Cuisine: A La Carte, Barbeque, Seafood
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #12 of 114 restaurants in Auckland

Sitting on the water's edge, this eatery and bar is all about seafood and BBQ.

Inspired by dishes from around the world, the menu offers small plates, large plates and a special selection for ‘group tasting’. Taste sublime seafood dishes like tuna poke with avocado, Shrimp tacos, yellow belly flounder, Big Glory Bay salmon. From the BBQ, tuck into pork ribs, 16-hour-smoked beef brisket, awesome wagyu beef burger, beef cheek and scotch fillet. Finding it too tricky to pick just one delicious dish? Opt for a few selections to share.

The Culpeper has a damn fine selection of craft beer, cocktails and other delicious tipples to boot. It's the perfect spot for a cocktail or two after five and a casual dinner with friends. The Culpeper is all about food, friends and making the most of every moment.

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The Culpeper
Shed 22 Princes Wharf
Auckland

Open Hours:
Everyday 11am - 12am

Phone: 09 320 4373
Website: www.theculpeper.co.nz/

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Ranked: #12 of 114 restaurants in Auckland 12
The Culpeper
Location: Viaduct Harbour
Cuisine: A La Carte, Barbeque, Seafood
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   The Culpeper accepts American Express

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Great experience at this restaurant. We ordered the smoked wakanui brisket, beef scotch fillet and the boston butt pulled pork, all of which were delicious. Service was friendly and very accomodating. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Honeylou Cabanero

Best restaurant in Viaduct!
Amazing food & 5star service!
I had steak with onion & veggies sauce (not sure of the name) - I thought the combination of the steak & the sauce is a bit weird as usually I would have gravy on my steak! That sauce is perfect comb with my steak! My partner had salmon (omg, when we saw it, we both look at each other & thought it might be a disaster! Salmon is floating on soup with 2 mussels. - my partner said it was the best salmon ever! I don’t even need to ask her as I can see that she finished the food, nothing left on her plate :)
Our desserts: Salted caramel apple pie, Banoffee Pie and ‘Pie of the week’- I think it’s raspberry with chocolate. - winner of the dessert goes to Banoffee pie! Best ever pie!
Only thing to improve is the scoop of ice cream, as I finished it halfway of my pie. I told the waitress about it & she acknowledged, she will inform the kitchen. Very good response on my feedback!

Kudos to the chef and to the waitresses.

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Cecilia Liu

We absolutely LOVED our time here!!

It was a good level of busy on Thursday night, there was a lovely vibrant yet cosy atmosphere. We were given a corner so it felt intimate enough that my friends could hear me speak, yet there was enough space for us to share stories without fearing that others could hear us.

The food was great! We had the 200g steak, which was beautifully grilled to a medium rare. I would also recommend the prawn tacos! We also ordered the roast chicken, which was juicy for a roast, but the other two dishes were so brilliant that the chicken wasn't memorable.

Make sure you stay for dessert!!!!! Definitely try the banoffee pie! We had it with the hazelnut praline icecream, and it was a perfect end to the meal. We had also ordered the key lime pie with a vanilla icecream, however I felt that it was more a lemon meringue than key lime. I didn't really like the key lime pie, the crust was a wee bit soggy, but that might also have been because I had such high expectations after the banoffee.

Overall, this place was a solid experience and we can't wait to go back!

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The atmosphere at the Culpeper was great and even with the place being extremely busy we were well looked after. The food was so good and more than we expected and super friendly staff.

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Casey Te Rangi

Thank you Culpeper staff - we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The food was tasty and cooked to perfection, the waitstaff were friendly, polite and helpful, and the atmosphere was great. Would recommend this restaurant to friends and family and return sometime soon.

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Wow! super impressed. This was my 1st booking with First Table. I took my friend here for her Bday lunch - so impressed to be greeted with a Birthday wish on arrival they actually read my booking request! Food flavour & presentation outstanding we also appreciated good portion sizes, all delivered efficiently with just the right amount of table service. There were great seating options for a water view or fireplace inside or out. Already planning our return visit next time for all the Happy Hour specials....this place rocks on so many levels! Thanks for a lovely lunch really made our day :-) Jo

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Kim Bond

What a great choice .. just a short stroll along Princes Wharf is Culpeper’s and well worth the visit. We had a selection of smaller plates to share (great portion sizes) and all delicious... squid tacos, Mac n cheese, crispy chicken wings, hush puppies ;) all was yum even if we did over order! The service was fantastic .. friendly, professional and efficient. We can’t wait to go back... with that lovely view out over the water, Culpeper’s is winning x

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James Wells

Fantastic. Food was fantastic, and a great range of different options. We devoured purple slaw, mac n cheese, the hush puppies, pork belly and ribs, and everything was fantastic. To cap it off, the best key lime pie I have ever eaten in Auckland. The quality of food for the price you pay, at a viaduct location, is amazing. I was flawed when I saw how cheap our bill was, I had to leave a tip because I felt guilty that we had eaten so well so cheaply.

