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What a place! A cafe, bar, restaurant, everything you could ask for in a very cozy and welcoming atmosphere, and just in the middle of the city. We went there after work on Friday, and my only regret is not knowing this secret spot before! I surely will be back many other times!!!
Really nice place to relax, good food reasonably priced.
Lots of variety and small as well as large dishes to choose from.
Absolute gem of a place. I really love the decor and mood of the place. Stunning food, I had the French Toast and it’s certainly up there in quality. Friendly staff. I stay at City Life Hotel when in Auckland and it’s great to be able to walk across the road to such a delightful place with great atmosphere.
I like the atmosphere, and the beverages they have.
I would normally come here for coffee or hot chocolate after having a meal at another place.
Great place to meet friends.
However, the food is not the best, and the male staff is very moody. I’ve been here many times but that male staff just puts me off.
A good place to meet for a drink in the city, with a decent wine list and a very pleasant environment, not too noisy and with plenty of space. The bar staff are uninterested, sometimes surly, but it all runs efficiently.
The food that I’ve had has been passable but nothing that I would make a special effort to order. The last thing I ate at the Mezze Bar was a potato tortilla, which was served with a blob of sour cream on top – hardly what you would encounter in Spain, and not very good. But this is essentially a bar, not a restaurant, so it is not realistic to expect good food.
What a fantastic venue for a party. The mezze tapas group menu was awesome. So much fresh and tasty food and the service was above and beyond. 30 guests that could mix and mingle , chill out on the couches or enjoy food at different tables. Highly recommend for food, service, atmosphere and value.
Great place for coffee and cake , drinks and tapas or a meal. Mezze bar has a wonderful atmosphere and great place to go with a group of friends to share a jug of sangria the variety of tapas . It is a little hidden away , but that adds to the charm.
It’s a bit of a Jack of all trades covering breakfast through to dinner , but it pulls it off , being the best place to go for so many occasions.
A bit hit and miss on some things but a great atmosphere. I did find it a bit weird that there is no table service as everyone seemed to be eating rather than drinking. Lamb was tough but tasty. Dessert a little bland. Wine a little pricey. The service was quick but not super friendly. I might come back but there are so many other places to try in Auckland.
This place has good food and a cool atmosphere. not many in the city like this I reckon. The staff were pretty good and did a good job considering it was quite busy. Will go back again!
Love this place! Their dishes are great and their coffee especially cappuccino are great too. Love their atmosphere at night.
Great place to go in town for food. I particularly like the Mezze dips with bread and lamb kebabs together which are both delicious and very filling. Food is well presented and quite unique with choices from tapas to filling meals. Service is good and the place has a cozy, relaxed vibe great for any occasion.
Very Mediterranean. Visited Mezze bar on a Saturday night. Was unsure when walking up to the door but once viewed inside it felt welcoming. A mixture of adult dinners with a relaxed vibe. Ate of the tappas menu sharing a variety of taster plates. All very tasty, well cooked and presented. Our waitress was very good, never pushy but always attentive. One of the most relaxed eateries in Auckland city that we have visited. Very good selection of beverages and no rush to leave the table once eaten. Did have desert that again was nice and good value. Have been lucky enough to visit Europe many times and Mezze bar brought back memories of relaxed evenings by the Mediterranean.
This is one of best places to go in Auckland City.
Great ambience, friendly staffs, delightful beverage options.
Strongly recommend sangria, this is one of place who does proper sangria.
I highly recommend, especially if you’ve been to Spain and have high expectations or someone who is looking for their new favourite place
I absolutely love this place!
After getting very disappointing patatas bravas and sangria at the Spanish restaurant in Mission Bay, I knew it was time to go back to Mezze.
Great ambience, great service and best of all, delightful food!!! There were 3 of us, and we ordered 4 tapas and 1.5 L of sangria. We got the patatas bravas, feta (came with the most delicious bread), tortilla espanola and the hummus one.
The sangria was exactly how it should be.
The waitress was very patient with us as she split the bill 3 ways, and they were great at taking away dishes one by one as we finished.
I highly recommend, especially if you’ve been to Spain and have high expectations. This is the best it gets in Auckland
Absolutely love this place. Never disappoints.
Great for brunch, a coffee & cake for afternoon tea or tapas style dining in the evening with the girls.
Warm & friendly, this place oozes atmosphere.
