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Clooney Restaurant

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33 Sale Street | Freeman's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-358 1702
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18:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was eagerly awaiting my first visit to this famed Auckland haunt. Days before arriving, the menu had changed and so had the chef. The space was sleek, the service smooth and the wine and cocktails sublime. Sadly, that was all. The Japanese influenced menu was bipolar. Collectivley, the dishes were jarring in variety. Enter micro banh mi, raw scallop,... More 

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Thank Luke M
Gold Coast
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20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Auckland has many excellent restaurants and possibly the best produce in the world which shines through even in the simplest restaurants. Clooney is aiming for the top-end of the market and is priced as such therefore, you expect the best. The restaurant is situated in a slightly industrial area and inside the restaurant is massive. The atmosphere is dark, quiet... More 

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NZ
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted to celebrate a success in the family so wanted to go to the best in Auckland, ended up in Clooney because rest of the top 3 reviewed restaurants in Auckland were all fully booked that night! We were six of us, so went for almost all the dishes in the A la carte menu and the desserts. The cocktails,... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service was fantastic and the décor amazing. Unfortunately, the food was hugely disappointing with two courses being inedible. I love a degustation menu that gets your taste buds excited. This menu was more like several courses of baby food with no appeal at all.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were extremely disappointed with the food and change of direction. I have been to this restaurant 7 or 8 times, and could previously say that it used to easily be my favourite restaurant in Auckland. However, due to them recently changing their longstanding Head Chef, the menu has undergone a radical change and it no longer resembles the place... More 

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1 Thank Paul M
Clooney R, Owner at Clooney Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Paul As stated in my email to you, I do appreciate your feedback but this is a direction we are fully committed to. We listen to our customers intently and the greater percentage of them loves this direction and the foresight to it. We also acknowledge that this will be a difficult transition for some but like all change,... More 

Booker Bay, Australia
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281 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is a delight to experience different atmospheres and challenging menus. Our first visit to this venue and we were finely welcomed. Upon entry you see the reception and the bar, but the walls are block cement and with exposed aircon ducting on the ceiling. Then you enter a maze of black shredded curtaining, which partitions a relatively large... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband took me to New Zealand for my birthday. Being the foodie amongst us, he found this fine dining experience within walking distance of our hotel. You will feel like you are eating "works of art". I really appreciated the open area so that you could watch the food being prepared. We went in a night that was ala... More 

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Camarillo, California
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the 7 course tasting menu which Kevin, the waiter, beautifully served. Jared, the Sommelier, perfectly pair the wines with the food. My husband, was very impressed with Jared's knowledge of wines. We enjoyed the evening very much as the food was inventive and delicious and appeared to be a work of art on the plate. All that said,... More 

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Thank Karen S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for my husband's birthday on a Friday night and had the seven course degustation. While some of the courses were really good, there was no connection between each dish which made it feel a bit disjointed. Although I mentioned that it was my husband's birthday, no effort was made to make him feel special. After requesting pre-dinner cocktails,... More 

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Canberra
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I ate at this restaurant while visiting Auckland this week. Astonishingly inventive and delicious food. Surprising and decadent. I can't imagine better and can't recommend more highly. Try it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$60 - US$110
Cuisine
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 22:00
Monday
18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 Sale Street | Freeman's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-358 1702
Description
Clooney is a restaurant with intent and ambition. A fine-dining destination in nature, it offers a range of unique food and beverage experiences to suit the contemporary guest.

Clooney’s food is considered yet abstract, the menu fuses classic culinary practices with a thoroughly modern approach to ingredients and technique. The flavours are clean and precise; dishes are continually in progress to reflect seasonality, inspiration and evolution.

The breadth of the Clooney wine list spans over 300 labels and complements the food through its perspective on new and old world balance.

Clooney is driven by its commitment to fearless design in both its food and aesthetic. Leading architects Fearon Hay created the space, a concrete frame reworked with curvaceous forms, fine textures and luxurious fabrics. The restaurant also regularly collaborates with visual artists.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?