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Travellers' Choice2023
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About
Culprit serves nostalgic kiwi cuisine with a modern global edge. We offer chefs choice menus that hero local suppliers. Owner & Chef Kyle Street creates playful dishes that are innovative and big on flavour, often with a nod to his New Zealand upbringing.
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 yesterday

We have eaten in top restaurants around the world, and this was one of the best. Each course was unique and delicious. We did the tasting menu and "made it epic" and it was totally worth it. The staff was terrific. Kudos to all.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Culprit was the best choice for us to celebrate our first night out as parents since having our baby. We loved that we didn’t have to think about food and drinks everything was set up and ready to go - set menu for the win!...- Valentina was such an incredible host and she really made our night so special. Definitely recommend upgrading to the duck and having the wine pairings with the food. Delish! 🤤❤️More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place for a dinner, super spacious and not cramped up like a lot of places. Came here for a friends birthday and made some prior arrangements with them to bring a cake, then also had some extra arrangements made on the day and the...staff were super accommodating. Food is fantastic and service was second to none! Will definitely come back. Also check out their sister bar Little Culprit too, Elliot there makes some awesome cocktails.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent experience. Service was outstanding and food was great. Wasnt sure what to expect with the fixed menu and we also selected the Special Duck, but it was some excellent tastes and more than enough to feed us all.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic. Costly, but fantastic. GREAT food, GREAT service, knowledgeable staff. The food was seriously good. Well done Culprit!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went out for a fancy date night and had a lovely time. Absolutely amazing food, we had the 'make it epic' menu and it was completely worth it, the seafood was incredible. We also had the drinks pairing which went impeccably with the food....The atmosphere was great and we really enjoyed sitting at the kitchen bar and being able to see the food being prepared. Would definitely recommend!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thought the seasonal menu was delicious and appreciated the attention to detail in the presentation of the dishes. An experience well above the average with expertise in flavour and cooking, friendly staff and good wine matching. We left feeling very satisfied and money well...spent for a night we will remember for a long time.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Exceptional experience that started with Valentina. She described the meal options and worked with our vegetarian preferences. The food was incredible and the presentation was fabulous. A wonderful meal in our first night visiting Auckland. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is by far the best meal we have had since in NZ for last 35 days. The Epic meal + upgrade is a must try. We had the wine pairing which was generous pour and all good wine. We had an excellent time. Love...to be back again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great spot, the late summer Epic menu was awesome. A place recommended by friends. I can't thank them enough...For sure we will come back.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My favourite restaurant that excels in every department. Food, customer service and vibes are nothing short of excellent.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

After reading all the amazing views, we felt fortunate that we were able to get a table on a Saturday night on the day we booked it. We had the $79 tasting meal which was more than enough to eat. Each dish was beautifully presented...and everything we ate was so utterly delicious. The servers were extremely attentive without being in your face. We did not feel at all rushed. This was one of the best restaurant meals we have ever eaten and it is not surprising that the ratings reflect this.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Such a cool place. Service is awesome. Food is super delicious and so well thought out. We chose to have the five course seasonal menu and everything on it was an absolute treat. Will be recommending it to all our friends for sure!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 15 March 2024

We were a group of 20 and had the group menu. With this menu, you don't have to make any decisions: just sit back, relax, and enjoy the excellent food. Inventive, original, delectable: those moments when you take a bite of something and your taste...buds are immediately excited by the amazing combination of flavours. Excellent food. Very friendly and professional staff. A top restaurant in central Auckland.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024 via mobile

We stumbled across this place because it was close to our hotel and what a find!! The meal was spectacular and the staff were fabulous. Their knowledge was exceptional and they were accomodating of my partners dietary requirements. The ambience was beautiful, romantic and cosy...and I loved watching the chefs at work. Outstanding food and wine ❤️More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Culprit. is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5