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09 4893104

129 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland

  Mediterranean, European
12 Noon to 12 Midnight


Reviews for Aubergine

5 star rating
by Wei Guo
2 days ago

I've been to Aubergine twice and the service and food is consistently great. Aubergine is located conveniently in the heart of Takapuna and has seating options both in and outdoors (covered). The restaurant has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and the staff are happy, very friendly and attentive. The menu offers a good range dishes and there is something for everyone. I've found that the food comes out in a timely manner and the portion sizes are generous.

5 star rating
by Desiree Norman
10 days ago

Great service and great food!! The sauces were a little intense but the steak was cooked to absolute perfection! The lamb shank meat was literally falling off the bone! The creme brûlée was gorgeous and I am always a sucker for a sticky date pudding..
I will definitely be returning especially at the price, very good for the quality and quantity of the dishes.

5 star rating
by Joyce
15 days ago

Will always come back to this place. They have the be

5 star rating
by Jane 'n Dave Harkin
19 days ago

We had to have an early dinner prior to our citizenship ceremony. Normally they start dinner service at 5.30pm but were happy to accommodate us. Meal was great and service was very goid and friendly. My 2 yr old granddaughter was with us and they were wonderful with her.

5 star rating
by Tariq Rahman
22 days ago

Aubergine has delicious food, excellent and fast customer service, and sensible prices.
A must try dish is the chicken siciliana - it's amazing! Every time we go we leave as very satisfied and happy customers. 
Highly recommended this restaurant to all nationalities .

4 star rating
by Stephanie J
29 days ago

Absolutely amazing food. The last time I went I had the bred platter for starters and the duck confit as a main - the seasoning was great and the meat was cooked beautifully. Atmosphere is cozy and nice! But the waiters/waitresses should really move around and remember when someone asks for water because I had to ask several times for my water to be filled. But other than that, the food and vibes of the place is excellent!!!

5 star rating
by Lochbuie
4 months ago

Yesterday we finally went to the Aubergine for their famous $20 lunch deal (2 courses + wine/etc). The weather was pleasant so we sat outside and ordered the garlic bread and minestrone soup for entree, and the Seared Tuna and Beef Burger for mains. We chose a Sauvignon Blanc with the tuna and a Merlot with the burger. The Seared Tuna, which was deliciously rare and tender, was accompanied by feta cubes, olives, and mesclun salad greens topped with a salsa of Mediterranean vegetables. The Beef Burger was a moist and tasty home-made patty accompanied by fries. The wait staff were welcoming and attentive. Overall, a good venue serving delicious food, and we would recommend the lunchtime deal to all.

5 star rating
by Hannah Short
5 months ago

Aubergine is one of my favourite restaurants over the shore. Amazing food considering you can get an entree main and dessert for 35 dollars.

4 star rating
by Rebecca Gray
5 months ago

Love this place, food is always awesome, staff are lovely, atmosphere is great:)

5 star rating
by Dany Malik
6 months ago

Aubergine Restaurant has never let me down! Their food,service and ambience is always superb. Especially, their great deal where youcan get a three course meal for only $35.

1 star rating
by Cazza Duffield
6 months ago

We booked aubergine for my mother in laws wedding party of 20. The restaurant advised to arrive at 11am and the food would be served at 12pm and that they would make this extra special. When we arrived at 11am they were very rude and and when we simply asked for a drink while we were waiting the man who was working got very confrontational and said they weren't open yet, there were some elderly guests so just asked if we could have some water for them but he became more confrontational. There was also nothing done to make this special as advised. In the end the nasty looks from staff got to much we left and luckily GPK accommodated us at a moments notice.
On the food I have eaten here before and found it to be average, I had also found the staff complacent on our previous visits.

5 star rating
by Brendan Ginnever
7 months ago

Simply a great place to eat.

If you want real food, cooked by real people. little snoot, fantastic smiles. EAT here!@!

