(Victoria Park Quarter)
Auckland City 09-354 4030
- Tues – Sun 12 noon – Late
- Business Dining
- Scenic View
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 200 covers
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free On-Street, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Atico cocina is a new exciting Caribbean restaurant, bar in the vibrant Victoria Park Quarter. The all day restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy Modern Caribbean cuisine in a shared style with a variety of wines, beers and great cocktails.
Come indulge in our huge range of ‘Tantalisers’: the Caribbean term for style small plates to share.
42 Reviews for Atico.cocina
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The food was near perfection, lovely starters which we were told is a traditional corn bread from Columbia and Venezuela. Then we had a lovely and refreshing calamari slaw followed by a winterish crayfish bisque. The main was the highlight – a Tuna dished cooked as never tried before, Mr. had a beautiful steak.
Atico really delivered, as we have tried a few degustation menus before, but this was outstanding. Service was friendly and ambiance really warm….we will come back to try more …my husband promised.
The Jamaican Chicken Jerk was perfect, as I remembered from living in New York, where I tried few places before.
We spent the afternoon, drinking cocktail, listening to the DJ’s Caribbean Music and sharing the great BBQ food. The food is different but well executed and very affordable.(that is plus)
Will be back soon, my recommendation for a relax afternoon with good food and music.
While waiting for the rest of our party to arrive, we ordered drinks which took an age to come to the table. When I went up to the bar to query where the drinks were, it was difficult to actually ask anyone a question since I’d start to talk and they’d halt me and say “One moment”, and carry on with what they were doing – I wasn’t keen on standing around awkwardly with the rest of our workplace at the table for 15+ minutes just to ask “Where are our drinks?”
When drinks eventually were delivered to the table they were incorrect and not enough of them were delivered. We kept having to query where the drinks were, and with the increasing number of questions on our part (due to it now being over an hour since we put in the order), the wait staff got visibly frustrated with us, and this was starting to reflect in the way their conversations were – they would sigh and grunt whenever we called for them to come to our table. It was only when I got a bit firm with them and said, “You do realise I could have gone to another bar, had a drink there, and then come back and you still would not have delivered our order of drinks… right??”, that they eventually brought the right order of drinks.
But in saying that, it took them almost 2 hours to get the first order of drinks to us (which was only supposed to be tiding us over until the rest of our colleagues turned up), and it was even longer after that before they took our orders for food!
The wait for the mains was very long as well, I had arrived just after 6pm and we got our mains touching on 10pm. In the meantime, the rest of our party tried ordering drinks from the bar and they were told “No, we don’t do that.” to almost every order they tried to placMoree. I would have thought 4 x vodka shots would have been a pretty easy order to fill?
My pork was cold, tough and a massive disappointment. Everyone who ordered the goat curry were happy with their meals, and people who ordered the chicken were uninspired.
My major gripe came when dessert was served, as by this time there was a salsa dancer on the floor encouraging people to get up from their tables and go and join them to learn how to dance – a few of our party got up and tried their hand at the dancing.
While this was happening, the desserts came out from the kitchen – we had two choices; the chocolate and rum tart, and the avocado sorbet. I was at the table while the others were dancing, and the chocolate and rum tart was placed down in front of a few people, though of course, some people were still on the dance floor. The dance floor people returned to the table, and the avocado sorbet came out. Instead of asking the people who were dessertless ‘did you order the sorbet’, the waiters just placed the sorbets down in front of them, which was met with several puzzled expressions as most of them had ordered the tart.
Knowing that the diner beside me does not like avocado, as the waiter went to put down the sorbet in front of her (she had ordered the tart), I clarified and said, “She ordered the tart, she didn’t order the sorbet”. I was told that they didn’t have any more, I responded with, “Surely you would have known that when the order went into the kitchen, not when you’re serving?” The waiter angrily then said, “Can’t you just convince her to have this??” I felt so uncomfortable having to say, “No I can’t, go back to the kitchen and see what you can do.” A few minutes later he returned and said a new order of the tart would be out for her in a couple of minutes.
The chocolate and rum tart was absolutely divine, and I’m thankful that it did taste so good, just so that the night didn’t end on a sour note. If I weren’t with my work colleagues who are a barrell of laughs, I would have absolutely hated the night. I will not be going back, and should anyone ask me about my experience at the place, I will speak honestly.
We were a large party with the company credit card armed and ready to spend. This restaurant could have made so much money from us, but instead, the rudeness of the wait staff and the long wait times meant that once the dessert was devoured, we couldn’t wait to leave.
Went there for my birthday dinner and I was very pleased.
The atmosphere was very relaxed, live music was fantastic and the service was impeccable.
We had tuna steaks for our mains and we were pleasantly surprised with the taste and portion sizes.
I would definitely recommend this place and I can’t wait to go there again!
Lovely deco, beautiful chicken jerk, perfect steak and with the agreement of my partner which is difficult to please, Atico is a winner.
We probably had too many mojitos but we enjoyed every single of them  !!!
