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Aubergine Restaurant

3_half star rating 29 reviews

Telephone 09-489 3104

129 Hurstmere Rd
North Shore

Mediterranean, International, New Zealand, European
Mon - Sun 12 noon - 12 midnight
Provided by business


Aubergine Mediterranean Restaurant Takapuna Auckland. The friendly atmosphere makes dining both a pleasure and an experience, whether you want lunch or a romantic dinner. Private group and Business functions are easily accommodated An international style of cuisine mixes old Kiwi faves alongside dishes of European and Mediterranean origin. Pop in for a casual coffee and Delectable dessert after a show at the Bruce Mason Centre, (only a few minutes walk away). Aubergine’s wine list offers an excellent selection of both New Zealand and imported wines. ~~ “Quality and Service in all areas” is the management philosophy at Aubergines. We aim to provide food and drinks in a timely manner and if you are pressed for time, we can have your lunch on the table within 10 minutes and dinner within 20 minutes, ensuring you make it on time back to work, to your appointment or show. ~~ A perennial favourite on Aubergine’s menu, is the Eye Fillet of beef accompanied by potato garlic mash, creamed fresh spinach, dressed with drambuie jus and herbs reduction.


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Price Range:
Spendy, $25 - $35
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
Takes Reservations:
Meals Served:
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Dessert
Seating For:

Reviews for Aubergine Restaurant

4 star rating
by Lucy B.
21st July 2014

It appears that I went to this restaurant on a good day. My friend and I both did the $20 deal which includes an entree, main and glass of wine. I was very, very impressed with this deal. Now, let’s be honest, if you put seared tuna in front of me, I’m pretty much going to be happy. I was even happier when the perfect tuna was accompanied by a generous, fresh salad and a nice glass of pinot gris. My friend ordered the open steak sandwich which she enjoyed. The steak was flavorsome. Only downside were the Pams wedges. I felt like it was acceptable to have ready-made wedges considering the price, but they would have got extra brownie points if they had made them themselves. Also, there was no sauce in sight. For entree I had the garlic bread and my friend had the soup, both were good. The service was also pretty good. Our waitress was very attentive but a smile or two wouldn’t have gone amiss. I think this place is great value for money and has great atmosphere and decor, I will be going back for sure. Mixed reviews suggest this place might not be so good on a busy day, but I am getting ready for round two.

1 star rating
by Calandre
24th June 2014

We will not dine in this restaurant again not because the food was mediocre but because of the appalling rudeness of the beverage waitress who, while delivering coffee to one of our party, made an unwarranted and loud comment on his personal appearance which was upsetting and embarrassing for him. We didn’t think elective baldness was anything unusual these days but apparently it was a chance to have a laugh at someone else’s expense – and at someone who was contributing to her salary. We won’t be contributing again.

Comment from Ramiz M. of Aubergine Restaurant 3/07/2014   
Dear Calandre, I do agree with you that the comment was indeed…    More »
5 star rating
by Nigel W.
15th May 2014

Really can’t go wrong eating here. It’s great ! Three courses for $35 and it’s really nice.
Also we like the fact that it’s warm, has soft furnishings inside, including..a carpet!!! These features are so rare these days, but it makes for a pleasurable dining experiencing as you don’t get horrible sounds of chairs scraping, and helps mute people’s reverberating conversations etc etc.

3 star rating
by Rachel M.
4th May 2014

Food was good. Service was not so good, didn’t seem confident staff were shaky, possibly their managers are too harsh. Not very good with recommendations.

1 star rating
by Carmel G.
23rd February 2014

Went for a hen’s party – everything was fine until they informed us they had given the cake we have made for the bride to the other table. They didn’t seem concerned and offered us free dessert, however, this didn’t make up for them giving another table a cake I had spent half the day baking and decorating for the bride.

