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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
French, European
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 18 February 2024 via mobile

Excellent food and wine options, great service from friendly staff and a nice atmosphere made for a very pleasant evening

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 17 February 2024

What a delicious hidden gem! Small and quiet place. Crepes are authentic. We were staying nearby prior to cruise. Lunch was so tasty we went back the next night for dinner.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 February 2024

Cute, small place; excellent food; and a very short walk from my hotel; Had the fish the first time and it was fresh and perfectly cooked; tonight I had the lamb shanks, again perfectly done. And dessert crepes twice. Don't understand why they aren't full...of customers? They could use better signage for starters.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 29 January 2024

After completing Day #1 touring Auckland (and feeling quite tired) we were wandering aimlessly close to our hotel on Queen Street, looking for a place to have dinner. The endless stream of Korean and Chinese restaurants offered up several really good looking options, but then...unexpectantly, we happened upon a tiny French restaurant... Le Garde-Manger. Given I'm writing this review, we obviously decided to give it go. We were impressed that the entire front of the restaurant was being manager by only one gentleman. And he was in total command all the time we were there, so thumbs up to him. Bottom-line, the service was great, the food was very good, and we're thinking we'll make a second visit before leaving Auckland. For the sake of keeping top ratings fair, a star (dot) was deducted for the less than impressive ambiance and no air conditioning (the open front door mildly provided an air flow).More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 26 January 2024 via mobile

a delightful French restaurant. The beef bourguigon was delicious. The potato dish was also lovely. What a refreshing way to spend our last day in Auckland. Good food and wine

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024 via mobile

This is an unassuming little French restaurant with OUTSTANDING food and ambience. We have eaten here last year when In Aukland and again tonight. This is an absolute must in Aukland if you want GREAT well cooked food

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 12 December 2023 via mobile

This restaurant is a tiny unassuming looking place with fabulous food. Large menu with great prices. Everything we had was delicious. The dessert crepes were wonderful. Highly recommend!!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 28 November 2023 via mobile

Loved this small friendly restaurant. The French food I love was available and as I remember it from visits to Paris. We enjoyed escargots, duck rilletes, coq au vin, and duck a l'orange. There was no sign in front but we knew the address so...no problemMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 22 November 2023 via mobile

Le escargot , beef bourguignon , cheese tarts , chequered tablecloths and Cote de Rhone wines .. absolutely perfect .. French food served by the French takes some beating and this place is spot on .. couldn’t believe how good it was .. our Auckland...native friends had never been , I chose it by chance and they say they will be back often now they know how good it is .. Highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 25 June 2023 via mobile

I was looking for a place to have my brunch/lunch, just passed by this restaurant and was caught by its style, something made me want to have a closer look, without knowing what at first. Once I did, I understood what it was: it is...a traditional French restaurant with typical decoration, and it was love at first sight, bringing me back to my home country I asked the owner, who's not only French but from Normandy where crepes come from, for his recommendation, he mentioned the Savoyarde galette (a galette being a savory crepe, and the Savoyarde one being with raclette cheese, bacon, onion, potato and cream) I went for it, and I must say it was really REALLY yummy, just loved every single bite I warmly recommended this restaurant, best one I've been to in Auckland/New-ZelandMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 22 April 2023 via mobile

We stopped by for a late lunch on our first day in Auckland because the restaurant was within walking distance from our hotel. We enjoyed our meal, the ambiance, our friendly French waitress (a visiting graduate student) that we decided to return the next day...for dinner. Le Garde Manger is an unpretentious French restaurant that serves delicious country style food (not fussy haut cuisine), in a relaxed atmosphere. I wouldn’t hesitate to return except the restaurant is 9,000 miles from home.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 17 March 2023 via mobile

Where do I start! Restaurant is like a sweet place you’d find on the back streets of Paris! Food is exceptional. Duck Confit was amazing , Escargot delicious, bread was Devine! Lamb shank was delicious, the crepe pear, chocolate dessert screams for MORE! Everything was...perfect! Atmosphere was very French! Book a table. We got there at 6:15 and by 7 pm the place was packed! We will definitely go back there again!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 13 February 2023 via mobile

In Auckland on a failed business trip due to Cyclone Gabriella hitting. Staying in a hotel on upper Queen St, I spotted this cute little restaurant the first day and had my dinner there that evening. It’s not fancy looking, but the cute checkered red...and white tablecloths grabbed my attention. I was not disappointed. Beautiful fuss free service by a solo waiter that managed all tables by himself with ease. The food is simple, but tasty and authentic French fare. I felt at home here as a solo traveller, so much so I’ve come back the very next night. I had the French onion soup, the pan fried fish and coq au van. If you’re a fan of simple but extremely tasty authentic food, this won’t disappoint. It was such a welcoming place to be on a miserable rainy night.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 10 December 2022 via mobile

My husband and I absolutely loved the food here. Just like we were back in Paris. An absolute must try if you are looking for a romantic dinner. We tried many things on both the menu and drinks menu. The Normandy cider was great and...the crepes are amazing. We are already planning to come back before the end of the year.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 3 December 2022

Thought this would be a great place for French cuisine based on the reviews I read but I was very much disappointed. It's a small cozy restaurant and was very busy and although the server was very nice she was not attentive at all. Wine...came promptly. Waited a bit for our entrees. Onion soup was only barely half a bowl and the goats cheese salad was lacking in goats cheese and the dressing was very sweet. We both ordered the boeuf bourguignon which was recommended. We waited for a very long time - other tables were served before us even though they came in afterwards. We let our server know we were waiting but she never checked on it. Finally we complained and miraculously two bowls instantly appeared and it was one of the worse meals I've ever had. Mostly carrots, no sauce. I wouldn't give this a second try.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Le Garde-Manger is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4