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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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“duck” (31 reviews)
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New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
33 Sale Street | Freeman's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days 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 1 week 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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

Thank travellingkiwi57
ActingAsAnImpulse, Owner at Clooney Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days 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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clooney is a high end gourmet restaurant, with prices to match. On Friday and Saturday, there is only a fixed degustation menu. It is very focused around perfect creation of individual dishes. We were seated facing the open kitchen, which was a creative, impressive operation....More

Thank robertb602
ActingAsAnImpulse, Owner at Clooney Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

As discussed on the night, we apologise profusely for your waiter not asking that all important question. I assure you, this has now been rectified. Tony Stewart.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited last night to check out the new menu from Chef Jacob Kear. Think its the first time in a while i've been left speechless about a meal!! The food and flavours were absolutely stunning!! Service was fantastic and staff were very knowledgeable about every...More

Thank camerong51
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here recently for my mother in law's birthday. There's a sense of mystery as you enter the restaurant with the black drapes and low lighting. The setting is intimate and private. There are spotlights focused on the table itself, to accentuate the food in...More

Thank nlim777
Reviewed 11 June 2017

It was my first time dining here, and I loved it! it's a bit dark, but it all looks beautiful. the waiters are so attentive, which is great, and the menu was delicious. The waiter read out the menu, explaining everything that was in it,...More

2  Thank 1993Kiwi
Reviewed 4 June 2017

The chef is a genius. Every mouthful of the degustation menu was a delight - the best duck I've ever tasted, the silkiness of the custard, the tapioca pearls hiding in the green sauce under perfect kingfish, cauli done 5 ways. Every element was perfectly...More

1  Thank SuJo-a-GoGo
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

I have been coming to Clooney for years and have enjoyed many excellent meals, however tonights was the first truly great meal. We did the 10 course degustation with wine match. The food was perfectly paired, exquisitely presented and wonderfully fresh and exciting. We have...More

1  Thank William P
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Questions & Answers
12 February 2017|
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Response from Clooney R | Property representative |
Yes both our lamb and beef are halal.
Claire A
5 January 2017|
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Response from Clooney R | Property representative |
No, only skeletons in the closets.
27 December 2016|
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Response from Clooney R | Property representative |
Hello, there may be some subtle changes but nothing major for the month of January. Regards, Tony
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
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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