Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe
Auckland City 09-300 6226 0r 0800 FUNCTION
- Mon – Fri 7am – Late
- Sat – Sun 9am – Late
- Business Dining
- Live Music
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 90
- Parking: Pay, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
The Occidental Bar is proud to serve authentic Belgian cuisine, accompanied by a vast range of fine Belgian beers, plus some of the best wines from around NZ & Australia. The Occidental’s signature dish is its steaming mussel pots, or perhaps try our famous mussel platters.
The Occidental Hotel was originally opened in 1870 by an American sailor, and quickly became known as one of Auckland’s finest hotels. The historic building was transformed beautifully in 1999, into the very 1st authentic Belgian Beer Cafe south of the equator.
The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe specialises in hosting fabulous functions. Plus you can join the fantastic customer loyalty programme, with a “FrenzCard”, which provides an easy way to earn & spend real rewards instantly.
For Functions, whether business or social, The Occidental provides two outstanding rooms for hire:
The Leuven Room holds 20 people seated, or 50 for drinks & platters.
The Jazz Room accommodates 40 people seated.
A great option for client entertaining is the “Belgian Beer Appreciation Package”.
17 Reviews for Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe
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Their beers are superb for an after work drink with friends or co-workers. And their special movie ticket deals allow you to buy one get one free.
Great steak, great mussels, simple things that make everything else awesome
Great customer service too (most of them)
Cheap, good value for money
The only problem is that they are not big enough! They get so busy there’s hardly anywhere to sit – I know this is not their fault but last time I was there they asked us to shift tables to an empty one next to us so they could take our table away when they could have just taken the one that was already empty! Don’t know what they were smoking but overall an awesome bar with a lot of atmosphere.
Have been here a few times now, and it has not disappointed me yet. Great service, the staff are particularly friendly and go out of their way to help you.
The Occidental has a really nice vibe about it, been here with a few of my mates and it’s been a great place to catch up and have a beer.
Try a Belgian beer they are delicious.
Very highly recommended, will definitely become a regular.
Update: it was staff misinformation that resulted in this error which they have since rectified, hopefully they will put up better signage regarding their deals in the future. The food itself was quite nice. We had one dish of steamed mussels and one grilled. We found the steamed one much nicer.
So, while the food is quite nice make sure you check the bill and only the 1 kilo mussel option is half price on Monday’s.
The mussels were fabulous as always. Plus, the kitchen prepped us some extra vege-topped mussels without any bacon toppings when we asked if we could avoid any red meat on the $19.50 mixed platter of grilled mussels (there were about 5 different toppings… all were delish – especially the ones with melted cheese). We appreciated the extra & unflinching effort from the waitress & the kitchen to go the extra mile. Great service.
I enjoyed a lovely wine, while the Leffe Blonde went down a treat for my partner.
We were ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ over the mussels throughout the meal… and the waitress downstairs was excellent in finding us a table for two upstairs next door.
The space next door is like a little private function space with its own bar, and they had filled it with 6 or 7 tables for casual diners. It was fab, because it was quiet, so a great space for conversation.
Come on, the place wasn’t full…
I think the staff should be more professional and perhaps go to a hospitality course and learn how to do customer service properly, or just find another job if you are not happy doing it. Shame on you.
I’ll come back cos I like the food and I really hope the manager can fix this situation.
The Occidental is in need of some maintenance. The foot rest at the bar has fallen down, one on the seats in a booth has fallen through, the place smells of old kitchen cooking fat.
The staff did not pick up any rubbish (including mussel shells) from the floor and seemed quite disinterested in serving.
While the food was adequate, although steak over cooked it was on the high side for it’s quality. The beer was well overpriced.
I will not be going to another Belgian beer cafe. Very disappointed.
2. Great service
3. Great location
4. Great prices
Six of us arrived and sat at a small table because it was so busy, just after we ordered the bartender offered us a larger table because our food would not fit on our table, it was very kind, and he was right.
Another bartender came up to us during our dinner and offered us a loyalty card this put 10% of our meal onto the card for next time, you can also add to this card every time you go. This was great, because we had just spent so much money, we automatically gave us a free meal for our next visit.