Merchants of Venice (MoV)
(North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter)
Auckland City 09 300 3222
- Mon – Fri 12 noon – late
- Sat – Sun 11am – late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Scenic View
- Private Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Merchants of Venice (MoV) introduces Italian Bistro dining to Auckland’s waterfront, inspired by the authentic sometimes rustic dishes of regional Italy and given a local flavour with the best artisanal products available in NZ.
The interesting and varied menu takes its cues from the seasons and has an emphasis on using the freshest local seafood, wild game and produce available.
Fresh pasta is prepared in-house daily, and the wood fired oven delivers truly authentic Roman style pizza!
MoV is a great place to sit and enjoy a glass of Prosecco or ice cold Peroni paired with an Antipasti or Pizza!
Join us for lunch or dinner daily, with brunch being served on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.
We look forward to looking after you and yours soon.
61 Reviews for Merchants of Venice (MoV)
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The food here was define and certainly Italian. I had the Venison special and it was cooked to perfection. Top marks to the Chef(s).
I also walked past on Sunday lunch time and it was packed out with people waiting at the bar. This clearly shows that in a short space of time it has become appreciated for its quality, of service, the excellent food and the ambience.
Great location with a nice view. Felt comfortable sitting there; not overly noisy even many people were there at that night.
Maybe the restaurant should consider upgrating the bathroom.
Dined here on 24th of Feb which was a Sunday night with a group of 7, some of whom were from overseas. Mentioned when I booked that we had a gluten free diner with us and was assured there were adjustments to menu items that could easily be made for her.
We were served by a waitress from Newcastle who seemed friendly, but as we found out, was a bit of an airhead.
We ordered the antipasto platter as part of our entree, which had components missing, they were replaced when we finally noticed. We were given 5 plates for our entrees when there was 7 diners, and when we passed them out they were dirty. Literally covered in filth and grease.
We asked for two bottles of water to be delivered to our table, almost 25 minutes and another request later, we received one bottle.
When our mains arrived, the gluten free pan-fried fish was on top of a pile of fettuccine… When we complained, we were told by our server that she must have forgotten to mention the gluten free info. That diner then had to wait another 10 minutes while they prepped her another meal, by which time all of us had (awkwardly) finished ours.
The meal was taken off our bill- which was never actually given to us, as our server seemed to think that having a 10 minute long conversation with another small table was more important. We eventually went to the bar to settle our bill and left feeling embarrassed that we had made our guests endure such service.
I have since contacted the management who have assured me that changes are being made to stop this from happening again- I can only hope they do.
We had a very friendly and efficient waiter, the food came regularly enough, and we had a lovely table facing the sea. The whole north wharf area is a beautiful location for a meal, though we were sorry we missed the sun (arriving at 6.30pm) and it got quite cold when the breeze picked up later on. The restaurant is fully open to the view – and the weather – so even in summer I’d suggest bringing a warm layer.
We have recommended the restaurant to our friends and we will be back.
The location of the restaurant provided good views and the weather was lovely when we arrived. However, as we progressed throughout the meal, the temperatures dropped noticeably – it would have been a lot more comfortable if the restaurant had heaters around the area.
The first three dishes were selected by the restaurant:
(1) 2 pieces of crostini with sun-dried tomatoes, 2 with Gorgonzola, honey and walnuts
(2) an antipasti selection of cured meat with baked bread, a mix of olives, gherkins, semi dried tomatoes, deep fried risotto balls and calamari
(3) grilled calamari salad with rocket, olives, capsicum
We thought all three dishes were delicious; pity we didn’t like olives though! It would have been nice if we had been given a choice, but it was not a big deal.
My friend ordered prawn and crayfish risotto for his main and tiramisu for his dessert. They were both good, but nothing exceptional. However, we both agreed my “Bianca con Funghi” pizza (White base, mozzarella, mushrooms, free range pork & fennel sausage) and dark chocolate tart were awesomely delicious and definitely the highlights of the meal.
The staff were polite and friendly, but it took a while for the food to get to our table between courses. We didn’t mind as we were having a relaxing dinner, but it could be an issue for people in a rush.
The food was great value for money as we had used a voucher; the usual prices may be a little bit steep but they were very much in line with the prices of all the other restaurants on the Northern Wharf.
The menu was interesting and the food selected was enjoyed by all. One small criticism of Large Plate selection – would have been great to see a wider selection of Italian dishes. They do eat more than pasta and pizza in Venice!!
One member of the group ordered pizza and it was really excellent – toppings were tasty, base was thin and crunchy as described.
Wine list was adequate, and food and wine were appropriately priced.
A very pleasant evening, the staff (Jim and Niall) added to the over all satisfaction rating. Would strongly recommend MoV for people wanting relaxed, good value, tasty Italian food, served by professional friendly staff.
The meal was slow to come but they kept us informed and we weren’t in a hurry. The waiter was attentive with drinks and as the food was slow gave us a free round. Then after our meal which was delicious he gave us a free shot.
We were very impressed at all aspects of the night and in particular the way they handled the wait for our food which given the circumstances of large groups and the number was to be expected. Congratulations to the owner for hiring great staff and/ or training them.