5 star rating
by Dan Meadows
8 months ago

Great friendly service, good food at a very reasonable price, my wife and I eat here regularly and have been for a few years now, lots of of other restaurants could take some lessons from these guys

4 star rating
by LucyGoosey
8 months ago

It appears that I went to this restaurant on a good day. My friend and I both did the $20 deal which includes an entree, main and glass of wine. I was very, very impressed with this deal. Now, let's be honest, if you put seared tuna in front of me, I'm pretty much going to be happy. I was even happier when the perfect tuna was accompanied by a generous, fresh salad and a nice glass of pinot gris. My friend ordered the open steak sandwich which she enjoyed. The steak was flavorsome. Only downside were the Pams wedges. I felt like it was acceptable to have ready-made wedges considering the price, but they would have got extra brownie points if they had made them themselves. Also, there was no sauce in sight. For entree I had the garlic bread and my friend had the soup, both were good. The service was also pretty good. Our waitress was very attentive but a smile or two wouldn't have gone amiss. I think this place is great value for money and has great atmosphere and decor, I will be going back for sure. Mixed reviews suggest this place might not be so good on a busy day, but I am getting ready for round two.

1 star rating
by Calandre
9 months ago

We will not dine in this restaurant again not because the food was mediocre but because of the appalling rudeness of the beverage waitress who, while delivering coffee to one of our party, made an unwarranted and loud comment on his personal appearance which was upsetting and embarrassing for him. We didn't think elective baldness was anything unusual these days but apparently it was a chance to have a laugh at someone else's expense - and at someone who was contributing to her salary. We won't be contributing again.

5 star rating
by David Swann
10 months ago

Really can't go wrong eating here. It's great ! Three courses for $35 and it's really nice.
Also we like the fact that it's warm, has soft furnishings inside, including..a carpet!!! These features are so rare these days, but it makes for a pleasurable dining experiencing as you don't get horrible sounds of chairs scraping, and helps mute people's reverberating conversations etc etc.

3 star rating
by Rachel Mackenzie
11 months ago

Food was good. Service was not so good, didn't seem confident staff were shaky, possibly their managers are too harsh. Not very good with recommendations.

5 star rating
by Allan Wendelborn
11 months ago

Excellent food & friendly service
Have used Aubergine many times & like to go back because of consistently high standard.
The head chef seems to have been there for a long time which to me is a good sign.

3 star rating
by Brunchalicious
11 months ago

Cheerful that's all I can say! Alright but nothing special...

5 star rating
by Ammar Raffo
Mar 08, 2014

Flavory food with great value for money. Will highly recommend it for those who love Euorpean and Meditrrenian food. A ++++.

5 star rating
by Joe Burjony
Mar 05, 2014

Always exceptional. Never had as issue neither with food or service. last visit for me was last week. was very busy and served by a real waitress who knows what she was doing. Me being a restaurant manager in the past, I can tell the difference between a good and an exceptional service. This one was exceptional, with no stressing and excellent knowledge of food and wine.
My Tuna salad was out of this world so was my Eye fillet cooked to perfection
Couldn't have a dessert cause I was full, maybe next time.
Never disappointing, Definitely will be back. Thanks Aubergine for being so consistent

5 star rating
by Dog Eats World
Mar 05, 2014

I work around this area and go to Aubergine with my team quite often. They serve a pretty good lunch for $20 which includes soup or garlic bread AND a beer/wine/coffee/tea! It's a great deal and the atmosphere is rather relaxing. Staff are always friendly. The only thing that kind of bothered me is the size of their salads my colleague ordered, it isn't the biggest but then it didn't bother her too much, The portions for everything else were fine. I'd definitely go back and do recommend it to people around this area. Woof!

1 star rating
by Carmel Graham-Williams
Feb 23, 2014

Went for a hen's party - everything was fine until they informed us they had given the cake we have made for the bride to the other table. They didn't seem concerned and offered us free dessert, however, this didn't make up for them giving another table a cake I had spent half the day baking and decorating for the bride.

5 star rating
by Khalid Ghanima
Feb 16, 2014

My favourite restaurant in the shore. Been going there every month or two for over 5 years. Excellent service and fantastic food everytime. Highly recommend the chicken filo with a nice pino gris...

4 star rating
by Megan Fitzsimmons
Feb 07, 2014

Great value when dining on the $35 meal deal. The service is good with very kind waiters and waitresses who will go out of their way to assist you with all your needs. The kitchen is lovely and open plan so you can watch the chefs working. The restaurant is very spacious so you don't feel like you're sitting with the people next to you! Overall a very nice meal, my steak was cooked perfectly, and a very nice restaurant with friendly staff and management

5 star rating
by James
Jan 30, 2014

Went for the $35 Three Course Meal Special and it was a great deal for such a great meal and such great service. Will definitely go back!

