Szimpla Gastro Bar

4 star rating 39 reviews

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09 2151220

2 Leonard Isitt Drive, Auckland Airport, Mangere, Auckland

  Mediterranean, European
10 AM to 10 PM (Mon, Sun), 10 AM to 11 PM (Tue-Sat)


Reviews for Szimpla Gastro Bar

5 star rating
by Claire
11 days ago

Absolutely love this place! Have been here twice and the food is Devine. Had the pulled pork tacos and the cauliflower cheesy balls, both super delicious. Saw someone else's fish and chips which came out in a cute little news paper basket- very cleverly presented! Also has an interesting retro style and lots of cool old fashioned things to look at on the walls. Highly recommend!

5 star rating
by Sweet Mama M
one month ago

Recently on my son's first birthday we decided to go out for lunch on my husband's lunch break and popped on to Zomato to check for places near his work. The menu of Szimpla caught our eye and the choice was made.

Tucked away in the bottom of the Ibis hotel, it's been cleverly designed to give little hint of the bustling commercial area around it. The bar has a delightful modern retro styling and multiple areas in which you can tuck yourself away - I can imagine it being a fantastic place for small events.

Service was quick and fantastic; we were offered a table and asked whether it was suitable, a high chair being being brought speedily and a kids' menu being proffered without request. The waitstaff seemed to run a cohesive ship, with us having a primary waitress by others being equally attentive. We had done a typical parenting fail in not bringing enough wipes to clean up our little chap. Imagine our surprise when without request a waiter arrived with a finger bowl and serviettes for us to finish the job. That enough would have been enough to keep us going back.

The food however also surpassed expectations - perfectly presented and deliciously blended. We enjoyed two types of sliders (pork/fish) and fresh pâté as shared plates. We were particularly pleased to see healthier options on the kids menu and so ordered our son his first kids meal of pita pizza and salad which he thoroughly enjoyed!

Such a hidden gem and so family friendly! We know where we'll be dining when in the area in future!

1 star rating
by Earl Cook
one month ago

Been twice will leave it at ......that first time the meal was a decent size and tasty but the waitress threw tomato sauce over me (unintentionally...  shoved a plate with condiments in front of my face and surprise surprise the tomato sauce went over my jeans / phone and the floor)  second time the meal was tiny .. pork belly , really tasty but why did it need to be so small     ??

4 star rating
by Paige Eriwata
one month ago

A decent sized menu with some gourmet dishes, sides and entreés are priced quite highly however the mains are large so the value for money is good. Allow plenty of time to order, especially with larger groups as service can take awhile due to the size of the cafe. Great transition into a bar later in the afternoon.

4 star rating
by Steve
one month ago

Went here at 2pm on a Sunday. Hardly any people eating at the time, friendly staff. Took the order and out popped the yummy food 40 min later. normal town prices out at the airport which was good to see. We had the vege stack, Chicken and bacon burger, Thailand beef salad and nachos. Would come back if in the area for a meal.

3 star rating
by Squiddy
3 months ago

Came here for brunch before a walk around the Otuataua Stonefields (a really nice walk with a help-yourself avocado grove). This place was in the Entertainment Book so was an easy choice. Lots of parking and a really nice interior. I had the big breakfast and it was okay. Nothing to rave about but nothing really to complain about either. I was a bit miffed that the sausage component in the big breakfast was half a sausage though! The brunch menu is pretty standard. They also offer an all-day menu as well and I wish I'd ordered something from that instead because I think they'd probably do that better. Coffee and service were fine.

I'd definitely be happy to try this place again but probably at lunch or dinner based on other reviews.

5 star rating
by Maria Samasoni
6 months ago

Went here for my mothers surprise dinner and the seating we had reserved was awesome long stone table outside. I was concerned about it being a little chilly outside because we were in the middle of winter but actually the outdoor heating was perfect. Love the food presentation so unique must try their kumara and coconut soup and their burgers we'll actually everything we ordered was delicious, thanks for the great service.

