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Wine Chambers Restaurant

4_half star rating 16 reviews

Telephone 09-309 8191

33 Shortland St
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Cuisine:
European, Mediterranean, A La Carte, New Zealand
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10am - Late
Sat 5:30pm - Late
Provided by business

Overview

Generous servings of delightfully flavoured light food, Wine Chambers serves Mediterranean influenced cuisine which is perfect accompanied by a glass of wine of your choice from our extensive list. Wine Chambers is located on the ground floor of a busy central Auckland office building, serving morning tea, lunches, afternnon tea/drinks and dinner. Wine Chambers is open for long lunches Monday to Friday Wine Chambers has a very strong wine list put together by sommelier Brad Sullivan. We carry 70% New Zealand / Australian Wines including an extensive range of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone Styles. The other 30% is made up of French, Spanish & Italian wines that all complement the Menu superbly. The menu has something for everyone, and is able to be viewed on this website under the heading “Menu”. This also includes the Set Menus that we have available for groups over 10 people, either in one of our Private Rooms , or in the Main Body of the restaurant.

Photos

Photo of Wine Chambers Restaurant
Confit pork scotch, prawns, pomegranate, delicious
Alpine Origin Merino Lamb rump and braised lamb rib  with rhubarb, mint, yam, date and goats cheese

More Information

Categories:
Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
Parking:
Free On-Street, Pay & Display
Price Range:
Spendy, $25 - $35
Attire:
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
Alcohol:
Beer, Wine, Spirits
BYO/Corkage:
No BYO
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Dietary Restrictions:
Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Meals Served:
Dinner, Lunch
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
80

Reviews for Wine Chambers Restaurant

3 star rating
by peppermint
29th March 2014

We went there for the first time on a Saturday night. Food and service are both very average. Waitress had no smile and same for the two waiters. No one asked how was our main, I would tell them it’s eatable but nothing outstanding. Perhaps my expectation was too high considering they are one of the Metro top 50 restaurants in Auckland.

5 star rating
by Alex
4th October 2013

We went to Wine Chambers with a voucher deal. The food was beautifully presented. There was one incident happened during our meal, they forgot to put sugar in my creme brulee, I asked the waitress to take it back and said it tasted very odd. After two minutes she came back and apologized and offered me if I want another dessert, I ordered tiramisu instead. Overall it was a happy experience despite the tasteless creme brulee. I am quite happy with their efficient and friendly service. I understand everyone makes mistakes, I am satisfied with what they have done to fix it.

5 star rating
by Merv
10th April 2013

My wife and I tried the degustation menu a few weeks ago. The service was welcoming, attentive and friendly. Being a rather quiet Wednesday night, we were able to soak up the atmosphere of this restored legal chambers. The high-studs and beautiful wooden floors, do evoke an atmosphere of long-ago; there is a muted air of dignified venerability-and-regard, when you dine here.

The food was beautifully presented and matched our taste buds’ expectations. The slow-roasted pork cheek sets the standard for “melt in your mouth” tenderness and flavour. All the dishes’ flavours were subtly infused, as opposed to the rich layering of sauces that fills you but doesn’t fill you; if you know what I mean.

Try this establishment, it’s the nexus of Good Food, Service and Atmosphere; without the aloof pretentiousness which can be the hallmark of fine-dining.

5 star rating
by Sonja J.
18th December 2012

My husband and I eat regularly at the Wine Chambers both for lunch and for dinner. It is our restaurant of choice in Auckland due to the consistently excellent meals, the wonderful staff and fantastic dining space. We have had friends dine with us, hosted business clients and had family functions there and we have never been disappointed, and I am a particularly fussy diner! If something is not right I will say so. The menu changes often enough to be kept interesting and the wines are ALWAYS top class. Martina and her staff are extremely knowledgeable about the wines they serve and what courses they are best matched to. The prices at the Wine Chambers are not high for the quality of the menu. When we do go and dine elsewhere we are always comparing the experience and food with what we are familiar with at the Wine Chambers and we always concur that this is one of the best restaurants in Auckland. It is not pretentious or “showy”, but classy and understated. Wonderful!

5 star rating
by AM
4th December 2012

We went to the Wine Chambers on a voucher deal and had a wonderful time. The food was stunning – delicious and beautifully presented. Some very interesting and tasty flavour fusions made it an exciting meal. Staff were lovely and the atmosphere of the restaurant is very nice. Can’t wait to return!

5 star rating
by Stephanie
11th July 2012

I had a Saturday night table booking for two with Wine Chambers last weekend. It was fabulous and enjoyed the whole experience from beginning to end and can’t wait to go back.

As I arrived the doorman escorted me in and took my coat. I was seated swiftly and given the wine list while I waited for my partner. The staff were attentive, prompt and very polite. Our orders were taken and everything arrived in a reasonable time. Not too quickly after each course but never felt I was waiting for the next course either.