The atmosphere is great. Obviously, any viaduct spot on a sunny day looking over the water is beautiful. But the decor of the restaurant is really cool as well. Our waitress was awesome, very friendly, fast, and showed a genuine interest in our day and how we were doing.

I have already recommended many people visit The Culpeper and will continue to do so.

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Natalie Roffey

It was a glorious Sunday evening and my sister and I had escaped our small children and headed out with our mum for an evening of good food and wine, as well as a trip to the theatre. We were given a warm and sunny table outside and, as we often do, pondered the menu for quite some time, the delicious sounding food on offer leaving us very undecided about which way to turn. The waiter was incredibly patient and helpful as he guided us through it. We decided on one large plate, a few small plates to share and some curly fries, along a glass of bubbles each, as we waited, and a glass of rose with our meal. The Smoked Pepper & Polenta Fried Chicken was crispy and delicious, the Alabama white BBQ sauce a perfect accompaniment to add a bit of zing. The Smoked Brisket Tacos were full of flavour and the BBQ Prawn Salad (with whole barbecued prawns) were refreshing and tasty. Our larger plate was the Boston Butt Pulled Pork which was superb and would’ve gone well in a potato bun, however, it was more than fine on its own, and the curly fries as our side, were more than enough. We were very impressed with the Culpeper and hope to return to try some more of their divine food.

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We arrived on a wet winter evening and was greeted by a friendly waiter who sat us close to the warm crackling fireplace, which was a bonus! The menu looked good and we started off with some fresh oysters and delicious tuna poke. We then tucked into the crisp asian prawn tacos, crunchy fried chicken, tasty pulled pork and also the finely cooked 16hr smoked brisket. We ended the night with a couple servings of the bittersweet pecan pie and the mango custard donut that satisfied our sweet tooth. The staff looked after us all night and the service was excellent throughout. Well worth a visit if you haven't already.

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I'm a chef and you should trust me when I say this is simply one of the best restaurants in Auckland. Great atmosphere, excellent service and all that jazz but the food, the food man!! Perfect flavour blends, beautiful rustic presentation, impeccable cook/serve time!
A paradise for meatlovers and also vegos.
Keep the up the good work, you have a massive fan here!

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Mary Cleall

Outstanding service from all the waiters. Shared smoked brisket tacos as an entree. Delicious and good portions for sharing. Culpeper cheese burger with bacon added was amazing as were the pork spare ribs 500g. Both very generous portions (we struggled to finish but tasted so good we were reluctant to leave any). All food had a hint of spice especially the burger (not your usual bland burger). Simply delicious! Happy hour 4-7pm an added plus.

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Troy Mitchell

We had a friend come from out of town and wanted to finish her holiday with a lovely brunch. All comments on First Table pointed to Culpeper being a lovely place to do this... and it was. Set in the lively Viaduct area with a beautiful sunny morning, we sat outside watching the harbour activity. The menu has a great selection and even food that we normally wouldn't go for sounded tempting. We ended up trying something different and loved it. The service was impeccable too. We'll definitely be going back

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Beks Etherington

We had an amazing time at the Culpeper for dinner last night. The service was amazing. We got a seat outside looking over the Spirit of Adventure ship and watching the early sunset around 6.30. Our waitress was very lovely - a German woman - who gave some great recommendations and really made us feel at home. The wine was lovely and also only $5 which is always a bonus. We would say that the food was good but not great. The brisket tacos were yummy and the salmon was perfectly cooked but none of the flavours blew me away and the prawns were under seasoned and over cooked. I would go back for drinks and snacks but probably not for dinner. All round though, we had a great time and the value was indisputable.

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Sam Tangitau

Had a great dinner! The service was great and the food even better!! Tuna poke was fresh, prawn tacos had a good kick and the smoked brisket just melted in your mouth! Then the pecan pie, doughnuts and cookies just topped it off!! Definitely be back!!

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Bec Brown

The restaurant was in an amazing location right on the waterfront. There was a first table set aside for us towards the back of the restaurant in the comfortable booth option. Our waitress Hope came to explain the menu and inclusions and she was always attentive. We found all the staff friendly even those who weren't our waiter would come and check on us which was a nice touch. We ordered a dozen oysters, pork hotdogs and prawn tacos for entree and pork and steak for main and all was delicious and cooked perfectly. A stand out was definitely the pork hotdogs for entree! We cannot wait to be back again

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Fran Weinstein

My brother & sister-in-law were going back to Canada that day so we wanted to take them out for lunch at a nice Viaduct restaurant. We were delighted with the food and service at our choice. The food was fresh and very tasty and our food server was very sweet & attentive. We were all happy with our choices of food and walked away pleasantly satiated.

