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La Zeppa Kitchen & Bar

4 star rating 21 reviews

Telephone 09-379 8167

33 Drake St
Freemans Bay
Auckland City

Cuisine:
European, A La Carte, Bar Food, Tapas/Small Plates
Hours:
Tues - Thur 4pm - late
Fri - Sun 12pm - late
Provided by business

Overview

If you haven’t been to La Zeppa in the last year, you’re in for a lovely surprise, because where there was once a mere wisp of a balcony, there is now a fully-fledged outdoor area complete with outdoor heaters, great views, and loads of pretty paper lanterns. La Zeppa is situated at 33 Drake St Freeman’s Bay, directly behind Victoria Park Market. The design for La Zeppa is that of a New York industrial warehouse transformed into a spacious bar and dining restaurant. Offering delicious tapas style plates to suit the likes of any diner, you will also find a perfect beverage off our extensive wine list to match. The whole ambiance is set with wrought iron candelabras, dim lighting on soft brick, a large open fireplace and full open kitchen on display. Local DJ’s play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights When you are at La Zeppa anywhere you rest your elbow, your will receive great service, fantastic food, the best wine list and an atmosphere you won’t forget.

Photos

Photo of La Zeppa Kitchen & Bar
Green lip mussels, smoked potato chowder and grilled sourdough
Chargrilled tiger prawns, chilli, ginger and vermouth relish
Pink seared lamb shoulder chops, preserved lemon and parsley
Braised duck spring rolls, hoisin, ginger and aromatic plum sauce
Beetroot cured kingfish, ratte potato and lemon crème fraiche

More Information

Categories:
Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros, Wine Bars
Parking:
Free On-Street, Pay & Display
Price Range:
Spendy, $25 - $35
Attire:
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
Good For Children:
Yes
WI-FI:
Free
Alcohol:
Cocktails, Spirits, Wine, Beer
BYO/Corkage:
No BYO
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian
Meals Served:
Dessert, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
200
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

Reviews for La Zeppa Kitchen & Bar

5 star rating
by Jasmine L.
12th July 2014

First time here for a friend’s birthday. Polite, knowledgeable and friendly staff. It was great that we were able to try a variety of tapas. We had the angus beef, calamari, meatballs, duck terrine.
The gnocchi salad was AMAZING! Tasted delicious. Warm and cosy atmosphere. Thanks for a great night.

4 star rating
by Alex M.
28th April 2014

First time here on a night out with some work mates. Wasn’t very welcoming to start with and felt abit like we were intruding! But the nice girl behind the bar and the guy with dark hair made up for it cos they were really on to it. Food took a while but we were mainly there to enjoy some beers so didn’t worry us too much and it was tasty when it came out. Thought it was presented quite well too as an ex-chef. Would recommend the squid yum. Probably the best part of the night was the tunes playing, really cool. Have planned to take the wife back soon.

5 star rating
by Dale
30th March 2014

What a place! Went with some work colleagues for a bit of night out and this was our starting point. Even being a Monday they had a few punters in. Boss man pulls out the company credit card so we all decide to take it for a drive. Being platters and tapas ,its always good to get a few different ones to share around. I particularly liked the arrancini but the squid gets a credible mention. We were well watered by the lovely staff and everyone commented on how nice of a place this is. Just need to find that credit card again and let it loose again !

3 star rating
by Philip L.
16th March 2014

Went here with a few work friends to say ‘bye’ to one who was heading off overseas. Service was not very friendly and we felt like an imposition which was a bit odd. Tapas were nice and overall it was ok for an after work bite, but won’t be rushing back anytime soon.

5 star rating
by Zac T.
7th February 2014

Arguably one of the best restaurants I have ever had the pleasure of eating at!

We turned up with a booking and a voucher deal – which for us was a bargain, almost half price. This was not a problem, we were seated by the fire and had two very friendly waiters attend to us the entire night and who cheerfully explained what every dish was and gave fantastic recommendations. The atmosphere of the restaurant itself was excellent, has a great mood, and even better the music was perfect.