Went there for coffee and cake with a couple of friends today.
Coffee good, but the cakes are so so so good! We had the chocolate cake, carrot cake and berry and custard cake. I loved the berry and custard cake, carrot cake not too bad as well! Chocolate cake is ok for me.
Heard a friend say that their tapas and other foods are good too! But will definitely go and try their cakes again! Yum!
Great place for a coffee on one of those rainy days in the inner city that we are about to have lots of soon!
Have been here more times than I can count, as they are the only decent cafe style, sit-and-chat-in-pleasant-surroundings place in the city, really. Love the food (although once it was too salty to eat, when they refunded me) love the desserts, love the space. LOVE the hours, it feels like Auckland is a grown up real city when you can have a coffee after 8 pm. ( that isn’t from starbucks/esquires)
You may need to book a space if going between 5.30-8.30. Its really loud, so not so good for some people. You have to order at the counter, and this can take quite some time!
Last time I ran a tab, we moved tables, and instead of looking for us, I discovered when I went to pay that they had just decided we’d left and billed my credit card anyway. I no longer run tabs there.
Dishes start at about $12, and you’ll need a couple each. Or just grab coffee or wine, and a piece of the most glorious lemon tart ever. They specialize in sexy young Euro waitstaff, which is nice.
The only place I go for iced coffee. Truly the best in Auckland city – ice cream and real coffee. I’ve never tried their selection of tea before, but they come greatly recommended by friends. The selection of desserts is impressive, and the buttermilk chocolate cake is delightful.
Wil try their tapas soon!
Excellent ambience and great service too!
My absolute favourite place to go for tapas. So relaxing and unpretentious unlike many other tapas restaurants in Auckland. Quality ingredients, really tasty food, great service, great wine. Every time I visit I find something new to try and love.
This is quite a find and a really fantastic place to have coffee, chocolate, or lunch in town..cosy, good atmosphere, with a bit of a view over Queen St. The food is really good and it’s everything a casual bar should be.
The Mezze Bar is one of my favourite places to eat in Auckland. I’ve been going there almost since it opened, way back when it was next to Real Groovy. While the service can be a little abrupt, the food always comes out fast and is reliably good. A lot of people dislike having to order at the bar, but for me it’s a blessing – I can grab a coffee and cake and disappear into a book during the quieter daytime hours and no-one hassles me. The chocolate buttermilk cake is especially divine, and the atmosphere is cosy yet cosmopolitan, with a view of some great, usually unnoticed, Auckland architecture. A home away from home
This is my partners favorite place and I LOVE this place now too… Yummy tapas… Great, friendly service… Lovely atmosphere
This is not a quiet restaurant, but who cares, food is GREAT!!!!
Love the vibe in this place, always busy, never full of people young enough to make me feel I should be out with my Zimmer frame! Gotta love that! Auckland clearly appreciates this great little tapas bar with it’s extensive wine offerings (by the glass) and scrummy food plates, and why wouldn’t they? A firm favourite. Try the Chicken Liver pate – delish!!!!
the best place in auckland!!!
My boyfriend and I went to Mezze Bar yesterday, a Friday night. It was packed and good to see that they do really reserve tables for people who booked. It’s a very casual and lively environment. The waiters and waitresses were very friendly. I ordered Spanish Meatballs and my boyfriend ordered Caesar Salad. It didn’t take long for the orders to arrive and they both tasted very good. The portions were just right.
Bear in mind that it’s not a place to stay and have quiet talks. It didn’t bother us much though because we were going to move on anyway.
Great place. I will definitely go to Mezze Bar again.
good place to go for lunch with a bunch of workmates. had a really good meal there.
Now this is what I call a great restaurant with delicious food. I’ve tried several meals on the menu, and so far they’ve all been really great. The different flavours are so well balanced and the Maroccan fish really tasted as if it was from Maroc!
Also the desserts are fantastic!
When I was overseas I used to dream of their famous chocolate torte, with berries on the side. Last time I had it, late last year, it was still just as wonderful.
I think I liked the atmosphere in the old Merchant Mezze Bar better (before they moved from the corner of Queen St & Mayoral Dr). . . however, the food is still as fabulous. And I guess the seats are more comfortable, the toilets are cleaner . . . and instead of wandering up the road to Real Groovy for a browse, you can wander into Whitcoulls.
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