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“Great food, poor waitress”

Sid at The French Cafe
Ranked #12 of 1,968 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Price range: $45 - $175
Cuisines: European, French
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Sid at The French Cafe is a fine dining restaurant in Auckland City offering the very best in food, wine and service.
Reviewed 17 March 2024 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.

Date of visit: March 2024
Thank Thefamilytravellernz
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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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Thank Grant I
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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.

Date of visit: December 2023
Thank Fred H
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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.

Date of visit: October 2023
Thank 274peterr
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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.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Thank Dorli B
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