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Clooney Restaurant

33 Sale Street | Freeman's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-358 1702
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good12%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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33 Sale Street | Freeman's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Funky setting, super-welcoming and engaging team & the most amazing food - a truly spectacular night out, even for a solo dinner ;-) Simplicity meets sophistication. Amazing!

Thank krisis
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Certainly deserving of 3 hats and all their accolades. Four of us ate a la carte. Absolutely beautiful presentation and flavours big on umami from the first snack through to the dessert course the complex and delicate layering showed serious culinary genious. Thanks Clooney!

Thank Maxcavalerason
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The reservation process online went seamlessly, and we were looking forward to the degustation menu that evening. We were greeted promptly and shown our table, which had a great view of the kitchen. We wanted to do the wine pairing, and since we generally share...More

Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe the night we went to was an off night. We did the degustation menu. I found lots of the food was very acidic and over-powering. I can't fault the service, very attentive and courteous. For my money, I'd go elsewhere.

Thank Liz T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the delicious cocktail on arrival to the moody but sophisticated dark interiors, we had high expectations for this restaurant and it certainly didn't disappoint. Tucked away in a quiet corner in the fringe of Auckland's CBD, you enter an unassuming fascade to tables perfectly...More

Thank Martin S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a xmas voucher from ANZ to use. This was for the degustation and wine match menu which was awesome as we didn't have to choose the incredible art pieces of food were bought straight to us! The wine matches were amazing ( especially...More

Thank kim h
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is absolutely world class! The setting and ambience is amazing and sets the mood beautifully and then the food starts and wow oh wow. Very clever and beautiful to look at in each case and flavour to match. Well done guys and thank...More

Thank samniconix
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had the opportunity to make a last minute, early evening reservation at Clooney's. The concierge recommended it as the best restaurant in Auckland. While I have too little experience to compare Clooney's to other restaurants in Auckland, I travel frequently and have been fortunate...More

Thank ajgeb
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Went to this restaurant for a friend's birthday dinner. Location is in an area of Auckland where there was not many eateries in near vicinity. At night time parking was not difficult to find. The decor and lighting were dark and would suit a romantic...More

Thank Agisagis
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We visited last Thursday which happened to be the coldest night of winter. The place was freezing made worse because we were initially seated at a table with a strong cold blast blowing on us. We asked to be moved and the table at the...More

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ActingAsAnImpulse, Owner at Clooney Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are obviously disappointed you did not enjoy your experience at Clooney and we apologise sincerely with the temperature of the room. This has been addressed and fixed. We understand that to some our dishes may be seen simple but tasteless surprises me somewhat. We...More

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Sara T
4 August 2017|
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Response from Alfred R | Reviewed this property |
Was not aware that there is a chef's table. When we were there we had the option of choosing our meals or have the chef's menu. The chef's menu was a degustation menu and the cool thing was you did not know exactly what... More
Sara T
4 August 2017|
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Response from AllanF369 | Reviewed this property |
Well worth trying again, when visiting South of Auckland, feel free to ask for any assistance with your travels also. Wishing you well with a wonderful experience at Clooneys. Allan
12 February 2017|
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Response from Clooney R | Property representative |
Yes both our lamb and beef are halal.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$60 - US$110
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
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
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Opened in 2006 by owner Tony Stewart, award-winning Clooney offers a unique dining experience in the heart of Auckland’s central city. Located in a once-derelict warehouse, redesigned to create an atmosphere of contemporary opulence, Clooney’s design aesthetic is matched only by its fearlessly inventive cuisine.

Chef Jacob Kear has rewritten the narrative for New Zealand food with a progressive menu that gives familiar local ingredients a distinctive, international twist. The accent is on impeccably sourced ingredients, clean and precise flavours, and dishes that evolve to reflect the changing seasons.

Chef Jacob Kear draws on an international career in some of the world’s most respected kitchens to give direction to a thought provoking dining experience.

Clooney’s menu reflects his passion for foraging, his commitment to locally sourced ingredients and his mastery of both classic and contemporary techniques. Kear’s ambitious tasting menu of over thirteen courses will take guests on a culinary tour of New Zealand.

From the lush rainforests of the North to the expansive coastal wilderness of Fiordland, the striking geography of New Zealand’s regions is brought to life on the plate.

Clooney’s wine list is curated by sommelier Jarod Santana with wines chosen to perfectly complement our distinctive menu. The list spans over 300 labels, striking a perfect balance between the Old and New Worlds while showcasing the very best of New Zealand.

Our cocktail and sake programs, under the direction of Jarod and bar manager Yusuke Sakabe, are designed to be enjoyed with food or simply to be enjoyed.
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