5 star rating
by Anne Foster
9 months ago

I have visited Szimpla about 3 times, everytime amazing, excellent food, very yummy, great value, and food served with a twist of quirkiness, which is always great to mix things up a bit to make a change from the average eating place!! I would highly recommend!

3 star rating
by Naomi
10 months ago

Came to this place with work colleagues for a farewell lunch on Friday afternoon and was disappointed with the service we received from our server. I realise that it was a busy time of the day still did not think it was appropriate for our server to talk to some in our party the way she did. She was abrupt and did not listen to what was requested, such as no ice in the drink, this was ignored and a drink with ice was brought to the table. Also the rolling of her eyes at our request for other items was not appreciated. I thought that a business would try to be accommodating and welcoming to those who choose to part with their money at their establishment....just saying.

The food was enjoyable but the service was lacking. I will not dine there again.

5 star rating
by JustOneMore
11 months ago

Bit of a go to for work lunches. Atmosphere is kind of retro funky. Staff are always great and the food is above average (so are the prices but the food makes that acceptable). They have a standard menu with some nice variation on it so always something for everyone and something to try. Also do daily specials which are usually a bit different and represent good value. Never had a bad experience and had lots of great ones so a happy repeat customer.

5 star rating
by John Heyworth
Dec 09, 2013

I just needed a bit to eat after a day seeing clients and suppliers .... I didn't expect this? Service was great and the Moroccan Chicken sensational, along with a craft beers. I didn't plan on desert but wasn't disappointed with the summer crumble, thanks Szimpla!

5 star rating
by Crystal Johnson
Sep 16, 2013

Came here with my work colleagues for an end of year dinner. Had the Eye Fillet Steak with Potato Gratin Buttered Asparagus and Red Wine Jus and WOW i literally cleaned the plate up and I find myself craving it from time to time as it was just so yummy. Decor is fab, service with a smile! (heck id be smiling if i worked here too) I really enjoy the atmosphere here

4 star rating
by Louise Mason
Jul 15, 2013

Came here for dinner and to watch the rugby on Saturday night. The placed was packed but we managed to find a table with the help of a staff member. We found ordering difficult due to the obvious lack of staff, but once we had ordered and settled in we enjoyed the busy atmosphere of the place. Staff kindly changed two of the TV's to the game we wanted to watch. Food took a little while due to a large group but it was delicious - steak egg and chips for a hungover boyfriend went down a treat and my Morrocan Spiced Chicken was perfect, with the labneh being the stand out ingredient for me. Choc Brownie dessert was good. Only complaint for the night was not enough staff to give quick and efficient service. Would return.

5 star rating
by Dawn Everitt
May 13, 2013

Really cool quirky place! Had initial issues finding the place though. The service was fast, and the food was awesome! Love the deco and the presentation of it all! The vibe was good - considering I was with a large group, our waiter was patient and very kind! Will definitely go back again!

5 star rating
by Moana
Apr 16, 2013

Great atmosphere, quirky setup. Awesome food! I asked to change certain things with my meal and they were more than happy with that (as most places I go, chef's are quiet resistant about these sorts of things).

Awesome service. The only thing I didn't like was the name.. I still don't know how to pronounce it!

5 star rating
by Abhinay Nag
Mar 25, 2013

Great atmosphere, excellent service and lovely food. This place has it all!!! Called in 20 minutes before closing and they kept the kitchen open just for us. Even though we were the last folks there they were never rushed or asked us to move along.

Had the vege burger as recommended. Never tasted one so nice !. Best part is they tell you that they do doggy bags and boy do you need 'em!!!

Couldn't recommend them enough.

5 star rating
by Richard Drake
Dec 24, 2012

We came here last night due to a flight cancellation & had booked to stay in the Ibis. What an extremely cool place - wickedly good service, good range of drinks - dangerously large glasses of wine & great food plus eclectic furniture like being at your Nanas front room surrounded by great plants. So damn good we are back here whilst waiting for the flight today. Oh & I am a huge NZ music fan & they play heaps of that - my pick for bar of the year.

