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PRICE RANGE
$42 - $169
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Seafood, New Zealand, European, Healthy
FEATURES
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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A very disappointing experience on our 5th visit here. This establishment is not a patch on what it once was and has lost all of its former gloss. Menu choice much more limited than previous. Had a nicely cooked and presented John Dory but the...sauce taste was not complimentary. Good wine selection and a lively atmosphere that unfortunately markedly deteriorated as the night wore on with many patrons allowed to consume far too much alcohol and becoming loud and obnoxious with choice of language. Briefly tried the bar area after the meal but the atmosphere and many patrons were unsavoury and had a cliquey 'seediness' about them. Even witnessed patrons buying 'shots' for the bar staff to readily consume. Something is not quite right about this place and it's a great pity that it has lost its way.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was our 40 th wedding anniversary ( yep Wow). We decided to fly to Auckland and choose to dine at soul. What a terrible disappointment it was. We commented on the booking of the occasion and that we would like a nice table for...two outside. The very rude maitre’ d showed us a tiny table in front of a pillar. There were many tables at the front , but she insisted that they were for only groups of 4. I was so upset. My husband said we should just go, but she then gave us a table that she split from a 4 to a 2 beside the staff servery. Not romantic. We ordered the shared steak with some sides and it wouldn’t fit on the table without our plates being half off the table. When we left after our main , as we just didn’t enjoy being there, the 4 front tables were still empty. I asked the waiter how long this maître’d had been working there, as she is rude and condescending as she kept calling me “ my love”. He frowned and said about 2 years. He said he would pass on our complaint to management. I should have looked at the reviews on here before we booked, as all the 1 star reviews mention her. Extremely unprofessional. You ruined what should have been a fantastic experience.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant currently is covered in pink flowers and umbrellas but it is not a girly hangout. The food here is seriously good. The pasta was delicious, the salad was sensational with the meat skewer and desert was yummy. The wine was super good too.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best meals I have ever eaten in my 50+ years of travel, and at a nice outdoor table with a view over the harbour as well. The service was highly professional and friendly – prompt but not rushed. If Michelin were to...come here I think it would get two or three stars. For starter, I had the whitebait fritter (actually a crepe) that was quite out of this world tasty, followed by a pork dish that was delicious. It was cooked just right and the crackling was delightfully crisp. I also splurged on dessert – an apricot ice cream cake that was also perfect. My wife also had high praise for her pate starter and a very tasty salad with a delicious lemon crème caramel for dessert. I cannot praise this place too highly.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 March 2024 via mobile

Such a great visit here! Was walking past and the decor caught my attention.. it was decked out in pink and Rosé themed (something they do every March). The service was top notch, and the food + drinks were very good. I tried the beef...skewer, macaroni and cheese (a must!) and espresso martini. Highly recommend all!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 16 March 2024 via mobile

Been a regular at Soul for nearly 30 years and tonight, with a booking, we were told a 1.5 hour wait Maître de was rude and unwilling to help so we walked out Sitting at the bar wasn’t something we wanted hence making the reservation...Usual BS about not guaranteeing tables, blah blah blah. There were empty tables that could have accommodated us but clearly we weren’t good enough for them Des would be turning in his grave, he knew how to be welcoming and friendly We won’t be back, ever, if you don’t value our custom we won’t spend our money with youMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 March 2024 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner at Soul for a birthday & anniversary. We were visitors to Auckland but booked Soul on the recommendation of an experienced NZ chef. She was spot on. Good table overlooking the harbour. Great yellowfin tuna & John Dory which was...not expensive by Melbourne prices where we live. Great service from Christian.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024

Lovely spot in a food Mecca. We had five appetizers. Then rack of lamb and fillet steak. Then very tasty dessert. All was delicious. Good wine selections. Good drink choices. Best of all, the giant single ice cube in each cocktail!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 27 February 2024 via mobile

Cute ambiance on the wharf. Made reservation - arrived 10 minutes early and seated promptly.!husband got a cocktail (which was good). I got wine.!fish and chips, beer battered oysters and fresh catch all delicious!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

We had an amazing dinner last night. The maitre d was very welcoming it was buzzing. The waitress was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We hadn't been there for ages for dinner and couldn't fault a thing great food and great service we will be back soon

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 19 February 2024 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal here. Picked the restaurant from several in the area. Very tasty chicken liver pate starter and great battered tarakihi for me. My wife had goats cheese from age frail and rack of lamb. All delicious and reasonably priced. Service pleasant even...though we had to wait 35 minutes to be seated in this very busy bistro by the harbourMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 13 February 2024 via mobile

Lovely, friendly, helpful staff and nice food with good views of the Harbour. We didn’t have a booking and they squeezed us in.

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

Busy, elegant and beautiful in a primo location amongst a wide range of downtown harbor side restaurants this offers very good food, professionally served and good value!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 8 February 2024 via mobile

We booked to go here for our last night in Auckland as a thank you to our friends for hosting us. We had a nice table outside. Perfect setting. Loved the menu and we selected what we fancied. Our Argentinian waiter was charming. The actual...service was a bit hit and miss. This was not just down to our waiter but others too. The starters came before the snack items - oysters and trevelli on toast. The wine was brought at the same time as the cocktails and twice someone attempted to pour it before realising we had cocktails. That part could have been better but did not spoil the evening. All the food was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Service was already added at 13% being a holiday date so out tip was small as a result. Would definitely go again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 6 February 2024

Right on Princess Wharf, this restaurant has food that I will always remember. You must try the green goddess salad (that was my favorite, but everything was great). Shout out to such a lovely waitress - Paris. She was fun and helpful.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Hi there, you will have to ask Soul Bar directly. I am sure they will have a set/special menu for new years eve. Have fun.
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SOUL BAR AND BISTRO, Auckland Central - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5