First off, we ordered our cocktail jug, and on the waiter’s recommendation we received a delicious cider sangria which my partner and I certainly intend to attempt to reproduce ourselves one day.

We moved on to our first tapas, out of a series of 5. Not one was disappointing, and at the end we were so full that dessert was a mission, but not one I’d have considered skipping as they were so delicious.

Our favourites? The cider sangria, the pork meatballs, the prosciutto platter and the tiramisu dessert.

If we see another deal there again, we will be buying five. Highly recommend this restaurant and bar.

5 star rating
by Vinno
5th January 2014

We keep coming back here. The food is excellent and the service is casual but super friendly. The tapas are generally generous and all delicious. The sangria is pretty standard but still good. The staff are just fantastic. When we had a long wait in a busy night, we got some free bread, desserts and drinks. They’re extremely apologetic if something on the extensive menu is unavailable (I’ve never seen a waiter so mortified as when i was informed that they had run out of the tiramisu) and in general there is just a good vibe. Highly recommended.

3 star rating
by Vanitha N.
11th May 2013

Asked if I had a reservation on a Monday night even though place was 15% full so snooty service. No water given for a while. Partner’s dished served much before mine, even though one of mine was a cold dish of cheese?! In terms of quality, I would say it was fairly good but I would much prefer to go to Vivace which does similar food for a similar price but the quality is far superior.

1 star rating
by Michael W.
9th September 2012

Went to this place last night with a big group on a set $35 menu. Sorry to say we won’t be returning. The food was very slow to arrive and even though we were supposed to be able to savour each dish, with only 2 serves of each tapas dish served to a table of 9 this was a joke and the worst ‘value for money meal’ we have had in a long time and we eat out a lot. The last dishes finally arrived about 10.30 at night. The little Hitler that was directing which tables the food went to, commented that it was a big group and took time to get dishes out. Well matey, if you can’t provide, perhaps you should not be catering for such large groups in the first place… about 40 of us. Very very disappointing and we feel ripped off, this place may be ok if there are just a few of you but we definitely wouldn’t recommend it for a large function.

4 star rating
by Vanessa H.
31st August 2012

Went here on a Friday night. We were greeted and advised they were full but the host found us a spot to sit until a better become available. He didn’t forget us and moved us though probably more inconvenient for him. Staff were young and had a great attitude = unlike other places i have been. Food was great. Enjoyable experience. Loved the calamari and ocean trout pate. Great host he really went out of his way. Kudos to him.

4 star rating
by Simon
3rd April 2012

Needed to come and rave about the risotto balls. The tapas that we ordered at La Zeppa were delicious, the rice paper spring rolls could use slightly more flavor but the favourites platter we got was amazing, everyone needs to go try one. Also great improvement to their balcony/deck they have there. Great for a relaxing beer! Kudos. Its a great spot!

4 star rating
by Charlie
8th March 2012

It’s a casual Cafe Bar atmosphere.
10% full early on, but double during the night.
Big party, with well dressed patrons was happening on the night.
Open plan kitchen area and chefs will greet you on the way in, very friendly.
It was a rainy day and sitting near the fake wood gas open fire place centrally located really set a nice mood. The service was efficient and accurate. Was given a slice of Ciabatta bread with olive oil drizzled on side of the dish. The texture and freshness of the bread was perfect and the olive oil was a nice complement.
From a numerous choice ordered the

1. Smoked snapper & paprika dip, grilled ciabatta
2. Prawn vermicelli, carrot and mint summer rolls, nuoc cham sauce
3. Rare beef, balsamic mushrooms, watercress & shaved reggiano

The grilled ciabatta was a perfect complement to the Smoked snapper & paprika dip. The dip was flavoursome but lacked the spice kick from the paprika. Feel the Chefs were holding back to cater for all tastes. The spice would have neutralised the acidity of the Salmon. Still a very nice dish.