3 star rating
by Ian Holt
Jan 12, 2014

Went for dinner Saturday night. Took advantage of $35 3 course special. I had the Tomato soup for starter and the plate was smudged and the taste was slightly salty. For main I had the lamb shanks which were very good. For Dessert I had the Chocolate hot fudge cake which was light and very nice. The major criticism I have is if clientèle are making the effort to dress smartly then so should the management and staff. Being greeted by the maitre d' wearing denim jeans is poor.

4 star rating
by Joanne Isia
Jan 09, 2014

Just had a yummy meal at Aubergine and will be going there again. Good service as well

2 star rating
by Sophie King
Nov 22, 2013

Went for dinner tonight, what a shamble.... Service was great but that was all. Food: I had the Fettuccine Carbonara, chunky bits of boiled bacon and mushrooms with plain watery sauce and 3 pieces of grated carrots on top for decoration. My Shandy arrived semi-cold, and they don't do battered fish for kids, they're saying they go for the healthy option, how patronising that is. We were really looking forward to have diner there and we were so disappointed. Won't go again.

5 star rating
by Michelle Alexander
Oct 12, 2013

Thank you for a relaxing and enjoyable evening.
We wanted to go directly to management but alas no.
We had a table booked for 6 under Naydene tonight. The waitress we had looking after us was exceptional. Her customer service is an asset to the restaurant. She was informative, made requests at the right time, did not interrupt our group unnecessarily and made sure we were attended to when needed. Overall the best waitress we have had at any restaurant for a long time. We hope she is given the recognition she deserves - she is an asset to your business.
The food was impeccable and the rest of the staff were of top quality, assisting with irregular requests ie Multiple Sclerosis person requiring a trained dog to attend.
Aubergine definitely has people that will return and we will be recommending others for sure.
Thanks to you all, especially our waitress - cheers.

4 star rating
by Maria D
Jun 01, 2013

Aubergine is very popular and was packed when we visited last weekend but they are more than capable of handling the large amount of customers, at no point were we left waiting. The severs were very friendly and food was lovely, I had the snapper and the boyfriend had the veal- both excellent. The menu is one of those menus that has so many good-looking options that I'll need to go back a few times, not that I'm complaining!

4 star rating
by Peter Thompson
May 11, 2013

Aubergine is Popular (with a capital P). This means that it is fairly hectic and a little noisey. We arrived on a busy Friday night without a booking. No table was immediately available so were shown to the bar. Within a couple of minutes our table was ready. Food is above well average but not spectacular. Service was excellent despite the waitresses being super busy. Mains good. Desserts a little pricey but nice. Excellent wine list.

3 star rating
by Janet Macdonald
Feb 07, 2013

Great food, however I found the service very slow! The restaurant was about half full, so not what I would consider really busy (otherwise I wouldn't have minded so much) I won't go again because of the slow service.

4 star rating
by Jin Gao
Jan 12, 2013

Great food (especially the duck confit) and atmosphere. Service was great. The price was also good, for 35 per person you can get a 3 course meal.

5 star rating
by I LoveDiningOut
Oct 23, 2012

I hadn't been to Aubergines for a number of years.
This is a restaurant that understands its customers completely.
A well balanced menu and a good wine list.
The staff are welcoming and attentive.
I had the fish which was superb.
The desserts are a bit on the large size but are lovely.

5 star rating
by Bren T
Sep 16, 2012

This is my favourite restaurant in Auckland. Such great value and great food. I usually have eye fillet and the steaks are huge! I love the profiteroles dessert. The staff are amazing and very friendly! Whats best is the fact u get a three ourse meal for only 35 p.p

5 star rating
by Kelvin Hilton
Aug 04, 2012

The Aubergine is were I go for the greatest lunches on a budget. they have great set menu lunches that are so yummy. My favourite is soup of the day then a massive and so tasty open steak sandwich with fries.with a nice Irish cider to wash it down for about $20 bucks
Doesn't sound flash but so so tasty.
Recommend to all.

4 star rating
by Amanda Pain
Jul 08, 2012

The food, though pricey, is consistently good. All four of us enjoyed our meals and left feeling full to the brim! If you can, I'd recommend asking for the $35 voucher deal from their website. Three courses for that price is not bad! The desserts are all very good!
Service was attentive. We actually were able to order more drinks, which is unusual in a restaurant in New Zealand!

