Auckland City 09 358 1702
One course $35; Two courses $55; Three Courses…
- Dinner: Mon – Sun 5.30pm – late
- Lunch: Friday only
- Business Dining
- Conference Facilities
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Splurge, Above $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 80
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Dinner, Dessert
Located in the heart of Auckland’s Freemans Bay, Clooney Restaurant is a partnership between restaurateur Tony Stewart and chef Desmond Harris.
Chef Harris’ cuisine melds the tradition of classical cuisine with a contemporary approach to ingredients and technique.
All menus are complemented by a floor team led by Tony Stewart, and a wine list composed by Natasha Parkinson.
BEST FINE DINING RESTAURANT WINNER
Metro/Audi Restaurant Of The Year Awards 2012
Cuisine Restaurant Of The Year Awards
2007 – 2008 – 2009 – 2010 – 2011
Metro Restaurant Of The Year Awards
2007 – 2008 – 2009 – 2010 – 2011 – 2012
WINNER BEST WINE LIST
Metro/Audi Restaurant Of The Year Awards
2010 – 2011
Winner of NZIA Resene New Zealand Awards For Architecture 2008.
Winner of ‘Best Room’ – Metro Magazine Restaurant Of The Year Awards 2007.
30 Reviews for Clooney
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About half way through the meal we keep wondering what this funny noise was, and peaked through our curtains to see one of the waiters up a ladder picking wine bottles from their storage space in the ceiling. The ladder can back and forth on wheels, hence the noise. That is cool.
After scrumptious entree and main I didnt feel like a dessert, but wanted something sweet and asked the waiter to recommend one of the glasses of dessert wine – the one he suggested I would never have chosen, but it was delicious – light and sweet with even some slight bubbles in it.
If you havent had the Clooney experience, then save up, make room on your credit card and go!
It is a bit pricey but it was worth every cent.
Ordered the entrée Saikou Salmon and mains Angus pure beef fillet with a suggested side of steamed French beans.
Bread was served with and scoop of butter. The butter was beautifully soft and fluffy and a perfect taste with white and dark bread. The warm bread had a crunchy crust that perfectly contrasted with the butter.
Saikou Salmon was served with some kind of foam on top. Couldn’t work out what it was as it was tasteless. It reminded me of dish washing suds and a little off putting. Being tasteless it was not needed and visually distracted from the dish. It was like the dishwasher had plated up. The Salmon was well cooked but acidic. The accompanying sauces didn’t neutralise or enhance the taste. The scallops on the plate were very good and complemented the dish. The square crunchy seaweed pieces and fake fish eggs added texture and dimension. There was a distinct aniseed taste to the sauce which was unusual and complementing.
Angus pure beef fillet was cooked exceptionally well and was nice on the palate. Once again I was disappointed to find the same foam like substance on top. The brown sauce underneath was not very tasty as I would describe it as like liver pate – this might have been the marrow. There were a few large bubbles of black liquid in the sauce which I thought would season – but no. A gelatine substance on top of the beef was not tasty and not needed.
The side of beans were beautifully firm, not crunchy, and servedMore at a nice warm temperature. They were seasoned well and the seasoning could be seen on the beans.
The Wine list is extensive and in fact some drinks are repeated over a number of menus. Three menus were presented, wine, cocktail and food. There seems to be too much focus on artistic presentation and not enough on taste and flavour. Overall the ambience and service were exceptional but the experience was let down by the presentation of the dishes and taste of some of the elements.
We tried the early bird menu seeing as we were there so early… It was three courses for $50, although it was a great way to taste lots of different things on the menu the portion sizes were really, really small. I really wished that the waiter had warned us, because I’m not even a big eater but I think that the only people who would be satisfied by that meal would be elderly ladies or young children! Haha.
I will definitely go back though, the atmosphere is really good, especially for groups of four or six, and the service is attentive without being in your face, the food is superb.
On previous visits I have found the portions to be larger than any other fine dining restaurant in town, although other reviews here say that they are small. You can always order a couple of sides if you are a big eater anyway. My advice is to stay away from the early bird menu!
1hr 45min later we were served our first course. Very poor, lacked taste, thrown on the plate…the next course had to be better. But no it was equally poor, not well bought together as a well thought through combination…salty…yuk – wholly unsophisticated. My wife order wine from the menu and was served something quite different without being consulted…
Sorry, very poor
This is not the first time I have been to Clooneys but it was by far the most amazing oral experience I have ever had. My wife and I were celebrating 5 years of marriage and figured where better than one of Auckland best. We chose the tasting menue with the accompanying wines and settled in for 5 hours of mouth orgasms. It’s not just the amazing food, it’s the decor- intimate, very cool, and not too posh to make you feel like you can be yourself. It is also the staff, they give you JUST the exact amount of care and attention you could ask for. explaining each dish, and wine and making sure you are as happy as you will ever be.