The service is appropriate, thought more smiles will help.
Will be booking soon for our next cocktail session, highly recommended.
Once we eventually placed our food order we waited 45 minutes for tapas, hungrily eyeing the kitchen. Another wait of around 30 minutes for mains.
The table next to us waited 5 minutes for cutlery to arrive so they could eat their dessert.
Maybe OK for a cheap and cheerful joint but for a place that charges $35+ for mains this just isn’t acceptable.
Despite the excellent food we won’t be returning and don’t recommend.
Food was A++++! Full of flavour and great sizes. However, poor service. The waitress who served us seemed lost and unattentive. She also lacked a friendly warm attitude.
Aside from the service, I highly recomend Atico. Great food! I will be back.
Atico is my latest discovery, my friends told me about it, so we decided last week to try and see what is going on down at the Vic market. What a discovery, the place was beautifully decorated, the waiters friendly and charming with the foreign accent explaining the menu that is mostly in Spanish with English explanations underneath.
We ordered a range of tantalisers, all great, full of flavours . Our mains followed as expected, perfect.
our surprise was the live music from the Cuban band (I think). then people started dancing, so cool!
Atico, we love you and will certainly come back for more of those Mojitos.
The jerked pork croquettes entree was fairly average.
However for the mains I got the Arroz con Pollo: it was tender with a spicy hit.
My gf had the Cabra al Curry, which was full of flavour.
It was refreshingly different.
A suggestion for improvement would be to suggest the waiter could just pour the water without asking each time, so you don’t interrupt the conversation! Though the attentive top-ups were appreciated.
The setting is a unique & light-filled space during the day-time. The deck would be fantastic on a sunny day.
Will definitely go again. It worked really well for a business meeting.
Greeted by the maitre d with a “wait a minute” set the tone for the evening. We waited a few minutes and then followed the swaggering maitre d to our table. There was a set menu but no wine list, which the other half had to go to the bar and ask for.
That’s when our neighbours decided to leave as there were “no good reds, they’re all blends”. We should’ve cut our losses then and joined them out the door, but we persevered.
A litre jug of sangria arrived which was more sprite and fruit than wine. That was my favourite part of the evening, apart from the company of course. The lack of music didn’t help either.
Our first course was grilled corn bread with smoky pork. The pork was more Asian style, and the corn bread was more like “a soggy pancake” as the other half delightfully put it. Then followed the calamari salad with rubbery squid. There was also far too much rocket for my liking, rocket overload.
Between the first and second course, something I never thought could happen in an eating establishment, happened right in front of my eyes. The arrogant waiter took our used, dirty cutlery off our plates and placed them back on the table for us to use for the next dish. We politely asked him to remove them and replace them with clean ones, once we had put them back on the plates he was holding, and nudge them on when he almost dropped the stack he was carrying.
The crayfish bisque as our soup course was disappointing to put it mildly. The sambuca salsa was like nothing we’d ever tasted before, however it was the plantain ‘crisps’ which tipped the scale as being the worst dish. The crisps were more like untoasted bread, with a powdery texture on the tongue.
Argentinean skirt steak was the dish we were both looking forward to Morethe most. The other option was seared Yucatan Tuna which would have been the better choice. My steak was cooked to medium rare as I asked, however the other half mentioned that his was very well done, despite asking for the same. On the side was another plantain, which was encased in a quiche like, Yorkshire pudding textured mess. The chimichurri, on the side made the dish look like a small child had put it together.
When it came to the dessert, we thought that they couldn’t go wrong. Yet there was another surprise yet to come. The Latino coconut flan tasted odd to me, yet the other half said it was his favourite dish of the night. Seeing as he liked it so much, I offered mine to him to finish. He didn’t enjoy it so much after that as he said it tasted off and “like it had been sitting around for a week”. Consistency definitely wasn’t their strong point.
By this time we were ready to run far far away. On the way out, we both decided to pop into the bathrooms. What a mistake, we should have waited. I don’t think you need me to go into that.
Atico Cocina, we won’t be going there again, no matter how cheap a deal. If only we were as smart as our neighbours who left. We know for next time and won’t be going back. If you want rude, arrogant, waiters who don’t seem to have a clue, I suggest you brave the food.
Con: nothing to complaint – but don’t know about sources of food. doubt that it’s organic or free range, but no idea.
The waiter was great – not only very attentive but his recommendations were on the spot and refreshingly honest. We had an entree of empanadas, which were very yummy and the Tuna as main which we couldn’t have chosen better. The fish was just right and everything very flavoursome. I thought 1 entree and 1 main was just enough for 2 people without feeling too full afterwards but if you’re very hungry, you might want to order more.
The service was one of the best experiences we had as a group in long time.
Atico is near our offices, so we use it regularly but this time it is worth telling others about it.
I have been a couple of occasions on Friday or Saturday evening and my recommendation is to book in advanced to get a good table, although the building is superb so it is only because I like be near the windows to see the gorgeous chimney from Victoria Market.