Comment from Riadh A. of Aubergine Restaurant 23/02/2014   
Dear Carmel, I was very concerned when I heard of this mishap. …    More »
3 star rating
by Ian H.
12th January 2014

Went for dinner Saturday night. Took advantage of $35 3 course special. I had the Tomato soup for starter and the plate was smudged and the taste was slightly salty. For main I had the lamb shanks which were very good. For Dessert I had the Chocolate hot fudge cake which was light and very nice. The major criticism I have is if clientèle are making the effort to dress smartly then so should the management and staff. Being greeted by the maitre d’ wearing denim jeans is poor.

2 star rating
by Sophie K.
22nd November 2013

Went for dinner tonight, what a shamble…. Service was great but that was all. Food: I had the Fettuccine Carbonara, chunky bits of boiled bacon and mushrooms with plain watery sauce and 3 pieces of grated carrots on top for decoration. My Shandy arrived semi-cold, and they don’t do battered fish for kids, they’re saying they go for the healthy option, how patronising that is. We were really looking forward to have diner there and we were so disappointed. Won’t go again.

5 star rating
by Michelle A.
13th October 2013

Thank you for a relaxing and enjoyable evening.
We wanted to go directly to management but alas no.
We had a table booked for 6 under Naydene tonight. The waitress we had looking after us was exceptional. Her customer service is an asset to the restaurant. She was informative, made requests at the right time, did not interrupt our group unnecessarily and made sure we were attended to when needed. Overall the best waitress we have had at any restaurant for a long time. We hope she is given the recognition she deserves – she is an asset to your business.
The food was impeccable and the rest of the staff were of top quality, assisting with irregular requests ie Multiple Sclerosis person requiring a trained dog to attend.
Aubergine definitely has people that will return and we will be recommending others for sure.
Thanks to you all, especially our waitress – cheers.

4 star rating
by Maria D.
1st June 2013

Aubergine is very popular and was packed when we visited last weekend but they are more than capable of handling the large amount of customers, at no point were we left waiting. The severs were very friendly and food was lovely, I had the snapper and the boyfriend had the veal- both excellent. The menu is one of those menus that has so many good-looking options that I’ll need to go back a few times, not that I’m complaining!

4 star rating
by Peter T.
11th May 2013

Aubergine is Popular (with a capital P). This means that it is fairly hectic and a little noisey. We arrived on a busy Friday night without a booking. No table was immediately available so were shown to the bar. Within a couple of minutes our table was ready. Food is above well average but not spectacular. Service was excellent despite the waitresses being super busy. Mains good. Desserts a little pricey but nice. Excellent wine list.

3 star rating
by Janet M.
7th February 2013

Great food, however I found the service very slow! The restaurant was about half full, so not what I would consider really busy (otherwise I wouldn’t have minded so much) I won’t go again because of the slow service.

5 star rating
by I L.
23rd October 2012

I hadn’t been to Aubergines for a number of years.
This is a restaurant that understands its customers completely.
A well balanced menu and a good wine list.
The staff are welcoming and attentive.
I had the fish which was superb.
The desserts are a bit on the large size but are lovely.

5 star rating
by Bren T.
16th September 2012

This is my favourite restaurant in Auckland. Such great value and great food. I usually have eye fillet and the steaks are huge! I love the profiteroles dessert. The staff are amazing and very friendly! Whats best is the fact u get a three ourse meal for only 35 p.p

5 star rating
by Olympin
4th August 2012

The Aubergine is were I go for the greatest lunches on a budget. they have great set menu lunches that are so yummy. My favourite is soup of the day then a massive and so tasty open steak sandwich with fries.with a nice Irish cider to wash it down for about $20 bucks
Doesn’t sound flash but so so tasty.
Recommend to all.

4 star rating
by Amanda
8th July 2012

The food, though pricey, is consistently good. All four of us enjoyed our meals and left feeling full to the brim! If you can, I’d recommend asking for the $35 voucher deal from their website. Three courses for that price is not bad! The desserts are all very good!
Service was attentive. We actually were able to order more drinks, which is unusual in a restaurant in New Zealand!

4 star rating
by Anna-Maree
27th June 2012

Excellent Food – generous portions and delicious!!! Great atmosphere!! Friendly and helpful staff!!! Great value on special lunch and dinner deals!!!