Pizza was lovely. Thin, crunchy, flavoursome.
My rocket salad with parmesan was fresh and tasty.
Our waiter, who had an awesome Irish accent was warm and listened thoughtfully to our specific requests. He also immediately produced some fabulous drawing crayons & colouring-in pics (on the back of the Kids Menu) when we arrived. He also gave her a parting gift of marshmallows in an espresso container – awesome!)
Only shortcoming of the night was that they forgot my rocket salad till we asked about it… but it was swiftly and freshly produced within 3 minutes of reminding them.
Craft beer dominated the beer list, of which the Moa was the hit pick. Yum with those Arancini flavours.
The location was tremendous. We sat wharf-side, inside the transparent wind-shelter… so great views.
By the way, the unisex toilets were a plus, as it meant ‘Daddy’ could take daughter to the toilet without any problem while I paid – nice for a change for me!
Our wait “slave” Craig was brilliant! Attentative and helpful.
We had beautiful food , just the right sized portions that came out at just the right pace. Each course was tasty, moist and flavorful.
A very enjoyable evening shared with a couple of friends, trying out a restaurant we never would have chosen otherwise. We loved it and will Return again. They did an excellent job showcasing their food.
I haven’t been very interested in dining in Wynyard Quarter as it always seemed wind blown and uninteresting, but this restaurant was just great and worth braving the elements.!
I have been to MoV twice, both through vouchers for a 5 course and 7 course degustation, respectively. Both times I have been treated to brilliant service and divine food despite the restaurant being extremely busy. I can safely say that any ‘small’ portions are solely due to the nature of a degustation menu, and that I would like to see anyone finish a 7 course meal with full-sized servings of the amazing food that I have eaten there.
The attention to detail by wait staff is amazing, and plates are cleared as soon as the table has finished eating. Our waiter, Niall, was truly fantastic when I was there most recently on Friday night. My family and I went for the 7 course degustation for my father’s birthday and we spent the night laughing and joking with Niall. He was a pleasure to have as a waiter and by the end of the night his cheeky sense of humour had left us wanting to take him home with us!
Any ‘issues’ surrounding the time it takes to serve such a menu are, in my mind, rubbish. With such a huge amount of food it is necessary for each course to take a while to come out, and in fact my family and I asked for a course to take longer than usual as we were feeling so full. The atmosphere and style of dining that you get with a degustation menu feels very authentic, and is a lovely social experience.
Merchant of Venice is by far one of my favourite restaurants in Wynard Quarter, and I will definitely be bringing my friends and family back for the great food, and excellent service.
Arrived on a windy night, the restaurant had a cosy feel to it and was nice and warm. We had booked in for the 7 course degustation, the first course took a good 25 minutes after being seated. I did start to wonder if we would be there for hours getting through the courses, next courses starting coming through in a nice flow. Every thing we had was devine, just yummy, the 6th course I struggled to get through, makes me wonder why there is a comment in here that states. I was still hungry after the degustaion and brought Mc d’s on the way home, (must be big eaters). I enjoyed the evening, the staff were very pleasant and would go back again. Thank you for a lovely meal
Only negative thing I found was that there was only one waiter on the floor (maybe because it was Monday) and he was just running around. However he was very friendly. Maybe management should take note and put one more considering the price of food.
However overall it was a good experience. 4 stars.
We ordered pretty much all the appetizers, the soft shell crab and beef carpaccio was amazing. All the mains we ordered were just the right proportion, fresh, and tasty. Highly recommend the calamari, mushroom risotto and snapper. To finish off, we all had different desserts, the chocolate tart and the semifreddo was the best out of the bunch.
We feel they have listened And taken on board the criticism, and have really improved on their services. The waiters were attentive, and knowledgeable and extremely friendly.
Overall, we would definitely go back again with the experience we’ve had, and would suggest others not to simply dismiss it for the bad comments it has had
We were sat quickly and served . We had bought a grab a deal Degustation Meal, which was fantastic small plates of food with delightful dishes that looked fab and tasted so nice, from the cocktail to the desert the meal was very very good, the best pasta I have ever tasted, everything was great and the desert was out of this world.
the staff were very friendly and helpful ten out of ten, we will be back soon. many thanks !
The place was impossible to find the entrance and we ended up sitting by the door which didn’t close properly. I had to get up over 7 times during the evening to shut it and eventually ended up locking the door because it was so annoying.
Despite this, the food was excellent but they really need to lift their game with the service.
I recommend you try the Pizza’s, they have a woodfired oven and do the thin bases just like those you get in Rome. One of my friends pasta’s gave me food envy with pretty edible flowers and she said it was ‘soooo good!’. Our waitress was really friendly and knew her stuff and though they were busy our food and drinks arrived quickly. What a great spot for lunch, a stunning view of the ocean and even with a cool breeze blowing the patio was sheltered and the heaters kept us warm, thanks MoV we loved it and will be back again soon!
With the rain coming down we were glad it was one of the closest restaurants to the car park, and when we arrived we were warmly greeted and had our soaked coats taken by the maitre d who then took us to our table and through the menu.