4 star rating
by Anna-Maree
Jun 27, 2012

Excellent Food - generous portions and delicious!!! Great atmosphere!! Friendly and helpful staff!!! Great value on special lunch and dinner deals!!!

5 star rating
by Samantha Wilson
Jun 18, 2012

I love Aubergine, the food is great and the service is fast and friendly. The snapper is so nice, and the creme brulee is to die for! I would definitely recommend, and am a repeat customer. They often have a voucher on their website for 3 courses for $35 dollar, it is such good value for money!

3 star rating
by Ross
Feb 17, 2012

I heard lot about Aubergine and i went with my colleagues for business party. We liked the ambiance, food and staff is so friendly. Recommend every one to please visit it ones.

3 star rating
by David Boshier
Sep 25, 2011

We headed a long for a quick business lunch during the week. The service was quick and they have an extensive $30 lunch menu. Both the pasta dishes hit the mark for us. It seems to be a place popular with groups as there were a number there on the Thursday we went.

4 star rating
by Irene Hemmingsen
Jul 05, 2011

Four of us ate with a great value coupon (3 course meal for $35) and thought the food was very good. My husband and I had the duck which was delicious. Great service too. Will definitely go back.

3 star rating
by Rachel
Sep 22, 2010

The food is good though slightly pricey. Desserts are lovely but at around $10 each, they should be.

If I remember correctly, you have to order your veg and/or salad sep. to the main course - so find that a little annoying to have to pay in addition to the 'main' price.

Always good service though and you don't have to wait long to be served. Always a busy place especially at weekends.

5 star rating
by Alice Emmett
Aug 21, 2010

Amazing! Four of us went out for dinner and each of us ordered something different and absolutely loved our meals.

Usually not a fish fan, I ordered their snapper, which was unbelievable. Everything was so flavoursome and delicious.

The desserts were good too.

A little stingy with their glasses of wine though - wish it was BYO.

4 star rating
by Simona Simons
Oct 30, 2009

I regularly eat at Aubergine in Takapuna and find it a good place to eat.
I particularly enjoy the Chicken Filo and the Chicken salad is also worth a mention.
I have always found the service to be friendly and at times when I have asked for a quick meal before a show at the Bruce Mason center or wherever, it has always arrived quickly with no loss of food quality.
The menu selection of European and Mediterranean dishes seems to be pretty good, and my guests and I have always found something we like.

Overall a good quality restaurant in a convenient location and providing good service and tasty quality food.

4 star rating
by Peter McMillan
Oct 02, 2009

Six of us dined, entrees all served at the same time, hot n good. Mains were well presented, tasty. Duck very good, a signature dish. Would recommend

2 star rating
by Henward
Sep 21, 2009

a kinda place you sit and be seen in takapuna, not something i care about.
if youd o, then you can go here.

the food is really not that special, plain, boring and very bland.
i ordered the chefs specialty which tasted like an experimental dish.

deserts are ok, but also expensive.

would not go to eat there again, maybe jsut for desert

2 star rating
by Selena
Jul 10, 2009

Food was ok, food a bit overcooked though. Service was appalling, waited for 20 mins+ for Dessert Menu - got sick of waiting so left

4 star rating
by Neka
Aug 26, 2008

I have often enjoyed meals here. They do an amazing steak and tastey veges and deserts! A+++ would trade again.

1 star rating
by Rob Walton
Jun 22, 2008

Four of us over 50 year olds called into Aubergine after the All Black-England rugby Test match.
It was 9-30 at night but that was no problem for them, and there were still a few people in the restaurant.We didnt have to wait long to be served but by time our meal was put in front of us it was lukewarm.Two of us had eye fillet steak and the other two had lamb shanks.These had dollops of mashed potato which was tasteless and a bit lumpy and surrounded by a gravy which we all agreed must have come out of a packet.We debated for a fair while during the meal if the mashed potato was out of a packet also and decided it must have been.We were reassured when we were paying for the meal that it was real potato and that they served similar up each night.The thing was the meal was cold and very very average in taste and I could have done better myself even though I am only an average cook.When I go out for a meal I expect to get something better than I(part time cook when Im forced to husband)could have done.When two of us went to pay for the meal and the question was asked whether we enjoyed it we both said no we hadnt.They agreed to knock off the coffees we had which was good but would have rather had a good dining experience.

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