Auckland City 09-379 8756
- Lunch: Wed – Fri 12 noon – 2pm
- Dinner: Mon – Sat from 6pm
- Business Dining
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Splurge, Above $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 50
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Antoine’s Restaurant proudly creates a feast of New Zealand cuisine with distinctly French-European undertones. It is both classical and innovative.
As you ring the brass door-bell of Antoines, hidden away in a brick courtyard off Parnell Rd, you may begin to smell the aromas drifting from the kitchen. Your impeccably dressed waiter will usher you to a table of white linen, where you will make your selection from one of two menus: the ever-popular Nostalgia menu that revisits favourite dishes unique to Antoines since 1972, or you might choose from the regular a la carte menu which includes fresh, exciting specials of the day.
The original owners Beth & Tony Astle take enjoyment in regularly reviewing the menu, which evolves with Chef Tony’s annual overseas visits to research new dining trends.
French and local wines feature in a vast private cellar selection. You’ll find an extensive range of French champagnes, and on request, Antoine’s have an exclusive cellar list of fine wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy.
Subtle lounge music also adds a touch of class, as the attentive yet unobtrusive waiters cater for your enjoyment.
10 Reviews for Antoine’s Restaurant
Hubby reckons it’s one of the best French onion soup he’s ever had and always order the same (luckily it’s still on the menu unlike my all time favorite the scallop with black pudding)!
And loved how Tony came out and chatted with us (and showed us how best to eat the souffle).
Love it! Highly rate it! I don’t think they need to “move with the times” because their food is classic and we need some of these beautiful, classic restaurants!
Now today we see Tony recognised in the New Year Honours fantastic and congratulations, so richly deserved.
I can understand why 90% of the people in the restaurant were over 50 and why they are not listed as one of the top restaurants in Auckland. The new young chefs out there are certainly walking all over Mr Astle!
Our waiter told us that the one evening sitting was such that you could relax into a long, slow dinner like you might on holiday. We were not disappointed and left hours later unsure just how long we had spent in this foodie Tardis.
The waiting staff really know their stuff. Wine and food matches are clearly explained. The wine menu is less auction stand mega-expense, rather a concise list of reasonably priced NZ wines. Prices not too scary for a fine dining establishment.
Food and wine arrived at irregular intervals. Stewart Island oysters done three ways were delightful. Our starers were a little disappointing – especially the waffle. The mains – orange duck and belly pork with congee were outstanding.
Happy that I had eaten the congee (a nervous first) and negotiated the ‘zip-zap’ payment method we headed home content in the knowledge that we had experienced something well tried, fully tested and bloody good.
We have had the rabbit and sweetbread pie several times and tried new dishes now and again but I love that we can keep going back to the favorite “nostalgia” dishes.
Service is superb and I can recommend going here for special occasions.
If you want old style luxury then this is for you. To start with you would be advised to book as they are not keen on dinners turning up.
Then there is the door you have to ring for admittance.
Once inside its calm, great service and a cunning menu. Old favourites mixed with new creations. Perfect for taking grandparents for a treat.
When its cold and you want a luxurious treat book this institution that has been at the top it seems for ever