Well done Clooneys. You are the very best of the very best.
Each course was presented beautifully and the quality of each dish was outstanding. My quail and pork dishes were both full of flavour and each mouthful was enjoyable. We found that our desserts perhaps didn’t quite live up to the standard of the other dishes but still very tasty.
The service was lacking a little but it did not effect our dining experience.
3 courses + wine and cocktails came to a little over $300 which for this level of quality, was great value.
The decor is stunning and a real joy to sit amongst.
I saw it last week described as dish of the year by Metro magazine. And wow! I can see why.
What seemed to me like a bizarre combination of ingredients, actually had 6 different flavours that contrasted and worked together amazingly well. I’m not a big red-meat eater . . . so I was quite amazed at how succulent Venison was! It was truly beautiful.
I have eaten there twice once last year and again in January.
The food is easily 4 star but I like to see my food.
It is a brave business man who opens a restaurant in a factory unit it can work Cibu for example.
The food and service deserves a better venue
Service has continued to improve which is why 5 stars, they earned it on the basis of my last two visits.
Also it has to be said one of the most fabulous dining rooms in NZ.
You’re unlikely to leave without a big-ish hole in your wallet. Chances are that you went there to impress your friends or your secretary while the wife was out of town anyway so pay up and have fun. Sneaky little bar downstairs where you can have a cocktail and a smoke in their “outdoor” area. Unusual to find something (quasi) sophisticated in Auckland nowadays.
We went to dinner last Saturday night and we had an absolute blast!
We started in the bar where we asked the female bartender (cartier was her name I think) to make us some cocktails. We had a look at the list they had but we each asked her to make us something to each of our tastes. She made me a classic cocktail called a 20th Century which was JUST what a felt like. My partner had one with 42below feijoa and some other ingredients which he absolutely LOVED!
We then were then taken to our table by Guy who was out waiter. He was friendly and accommodating making the experience extra special.
I had the crayfish consumme which was so delicate and subtle = stunning! and I had the schnapper which was equally as nice.
My partner had the pork belly and the venison. THe venison was A+!!!! absolutely beautiful.
The best however was the deserts. STUNNING!
IT was an excellent night. The food and especially the service was definitely at a 5 star level.
I recommend everyone to give Clooney’s a try!
Arrived at Clooney’s 5mins early for a booking at 6pm on a Saturday evening, was greeted by Matt. He was very nice.
The atmosphere was really nice, totally liked the look and style of the seating,
the ambience was very comfortable and welcoming.
We ordered x2 Poppy’s non alcoholic drinks it had a combination of cranberry, pineapple juice nice citrus’s flavour just to action our taste buds for what would lie ahead.
The menu’s were presented by our waiter Matt, he had helped out with certain questions we had raised.
We had ordered..
First light’ Wagyu Rump Cap
with fresh spring vegetables, sweet pea puree & red wine, it wasn’t very BIG on the size, although the taste was nice. My husband did really like it though phewww.
I had “Crayfish Consommé” with poached shellfish, fresh tarragon, grapefruit & lemon olive oil. I was hoping it was like some crayfish meat in the shell and some lemon, but it was far from that. It was presented in this round bowl kinda thing with 4 little things i think it was oyster, scallop, prawn & not sure of the last one, then some sauce was poured over the top, tasted different like a seafood taste but not my kinda thing.
After eating the entree we received compliments from the chef this yummy soup, it was a cold type soup which was definitely made with love, it tasted like puree cucumber, some italian spices and tomato, apparently this was given to ones on a hot day just to cool them down, definitely a perfect idea.
Prime Angus Beef Tenderloin with braised short rib, white truffle oil custard & organic miso infused kohlrabi very nice and filling my husband did like it alot the sMorehape of the meat made it look really cool, and interesting. He says that he will buy this again.
I got Roasted Hawke’s Bay Natural Lamb
with lamb sweetbreads, sweet pea royale, savoury polenta & sweet spiced merlot jelly. I thought it was tasty, but very sweet, loved the sweetbread & jelly it was very different to what i would normally buy.
SIDE ORDERS was Shoestring Fries with truffle oil & parmesan.
Roasted Scolloppinni & Zucchinni with gremolata & toasted almonds.
The food was superb, the colours, the variety, the shapes and sizes the taste was really yummy. I give the above food 8/10, my husband rated 8/10 also.
Just one thing for improvement is the lighting in the place, it seemed way too dark. Otherwise the staff, seating, and foods was really nice.
Thanks for an awesome experience, my husband and i were pleased with the service and wanted to personally thank Matt (waiter) for making it an enjoyable evening, hope you received your tip from us also!!!
Thanks Leana & Phil