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The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Pub, Belgian, Bar, European, New Zealand, Central European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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6-8 Vulcan Lane | Auckland City, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-300 6226
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07:30 - 03:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 03:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As its name implied, the restaurant serves a large selection of Belgium beers and of course, steamed or grilled green lip mussel. The green lip mussels are New Zealand specific sea food: large comparing to the ones from other regions. The staff is responsive, attentive and courteous. Service is normal as any relatively busy restaurant at the dinner time.

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comprehensive feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review and hope we'll be able to welcome you back again soon More 

Chinchilla, Australia
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must go with great prices, large servings, good service and beautiful food. The building has character and the people friendly.

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your feedback, great to hear that you enjoy your visits to The Occi More 

Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was a great spot to pull up at dinner time, have some good bar food and plenty of Belgian beer!

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for coming a long to The Occi, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit More 

Houston, Texas
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Needed a good meal and drink after 13 hour flight landing at 7:00am. These guys were open for business, had great NZ style breakfast and a couple of drinks to get us on our way. Definitely recommended.

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Great to hear, thanks for the feedback Mike! More 

Sydney, Australia
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What you mustnt miss when in NZ is the Mussels and here the celebration on Mussels is every tantalizing sauce you want to try Mussels with! We tried the coconut flavour, the lobster/brandy, the garlic/creamy white wine etc etc. and what a feast! No booking is required but go early (between 5:30pm - 6pm) is best placed for tables. This... More 

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback, we are so glad you enjoyed yourself and hope we'll be able to see you again for a third visit! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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136 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been in the Belgian Beer Cafes in Christchurch and Wellington I was keen to try here as well. They have an excellent selection of Belgian beers, mostly in bottles but the ones on tap are very good and you can try before you buy. The staff were on our visit both polite, friendly and well informed. My partner had... More 

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks very mujch for your review, we are thrilled that you had an enjoyable expereince More 

San Francisco, California, USA
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728 reviews
487 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Occidental serves up the best steamed and grilled mussels that I've come across in NZ. Everyone in the know appears to agree as this Vulcan Lane perennial favorite cafe is usually jammed with customers as the bowls of green-lipped goodness keep coming out of the kitchen. Great fries too!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Traditional family visit, when Canadian based NZ family back in NZ. Children catered for, meal options and to pas the time away, a comprehensive childrens activity bag. As , to go with the name, European beers feature extensively along with local boutique and standard fare, Reknown for its Mussel pots and Platters Operates from an 1800's character building in central... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and location. Good selection of beer but fairly small amount on tap. Heaps of bottled beer. Great food and general setup.

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Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, we're glad you had a great experience! More 

Newcastle, Australia
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95 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

A 500gm steak for $20. What a carnivores delight ! Old style setting with booth style seating. Of course beer is the order of the day but the food was pretty good too. Steak was exceptional value and fresh and flavoursome. Nicely complimented with sauce and fries topped off a great Tuesday special. The other favourite was the mussels which... More 

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Thanks very much for your feedback, we're so pleased you enjoyed the food and had a great experience! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$14 - US$28
Cuisine
Pub, Belgian, Bar, European, New Zealand, Central European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 03:00
Monday
07:30 - 03:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 03:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 03:00
Thursday
07:30 - 03:00
Friday
07:30 - 03:00
Saturday
09:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6-8 Vulcan Lane | Auckland City, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-300 6226
Description
In 1999 The Occidental Hotel on Vulcan Lane, Auckland was transformed into The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe which is the first authentic Belgian Beer Cafe in the Southern Hemisphere. We proudly serve an extensive selection of the finest Belgian beer and some of the best wines from New Zealand and Australia, complimented by authentic Belgian cuisine.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?