Reviews for Mezze Bar
by Kiwi Foodie
14 days ago
Hidden away in a little alcove on Durham St, Mezze Bar & Cafe serves Mediterranean-style food – cafe meals for brunch and lunch, and tapas for dinner. We came across the place by accident over a year ago, after wondering where the upstairs exit from Whitcoulls led to. That exit has now been closed up, but the cafe can still be accessed through Durham St.
Their brunch menu ends at 3pm and is rather limited, but the few dishes that they do serve are done quite well. I’ve returned time and time again for their Huevos Flamencos ($18.50) – chorizo, spinach, potatoes, and fried eggs served in a sizzling pan with crusty Turkish bread. My partner had eggs benedict with salmon ($18.50) – the hollandaise and eggs were great, but he found the salmon slightly disappointing as he was expecting the usual slices of smoked salmon instead of a big chunk of grilled salmon. We’ve also tried their moorish eggs, toast, and french toast, before – all of which were pretty good.
Service can be a bit hit and miss, and on our most recent visit we ended up waiting 40 minutes for our food. But the place was packed to the brim when we arrived, so it’s fairly understandable. We also enjoyed the Mediterranean-inspired ambience, with the colorful pillows scattered around the couches and little palm fronds for deco. It’s a nice little cafe with a bit of a twist, and we usually return on a semi-regular basis. Haven’t tried the tapas or drinks yet, but we might in the future, as I’ve heard they make a mean sangria.
by Jean HH
2 months ago
We love Mezze - it's one of the city's best kept secrets. Lovely Turkish style food - the bread is divine. The wine is very well priced. The cakes are sublime. Turkish delight fantastic.
2 months ago
Mezze Bar is a great place to go to for a work function, a casual lunch or for a spot of cake and coffee. They serve predominantly Middle Eastern food, plus a range of vegan/vegetarian tapas and mezze options. Last but not least, yummy cakes and puddings!
I came here during the week with two colleagues. I had not been to Mezze Bar before, but my two dining companions raved about the delicious food. They both ordered the Smoked Chicken Salad with toasted almonds, vine tomatoes, red pepper, grilled halloumi cheese, fresh herbs and a balsamic vinaigrette ($19). I ordered the Turkish Lentil and Tomato Soup drizzled with lemon juice and paprika oil and served with hot Turkish pide bread ($12.50).
The Turkish Lentil and Tomato Soup was amazing. Perfect balance of spices and the Turkish pide bread on the side was a nice touch. It is also nice to have something warming and delicious in the wintertime! I also tried some of my colleague's Smoked Chicken Salad - the halloumi was to die for and the flavours all worked really well together. Next time, I will definitely be ordering that!
The service is friendly and the atmosphere funky and it is a very happening place. I would recommed this place to all, because there will be something for everyone on the menu! Make sure you book!
2 months ago
Character cafe tucked away in a hidden enclave off Durham Lane that exudes olde worlde charm. Coffees are great, plenty of seating, and always an impressive selection of cakes and slices! Definitely come here if you're on Q St looking for a coffee or just want to have a break. It's also perfect for meetings and groups.
by Laura Hunt
2 months ago
We went to Mezze Bar last week after seeing some good reviews on here. Luckily we booked a table as it was super busy (being a Friday night), but it wasn't so bad that it ruined the atmosphere of the place, it probably made it cooler!
We went to order 4 dishes but were told 3 would be enough between the two of us.. Thankfully! We ended up ordering the garlic chilli prawns, the mezze plate, which was bread with a selection of dips and tasters, and a lamb dish. Everything was pretty good and we were both full afterwards. We didn't stay for dessert cause we couldn't stomach cake.. But it all looked pretty tempting.
Overall it was a good night and I'm looking forward to going back ASAP!
by Fairy-Anne Glenn Guiang
3 months ago
This bar is nice and cozy. It makes you feel like you are disconnected to the city. The food is average but the place really got me.
