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$45 - $175
CUISINES
French, European, New Zealand
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After eating many meals in Michelin starred restaurants around the world the French Cafe was undoubtably the best meal I have ever eaten. Everything was spot on, perfection on a plate. The only reason for a 4 star review is the waitress was rude and...not built for hospitality, not everyone drinks alcohol and you should not berate those who do not, it doesn’t spoil a meal, it doesn’t harm anyone and your opinion doesn’t matter, especially to your customers. It’s disappointing to have such a gastronomic delight with disappointing service, I will say all of the waiters were much more pleasant, had better knowledge of the menu and provided much better service.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 11 January 2024

Outstanding service and amazing food Great to observe the dedicated team focused on delivering a great experience for their customers. Absolutely recommend for anyone wanting fine dining of the highest level.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 December 2023 via mobile

Delicious in every way. We were at a private dinner so this review reflects that. Small room , nine guests in total. Inventive menu, great service, perhaps not always authentic but excellent. Full and comprehensive wine list of French and NZ wines. Cons—it was an...8 or 9 course meal, which is not our favorite way of eating. That said excellent but be prepared.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 October 2023 via mobile

I have been coming to this restaurant for more than 30 years. The food is fabulous and under Sid is outstanding. However in this visit the service was inconsistent. Drinks took forever to arrive. Took the wine list away before we had ordered wine when...reading menus. Starter food arrived before plates to divide and eat from. (Very strange). Lots of staff but seemed disorganised and not thinking. Certainly the food was 5 out of 5. Considering the price the service was about 2 out of 5. Individual staff were generally very pleasant. Overall still had a very pleasant evening.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 5 October 2023

Fabulous inventive food, the best we had on our New Zealand trip. Beautiful presentation, unusual taste combinations. Food absolutely deserves highest rating, service on the other hand did not match the elevated expectations, long wait before being given menu and between some of the courses....Everyone friendly and personable but they seemed to be understaffed. But don't let that deter you...it is wonderful food.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 September 2023

This restaurant has in the past, always been the first choice of places to eat. However, this is not the case any longer. We were given one menu to share between three people. The food was ok (not great) apart from the chicken starter which...was difficult to cut never-mind eat. Won't be booking again .More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023

We attended the champagne and dinner collaboration with Caros wine in the private dining room. It was a fantastic night. The food was absolutely delicious and just the right amount. The room is ambient and stylish. Service was excellent.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 26 March 2023

We have eaten at Sid’s restaurants many times over the years and he never disappoints. We are always in awe of the creativity of the dishes offered. We selected the tasting menu and feel that is the best way to experience the range of excellent...dishes. The wine pairing is a delight and enhances the experience greatly – the sommelier’s descriptions of each wine were informative and evocative.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 25 March 2023

The Saturday Champagne lunch in the garden is a real treat.... The 4 course set menu with extra is very good value and quite delicious

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 26 February 2023 via mobile

Absolutely a stunning meal! My husband and I are so happy we chose this restaurant for our last evening in New Zealand. Beginning with the charming maitre di to the initial wonderful sip of fresh fruit to clean our palate and the wonderful New Zealand...Syrah to get us started. We chose the 5 course tasting menu, each course building with the next. The presentation of each course beautifully added to the perfectly seasoned food. Fish, venison, short rib perfectly prepared. We have dined at Michelin star restaurants in France and the US. This restaurant deserves Taichung high recognition!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 27 January 2023

I had previously been to the French Cafe with the old owner and just after Sid had taken it over and the experience was good. So once again we visited to celebrate a friend's birthday. From start to finish I could not fault the experience....The presentation of the meals was exquisite, and the staff very knowledgeable with any queries you had. I will willingly return in the future.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2022 via mobile

Thank you to the wonderful team at Sid at the French Cafe for making my wife’s birthday dinner a memorable occasion. Passion for cuisine and hospitality is evident the moment you walk in the door and at every interaction and morsel of food. We hadn’t...been for ages and the modernisation of the venue really improved the environment. We won’t leave it so long between visits in the future!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 20 November 2022 via mobile

Absolutely outstanding from start to finish. The service and the cuisine are excellent. What a magical experience. So memorable.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 28 October 2022 via mobile

Wow!! We were attending our Son & Daughter in Laws WEDDING ceremony and Wedding Celebration Dinner . As we are from UK we did not know of this establishment. CAFE ? Wedding? Mmmm Need not have worried. It was truly Wow! The attention to detail,...to please the BRIDE & GROOM and their family . The food was divine, delicious, presented like a work of art ! Every course …A delight on the plate and on the Palate! Fabulous ! Very very special. From our arrival the Service was outstanding. Friendly, relaxed but so professional. Even the two little flower girls were attended to and served food and drink at a table to their comfort & height! How thoughtful. So THANK YOU … you certainly made this long awaited WEDDING DAY , Celebration and Dining Experience, MEMORABLE !More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 10 July 2022 via mobile

Celebrated a big birthday in the French Kitchen ( private room out the back of the courtyard) with 20 guests. Perfect location for an event like this - space to mix and mingle with a glass of champagne in hand - delicious canapé - pulled...pork pie and a savoury truffle ball. Two tables and a set menu meant you could move throughout the meal if inclined. Short speeches and stories could be shared without interrupting anyone else’s dinner. Delivering 20 dishes at once is never easy but the team that looked after us was superbly attentive. Kingfish and scallop starter and the lamb were standouts for me. Will definitely use this space again.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Ray T
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Response from lyndah533 | Reviewed this property |
You need to ring the restaurant now as they get booked out in advance - well worth going to amazing restaurant - degustation is to die for
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Response from Bronwen A | Reviewed this property |
you get a one glass of a different wine with each dish.
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SID AT THE FRENCH CAFE, Auckland Central - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Sid at The French Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5