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Yannan Jiang

It was a great experience to book the first table on the Valentine’s Day at one of the most popular restaurants in town. The service was wonderful, food and drink were ready soon after the order, and the waitress was very friendly. She brought a birthday candle with the dessert, when she knew it was my daughter’s birthday. We had a lovely time here!

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Great experience at this restaurant. We ordered the smoked wakanui brisket, beef scotch fillet and the boston butt pulled pork, all of which were delicious. Service was friendly and very accomodating. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Honeylou Cabanero

Best restaurant in Viaduct!
Amazing food & 5star service!
I had steak with onion & veggies sauce (not sure of the name) - I thought the combination of the steak & the sauce is a bit weird as usually I would have gravy on my steak! That sauce is perfect comb with my steak! My partner had salmon (omg, when we saw it, we both look at each other & thought it might be a disaster! Salmon is floating on soup with 2 mussels. - my partner said it was the best salmon ever! I don’t even need to ask her as I can see that she finished the food, nothing left on her plate :)
Our desserts: Salted caramel apple pie, Banoffee Pie and ‘Pie of the week’- I think it’s raspberry with chocolate. - winner of the dessert goes to Banoffee pie! Best ever pie!
Only thing to improve is the scoop of ice cream, as I finished it halfway of my pie. I told the waitress about it & she acknowledged, she will inform the kitchen. Very good response on my feedback!

Kudos to the chef and to the waitresses.

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Ross Jones

The best fries I’ve ever eaten and all four of us enjoyed our meals very much. I can highly recommend the salmon and doughnuts which I enjoyed.

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Amazing service! Will be back :)

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Cecilia Liu

We absolutely LOVED our time here!!

It was a good level of busy on Thursday night, there was a lovely vibrant yet cosy atmosphere. We were given a corner so it felt intimate enough that my friends could hear me speak, yet there was enough space for us to share stories without fearing that others could hear us.

The food was great! We had the 200g steak, which was beautifully grilled to a medium rare. I would also recommend the prawn tacos! We also ordered the roast chicken, which was juicy for a roast, but the other two dishes were so brilliant that the chicken wasn't memorable.

Make sure you stay for dessert!!!!! Definitely try the banoffee pie! We had it with the hazelnut praline icecream, and it was a perfect end to the meal. We had also ordered the key lime pie with a vanilla icecream, however I felt that it was more a lemon meringue than key lime. I didn't really like the key lime pie, the crust was a wee bit soggy, but that might also have been because I had such high expectations after the banoffee.

Overall, this place was a solid experience and we can't wait to go back!

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Great service. Manager was responsive to our request over a small issue. Waitress was great. Ribs were tough and very average. Rest of food was brilliant.

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The atmosphere at the Culpeper was great and even with the place being extremely busy we were well looked after. The food was so good and more than we expected and super friendly staff.

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Scott Muirson

Amazing food! Great dining experience

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Danielle Hrstich

Food was excellent - my third visit through first table and will keep coming back!

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Colette Meeske

A bit of a windy grey day in AUCKLAND and we were greeted with a beautiful warm fire. The staff were friendly and we had great service from our welsh waitress Lauren. Two of our table had the ribs and order beer battered chips. Two of us had beef cheek and one had the scotch fillet. We ordered more chips, cauliflower and brocolli. The quantities were good and we left food due to that. On a whole the food was okay. They even brought me a surprise choc chip cookie on a happy birthday plate which was very kind and thoughtful.

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Jessica Zhang

We had a great experience at The Culpeper with first table. Loved the food, especially the Key Lime Pie! Service was friendly too.

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Renzelle Alvarez

Heard such great things about the culpeper but never got round to trying it. So when I finally did I had great expectations and HOLEH they lived up to it. Great food good service 10 out of 10 would come back and stuff myself again

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It was awesome! Service was great and food was amazing.

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Good food we tried lots of different dishes as we had the discount. The service was good and our favourites were the fried chicken and the mac n cheese.

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Patricia Lee

The food was excellent, especially the tacos and the friend chicken. Service was a bit hit and miss but staff were friendly.

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Staff were very nice and accommodating! The “feels-like-home” kind of vibe made us really comfortable and the food was superb! Awesome job guys!

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Aimee Ngawhika

Great food and great service! would defiantly recommend

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Brilliant vibes, delicious food! First time here and will certainly be back!!! We even closed up our tab and stayed for some espresso martinis!! YUM!

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Second time we have used first table at Culpeper when visiting Auckland. Food and service amazing, we will definitely return.

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Study GA

very good food but last time was better. best dessert.!

