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Szimpla Gastro Bar is a new concept bar & restaurant located under the ibis budget Hotel at Auckland Airport, not far from Mangere Bridge, Manukau. A home away from home for visitors to New Zealand staying in neighbouring hotels and an exciting new social venue for members of the local business community and nearby suburbs. With its rustic Kiwi charm, top-notch hospitality, delicious grub and range of brews.
PRICE RANGE
$21 - $41
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very disappointed which was all due to service. You could tell right away that the waitress had no idea what she was doing - eg… we asked how large the pizzas were whilst ordering and got told they were ‘chopping board size’ … she had...no clue. The thick shakes weren’t that nice and were overpriced at $14 a pop. The food was good but after finishing our meals, no-one asked if we wanted more drinks, coffees or desserts. In fact the only time the waitstaff spoke to us was taking the orders. No checking in to see how meals were or asking part-way through the meal to see if we needed anything/more drinks etc. The place was practically empty (it was a Sunday) and the staff were in plain sight standing around in a group, just chatting, including (who I assumed was the manager/owner?) We were seated in the covered-in ‘outside’ area and the heating was also turned off towards the end of our meal which made the area quite cold. We subsequently found out it was ‘too hot’ (assuming inside maybe?) but no-one checked on us, temp-wise, as we were the only ones out there. They could have easily up-sold us as we sat around the table for ages but there was zero effort in service to make us feel welcome - we would not return on that basis which is a shame because the decor and the food was great. Service, pretty much non-existent. We gave feedback to them - they apologised and said they would talk to the waitstaff but based on other reviews on this site, poor service has occurred before. With the way Hospo patronage is declining, you would think a business would be going over and above to keep customers returning. The whole lack of effort and attitude to service was incredibly poor and that’s a shame.More

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

Booked into Novotel Auckland Airport and googled “local sports bar”. 15 minute walk and we found this little gem. Great atmosphere, ok drink prices, staff very welcoming and so much nicer than sitting in an impersonal bar.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 29 April 2024

Was very disappointed with the service we received. We are regular visitors during the week but this is the first time we've been on a weekend. The service was very poor, the food was average. We ordered a brownie for dessert and got a caramel...slice, there were no marshmallows with the hot chocolate and were told it was not available even though we have been getting it for years. We were told by the week day staff we could order off the kids menu as adults, but the weekend staff argued we couldn't.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 22 April 2024

Szimpla has a menu with plenty of great choices to suit all palate types. The drinks and food came quickly and were of a very good standard. Great for all size groups and atmosphere for a Sunday lunch was relaxed.

Review collected in partnership with www.restauranthub.co.nz
Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 21 April 2024

Great location and parking, meet up with friends or family for a pre take off drink or meal. Food is excellent and staff are efficient and friendly

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

When you come into a restaurant and order a margarita and the menu says that it has Cointreau in it - then it better have Cointreau in it!! You can’t fake that bottle. There is no substitute! That’s the first problem I saw. Second problem...was that when he went to pour the tequila into the measuring device the bottle ran out when it was only half full and he took the pour spout off to try and get more out and that didn’t work so the manager comes over after he asked the manager what he should do and the monogrammed a bottle of SOMETHING and topped it off!! UNBELIEVABLE! I watch bartenders - I am a bartender part time. It’s sucks to be CHEATED and they straight up cheated me. It’s disgusting.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 27 February 2024

We went to Szimpla, with a couple from USA holidaying, on the recommendation of a friend. The wait service was lackadaisical; the meals were mediocre and the restaurant lacked ambience. Overall, sadly not impressed with our experience.

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Date of visit: February 2024
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Caitlin Teal, Marketing at Szimpla Gastro Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2024

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review Szimpla Gastro Bar. We are so sorry to hear you didn't enjoy some of your experience with us, and your feedback has been passed onto the team. Thanks the team @ Szimpla

Reviewed 13 February 2024

My review is excellent service, food great, we all enjoyed everything you did for us. We didn't have to wait very long for meals to come. Awesome. One of my nieces who came from New York thought & loved your place she said you were...great. My other niece & her partner came from Melbourne which they also said you have a great business going here. & my Sisterinlaw Who comes from the Gold Coast said they will all come back again. Hope this helps you.More

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Date of visit: February 2024
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Caitlin Teal, Marketing at Szimpla Gastro Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2024

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review Szimpla Gastro Pub. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again. Thanks the team @ Szimpla

Reviewed 29 January 2024

Food was amazing, we loved it. Great ambiance. Really relaxing, wonderful style. The staff gave us just the right amount of attention.

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Date of visit: January 2024
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Caitlin Teal, Marketing at Szimpla Gastro Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2024

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review Szimpla Gastro Pub. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again. Thanks the team @ Szimpla

Reviewed 8 January 2024

We booked for dinner after an international flight. The service was friendly & efficient. Our meals were delicious & good value for money. I would go again.

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Date of visit: January 2024
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Caitlin Teal, Marketing at Szimpla Gastro Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2024

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review Szimpla Gastro Pub. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again. Thanks the team @ Szimpla

Reviewed 20 December 2023

Food is great! However…menu says spirits like whisky are poured as a double u less requested otherwise….i only had one drink and watched the bartender pour my Jameson. I asked is that a double to which he said yes. I can tell you with confidence...it wasn’t even a single. Lame. Epic lame. Jameson is cheap @Szimple stop cheating your guests.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Caitlin Teal, Marketing at Szimpla Gastro Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2024

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review Szimpla Gastro Bar. We are so sorry to hear you didn't enjoy some of your experience with us, and your feedback has been passed onto the team. Thanks the team @ Szimpla

Reviewed 17 December 2023

We really enjoyed our meal at Szimpla - there was a very good selection on the menu, prices were reasonable, and the service was excellent. We had the four cheese pizza which was delicious, and a generous side salad of rocket and pear. The atmosphere...was good and relaxed. Highly recommend it.More

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Date of visit: December 2023
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Caitlin Teal, Marketing at Szimpla Gastro Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2024

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review Szimpla Gastro Pub. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again. Thanks the team @ Szimpla

Reviewed 3 December 2023

We had made a reservation for 20 patrons for my brothers birthday. We were sent the menu to order in advance which made the whole experience that much easier too. Excellent customer service from our main waiter/manager, amazing service from the bartender and efficient service...from the whole team. The food was amazing and came out to our guests promptly and pretty much at the same time. Great experience overall. They also took an extra moment to set up the birthday cake for us. Can’t fault anything. Thank you Szimpla team!More

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Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2023 via mobile

Returned rancid mushroom dumplings and received verbal drubbing by the host who insisted they were fine and that he’d taken a bite of the food we sent back and tasted nothing wrong. Aggressively asked if we wanted a different dish, we declined. He did not...take it off the bill and quickly added a tip without my consent when settling up.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

Workers, Atmosphere, Food everything was amazing 💯% the young lady that had our table that night was awesome 🤩

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Date of visit: November 2023
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Caitlin Teal, Marketing at Szimpla Gastro Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2024

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review Szimpla Gastro Pub. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again. Thanks the team @ Szimpla

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