4 months ago
My friend recommended this place when we were looking for a quiet place to unwind that late Sunday night. We just finished a late dinner from Red Pepper and were craving for some desserts to end the night. I was amused on how relaxing the place was with very friendly and approachable bartenders. I had a slice of almond tart and because I have that strong sweet tooth, tasted beautifully for me and was paired with another sweet iced chocolate drink.
by Carla Mardell
4 months ago
Every time we visit mezze we enjoy our experience. The cafe, bar, restaurant is brimming with ambience and we love the big windows and decor. The menu has a good range of classics and very easy choices for normal and gluten free diners. The polenta and mushrooms makes a tasty lunch. Portions are quite large so watch that eyes are not bigger than your stomach!
by Meagan Kerr
4 months ago
I was delighted to visit Mezze Bar today, which was tucked away just off Queen Street. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming with a hip vibe. The staff were efficient and helpful, and I was impressed by the number of gluten free offerings on the menu. I ordered the gluten free French Toast with maple caramelised banana, berry compote and bacon, and was not disappointed - every mouthful of my brunch was flavoursome, perfectly cooked and moorish.
I will, without a doubt, be coming back to Mezze Bar for brunch sometime soon!
by Mike Watson
9 months ago
This place is an absolute winner all round! Boxing day early evening supper with two young children (4 & 5). Staff very attentive to our needs and children's. Had time to chat to us all and help with children's choice.
Food was top notch tapas. Deserts were the best of the best and staff still keen to help with two children peering through dessert chiller window and given a free chocolate flake!
Can't fault anywhere and can only praise the food quality, staff and atmosphere.
Will return again!
by Dog Eats World
10 months ago
Just had this for dinner tonight. As always the food was yum, we had tapas and we still managed to get full despite not spending that much. The atmosphere is great, very chilled and is also a great place to go for some quiet drinks after work. Highly recommended for anyone in Auckland CBD.
11 months ago
I was very pleased with Mezze Bar. After a day of walking around the city, my two companions and I were in need of some food for a very late lunch. We ordered three tapas to share amongst ourselves.
One of my companions cannot eat gluten, and when we asked the cashier about gluten free options, she pulled out a big menu. We were very happy! She was very patient, helpful and friendly, even though we took a while to decide on what we wanted.
The food was very good. The hummus looked like it was made in-house and came with tomato salso on top. The patata bravas were delicious, not too spicy, with a chunky tomato sauce and aioli. And the tortilla espanola was great too - Spanish frittata cut into bite-sized chunks, with that yummy aioli again. It was a good feed for the three of us.
The atmosphere was quite relaxed, and it was a nice place to sit down and relax.
by Charles Graty
Oct 21, 2013
Really nice place to relax, good food reasonably priced.
Lots of variety and small as well as large dishes to choose from.
by David Hardy
Oct 16, 2013
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.
Sep 08, 2013
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.
by Rosalie Bay
Aug 17, 2013
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.
by Kylee Dale
Jul 14, 2013
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.
by Taryn Saggese
Jun 01, 2013
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.
by Janice Jamison
May 25, 2013
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.
May 19, 2013
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!
by Jenice Aston
Mar 16, 2013
Love this place! Their dishes are great and their coffee especially cappuccino are great too. Love their atmosphere at night.
by Monica Chen
Feb 16, 2013
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.
by Keith Edson
Feb 10, 2013
Still retains its ambiance but lost its great atmosphere. Been to mezze bar four times over the last 12 months. Last visited on a busy Saturday night. Still has a very mixed group of patrons and the food remains good but the relaxed vibe has gone. Young professional waitresses have gone and food is now brought by less appropriate staff not wanting to answer questions or take further drink/food orders. Feels rather rushed. Normally ourselves and many other customers remain to enjoy after dinner drinks before leaving but this is no longer the case. Seems like mezze bar has been spoilt by its success or possibly new owners/managers. To sum it up I will visit again but did not leave a tip this time
Dec 13, 2012
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 :)
by Lacey Wilson
Sep 04, 2012
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!!!
by Aiman Bagasra
Sep 02, 2012
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 :)
by Louise Bartlett
Jun 26, 2012
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.
Jun 14, 2012
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!
Apr 29, 2012
Great place for a coffee on one of those rainy days in the inner city that we are about to have lots of soon!
Apr 28, 2012
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.
by Nyl C
Apr 21, 2012
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!
by Joni M
Mar 26, 2012
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.
by Selina Chan
Oct 09, 2011
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.
Jun 09, 2011
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 :)
May 31, 2011
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!!!! :-)
by Wolfie W
Oct 21, 2010
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!!!!
by Orly Bar
Sep 07, 2010
the best place in auckland!!!
by Theresa Chan
May 01, 2010
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.
by Ryan Judd
Mar 09, 2010
good place to go for lunch with a bunch of workmates. had a really good meal there.
Apr 01, 2008
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!
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