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Visited on Saturday for lunch - server was very attentive and friendly. Had 7 different dishes between us and food was excellent except for one dish which unfortunately had too much salt in it. We have visited here more than half a dozen times and find them to have a very high level of consistency with their food and service, and for those reasons, amongst others, will definitely go back

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Simon Andrews

After an initial hiccup with being greeted, we were seated and looked after by a very friendly Irish staff member - polite and friendly without being overbearing.
Food was well presented, cooked well and was tasty.

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Lynley Sheat

Fantastic service they looked after our table very well and our meal was lovely thank you!! AAA+++

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Lisa Gouws

Lovely food with friendly service!

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Isabela Monteiro

The food tasted good, but maybe we chose things that weren't aligned to our taste, like the deep-fried lamb sausage. This one specifically had too much oil. But the Banoffee Pie was spectacular!

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Food was good but not great. I was a bit frustrated by not having ribs as it was "all gone" in the day before and I could not order them.

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The service was excellent, from the moment we arrived at the restaurant until the time we left. We recommend everyone.

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Amardip Kairon

Food was good. Service was excellent.

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Niki Reid

This was our second time dining at the Culpeper and it did not disappoint! Each of us had a different main, they were all delicious but the beef brisket was especially amazing. Soft, melt in your mouth, yummmm! We topped it off with the banofee cheesecake pie which we almost ordered a second serving of because it was so good. Our waitress was friendly and very thoughtful - bringing us extra plates & spoons for our toddler without us even having to ask. Add to this the lovely setting looking out onto the water, the Culpeper is a lovely spot that we'd highly recommend!

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What's better than lunch at the Auckland waterfront! This is our first time dining at Culpeper. I must say perhaps it might be wiser to study the menu first (not our best meal combination) - didn't know what to expect hence we ordered what looks good on menu. For entree, we have ordered the hush puppies, mac n cheese (side), bbq chicken salad and beer battered fries (side). Entree portion are very generous for the price - we couldn't finish them for 2 adults and 2 kids. For mains, we have ordered flounder, scotch fillet and spare ribs. Again, the portion are very generous - lots of protein, this is where we felt that we are missing some sort of freshness. Flounder (with almond and grapes) was definitely an interesting flavour combination. Scotch fillet was simple and nice. Spare ribs are finger licking good - yums! The food here are of great quality and well seasoned (4.5/5). Must say - we love the little details in this place (e.g. change of utensils during course change, folded toilet paper). The staff serving us was absolutely amazing and very friendly - really put you at ease (5/5). Overall, an excellent experience at Culpeper and definitely recommended to others.

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Brooke Richmond

Great food and service! So full we had to get dessert takeaway! :)

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We have a great time. The food is good.

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Adeli Teixeira

It was a great experience and I highly recommends this restaurant. Delicious food and excellent service.

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Ikue Iyama-Reeves

It was a great time to see our friend to have lunch.
Tasty meal and great sea view!

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Owen Hicks

We had a great meal at The Culpeper! The food was delicious and the service was fantastic! We'll be back.

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Great atmosphere, food was exceptional. Recommend the Jerk Chicken on the Auckland Restaurant Month menu. The crunchy chicken with Scotch Bonnet Mayo was also amazing, Lamb Merguez Corn Dogs also a hit! Kids loved it. We will be back.

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This was our first time dining at The Culpeper, and it's safe to say we'll be back! everything that hit the table was delicious (and we ordered quite a variety). The staff were also friendly and helpful, which made the whole experience that much better.

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Good dinner, food and ambience. Loved the banoffee pie and the lamb corn dogs

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Casey Te Rangi

Thank you Culpeper staff - we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The food was tasty and cooked to perfection, the waitstaff were friendly, polite and helpful, and the atmosphere was great. Would recommend this restaurant to friends and family and return sometime soon.

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Lovely place for leisure! Tuna salad and apple pie are beautiful. But the ribs were a bit too dry for us. Will come back to try something different!

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Good food, however waited for around 50 minutes without explanation. Unsure whether we where forgot about as people arrived after us and got their food before us.
Good value for food!

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Danubia Oliveira

I was so impressed. Everything was amazing. The food was delicious and the Stuff was really kind.

Cheers

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very tasty bbq pork spare ribs and handcut chips...

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We had a great dining experience in a central location with lovely views. The food was excellent and the service was great. The tempura oysters and slow cooked brisket were unbelievable!
We highly recommend The Culpeper.

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Great food and service, would highly recommend. Great flavours in the food and well presented

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Jimmy Yao

Great food and service.

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Debbie Hurst

Second time here ...first time far less exclusions from the menu ...beautiful food ...pity the exclusions limit your choice greatly.

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Fantastic and yummy, perfectly cooked meat! Service was very attentive

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New favourite place to eat in Auckland. The menu was great for everyone in the family and served so well. Will definitely be regular diners from now on whenever we are in Auckland!

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Rhonda Kite

Greatest. My favs tempura oysters and the brisket ... never fails.

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