4 star rating
by Vanessa L
Nov 30, 2012

My absolute favourite place for Friday after work drinks! I could happily lounge on their couches, eating the divine calamari and brushetta, accompanied by delicious wine. Fabulous atmosphere and happy, friendly staff. Love it!!

5 star rating
by Hannah Dyson
Nov 26, 2012

My partner and I came for dinner as it's close to home. We have defiantly found a favourite!!! The staff were very inviting and we were seated quickly. I chose the cajun squid while my partner had the fish'n'chips. My squid was incredible, just the right amount of heat. Yum! My partner had problems with his, as it comes out in paper, looks cool but hard to eat, but they were very helpful in giving him a plate to eat on. We then had the passion fruit cheesecake for desert. Take about amazing! Best cheesecake I have had in a while! Thank you so much for giving us a great place to eat!

5 star rating
by Cindy Lindberg
Nov 17, 2012

Simply the best bistro I have been to for a long time. The staff are friendly... always..... the food is just lovely and very tasty... the atmosphere is very welcoming. I love the outdoor garden area... a great place to meet up after work.
I have now made this my local and have been maybe a dozen times. Thanks guys.. you rock!!!!!

4 star rating
by Rebecca Keesing
Nov 09, 2012

A great place for an after work Friday drink. I love the decor and the service has thus far been friendly. So cozy I could happily stay for hours.

5 star rating
by Nicola Inder
Nov 08, 2012

We had a girls weekend in Auckland and found this place while googling restaurants in the area. Went for dinner, and despite it being a 'pubby place', and 'pubby prices' the food certainly wasn't. All of our meals were delicious - obviously the chef knew exactly what they were doing. The service was good (not great) but no complaints there. We only had 2 nights in Auckland and it was unanimous to return for the following night also!

5 star rating
by Dean Howard
Sep 30, 2012

Had a few hours to kill while on a stop over and was looking for a few beers and a TV screen to watch the football. Expected a sterile, unfriendly airport bar. What I got was the best group of bar staff that, combined with a great layout and decor, created the best atmosphere I have experienced in any bar in a long time. Congrats to the owner for getting everything just right. The food was also great value. See you again on my next trip.

5 star rating
by Gineke
Aug 15, 2012

Great food, staff are all friendly and accomodating and I love the feel of the place - especially the little library corner!

Definitely recommend it for anyone - work lunch, social drinks or just a nice dinner - I've done them all and they've been awesome every time :)

2 star rating
by Akiko Fiori
Mar 04, 2012

We took guests here for dinner based on the 5 star reviews, and we were disappointed. Ambience is nice, spacious and kind of unique. NZ draft beers were tasty. But the food was bland as. The bruschetta starter with blue cheese, cress, walnuts and honey had the tiniest dabs of blue cheese and cress. Gnocchi tasted like it was prepackaged and overcooked, served in a tasteless tomato sauce with very little cheese. Thai beef salad was drenched on soy sauce. Desserts tasted generic and also seemed to be pre-packaged. As convenient as this restaurant is to the airport, we won't be going back.

5 star rating
by Alice Emmett
Feb 28, 2012

I arrived in at 8pm Friday night from a domestic flight and wanted to have dinner with my husband, who had kindly picked me up.

I don't know the area very well so searched a few places and found this place come up with great reviews on Menu Mania. Seemed like a great choice!

It was! We absolutely loved Szimpla and can't wait to find an excuse to be back out that way again to eat there. The staff were awesome, friendly and efficient. The vibe was great and the food - amazing!

We were trying to be semi good, so only ordered the calamari (truly tasty), the buffalo wings (so crispy) and a side salad (which had a really yummy dressing). We also indulged in a couple of drinks.

We had a really nice evening and can't wait to go back there and try all the other naughty stuff on there. The dessert menu looked divine!

5 star rating
by Gina
Feb 09, 2012

Food here is good & the out door area is lovely

I had the burger. Where do they get their burger buns, because they're so good! That with the hand made pattie shows they're not churning out any pub style food. I'll be back!