The summer rolls were not packed tight enough and when served, cut in half, fell apart. Trying to dip into the sauce left the contents in the sauce bowl. The rolls were too cold, but the ingredients were fresh and had a very nice firm and crunchy texture and flavour.

The rare beef dish was presented well with the redish meat on bottom contrasted with the yellow cheese and green watercress on top. The beef was fresh and tasty. The balsamic mushrooms and onions were not salty enough and didn’t complement the rare beef.
In general food is fantastic and there is plenty of choice to share and try. The price is reasonable and it’s a relaxing environment to dine.

2 star rating
by Em
27th November 2011

A group of us recently went to La Zeppa,
Very disappointing.
We all left hungry and sober after spending a lot of money.
The wine might be nice but the pours are small.

The meatballs had a nice smokey tomato sauce but the meatballs themselves were dry and bland.
The rare beef tasted nice, but there were only 3 slices of beef.
The pork belly although tender was barely cooked/warm – no crackle just soggy/fatty on top.
For the price of each dish the servings were not adequate.

Someone said afterwards that the menu has changed recently down to a ‘bar menu’.
None of us will go back again, the food isnt up to standard and its overpriced.

4 star rating
by oscar
24th August 2011

Good tapas, plenty of choice and good atmosphere. Busy on Fridays but better alternative to Britomart for a bar. Can’t wait to go back and try the new bars in the area opening along Drake St as this is one of my favorite areas of the city.

2 star rating
by Ryan A.
24th April 2011

I’ve been here a couple of times now and can say that the staff don’t give good or friendly service.

Not to mention the first time I was there someone tried to steal my jacket and when I approached the staff to inform them about the instance they couldn’t care less and said “Were not your wardrobe manager…be more careful”.

The food we had was delicious though, so we’d go back aware that it is what it is service and attitude wise.

5 star rating
by Justin M.
31st March 2011

I went to La Zeppa last night for dinner with some friends and loved it. We ordered quite a large selection of their tapas. Delicious. The chicken croquettes and the meatballs were my favourite. Service and food timing were great and the atmosphere of the site was really nice. Love the lighting style they have and large selections of wine. I recommend checking this place out.

2 star rating
by Clarke
21st December 2010

Not sure what everyone’s so excited about. Had to wait heaps of time before an unfriendly hostess came up, and when I ordered one dish no entrees (that was lunch), she smirked… Later on after a humiliatingly small portion of what I had expected to be my lunch, I had to wait another 10 minutes to receive some attention re paying the bill. Might as well have left without paying at all. Took the bartender 2 minutes to figure out that I wanted to pay for the meal, not buy one… Well, I’m not coming back for sure.

No aesthetic pleasure of being there either, everything including the staff looked dodgy, the interior – bland, I see what effect they were going for, but what’s the point of the lavish corner with all leather seats and such, if the rest of the bar looks like a cheap hole?

5 star rating
by Ekaterina
14th June 2010

One word – WOW!

Went here with my partner for our anniversary. The setting couldn’t be more perfect. Right by the fire, dim lighting and great music.
The wine took about 10 minutes to come out after we ordered but the wait was worth it. A great selection!
Food was incredible. Had the feta ball, rissotto, duck and blue cheese and crispy prawns. Then to top it off shared a affogato and brownies. Worth every penny and am looking forward to coming back!

4 star rating
by Janine B.
27th April 2010

Dined here last Friday night. Great food – my favourites were the prunes, the “cold” tuna and the mushroom salad. The waitress was very efficient (although a smile would have made the evening perfect). The bar was busy (being a Friday night) – great for a group but wouldn’t have been the best place for a romantic dinner for two.

5 star rating
by Karin
30th August 2009

Went to this restaurant last night with friends. Food was amazing, the best tapas EVER! My favourite was the kumara gnocchi with red oion, chorizo and spinach. Itwas absolutely delicious! The smokey short lamb ribs were yummy too. The service was excellent too, will definately be returning!

5 star rating
by Theresa
16th March 2009

worth every cent. I would highly recommend to everyone. great food and service.

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