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About
A HAVEN FOR SECONDARY CUTS & THE UNLOVED. Culprit is the brainchild of Kyle Street & Jordan MacDonald, formerly of two of Auckland's most renowned eateries on Federal St. Inspired by our local bounty & our travels through the States & Europe, our food philosophy is to work in collaboration with local NZ producers, suppliers & farmers. For us our menu is about showcasing what they do, keeping it simple, fun, fresh and delicious.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
New Zealand, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hadn’t been to Culprit before but had it on our list to try. We chose the restaurant of the month menu and it was amazing. The mushroom milk buns, OMG and the kumara fries, best we’ve ever had. The kingfish was also light, refreshing...and delicious. Staff were attentive and super helpful. And to top it off probably one of the best dirty martinis we’ve had. Highly recommended and we will be backMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the Jetset menu, food was delicious, service was excellent and knowledgeable. Sitting at the kitchen bar was entertaining, watching the food being prepared and interacting with the chefs. Highly recommend going asap.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended with our friends to celebrate birthdays in August. We had the set menu, travel inspired for restaurant month. The presentation of the inflight meal was so creative and the fermented mushroom butter infused milk buns were incredible!!! We dreamt about them! Ordered a...side of the most incredible kumara fries - light and crispy. Our group shared the fish and steak as mains, both amazing though we all actually preferred the fish as it had interesting flavour combinations. We highly recommend Culprit, staff were really informative and there to answer any questions we had about the meal. Thank you again to all the wonderful wait staff and chefs 💕More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 8 August 2021 via mobile

Creative, delicious, unique. We were all delighted with our dinner at Culprit. Lively atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 6 August 2021

We were a table of 8 for a birthday dinner. Great ambiance, very entertaining, the food was outstanding. We had the set menu for restaurant month. The fermented mushroom butter infused Milk breads were incredible. But it would spoil it to tell more. Just go....We had both vegetarian and meat eaters in out group, everyone was happy,More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 25 July 2021 via mobile

This is our third visit to Culprit and it never disappoints. The food, service and ambiance is outstanding. As a group of six we ate off the Epic menu and it was fabulous.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 19 July 2021

Interesting food, well cooked. Really high quality service - knowledgable, attentive, smart not smarmy and just right...and lots of interesting touches. Well done Culprit.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 17 July 2021

The food was absolutely delicious, every dish was impecable and the flavour profiles were outstanding! We were a table of 3 and we are all keen to come back. Service was friendly and informative, massive thank you to all the staff for a wonderful Friday...lunch.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 11 July 2021 via mobile

Attention to detail on flavour, texture, presentation, service and staff makes dinner at Culprit so good. Every time I have had a meal I have left with a new favourite food taste I had not experienced before. Well sourced ethical produced also let's you feel...a little smug as you eat luscious tasty morsels and drink well matched wines. Thanks team again for a great meal and good company.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 11 July 2021 via mobile

AMAZING FOOD. Great atmosphere, friendly staff. And the biggest 10/10 to Zac in the kitchen. Would recommend to go here for any date or function.

Date of visit: July 2021
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HI Steve, You sure can, visit our website to lock it in. Thanks Kyle & Team Culprit.
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Culprit. is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5