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The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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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09:00 - 03:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 03:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 03:00
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Winmalee
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We have been regular visitors to the Belgian Beer Cafe on every visit to Auckland and we never leave disappointed. Their lamb dishes are so tender and tasty and their venison pie is delicious. From the noises emanating from the table next to us the seafood is to die for as well. Not to be missed!

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

Thanks for the review Lauren, always the kind of feedback we love to receive! More 

United Kingdom
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Ate here on a busy Sunday evening and we were seated almost immediately. It went downhill from there. Took absolutely ages to get a waiter to approach us, order taken and entree arrived but no plates so had to go and ask as waiter did not return. No napkins, again had to go ask at counter, water was not offered... More 

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Thank cupkakes1
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. This is certainly not up to our usual standard and we sincerely apologise that this was your experience. We have taken your comments on board and will do our best to make improvements as a result. More 

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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

As this restaurant and pub doesn't take bookings, a last minute decision not to have Christmas dinner at home was not a big deal. I won't go into details as to why Christmas dinner wasn't at home other than to say having a birthday on the same day is never easy. We were pleasantly surprised that the restaurant was packed... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback John, we hope that spending Christmas Day at The Occi took away all the stress and gave you the chance to sit back and relax More 

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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

we had the grilled mussels which were quite good, oysters Rockefeller sans the spinach and the warm salad, great if you like carrots (which i do). the gin and tonics tasted as if they were devoid of gin...

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Thank globeHopper56
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your feedback. Our apologies that the gin and tonics were not up to scratch, we'll certainly pass this feedback on to the bar staff. Hopefully we'll be able to welcome you back again some day soon! More 

Needham, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After coming to Auckland on our cruise ship, a friend mentioned the Occidental for mussels- it didn't disappoint... Both the steamed and grilled mussels were wonderful, as was the beer! What a selection of both! If you're in Auckland and enjoy mussels, GO!

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Thank jtravel_10
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We're so thrilled that you could enjoy the taste of the sea during your break from the sea! More 

London, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice, rustic, pub atmosphere style restaurant offering an attractive menu including excellent muscles, good wines and Belgian beers and good service.

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

Thanks for the review, we're so glad you enjoyed your meal More 

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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So lively, full of young people from all over the planet, coming for a few drinks and a good diner. Great steaks, salmon, chowder, served with a smile. The interior deco is like an old European brasserie, really handsome.

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

Thank you for your feedback, great to hear! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

friendly staff - food was very good and fast service. we had just missed the cut off for breakfast, but they still provided the breakfast for us

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Thank sangell2014
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, great to hear you could still get in for breakfast and had a great experience More 

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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely restaurant with fantastic service, we had a lovely waitress who honestly could not do more for us. We had the Mussels in white wine garlic sauce and they were huge and AMAZING! Really enjoyable evening

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Thank Xxx0
Frenzigroup, General Manager at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, responded to this review

Mussels are our specialty so we're so pleased that you enjoyed them and that they were accompanied by great service. Thanks for takign the time to leave your feedback. More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just popped in here for a drink really nice bar it's just like being home in England and going to your local pub clean and friendly Selling all sorts of Belgium beer Prices are around the same as at home Must b good as it is very popular.

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

Thanks for your review, we're so glad you had a great experience! 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, 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
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?