5 star rating
by Samantha W.
18th June 2012

I love Aubergine, the food is great and the service is fast and friendly. The snapper is so nice, and the creme brulee is to die for! I would definitely recommend, and am a repeat customer. They often have a voucher on their website for 3 courses for $35 dollar, it is such good value for money!

3 star rating
by Ross
17th February 2012

I heard lot about Aubergine and i went with my colleagues for business party. We liked the ambiance, food and staff is so friendly. Recommend every one to please visit it ones.

3 star rating
by David B.
25th September 2011

We headed a long for a quick business lunch during the week. The service was quick and they have an extensive $30 lunch menu. Both the pasta dishes hit the mark for us. It seems to be a place popular with groups as there were a number there on the Thursday we went.

4 star rating
by Irene H.
5th July 2011

Four of us ate with a great value coupon (3 course meal for $35) and thought the food was very good. My husband and I had the duck which was delicious. Great service too. Will definitely go back.

3 star rating
by Rachel
22nd September 2010

The food is good though slightly pricey. Desserts are lovely but at around $10 each, they should be.

If I remember correctly, you have to order your veg and/or salad sep. to the main course – so find that a little annoying to have to pay in addition to the ‘main’ price.

Always good service though and you don’t have to wait long to be served. Always a busy place especially at weekends.

5 star rating
by Alice C.
21st August 2010

Amazing! Four of us went out for dinner and each of us ordered something different and absolutely loved our meals.

Usually not a fish fan, I ordered their snapper, which was unbelievable. Everything was so flavoursome and delicious.

The desserts were good too.

A little stingy with their glasses of wine though – wish it was BYO.

4 star rating
by Simona S.
31st October 2009

I regularly eat at Aubergine in Takapuna and find it a good place to eat.
I particularly enjoy the Chicken Filo and the Chicken salad is also worth a mention.
I have always found the service to be friendly and at times when I have asked for a quick meal before a show at the Bruce Mason center or wherever, it has always arrived quickly with no loss of food quality.
The menu selection of European and Mediterranean dishes seems to be pretty good, and my guests and I have always found something we like.

Overall a good quality restaurant in a convenient location and providing good service and tasty quality food.

4 star rating
by Peter McMillan
2nd October 2009

Six of us dined, entrees all served at the same time, hot n good. Mains were well presented, tasty. Duck very good, a signature dish. Would recommend

2 star rating
by Henward
21st September 2009

a kinda place you sit and be seen in takapuna, not something i care about.
if youd o, then you can go here.

the food is really not that special, plain, boring and very bland.
i ordered the chefs specialty which tasted like an experimental dish.

deserts are ok, but also expensive.

would not go to eat there again, maybe jsut for desert

2 star rating
by Selena
10th July 2009

Food was ok, food a bit overcooked though. Service was appalling, waited for 20 mins+ for Dessert Menu – got sick of waiting so left

4 star rating
by Neka
26th August 2008

I have often enjoyed meals here. They do an amazing steak and tastey veges and deserts! A+++ would trade again.

1 star rating
by Rob Walton
22nd June 2008

Four of us over 50 year olds called into Aubergine after the All Black-England rugby Test match.
It was 9-30 at night but that was no problem for them, and there were still a few people in the restaurant.We didnt have to wait long to be served but by time our meal was put in front of us it was lukewarm.Two of us had eye fillet steak and the other two had lamb shanks.These had dollops of mashed potato which was tasteless and a bit lumpy and surrounded by a gravy which we all agreed must have come out of a packet.We debated for a fair while during the meal if the mashed potato was out of a packet also and decided it must have been.We were reassured when we were paying for the meal that it was real potato and that they served similar up each night.The thing was the meal was cold and very very average in taste and I could have done better myself even though I am only an average cook.When I go out for a meal I expect to get something better than I(part time cook when Im forced to husband)could have done.When two of us went to pay for the meal and the question was asked whether we enjoyed it we both said no we hadnt.They agreed to knock off the coffees we had which was good but would have rather had a good dining experience.

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