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The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Pub, Belgian, Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Central European
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6-8 Vulcan Lane | Auckland City, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-300 6226
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09:00 - 03:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 03:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 03:00
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New York
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219 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was awesome to have some good Belgian beer brands in Auckland. The food was also pretty good, we had oysters and of course the mussels! Excellent choice! We spent some time at the bar having couple of beers before getting the table.

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ft lauderdale
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We met friends there. Everyone enjoyed the variety of Gerry lipped mussels. They are prepared in a variety of ways and plates were cleaned. I do not eat mussels and there were other options for me. Including vegetarian. Great selection of Belgian beers on tap. Dessert was a Belgian waffle with ice cream and chocolate.

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10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Sat and relaxed as we planned our next stop in the North Island. Very cute alley with lots of people taking pics of the outside restaurant.

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

Thanks for the feedback, we are so glad you could enjoy your time in Auckland at The Occi More 

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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading lots of positive reviews we headed to Occidental for a good Belgium meal. We should have taken a picture of the schnitzel, terrible! It came out pre sliced, not sure what the reason for that was, probably to hide the fact it was a tiny schnitzel and not worth $25. It was extremely crammed, the waiter apologised 3... More 

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

Thanks very much for your feedback. We are so sorry that you had a disappointing experience as this certainly isn't like us. We've passed your feedback about the schnitzel onto the kitchen team and sincerely apologise that this wasn't up to scratch. We are sorry too that the person serving you lacked the appropriate knowledge to answer your questions and... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in here for a quick beer and a bite to eat. Found a table and ordered a couple of beers, A bit hungry so we thought that we would give the mussels a try. 1 kg between 2 seemed about right. Served with a celery and garlic broth they were HUGE and delicious. A cone of french fries with... More 

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

Thanks very much for your feedback, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your meal at The Occi and hope we'll be able to welcome you back again soon More 

Canberra, Australia
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a taste for beer so we called in on a whim for a beer, cider for my other half and a meal. Our only disappointment would have to be the service. Slow to have our order taken and even slower getting our meals to us. The meals were delivered and that was the last time we saw any... More 

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Thank Wheels1949
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed the food but do apologise that the service was not up to scratch as this certainly isn't like us. I'll be looking into what happened and certainly would love to welcome you back again so that next time we can impress you with both the food and... More 

Marana, Arizona
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We specifically selected this restaurant based upon the strong recommendation of our B&B hosts as the best place in Auckland to get their famous green lip mussels. The mussels were tough and the sauce/broth lacked flavor. It was next to impossible to get the wait staff's attention. We had thought about ordering dessert, but opted out because we could not... More 

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

Thanks very much for your review and please accept our sincere apologies that you had a disappointing experience. As you can see form our previous reviews, this isn't like us at all and we are very disappointed that we clearly let you down. Thank you for bringing the issues to our attention. I will certainly look into these to ensure... More 

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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was lovely. We had an awesome waitress who served us quickly and promptly with no fuss. The charcuterie share plate was delicious, and the Belgian beers were great.

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

Thank you very much for your feedback, we're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience More 

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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were there a bit earlier than December 2015 but I can see by the photos it hasn't changed. Went back twice in our short stay in Auckland we liked it so much. Twice on tables in the lane and once inside. Mains were all very good, desserts good. Was a feelgood place to be.

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

Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed the visit! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely wonderful dinner and breakfast! Highly recommended! Lots of character! Great staff. Good wine list, great coffee and beers!

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

Great to hear, thanks so much for your feedback! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$29
Cuisine
Pub, Belgian, Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Central European
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
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?