5 star rating
by Sussan
Feb 05, 2012

This place is great! We had a full meal here last night (with older parents), but it would be good for a relaxed drink and nibbles too. NZ Bach style, with different sizes and styles of tables to choose from, inside and out. Mains and deserts were excellent, service great, prices surprisingly good. Highly recommended on all accounts. Check it out as still seems to be undiscovered. (Turn into where the airport's Warehouse & Countdown are)

5 star rating
by Laura
Feb 03, 2012

I was invited to a dinner at Szimpla by a sister in law and after eating the delicious food and being served by some wonderful staff I took some friends along a week later and they also loved it. The atmosphere is cosy and the set up is great! Living only 15min away is a bonus because for our friends, family and ourselves Szimpla is now our local.

5 star rating
by Ben Paris
Feb 01, 2012

Used my menumania iPhone app to find this place before dropping off a passenger to the airport. What a choice place! Across the road from Countdown/Warehouse it looks a bit hidden, but inside is awesome. The garden bar like atmosphere and great seating makes it a nice place to chill out. Add some friendly staff and local brewed beer and it's pretty much heaven! Highly recommended for those waiting to pick up or drop off at the airport. Something to look forward to next time!

5 star rating
by Leah
Jan 29, 2012

Came here to see some friends off and were greeted by the friendly, super chill staff. We ordered the chicken breast, a few burgers, garlic bread and a few drinks - all delicious, no faults, the chicken was tender and the burgers were generous portions, beautifully arranged. We had a few picky eaters at our table and their demands were met with a smile.

Despite the place being full of other big groups, the wait time for our orders was next to nothing.

The surroundings are relaxing and you almost forget that you're at the airport.

Really great place, hope to dine there again soon.

3 star rating
by Annette Potts
Jan 22, 2012

Really nice place, food ok, staff were friendly lacked atmostphere but overall was somewhere different

5 star rating
by Lynda Davis
Jan 13, 2012

Fabulous find top quality food at low prices.
Food superior and all dishes were amazingly and creatively presented. Probably best all round restaurant at low prices I've been to and I travel widely NZ and overseas.
Staff very accommodating. Eating solo no problem and very welcome. Met friends and family while en route and stayed next door. Locals had Christmas functions. Will go there again. Lynda Davis

5 star rating
by Kylee Hayes
Dec 19, 2011

One of the best dining experiences ive ever had. The food was delicious, generous and really reasonably priced. And came out so quickly even though we didn't book and there were five of us!
The staff were lovely and friendly and very helpful.
Atmosphere was great! Awesome music. Love the decor and all the little touches were fantastic.
New favorite place to go in Auckland. Will definitly be coming back!

4 star rating
by Jenna
Dec 16, 2011

Finally a decent bar in the airport area, this place is pretty hard to spot from the main road, but definitely worth looking for. Great atmosphere, music, staff an amazing outdoor area and the best Salt and Pepper squid EVER!!!

5 star rating
by Kim King
Dec 16, 2011

Had a fantastic lunch the other day with work colleagues it was so good we are going back today. The service was exceptional, the food was fantastic and the venue atmosphere was really stunning. I would highly recommend this place for any event. It's so nice to have something so great close to the Airport especially for people like me who work next door. Well done!!

Kind regards Kim

5 star rating
by Melissa Walsh
Dec 13, 2011

Awesome bar!
Great atmosphere and environment. I found myself spending a lot of time looking at the fantastic design and quirky touches in the bar (the library is a fave).

The meals are delicious and they definitely don't hold back on the portion sizes..and the dessert is delish, the sticky toffee pudding is my fave!

Fun, friendly staff who pour a great pint... thanks guys!

5 star rating
by Hayley
Dec 13, 2011

Wow! What a cool bar, awesome staff and service. International host Tash will cater to your every need. The food is divine and the beer delicious, with little else to choose from in the area you would be a fool not to come and try this place out. Good job Szimpla.

5 star rating
by Mike
Nov 19, 2011

What a great place, fantastic food, great beer, lovely staff & a very relaxing venue. A great change and option so close to the Airport. Thanks for a great night team. I would widely recommend this for anyone!!!