The menu is certainly substantial with plenty of tempting options but we opted to follow our waiters recommendation and go with the burrata as a shared entree, wow! the creamy, gooey centre of that cheese was just amazing and worked so well with the ham and tomato we devoured it!
For our mains I had the beef cheek special, I have had this type of dish several times and was not disappointed by the chefs interpretation at Merchants of Venice, indeed it was probably the best version I have ever had, beautifully tender and the gnocchi was so soft and fluffy, a perfect accompaniment to the cheek and jus.
My wife had the Polenta with a lamb ragout which she said was devine, the polenta was described as ‘wet’ on the menu which is great for us because we like t almost running off the plate! it’s a simple style they serve but perfectly seasoned which sets off the ragout nicely. I can’t recall the names of the wines we were recommended but they were both Italian and though they were varieties I probably wouldn’t normally try, they worked very well with our meals and as they say, when in Rome…
We have now tried most of the restaurants on North Wharf and would say that the food and service at Merchants is considerably better than the other places along this new strip and we will certainly be back again soon.
As for some of the other reviews on this restaurant, well if you like good Italian food and have an idea of how it should taste I would suggest you do what weMore did and just go and try it for yourself it was up there with the best I’ve had and I think many people will be happy if they discover this little gem on North Wharf, Salute Merchants!
Service was unbelievably SLOW..
When or order arrived the coffee was burnt and needed 3-4sugars to even try and make it drinkable. An this was the second coffee after sending the first back.
The dessert was average and nothing that special.
The waiter was very apologetic and this made up for the experience in part.
Made booking on line and MoV followed up with call.
Menu was more than adequate and waiter made offer to embellish meals as required.
Ambiance was perfect although we were a little cold upon arrival and warmed up during the meal.
Waiters and Staff exceed expectations. We will come again
My dad and I thought we would try something new, we ended up sitting at the bar for about 6 hours, as we didn’t want to leave!
The food was exquisite, I had the most perfect piece of fish I had probably ever had from a restaurant, I’m in the hospitality business so that’s saying a lot.
The staff are awesome, very friendly, and accommodating.
Can’t wait to go back.
Ate there on Saturday night, was very busy which was really nice to see, the ambiance was just what we were looking for.
But then the food, wow that was delicious, Our table ordered for entre, suppli romana, the calamari ripieni and the mozzerrella burrata, ine was the Suppli, and I have never eaten theses yummy treat since I was in Rome(well I have been in places who think they have suppli but got it wrong), they were just like in Rome, and nicely presented, my friend is big fan of calamari and she loved her entree, I pincked a piece coz it looked yummy too, even the mozzerella looked lovely, and friend was showing a smile.
I ordered the Risotto all wild mushroom, and mmmmm, the truffle was delicious, my friedns ordered, the Hare papperdelle, and Gnochetti alla crecia, and I tried all there were so tasty and full of flavour. We had a beautiful dessert, the profitteroles were the best, and the marsala wine made them just right, My friend wanted another casatta, but was too full.
The food was really good size, and I definately be going back next time I eat out, I have finally found myself a restaurant i can go to that is authentic Italian.
Thanks Chef that was an awesome meal, and thanks to rest of MoVs for making our girl’s night out the best.
A wonderful selection which took a long time to deliberate over as pretty much everything appealed to me. My final choice was Petti di pollo Napoli, and the Cassata Siciliana for dessert. I was in gastronomic heaven. Few course including our choice are the chef signature dish. To me a modern Italian cuisine more then a traditional. Thanks for that!!
We where one of the first table to arrive just after 6pm. Our early booking was a blessing as the restaurant was packed and getting quite stuffy and noisy by 7:30.
The staff were pleasant, attentive and unobtrusive. The food presentation was excellent. But nothing can surpass the quality and taste of the food itself. Top marks to the chef and kitchen staff!
The food itself was pleasant and of good quality, and the menu was certainly extensive, but most people in the group were disappointed by the small portion sizes. My dessert was actually larger than my main!
The coffee was also excellent and all was rightly priced.
I will recommend to friends I will certainly be back.
On the down side the chairs are too low for the tables and the meals were slow to arrive. We would have stayed for desert and coffee but we expected another long wait so we paid up and left.
I’m likely to go back but next time I will order bread and dips to start.
I have been back to this restaurant since writing the above and the food was just as good as the first time plus the service was excellent.
And a lovely Rose – the place was full and buzzing. I will be back with friends for sure.
The staff were busy but that did not stop them from making sure we had the best experience
So glad we have some new fresh restaurants in AKL.
Definitely recommend it here – a restaurant that stands out from the crowd.
We look forward to seeing the full menu once all the settling in process is sorted.
We thought everyone else was having a good time.
The music complemented the occasion and our time there went by most enjoyably.
Food was at best bland, at worst terrible. There’s a major problem with the new pipes tainting the water supply too, but that’ll iron out over time. Unfortunately too late for the vegetables and tap water in the meantime. Stick to the grill.
Service was attentive, and polite, but slow.