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Pub, Belgian, Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 May 2024

A busy 6pm Wednesday evening, the place was busy and the door man found us two seats and quickly showed us the combination drinks and food menu. Lovely ambiance, friendly crowd. The carefully selected white wine arrived (a bit over full). No complaints here. Thanks...to all the staff 👍✅👍cheers Greg Perth WAMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 27 April 2024

I was really looking forward to a schnitzel but it was deep fried (not pan fried) and hard. The gravy had too much mint so I couldn't use it to soften it up. Staff was very nice but exceptionally busy. Overall, I'd come here for...a pint and that's it.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 April 2024

Salutations! My wife and I new to Auckland and were intrigued to try this restaurant and it’s Green Lipped Mussels. I enjoyed a Cherry Lambec beer with the meal . The Seafood chowder , the mussels and 1/2 dozen Oysters 🦪 served by our server,...Yoko, were very well received. She even laughed at my Corny Dad Jokes. Despite being quite busy, we got a table and reasonable service. We will return!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 6 April 2024 via mobile

Best service and meal by far in NZ. Walked into central Auckland on arrival in NZ. Lucked upon the Occidental, sat at bar and enjoyed a drink before a table was found for us. Everyone enjoyed their meals, I had the mussels which was an...absolute standout. Was disappointed that every other meal on our holiday was nowhere near as good. The service was outstanding, couldn’t have asked for more.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 6 April 2024

Walking by noticed a sign advertising schnitzel and fries special on Wednesday. The day was Wednesday so got an order for take away. They were out of utensils to include (good thing our hotel had some silverware we could use) large portion of schnitzel and...fries, freshly made. Too bad we didn’t have time to eat in and get the entire experience and probably a better idea of what this place has to offer. Would return.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 April 2024

Whoever hires the staff for this hotel is either very lucky or exceptionally good. this must be one of the best places I have ever visited.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 29 March 2024 via mobile

Good selection of Belgian beers and good food! Do not forget to order the mussels, plump and fresh! You won’t regret it. Very very decent place in Auckland.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 20 March 2024

Never coming back. We booked a table at 6pm and it wasn’t ready by that time, waiter was extremely rude and cocky, and the food was not even decently cooked. Very Expensive place and for what? terrible service and poorly cooked meat? I understand you...are busy guys i work in the service industry too but being at least polite is the least you can do…More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024

Friendly and lively bar with a wide selection of beers on tap. Very popular and for good reason. We went back the next night. Did not try the food, though.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 March 2024 via mobile

Seldom when exploring new locales will we visit one on consecutive days, not the case for this quaint, bustling pub. The atmosphere is vibrant, the food excellent pub grub, especially fish & chips. For those who love a good beer, they feature a broad list...of excellent Belgian brews.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 March 2024 via mobile

I used to go here often to meet friends but it had probably been a decade since I was last here, so great to see The Occidental still here and going strong. It's a nice casual place that seems as popular as ever which is...nice to see. Same great and extensive list of Belgian beers and some good food options to go with it, from fries to mussels. And it certainly draws in the crowds, both locals and visitors. Booking a table is a good idea in evenings, especially if you're after a spot near the window.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 28 February 2024 via mobile

Disappointed. Have heard so much about their mussels. I found them tasteless. I think they try to add too many flavours. Steamed mussels with 5 or 6 different sauces which are just added after mussels are steamed. You get no flavour from the sauce infusing...with the mussels. My mussels were only just warm with the white wine garlic cream sauce just poured over the top. Partner had the grilled mussels which were overcooked and tough. Would I go back here? Probably not. Would I recommend? Probably not if you’re lining for good beer, yes!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 February 2024 via mobile

Great Mussels, maybe the best I ever had and superb beer selection too. Super friendly staff. Would recommend and will return for sure.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024

The food was not good. Three hard, dry and cold bits of sourdough with my eggs, inedible. My daughter’s waffles were prepackaged, with sloppy frozen fruit and no maple syrup. First disappointing meal we have had in Auckland. Service was fine, but lacked any sort...of personality with bored staff.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 11 January 2024

What a wonderful surprise...my last night in Auckland and I thought I would check this place out. I.m so glad I did! It was jumping - big crowd, lots of energy, staff buzzing. The food was great. I had the Wednesday night chicken schnitzel special...and seriously - I could have been in Vienna. The crust was perfect and the chicken moist and tender. Thank you everybody at the Occidental.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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We were there in the afternoon but don't have specifics on their hours. But just googled them and it says they open at 8:30 AM
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THE OCCIDENTAL BELGIAN BEER HUIS, Auckland Central - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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The Occidental Belgian Beer Huis is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4