I had the tuna for starter which was lovely and fresh. I’d the lamp for main also delicious, loved all the accompaniments with it. Could really see a lot of thought went into each dish. The lamb was so tender and I think my favourite lamb dish I’ve ever had out. My partner ordered the duck which they came back and said they had run out of which was disappointing. He re-ordered the venison instead and they offered to have the same accompaniments put with his new dish as would have been on the duck. Nice touch I thought.
I have the chocolate foundant for desert. Absolutely to die for, oozing with chocolate. The waiters were always ready to offer wine selections and constantly topping up our water and checking everything was going well.

The restaurant was always busy but never felt squashed or claustrophobic. The interior of the restaurant itself was very rustic and dim lighting made it quite romantic.

A little expensive so wouldn’t be coming here every week but would highly recommend it for a big occasion or any excuse at all really.

5 star rating
by Karen R.
6th January 2012

I had a beautiful dining experience here for a business lunch, where we had booked out the private dining room.

The meal was beautifully prepared and presented, and the surroundings warm and elegant.

I loved the high arched window in this private dining room, which allowed the light to flood the room, and made an excellent space to bring a business colleague for a 2 hour meal & meeting.

The wine was lovely, of course.

5 star rating
by Susan M.
21st December 2011

What a spendid evening and a great experience!!!!We were recently welcomed back to the Wine Chambers by a gentleman with a very posh English accent, he proceeded to recommend wines and guide us through all the tastes and flavors the menu had to offer, we very impressed by the food, wine knowledge and 5 star service that was offered by our friendly waiter.We had a very memorable night here from start to finish and I we will be back again…….

2 star rating
by Anna
8th December 2011

We visited Wine Chambers for the 4th time a few weeks ago – it’s our ‘go to’ restaurant when we want a meal somewhere amazing, with wine, food and service we know will be awesome. We were really disappointed. In the past we’ve been made to feel special, with recommendations and tastings of wine but last time was a bit of a let down.

For a start Abba was playing Mama Mia. NOt saying it shouldn’t be played but the setting wasn’t right…. there were quite a few big groups – again OK but I think this meant that the staff were flat out serving the groups.

Because we had our main waiter leave a recommended bottle of wine on the table and that was it – he didn’t return to see if we wanted a glass… then the next waiter couldn’t open a screwtop closure on the wine I’d chosen… my husband opened it. Our initial waiter started talking business and swapping cards with people at the table next to ours.. just seemed tacky.

The food was still divine. Phew. The setting still amazing. But we left feeling we’d missed out on the usual experience.

We probably won’t go back unless we hear things are back up to standards past.

3 star rating
by Sec
8th November 2011

The setting of this restaurant is lovely – in among old school law chamber offices. One room leads to other increasingly smaller rooms providing many semi private areas that were occupied that night by a couple of larger groups. This was very successful as it gave them their privacy while sparing the rest of us the extra noise.
The food was very good as was the service. Unfortunately toward the end of our meal the owner & her daughter started stripping the tables around us & pushing them together making one large table that completely blocked us into a corner! We were definitely being rushed out & asked why. Apparently they had lost a booking for a large party that were waiting in the foyer. Would have been nice to have it explained to us instead of being made to feel like dinner guests who don’t know when to go home! I know owners get very proprietary with their restaurants, and yes, we know you own it, but if you don’t make your diners feel welcome they won’t come back.

4 star rating
by John W.
30th August 2011

My Wife and I plus three friends had her birthday dinner there: The service was excellent, Friendly and chatty. The Entree was very good followed by a very nice main of the beef ribs, However the most interesting was their wine list which we made much use of. It was great that Martina could spend so much time with us which was an honor indeed, So there are no doubt we will be there again

Thanks Martina and the team
Regards


John & Shona

4 star rating
by Kate W.
4th August 2011

The food here was pretty good. We came here as part of a group. The only annoying thing was that the waiter kept trying to up sell us to a magnum of of wine that we had never heard of. He was quite pushy and we had to keep telling him we weren’t interested. Other than that, it was a really nice night.

2 star rating
by Maloo22
20th July 2011

Had some great food here, but last time was pretty average for a place that is normally a cut above

The steak was grey and the mash uninteresting – just expected a bit better

5 star rating
by Emma M.
13th March 2011

Fantastic meal with great value. I was impressed with the price and good portion size especially it is in central city with such amazing interior setting. I particularly like the venison salad!
Our waitress with black hair was very nice however the other blonde girl wasn’t so efficient, she seemed did not realize the restaurant was busy… Overall it is a great place to go in city for any occasions.

5 star rating
by Jane L.
12th January 2011

We’ve visited Wine Chambers both for private dining and with a function and loved it both times. The food was faultless and the wine list extensive. Thoroughly recommend it!

5 star rating
by What?
20th July 2010

Outstanding food, service and wines, all at a very reasonable price. Atmosphere is very good, not overly noisy, and the decor above average.
I would rate Wine Chambers head and shoulders above many of the “5 star” restaurants I have been to.

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