Reviews for Aubergine
2 months ago
Yesterday we finally went to the Aubergine for their famous $20 lunch deal (2 courses + wine/etc). The weather was pleasant so we sat outside and ordered the garlic bread and minestrone soup for entree, and the Seared Tuna and Beef Burger for mains. We chose a Sauvignon Blanc with the tuna and a Merlot with the burger. The Seared Tuna, which was deliciously rare and tender, was accompanied by feta cubes, olives, and mesclun salad greens topped with a salsa of Mediterranean vegetables. The Beef Burger was a moist and tasty home-made patty accompanied by fries. The wait staff were welcoming and attentive. Overall, a good venue serving delicious food, and we would recommend the lunchtime deal to all.
by Hannah Short
3 months ago
Aubergine is one of my favourite restaurants over the shore. Amazing food considering you can get an entree main and dessert for 35 dollars.
by Rebecca Gray
3 months ago
Love this place, food is always awesome, staff are lovely, atmosphere is great:)
by Dany Malik
4 months ago
Aubergine Restaurant has never let me down! Their food,service and ambience is always superb. Especially, their great deal where youcan get a three course meal for only $35.
by Cazza Duffield
4 months ago
We booked aubergine for my mother in laws wedding party of 20. The restaurant advised to arrive at 11am and the food would be served at 12pm and that they would make this extra special. When we arrived at 11am they were very rude and and when we simply asked for a drink while we were waiting the man who was working got very confrontational and said they weren't open yet, there were some elderly guests so just asked if we could have some water for them but he became more confrontational. There was also nothing done to make this special as advised. In the end the nasty looks from staff got to much we left and luckily GPK accommodated us at a moments notice.
On the food I have eaten here before and found it to be average, I had also found the staff complacent on our previous visits.
by Brendan Ginnever
5 months ago
Simply a great place to eat.
If you want real food, cooked by real people. little snoot, fantastic smiles. EAT here!@!
by Dan Meadows
6 months ago
Great friendly service, good food at a very reasonable price, my wife and I eat here regularly and have been for a few years now, lots of of other restaurants could take some lessons from these guys
6 months ago
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.
7 months ago
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.
by David Swann
8 months ago
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.
by Rachel Mackenzie
9 months ago
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.
by Allan Wendelborn
9 months ago
Excellent food & friendly service
Have used Aubergine many times & like to go back because of consistently high standard.
The head chef seems to have been there for a long time which to me is a good sign.
9 months ago
Cheerful that's all I can say! Alright but nothing special...
by Ammar Raffo
10 months ago
Flavory food with great value for money. Will highly recommend it for those who love Euorpean and Meditrrenian food. A ++++.
by Joe Burjony
11 months ago
Always exceptional. Never had as issue neither with food or service. last visit for me was last week. was very busy and served by a real waitress who knows what she was doing. Me being a restaurant manager in the past, I can tell the difference between a good and an exceptional service. This one was exceptional, with no stressing and excellent knowledge of food and wine.
My Tuna salad was out of this world so was my Eye fillet cooked to perfection
Couldn't have a dessert cause I was full, maybe next time.
Never disappointing, Definitely will be back. Thanks Aubergine for being so consistent
by Dog Eats World
11 months ago
I work around this area and go to Aubergine with my team quite often. They serve a pretty good lunch for $20 which includes soup or garlic bread AND a beer/wine/coffee/tea! It's a great deal and the atmosphere is rather relaxing. Staff are always friendly. The only thing that kind of bothered me is the size of their salads my colleague ordered, it isn't the biggest but then it didn't bother her too much, The portions for everything else were fine. I'd definitely go back and do recommend it to people around this area. Woof!
by Carmel Graham-Williams
11 months ago
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.
by Khalid Ghanima
11 months ago
My favourite restaurant in the shore. Been going there every month or two for over 5 years. Excellent service and fantastic food everytime. Highly recommend the chicken filo with a nice pino gris...
by Megan Fitzsimmons
11 months ago
Great value when dining on the $35 meal deal. The service is good with very kind waiters and waitresses who will go out of their way to assist you with all your needs. The kitchen is lovely and open plan so you can watch the chefs working. The restaurant is very spacious so you don't feel like you're sitting with the people next to you! Overall a very nice meal, my steak was cooked perfectly, and a very nice restaurant with friendly staff and management
Jan 30, 2014
Went for the $35 Three Course Meal Special and it was a great deal for such a great meal and such great service. Will definitely go back!
by Ian Holt
Jan 12, 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.
by Joanne Isia
Jan 09, 2014
Just had a yummy meal at Aubergine and will be going there again. Good service as well
by Sophie King
Nov 22, 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.
by Michelle Alexander
Oct 12, 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.
by Maria D
Jun 01, 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!
by Peter Thompson
May 11, 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.
by Janet Macdonald
Feb 07, 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.
by Jin Gao
Jan 12, 2013
Great food (especially the duck confit) and atmosphere. Service was great. The price was also good, for 35 per person you can get a 3 course meal.
by I LoveDiningOut
Oct 23, 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.
by Bren T
Sep 16, 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
by Kelvin Hilton
Aug 04, 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.
by Amanda Pain
Jul 08, 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!
Jun 27, 2012
Excellent Food - generous portions and delicious!!! Great atmosphere!! Friendly and helpful staff!!! Great value on special lunch and dinner deals!!!
by Samantha Wilson
Jun 18, 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!
Feb 17, 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.
by David Boshier
Sep 25, 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.
by Irene Hemmingsen
Jul 05, 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.
Sep 22, 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.
by Alice Emmett
Aug 21, 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.
by Simona Simons
Oct 30, 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.
by Peter McMillan
Oct 02, 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
Sep 21, 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
Jul 10, 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
Aug 26, 2008
I have often enjoyed meals here. They do an amazing steak and tastey veges and deserts! A+++ would trade again.
by Rob Walton
Jun 22, 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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