We arrived around 7:30pm when the place started to get busy. The staff was really friendly and located us at the back of the beautifully designed room. Lots of colours and pretty pictures on the walls. We ordered chicken jerk as recommended by other reviewers and bluff oysters, those were divine! Our mains follow with a perfectly cooked steak for my partner and a lovely tuna for me. To finish we had a coconut flan to share as we already had a lot of food, no disappointment here.
Just before we were going to leave, the background music suddenly went up and two dancers appeared at the front of the restaurant. It was a salsa night which we didn’t know but what a great surprise for us. People at the front of the restaurant started to dance, they seem to really enjoy and knowing what they were doing. As we are not dancers, we decided to stay for a bit longer just to enjoy the great music and to see how some of the Latin culture is now in Auckland for our enjoyment.
Flavours here are a bit different from other Latin American restaurants probably because of the Caribbean emphasis, but we were very impressed by the food and service.
Definitely a great dinning and entertainment experience.
Meals were lacking flavour and small. Husbands chicken chorizo rice dish was watery, flavourless and very small. Antico lift your game!
I would definitely recommend it and go back soon.
The ceviche (using the fish of the day) was full of flavour and delicious. The chorizo was also a great dish. The coconut tart comes well recommended.
The setting, ambience and friendly staff all contributed to a couple of great nights out! We hope to return soon.
What a fantastic architectural work!, not many restaurants in Auckland are located in heritage buildings and Atico is not a disappointment, forget about Melbourne, we have now lots of great places in the city.
The food is great and the service reminds me of my time in Peru a few years ago where people are extremely friendly and willing to help.
will definitely come back!!!!!!!!!!!!
Didn’t try cocktails but will do it next time, they look tempting.
It is child friendly also, a bonus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I went to see the 2 staff on the floor 3 times before we got our meals, in the end we asked for them to be put into take away containers as all of us were late back to the office, we waited 1 1/4 hours for food we couldn’t enjoy on the lovely deck area.
When I finally made it back to the office and ate my take away lunch, I was pleasantly surprised. It was fresh, tasty and just beautiful!!!
I cant recommend this restaurant to eat in but I can recommend that if you are willing to wait an hour for lunch to take away then its awesome!! Perhaps a preorder would be the way to go
ENjoyed Caribbean menu – something I haven’t really tried much of before.
Desserts and cocktails were also delicious.
Looking forward to things picking up when Victoria Park Market opens up.
The service was amazing with a very chatty and enthusiastic waiter who was extremely helpful in explaining all the dishes and how they would be eaten back home in Mexico.
The other highlight of the evening was the divine cocktails made up right in front of you in the central bar by the big blonde bartender.
We agree whole heartedly with Viva in that we will back for many more cocktails out in the sun on the balcony this coming summer!
It was a Monday night, the place was not busy – possibly four other small groups dining. We were taken to our table and told the waitress would be with us soon. About 10 minutes later, she arrived and presented us with menus. Some time after that, she returned and we placed our orders. I think the language barrier may have been quite large as she got quite confused with our simple order (two appetisers, two mains please) but we got there in the end.
50 minutes later and our meals had not arrived. We noticed a couple of the few other tables had also not got their food in that time. We asked the waitress when our food might be expected to arrive, given we felt we had been waiting ample time. She said she would find out for us.
About five minutes later our appetizers arrived – the prawns (there were just 3) for $18 and the chicken jerk (3 small kebabs) for $12. The food was alright– the sauce on the prawn dish was tasty if not a little full on, the prawns were juicy – the chicken jerk you could give or take.
Suddenly, our mains arrived (while we were still eating our appetizers). The restaurant’s signature dish – the Lomo Apanado (Chargrilled Prime Angus Beef marinated with fresh ground coffee and pepper, served with Spanish onions and spinach and potato, gratin with blue cheese and brandy sauce at $35) was, according to my friend, disappointing. The requested medium steak…while it came out hot, it was more than well done and was just a very small portion (perhaps it’s meant to be that way!?). The remainder of the dish was apparently a total let down.
My chicken dish ($28 with rice, chorizo and capsicum) was very bland and dry. The chicken was tough, there were just two small pieces of capsicum in it and the rice tasted like it was from one of those 90sec microwave packs – theMore entire dish was dry and had me swallowing copious amounts of water just to get the food down. The highlight was the chorizo but the three small slices were probably not enough to change my opinion on the dish. Alas, I did not finish my meal.
Overall, the service was below average, the food poor and certainly overpriced. I have no issues in paying good money for food, but I would expect far better than what Atico Cocina served up. The bright lighting and chart music that was playing did nothing to help the situation.
I for one will not be going back.
The St Lucia Calamari ensalada was fresh and delicious, along with the Potatas Bravas which were also lovely. My friend had the Chicken Empanadas which were accompanied by a yummy mango salsa which made the dish.
The service was efficient and friendly. A great value lunch at under $60 for both of us including a glass of wine each.