turn over that night if they were organised and efficient , the y could have double there income for the nite if they knew what they were doing and the delivery of our entrees mains desserts and drinks , were organised , instead it was all ad hock , this was the worst service we have had in a long time , meals were fine venue was fine. my sister did not that the kitchen looked like a bomb site

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Amber Wilson

Food was great, I had the steak and it was cooked perfectly. The service was also good, friendly and welcoming, would’ve been nice to see the place spot busier though.

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Jo Langley

Great friendly service. Thoroughly enjoyed our meals.

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Zana Covich

The restaurant looked amazing when we first walked in but we didn't get any greeting and had to stand waiting for somebody to come and greet us as a sign said to wait in the dining area to be seated. Our food can very fast. Faster than our drinks. We had to tell the waitress to collect our drinks that were sitting waiting on the bar a few times but it was her first night so understandable that she was still learning the system. We were disappointed to see that there were wines specifically made to match out mains we ordered yet the waitress said nothing when we chose off the wine list.. Maybe more training with paring drinks with meals could be issued? The polenta chips and arancini balls were amazing for our entree. I got the chicken on mash and cashew sauce. It was good but I was disappointed that there was no mozzarella cheese in it as the menu stated it came with it which was the reason I chose that dish.. my partner got the chicken burger, he said it tasted amazing but the ratios were off so the burger fell apart so he had to eat it with a knife and fork. My friend got the silver fern eyelit steak she had no complaints it was fabulous. We all got the brownie ball for desert it was delicious but very dense and much too big of a portion for something so dense if it were made lighter than the given portion would of worked fine .. it made it slightly disappointing that we couldn't finish it .. All in all it was a cool and fun with a buzzing atmosphere and great music with a diverse amount of people. Definitely will have to be back for another night to done out. Thank you!

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Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as first time I dined there. My scotch fillet was more like a rump steak, quite chewy and wasn't a good cut. The brown (presumably mushroom) sauce was too thick and left a weird taste in my mouth. The chicken nibbles were good sized and fresh but underseasoned. The chicken burger was good looking. My husband seemed to like it. The manager was very friendly.

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Great food, attentive staff, nice decor

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2 of 4 of us had the Pork belly and there was a huge difference in the portions of the pork. The other two meals were good. Service was great and there was a good atmosphere.

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Great food and service.. will be back!

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Yulia Kan

Everything was great but need to write on T&Cs of that particular restaurant that customers who booked through the first table can sit inside only as we got excited about outside area for kids when were booking.

We've ordered a steak, pork belly and scallops and everyone were happy with food

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Nice food and good service

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Jenny Roccati

The food and service were very good and the kids meal was HUGE. Would happily go back.

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dean cowling

very nice food and exellent service

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Charlotte Martin

Food was absolutely amazing! Definitely be back!

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Hadley Patchett

Food was really good, drinks were quality. Would recommend

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Beautifully decorated restaurant with warm relaxing ambience. Staff were attentive and friendly. We enjoyed dinner and the standout dish was the pork belly. We will return. Was an enjoyable night out and great value.

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Very nice, definitely go back

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Loved everything! Will come back :)

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Carmen Hansen

Lovely space, great staff and menu with loads of choice. We enjoyed our lunch and will be back.

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Great location, atmosphere and choice of food. Awesome service. Will definitely recommend to others.

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Two mains unavailable.
Portion really small for price.
Maybe because first table?

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Great environment. The venison dish is delicious.

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Terry Chien

It is my 3rd visit, food is great and staff is friendly, we had a good time as always. Thank you.

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Young lad who greeted us was friendly and helpful. Guy that took our money at the end not so friendly.

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Shaila Studd

Great food, service and atmosphere for lunch setting.

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